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General discussion / Re: Computer Help
« on: Today at 07:16:08 PM »
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All refurbs with a 1 year warranty. I've never had any duds from them yet.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 3 2021
« on: June 12, 2021, 07:40:28 PM »
Bit of a nervy performance by Derry but given the goal for the year was promotion that's to be expected.
Div2 is where Derry need to be to develop further so job do e in that regard.
It has been great prep for the championship, and who knows we could cause a shock like Cavan did last year.
Still a work in progress but some serious progression this year which is great to see.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: June 11, 2021, 10:11:09 AM »
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 drove...no life in them.

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

I'd be happy enough to listen to a McConville or a Canavan with a Brolly alongside them. Part of the problem in RTE is the increased level of political correctness. It's all so careful and once Joanne Cantwell replcaed Michael Lyster, it seemed to me that she didn't want to work with him.

I can't listen to Joanne Canwell and I think you are right, she didn't like Brolly and didnt want to work with him.
The Sunday Game now almost seems like it is entirely scripted before the game even kicks off. It just bores the life out of you.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: June 10, 2021, 12:05:37 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.

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General discussion / Re: Movie recommendations
« on: June 09, 2021, 02:51:38 PM »
Got around to watching El Camino last night.
Not bad....even though it took me a while to remember what had happened in the lead up to the conclusion of Breaking Bad.

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Under New Management
« on: June 08, 2021, 09:59:04 PM »
I don't really know the who's who of the DUP but has he brought any of the Donaldson camp into posts to try to keep them happy?

It wouldn't appear so, certainly from the noises coming from the culled ministers and within the Donaldson camp. The party would appear to be split down the middle and it looks like Poots isn't even going to try and bring it together again. Where does Donaldson go from here because it is hard to see how he has a future within the DUP.

There are a lot of relative unknowns in the ministerial team that Poots has announced so only time will tell if they are competent enough but there is a lack of experience in comparision to what went before. Givan for instance would only appear to have got the FM job as he is good mates with Poots.

Would Donaldson and Arlene go back to the UUP?? That would totally destroy Unionism but hard to see what they can do now given the predicament they are in.

Can't see it. Would have to eat a huge slice of humble pie if they did
They might possibly run as independents....or would they set up a new party?
Jeffrey has prob no chance of ever leading the dup now and he strikes me as the sort who thinks he should be.
Arlene is the same, needs to be in charge.

Unionism is in a mess and what's more is they don't have any politicians who you'd look at and think they'd do a better job
The dinosaurs will die off eventually but what's coming next? The next generation of unionist politicians will have a hard job on their hands.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: June 07, 2021, 01:46:05 PM »
Makes sense. And if thatís the case with media, then Brolly would be in trouble every week in his columns.

Going on about I was talking to this Mayo/Dublin/Tyrone player, and he said X, Y and Z, when itís clearly obvious he didnít meet said player nor did they say XY or Z. He said similar in the Claire Byrne interview. Gaslighting as itís best.  Heís an absolute bullshitter.

That is a crazy post.

Your point is that Brollyís contribution to the Byrne show was similar to his claimed (real or imagined) with Mayo footballers. In what way was it similar?

You say it was gaslighting at its best. So who was he attempting to gaslight? How was he doing it? And what position where they being gaslit into adopting?

He said on CB he knows some Tory politicians that loathes Ulster Protestants. Which Tories? How many did you ask? Did he get the opinion of every tory politician? Do they hate every single Ulster Protestant? He continually does this sort of thing to reinforce his argument. So basically, this is not my opinion, itís the truth of many others as well (which Iíve made up), but gives more credence to what Iím saying.

He continually did this sort of thing on TSG and in his columns.

I could make up anything about say, supporters of a certain county. It could be a county I donít like anyway, and say something along the lines of .. ah sure theyíre all a bunch of b******s. And every time I go somewhere in Ireland, for work, travel, sport, etc..... anyone Iíve spoke to has also said, oh aye those f*****s! All a bunch of b*******s! ... so there you have it. Those countyís supporters are clearly a bunch of b*******s, everyone thinks so.

