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General discussion / Re: Euro 20/21
« on: Today at 12:32:44 AM »
Englands possibly, just read on twitter...

Well bollix to that.

Had a fecking ticket for that too

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 13, 2021, 09:14:26 PM »
I see Derry and Offaly have agreed to play a Div 3 final

Can we do the same ?!

Thanks to Enda, Stevie and Sean btw....class year and achievement . GRMA lads

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 13, 2021, 08:35:19 PM »
Good win. To be honest we were a good bit better and could have won by more. A good performance and campaign. I think we have improved a good bit this year.

Great win and totally agree. We shouldve won by 15. A wee bit more composure and we could've done a Kerry and scored 6 goals. But absolutely delighted we finally got out of the basement and great pride in our team.

We are gonna open up against someone...we have it in us. Armagh Div 1 but we have the ability.....

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: June 12, 2021, 09:33:23 PM »
I have been watching Antrim for a very long time, that is the best league performance since the early nineties. I had substantial doubts about Darren Gleeson when he was appointed, I am happy to have been proven wrong.
Well done to Darren and everyone else involved, superb effort.

Just fantastic

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 12, 2021, 10:06:25 AM »
Not much chat about our big game on Sunday. 70 mins from bring a Division three team. I'm heading down confident but wary of what happened in 08 when Waterford burst our bubble in Casement in a winner takes all encounter..... especially when you look at the calibre of that 08 team, the majority of them featuring prominently for Baker the following year.

Lady luck has shone on us to date this season, if we guard very strongly against any remote prospect of complacency, we could be celebrating over our lunch on Sunday

Good luck to all. Saffron Abu.

Please god we do it

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General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: June 11, 2021, 10:30:37 PM »
Nadal and Djokovic putting on a bit of a classic here.

Sensational and riveting stuff. 3rd set had some amazing tennis.

Absolutely and utterly incredible

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: June 10, 2021, 09:19:50 PM »
Yeah it's the personal attacks. Let's not forget that's why he is out of RTE and he was warned. He wasn't a victim from one incident here.

The political stuff should have been separate and they didn't seem to seperate it mind you but I dunno what he wants to achieve here.

https://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/gaa/no-regrets-from-rte-chief-mcbennett-over-axing-of-controversial-pundit-brolly-39487035.html

It was primarily down to a change in the head of RTE sport and his change away from personality based pundits to more game based analysis. Has the standard of pundit on RTE improved since the new head came in, I donít think so. I watched the Ireland match last night and didnít tune into the analysis yet this used to often be the best entertainment of the night. Wondering what Dunphy and Giles would say and how Bill knew how to press their buttons.

I do get the fact that some people want stats based analysis and information on KPIs but if I want that type of information Iíll sign up for a coaching seminar. It just doesnít interest me.

This looks like the real reason he was sacked

https://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/gaa/no-regrets-from-rte-chief-mcbennett-over-axing-of-controversial-pundit-brolly-39487035.html

"I don't think you can just cover it the same way you've always done. People want to learn more. It's simply not good enough to come out with the same scenarioÖ the old days were good, this is awful. "

Dublin's  hegemony is a huge problem for anyone selling ads linked to.sports coverage. TV sport is about drama and the all Ireland endgame doesn't have any..

Using that metric, Pat Spillane and Colm O'Rourke should be gone too then!

Exactly what I was thinking.  Spillane in particular should be gone on that basis.  The interesting thing about Brolly that McConville seemed to uncover was that he is capable of giving far more incisive analysis, but he chose not to do so. He worked on the basis that people tuned into to hear a yarn at half time and for a good portion of the population he was probably right. 

My view of Brolly is that once you accept him for what he is, he is quite enjoyable to listen to.  His rant on Cavanagh was really good TV and for the most part he was dead right about the cynicism.  He articulated it very well; the notion that they were celebrating but that they had achieved something rotten.  There was hyperbole, but it was worth it as the point needed to be made.  Can you imagine any other pundit saying it. 

I could live without Spillane as there was no-one else who pedaled the myth as much as him that it was better in the 70s like him.  Pure crap analysis. 

It's grand to have the detailed analysis of tactics and formulations.  However, its great to have someone to spark a debate. There's no harm in the devil's advocate.

Paddy Heaney once had a very accurate article in the Irish News about GAA attendances depending heavily on the average drinking man.  They aren't there to examine tactics and they aren't that committed.  They are there to enjoy themselves, have a day out, a few pints and roar on their team.  He talked about them being priced out the gate by rising ticket costs.  The average drinking man is probably sitting at home or in the pub, and isn't a bit worried about which team made the most unforced errors.  It's the likes of Brolly, Spillane etc that keeps these guys engaged.

Oisin made that point, but Brolly refuted it in the interview and I have to say I agree with Brolly on that.
Once you cut through the bluster and the "entertainment", Brolly gave some very good insights into the games. I think a lot of people couldn't see past Brolly the entertainer far enough to actually listen to the analyst.
Of course that's a problem for a pundit too, but to be fair to brolly IMO he was rarely too far off the mark in terms of analysis.
I actually find McConnville (and Canavan for that matter) really difficult to listen to due to their tone of voice. The bore the arse of me to be honest.

