The WWE and the GAA aka the 2020 vision

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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What does scripted sports entertainment have to do with Gaelic Games aside from the obvious cynical digs? Oh nothing, just the road map for the future of broadcasting. Emmet Ryan explains.

The debate over the GAA’s deal with Sky didn’t take long to move on to the obvious question of what happens when the next deal [...]

Coffee with Creed: Episode 3 – Rocky III

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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Like we could pick any other scene for the title image. Welcome once again to Coffee with Creed, our analysis of race and politics in the Rocky movies.

Emmet Ryan is joined by Paul Fennessy of TheScore.ie to discuss the contrasting portrayals of Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang in the third instalment of the Rocky saga. [...]

Coffee with Creed: Episode 2 – Rocky II

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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In the second part of our series looking at race and politics in the Rocky movies, Emmet Ryan is joined by David Neary to discuss Rocky II.

This was the film where Apollo Creed, willingly or not, simply had to play the villain. In this episode we discuss how this was managed along with the change [...]

Coffee with Creed: Episode 1 – Rocky

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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Welcome to a new series here on Action81.com. Coffee with Creed takes a look at race and politics across each of the Rocky movies.

Over the course of each episode I’m joined by a guest to discuss how these issues were addressed in each of the Italian Stallion’s movies. The title is named for the unique, [...]

Is provincial loyalty really a thing?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

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While rugby makes it easy for sports fans to associate with their province, the lines are far more blurred elsewhere in sport. Declan Hughes discusses his experiences.
In early February 2014 I was at the under 21 Intervarsities hockey tournament being hosted at Grange Road home of Three Rock Rovers, and had just witnessed Ulster dispatching [...]

Neil Francis, you’re not helping

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Neil Francis appeared on Off the Ball on Newstalk on Sunday along with Eugene McGee to talk about Joe Brolly’s column in the Irish Daily Mail on Sunday about Donal Óg Cusack, the retired Cork hurler who was the first GAA player to come out. Francis, winner of sports columnist of the year at the [...]

A tale of two hockeys

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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Declan Hughes went to two games of hockey on opposite sides of the Atlantic with rather different atmospheres. From Belfield and the Bell Centre, here’s how Declan experienced his two favourite hockey teams.
When I was 3 years old my parents emigrated to Canada. The city they chose was Montreal. An unusual choice given, Montreal is [...]

The cold reality facing Michael Sam

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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Michael Sam, the SEC defensive player of the year, could be the first openly gay player in NFL history. The road ahead for Sam is filled with the irrationality of those in power. This isn’t going to be fun.
To use American Football parlance, Michael Sam has a lot of upside. He was named defensive player [...]

Forget Rodman and Matt Cooper, what is Craig Hodges thinking?

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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Dennis Rodman is doing something stupid. Matt Cooper isn’t being very smart by joining him. The same can be said for most of the party in Pyongyang for a basketball exhibition. Craig Hodges however is a big outlier. How does a man of such strong political will make such an awful choice?
Most of the gang [...]

The Kav’s official list for Santa

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…Peter Kavanagh was making a ruckus because this is what he wants from Santa.
Dear Santa,
I’ve been a really good boy; I even won the Irish Baseball B League and didn’t punch anyone all season. I was respectful of all my opponents and tolerant of umpires. [...]