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GAA Discussion / Re: Jack O'Connor
« on: Today at 01:15:17 AM »
McGeeney! 12wks. Considering Davy got 8wks what did he do to get 12?????

Ye gotta realise that there is a different tolerance for hurling misdemeanours. An 8wk in hurling would probably be a life ban in football. 

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: April 23, 2017, 01:51:36 AM »
Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi has died aged 37 after being involved in a collision with a van during a training ride.

A statement from his Astana team said the crash happened close to Scarponi's home in Filottrano.

Scarponi won the 2011 Giro d'Italia after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title and claimed victory in stage one of the Tour of the Alps on Monday.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Very sad. I ve seen cyclist train on open roads in Italy and it is scary. I was driving down a hairpen road and doing about 45km/h and felt banging on back of car. Cyclists pissed off because I was holding them up. Pulled in when I could and they sped off. Narrow road and buses and trucks laden with timber using the road as well. Great bike handlers but it only takes one screw up by somebody.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Top 10 Forwards since 1977 - Survey Results
« on: April 22, 2017, 11:58:07 PM »

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GAA Discussion / Re: Jack O'Connor
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:29:00 AM »
Jack has form in that regard. He is definitely a great man to get a team ready to go, but he is not a great lad for plan Bs. I couldn't believe how out-thought he was by Mickey Harte the second time around.

He believes in Kerry football, and he trusts his players to execute the basics well. When that doesn't turn out to be enough, he struggles.

As for being a sore loser, to be honest JAck is a sore winner.

As regards believing in Kerry football (whatever that is) and thrusting his players? He had some great players and like Paudi before him should probably have won more. You hit the nail on the head there AZ. Mickey Harte did him. Mickey had great players too but brought a tactical angle that O Connor did not have. Anybody that knows a bit would have a good cut with a team with the O Sés, Gooch, Galvin, Declan O Sullivan. Jack might get another shot with Kerry but he would be as useless as the majority of managers that try and improve counties outside the elite few. Say, if he was managing a Leitrim or a Waterford - good luck to him banging on a referee's door or ranting after a game.

He'd never have the balls to go to a Westmeath like Paudi did, let alone actually win something with them.
Exactly. Not having a cut at Paudi but I thought he could have got more out of Moynihan and Fitzgerald but played it too safe. Using Moynihan as a full-back and not trusting Mike McCarty there was too cautious imo.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Jack O'Connor
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:47:57 AM »
Jack has form in that regard. He is definitely a great man to get a team ready to go, but he is not a great lad for plan Bs. I couldn't believe how out-thought he was by Mickey Harte the second time around.

He believes in Kerry football, and he trusts his players to execute the basics well. When that doesn't turn out to be enough, he struggles.

As for being a sore loser, to be honest JAck is a sore winner.

As regards believing in Kerry football (whatever that is) and thrusting his players? He had some great players and like Paudi before him should probably have won more. You hit the nail on the head there AZ. Mickey Harte did him. Mickey had great players too but brought a tactical angle that O Connor did not have. Anybody that knows a bit would have a good cut with a team with the O Sés, Gooch, Galvin, Declan O Sullivan. Jack might get another shot with Kerry but he would be as useless as the majority of managers that try and improve counties outside the elite few. Say, if he was managing a Leitrim or a Waterford - good luck to him banging on a referee's door or ranting after a game.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Jack O'Connor
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:24:50 AM »
What happened Jack and the magic beans in the under 21 semi?

Might go on report after apparently having a rant at the ref. on Saturday. Like an anti-christ afterwards from a good source.

Then the CCCCCCCC........ should haul him out like they did Davy Fitz.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Can the Dubs do the 3 in a row?
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:17:03 AM »
Only been 4 Dublin keepers in the championship since the 70's.   We don't like too much change at that position.

Unbelievable stat. really.

I only remember 3 or 4 Dub. 'keepers since 1974 in Championship. Paddy Cullen (and he possibly was around a lot earlier) Mick Kennedy (briefly), O'Leary and Cluxton. Who am I forgetting? Are you including the 70's Jell? Like since the 70s is 1980?
Anyway it is some doing.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 20, 2017, 03:06:42 AM »
Bill O'Reilly gone from Fox

Smarmy p***k with an Irish name unfortunately. Had paid 13 million in hush money! How on earth could he afford to do that? Maybe Pat Kenny and yer man 'talk to Joe what is name' underpaid.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 14, 2017, 02:20:38 AM »
On Twitter, US drops 'mother of all bombs' on ISIS target in Afghanistan!
Biggest non nuclear bomb around, apparently.