Agree with all that. Brolly when he wanted to be was thee most informative pundit out there. He did get bored and did go off on rants but on form he was the best. Most importantly Joe was right in the podcast....IT IS ENTERTAINMENT ffs. Its our amateur sport that takes us away from our daily humdrum and we want a balance of insight and craic.

Canavan and McConville are good analysts but so drole...no life in them.

Eamon  Fitzmaurice seems like he's at a wake. Awful.

Whelan constantly angry and dour.

There's bound to be some boys with a bit of craic and light in their eyes out there who can give a bit of both and are articulate enough to teach and keep us entertained

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 10, 2021, 07:47:43 AM »
I think he just said itís glorified friendlyís ?

No relegation so great for teams to explore their squads. The young bucks will (in most cases) not oust a county player come championship. A good manager should be doing breaking in players every year, not just cause of the current set up

Worth it when the county is going so well!

Did Endas v Brigids game go ahead? See you were down to ref it but no result on county website??

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: June 06, 2021, 05:17:01 AM »
Not a day for picking out individuals. Every starting player left it out there, every sub had a significant impact, management are 1st class, a squad effort in every sense!!

It's a wonderful feeling being an Antrim fan today. If any of our county players/managers/coaches are looking in  -  GO RAIBH MILE  MAITH AGAT!!!

Aontroim Abķ

Agreed. Unbelievable!

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 02, 2021, 06:13:08 PM »
Exactly Gold. If history has taught us anything it is not to underestimate any opposition. This is like an All Ireland final to Waterford and you can be sure they have their share of handy footballers.

They will see we have conceded 63 points in three games of football and fancy having a piece of that. Not to mind what Armagh must be thinking!

Start with men in defence who can stop the opposition scoring -  that would be a good start. Build from there out. There's two sets of goalposts on the pitch!

It's fantastic where we are, when was the last time any supporter saw us winning with the last kick of the ball three weeks in a row. Fantastic entertainment, but let's get a bit more practical in defence and who knows where this journey will end.

Seems like the football management can't win regardless of who it is. We have experienced years of dull boring drab defensive crap, now we are high scoring and high conceding but still winning and we still aren't happy  :) :) :)

Take a look across the board all divisions I dont think there has been a higher scoring season in my memory anywhere so the trend seems to be set. Jaysus even Armagh are scoring goals so things must be changing.

Winning is winning and no matter how you get it done as long as you do then that's all that matters.

Here don't get me wrong it's absolutely class!  Winning games and scoring heavily is magic!

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 01, 2021, 11:04:39 PM »
Sweeney never let the county down ITG that's for sure. But what's his best position at county level.

Look lots going on to like as well. Two massive plusses for me this year are both new GKs. Michael and Luke, both great shot stoppers and fantastic precision kick outs.

Their ability to hang the ball in the air with accuracy is bringing out the best in big Niall (2 great games in a row) and find of year so far, Conor Stewart. We are winning first phase possession for first time in years.

Credit where its due for that.

Agree with all.

We are unbelievably porous at the back ...needs sorted asap!

As you said this is Waterfords biggest chance in living   memory of a chance of them getting to div 3...them having scraped a win in 1 match.

They Will throw the absolute kitchen sink at us. I remember in 08 we needed a point v Waterford or tipp in our last 2 games to get to div 3...we fcuked it right up. Please god we get over them...we've a great attack and midfield so have every reason to be confident!

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 31, 2021, 11:54:53 PM »
IMHO just play the game and not a word about it.  Itíll just be a big drain of energy if it becomes a talking point.

Agreed.  Get down and hammer into them

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 30, 2021, 11:31:06 PM »
Great balls to win in the end for a 3rd time in a row...love it

Why are we away to Waterford?

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAAGO where are you?
« on: May 23, 2021, 08:51:53 PM »
Absolutely dire today.  Must have missed at least 15 minutes of the game with the stream cutting out and freezing.

Sligo v antrim?

Watched a good few this week and last, today's game between sligo and antrim was first major blip

Tyrone v Armagh last night for me too

As an Antrim man I was gutted to miss that last second winner today

Not good enough

If you pay for a pint you get a pint...not 2 sips of a pint. Compensation needed as service not provided

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 23, 2021, 08:49:54 PM »
Two wins from two, both coming from behind in the last few minutes! The sign of real character, we have so often been on the wrong end of those dog fights.

Let's not get carried away, some hard work still needed to get turn this panel into a team that can go into Division three and be competitive. But the early signs are very progressive.

Paddy Cunningham the hero with a last minute point from a tight angle. Who else would you have wanted on it? Next up Leitrim, keep the focus right and let's build a winning run.

Real character. Something we missed previously but these lads have it in spades. Patience to work it to the oracle for that last score.

My GAAgo was fcuked but BBC Sport was a joy to listen to

Gives the whole county a lift and a spring in our steps. Keep the foot down lads

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