You could use that argument for any political commentator who ever refers to "sources" within political parties when stating a point.
Brolly saying that someone in what ever camp said something to him is as legitimate as Laura Keunssberg saying senior sources in the Tory part told her something. It's common practice and if every analyst or reporter did name their sources those same sources would soon dry up.

In so far as the Claire Byrne show, it seemed like Brolly was trying to set context to the comments Campbell had made earlier for those in ROI not already aware of the ilk of the man or the party he represents. CB didn't set that context and wouldn't allow Brolly to either which could mean the the viewers were left thinking the GC view of the situation in NI as being the common view, which obviously isn't the case. You could argue that CB/RTE had an agenda to portray a certain view with no balance.
What ever people think of Brolly, I don't believe anything he was saying on that topic was factually incorrect and there's plenty of evidence in the media to support that.

Would CB cut off a commentator who was raising comments about SF if there was no SF representative on the panel? I'm not sure she would, but who knows.

Whatever about whether Claire Byrne was right or wrong to cut him off (I was delighted personally!), I don't see what the legal claim could be, if the case relates to that incident at all.

I'd prefer to have heard what he was going to say in full. The problem with Brolly is that he does speak a lot of sense but the manner in which he delivers his point rubs a lot of people up the wrong way.
No idea what the legal claim would be either. I'd guess it has to be on some technicality of RTE regulations being breached.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: June 07, 2021, 10:06:30 AM »
Makes sense. And if thatís the case with media, then Brolly would be in trouble every week in his columns.

Going on about I was talking to this Mayo/Dublin/Tyrone player, and he said X, Y and Z, when itís clearly obvious he didnít meet said player nor did they say XY or Z. He said similar in the Claire Byrne interview. Gaslighting as itís best.  Heís an absolute bullshitter.

That is a crazy post.

Your point is that Brollyís contribution to the Byrne show was similar to his claimed (real or imagined) with Mayo footballers. In what way was it similar?

You say it was gaslighting at its best. So who was he attempting to gaslight? How was he doing it? And what position where they being gaslit into adopting?

He said on CB he knows some Tory politicians that loathes Ulster Protestants. Which Tories? How many did you ask? Did he get the opinion of every tory politician? Do they hate every single Ulster Protestant? He continually does this sort of thing to reinforce his argument. So basically, this is not my opinion, itís the truth of many others as well (which Iíve made up), but gives more credence to what Iím saying.

He continually did this sort of thing on TSG and in his columns.

I could make up anything about say, supporters of a certain county. It could be a county I donít like anyway, and say something along the lines of .. ah sure theyíre all a bunch of b******s. And every time I go somewhere in Ireland, for work, travel, sport, etc..... anyone Iíve spoke to has also said, oh aye those f*****s! All a bunch of b*******s! ... so there you have it. Those countyís supporters are clearly a bunch of b*******s, everyone thinks so.

You could use that argument for any political commentator who ever refers to "sources" within political parties when stating a point.
Brolly saying that someone in what ever camp said something to him is as legitimate as Laura Keunssberg saying senior sources in the Tory part told her something. It's common practice and if every analyst or reporter did name their sources those same sources would soon dry up.

In so far as the Claire Byrne show, it seemed like Brolly was trying to set context to the comments Campbell had made earlier for those in ROI not already aware of the ilk of the man or the party he represents. CB didn't set that context and wouldn't allow Brolly to either which could mean the the viewers were left thinking the GC view of the situation in NI as being the common view, which obviously isn't the case. You could argue that CB/RTE had an agenda to portray a certain view with no balance.
What ever people think of Brolly, I don't believe anything he was saying on that topic was factually incorrect and there's plenty of evidence in the media to support that.

Would CB cut off a commentator who was raising comments about SF if there was no SF representative on the panel? I'm not sure she would, but who knows.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: May 30, 2021, 09:45:28 PM »
Yeah Gallagher needs to take a look at the spitting, especially in the current climate.

But to his credit, he's doing a good job so far.
He has built on last year for sure and the improvement is huge.
I still think we have a light bench but perhaps that's where we are in the county. There's not many players not on the panel that I'd think really should be.

Mcguigan was awesome yesterday, he's turning into that marquee forward we have been missing since the Bradley's.
Glass is improving every game and mckinless is the chb we've needed since Henry Downey.