Let's hope there were no civilians there.

Unfortunately the day is long gone worrying about civilians? 100 years ago in WW1 when there was some pretence of a 'soldier war'.

This bomb looks like something designed for purpose and has been on hold for years. Specific to be effective to generate a blast wave that will be devastating in caves. Compressed air in caves will .......

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 05, 2017, 01:17:17 AM »
So Trump blames Obama for gas attack today. Pathetic. Well Donald now is in a position to do something now that Obama didn't do. I suspect that he'll do f**k all. That's because he can do f**k all, like Obama could do f**k all about it. He's the President ffs. He Blames Obama but he clearly has no intention of getting his hands dirty in Syria and God forbid, upsetting his Russian friends. Already a weak and damaged President. A bully that has already nothing to back up the bluster and posturing.
   

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GAA Discussion / Re: Doire v Tir Eoghain, Sun 28th May @2pm
« on: April 05, 2017, 12:39:38 AM »

This is the problem. People want matches and we just don't get them.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Gooch Retires
« on: April 05, 2017, 12:15:14 AM »
Irish Times from 2004

Locker Room: They used to say of the Native Americans that, critically, they failed to spot on the horizon those boats which would carry their doom because they had never seen such shapes and their eyes were accustomed to looking for other things. It was a mistake you wouldn't think you'd see made twice.  And yet. Coming down O'Connell Street yesterday, happy, blithe crowds of Mayo and Kerry people spilled merrily out from the footpaths and onto the tarmac. It was as if they'd never seen cars before in their lives I thought, as I ploughed through a couple of hundred of them, thus single-handedly easing the ticket crisis a little.  Croke Park. Late. Mayo are already out on the field with nearly half an hour left before the throw-in. Some of them are going to need reading material to kill the time.  Asking around, trying to borrow an opinion for myself. Nobody is too keen on Mayo. Flighty, is what they are. The consensus among the nabobs of hackery is that Kerry are Kerry and Mayo are Mayo. So it is and so it shall be.  Mind always wanders before the throw-in. Must be big-match nerves. Start composing little lists of likes and dislikes in case the GAA want to ask me. Like Mayo's red jerseys. Bit more flash, in keeping with their native self-confidence.  Don't like tubby tenors who "lead us" in singing the national anthem. Croke Park on All-Ireland final day is about the one place where we don't need leading in singing the thing. Adjust scope on my telescopic rifle but can't get a bead on the bugger.  Mayo have shuffled their forwards. Ingenious. Briefly Conor Mortimer establishes a bleachhead at full forward. Trevor goes to the right-half forward spot. Everyone else except Ciarán McDonald is somewhere other than the spot they were picked in.  It starts well for Mayo. A goal and a point up, scored after four minutes. Already they are in the position they best like: the final is theirs to throw away.

Two minutes later it begins to look ominous. The Gooch rises as if levitating and fields a ball on the 21. If I were related to The Gooch I'd get religion and pray hard every time he goes out on a field. And when he'd come home I'd feed him.  I was in Killarney recently, and in the outlet mall at the station there was a big car which Dr Crokes were offering in a draw. Ten euro a ticket. There was nobody around to give the €10 to, but I'm mailing it to the club with instructions that I'm not interested in the motor but I'd like to buy The Gooch a meal.  Anyway, the Gooch catches, feeds Willie Kirby for a point. If I were John Maughan I'd be shouting, "Do I not like that?" The Mayo forwards are playing in the Mayo tradition: subsisting through famine. Conor Mortimer and Ciarán McDonald provoke near hysteria every time they touch the ball, but you can close your eyes and tell Mayo are struggling. The outbreaks of hysteria are getter fewer and farther between.  I love the two lads. When did Gaelic footballers begin to get so flamboyant? I remember Noel Lynch of Meath had a pretty blinding blond Afro years ago, the sort of hairdo you'd need planning permission for in a built-up area, but Westmeath never gave him the platform with which to etch his barnet into the national psyche.

Mortimer reminds me of the story of Seán Thornton, the bleached midfielder who signed a couple of years ago from Tranmere to Sunderland. Arriving on the windswept training ground the first day with his earlobe bejewelled, his hair peroxided and his boots matching, he drew a sad shaking-of-the-head from Bobby Sax, an old coach. "You'd better be good, son, you'd better be good."  And Ciarán McDonald? What's left to say? He's struck two sublime points against the traffic in this first half and everyone in Mayo loves him. They'd swear, in fact, that they always have. I once had a long, rather bizarre and heated argument over the phone with a woman from Mayo. We were discussing the topic of Ciarán's hair, which he was then marshalling into a splendid ponytail. Being the ace wordsmith that I am, I had called him "the ponytailed Ciarán McDonald".
"Why did you call him that?" screamed the woman down the phone.  "Because he has a ponytail," I said back, devastating her with my wit. "You know what I mean," she hollered.  "No, I don't. If he had a beard I might have called him the bearded McDonald. If he had big feet I'd call him Flipper McDonald."  "What were you trying to tell people about him?"  "That he has a ponytail?" "And who has ponytails?"  "Ponies?"
"Don't be smart."
"People in advertising? Bicycle couriers? Artists? Who?" "You know who."  "Who?"  "Homosexuals. You were saying that he's a homosexual. You're a homophobe." This was news to me and, I'm sure, had it been brought to his attention, to Mr McDonald, who I'm sure isn't gay but has every right to be if he so desires.  Anyway, since then I've always been careful about the ponytail issue, and now I dither before describing his do de jour as cornrows lest I get a call accusing me of accusing Ciarán of being black, which I'm not, and which he has every right to be if he so desires.

Mind wandering badly now. Twenty-one minutes gone. Kerry have nine points on the board and the firm of Moynihan and Russell representing them on the bench. Every time I look back at the action Kerry are clipping over another point. Before half-time I'm playing a little game with myself, trying to spot the first Mayo person to get up and leave, shaking his head in conspicuous, mock sadness as if beating the traffic or getting an early pint wasn't what's on his mind.m  Before half-time - quite a way before half-time - Mayo bring David Brady on for Fergal Kelly. There's not much you can say to a man like Kelly at a time like that. Big day, everyone here and you get hauled off before you're warmed up properly.Anyway, Brady is on for 30 seconds when The Gooch leaps like a carrot-topped salmon and pulls down another high one. This time he skins the Mayo defence and puts it in the back of the net. Genius. Game over.  Early in the second half I go to unplug my laptop and accidentally unplug the TV monitor which four of us hacks are sharing. It won't come back to life. We only get monitors for big days in Croke Park and they're such a treat that what I've done is a crime for which I deserve to be flung from the upper deck of the Hogan. The lads just shrug. Nothing on worth watching anyway.  Mind rambling again. I remember being at one-sided basketball games in the US where they would have promotions to keep the crowd interested. If the Knicks, say, score 110 points everyone in the crowd gets free pizza. So in a game that's as dead as a Dana presidential bid the crowd would be apoplectic, urging the boys to pile on the scores. What would 80,000 slices of pizza cost? Kerry are on 1-19 and relaxed. Just say we all got pizza if they score 20. It would stop all those people leaving.
Mike Frank scores the last point for Kerry. An emphatic punctuation mark at the close of business. Strikes me that I'm not old, but I've been here to watch Kerry in 15 finals since 1972, seen them win 11 of them. Any wonder that, when it comes to these September pageants, Kerry are always Kerry and the rest of Ireland are always the supporting cast.


That was before 2005

Awful crap.

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Mayo gave as good as they got there, quite the one eyed commentary here.

Diarmuid O'Connor becoming every bit as unlikable as his brother of late, lots of nasty tackles and antics from him. You'd swear Mayo are as white as pure snow at times on here.

Not surprising to see O'Shea's gamesmanship getting swept under the rug again.

I think at this stage we all can agree that nobody likes anybody much. If a neutral likes a Mayo player - and I was the manager -  I would drop him. I don't like any Kerry, Dublin, Monaghan, Donegal or Tyrone players. Emyln Mulligan is a player I like but maybe because he is never going to be a threat, is he?

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Got some video of the match yesterday uploaded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF3YoA8P4Ro

Such a bit a flakin! I was on the far side so did not get a good view of a lot of that. Murphy's shot on Diarmuid O Connor after the throw up ball was cheap.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Are we mad?
« on: April 03, 2017, 01:23:16 PM »
Absolutely Jinxy. Certainly worth considering.

Yesterday was great enjoyment all around the country...unless you're from Laois.

That was some game with Offaly yesterday -  a hurling type score. No Ulster type boring-as-shite defences there.

Yes, but that kind of game now gets you into division 4.

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