Loughlin had a good game and his goal was top drawer, solos with the right shot with the left. Hard to criticize anyone really.
General comment, bit goals Cavan scored were avoidable and I'd put them down to defensive mistakes or naivety as opposed to good play from Cavan.

All you want from a county team is for it to play to their ability and I think we are getting that at the minute.
We've a really good chance of promotion now and championship aside, if we get promoted it will be a good year.

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General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
« on: May 30, 2021, 09:35:34 PM »
I think it's slightly unfair to call out teachers specifically on the issue of being sacked.
This is the same scenario for the entire civil service.
They are all unioned up so even the crap can't be sacked.

Disclaimer: my wife is a teacher, I'm biased but she's one of those teachers that go above and beyond. School come before everything with her.

Disclaimer 2: in my own day job I quite often interact with civil servants. Some are useless, some are quite brilliant at their jobs.

Point I'm making is that there as some crap teachers and some crap civil servants, but also some really good ones.
The problem is with the system, it doesn't allow for those who are useless to be gotten rid of.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 3 2021
« on: May 24, 2021, 04:33:36 PM »
Cavan v Derry live on TG4 next Saturday.

The GAAGO commentary is awful, so this is a welcome relief!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: May 23, 2021, 09:15:51 PM »
Derry are definately progressing.
It can be difficult to watch with all the back passing and keep ball but the persistent probing paid off today.
We are still vulnerable when someone runs at us I think. Fermanagh did it a few times and we struggled with it, but the fact we completely dominated the middle third meant they couldnt get a run at us.
Glass is really improving game to game.
Emmet Bradley does some amazing things, then can hand pass a ball straight to the opposing team. But never stops working to his credit. McKindless has probably been the "find" of the season so far and the cub from newbridge has some pace about him.

Couldn't ask for much more at this stage.

Promotion is definately the objective this year and then push on again next year.

Also thought Ethan Doherty has a very good game and Paul McNeill played well when he came on and had a great pass for one of the goals ( still bearing in mind how ineffective Fermanagh were ) ...

Yeah Doherty was very good. Hard to pick out any weak links to be honest and they will only be found against stiffer opposition.
I think we'll beat Cavan based on how they've been so far.
It is difficult to judge where we are at since the quality we've been up against has been so poor.
But, 2 years ago we would have struggled in both those games so we have improved a lot imo.
The most pleasing thing so far is that we seem to have a game plan, a kick out strategy, a good level of strength and fitness and a good team spirit. We've been missing all of that for over 10 years so it's great to see

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: May 22, 2021, 10:57:45 PM »
Derry are definately progressing.
It can be difficult to watch with all the back passing and keep ball but the persistent probing paid off today.
We are still vulnerable when someone runs at us I think. Fermanagh did it a few times and we struggled with it, but the fact we completely dominated the middle third meant they couldnt get a run at us.
Glass is really improving game to game.
Emmet Bradley does some amazing things, then can hand pass a ball straight to the opposing team. But never stops working to his credit. McKindless has probably been the "find" of the season so far and the cub from newbridge has some pace about him.

Couldn't ask for much more at this stage.

Promotion is definately the objective this year and then push on again next year.

I think we've found H.

I can neither confirm or deny that statement.
😂😂😂

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: May 22, 2021, 09:39:20 PM »
Derry are definately progressing.
It can be difficult to watch with all the back passing and keep ball but the persistent probing paid off today.
We are still vulnerable when someone runs at us I think. Fermanagh did it a few times and we struggled with it, but the fact we completely dominated the middle third meant they couldnt get a run at us.
Glass is really improving game to game.
Emmet Bradley does some amazing things, then can hand pass a ball straight to the opposing team. But never stops working to his credit. McKindless has probably been the "find" of the season so far and the cub from newbridge has some pace about him.

Couldn't ask for much more at this stage.

Promotion is definately the objective this year and then push on again next year.


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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: May 20, 2021, 11:43:13 AM »
Any thoughts on the game this weekend?

I think given the way we played last week, I'd start with more or less the same team again.  I don't think we picked up any injuries last week so hopefully this is possible.
Another win and we'd be in a really good position, but Fermanagh will be a different proposition. I'd expect a much tighter game.

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