Tactics not Passion: Dublin 3-20 Meath 1-10

Monday, July 21st, 2014


This was as slaughter and one that went awfully by the book. Emmet Ryan looks back on Dublin’s win over Meath in Croke Park on Sunday.

We really have to start with it…
It was the key point in my preview (paywalled), it has been the key argument with every Dublin game going back to last year, [...]

Tactics not Passion: Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12

Monday, July 7th, 2014


Kerry walloped Cork in the Munster Final on Sunday. Impressive as the Kingdom were in victory, the story of the day was unquestionably Cork’s performance. Emmet Ryan writes about the dumbest 70 minute display he has seen since TnP began.
Well that was a fun 5 minutes
Cork looked meastly for a solid 5 minutes on Sunday. [...]

Tactics not Passion: Dublin 2-25 Wexford 1-12

Sunday, June 29th, 2014


Dublin swept aside Wexford in a game that, despite it’s awful start, had an awful lot in common with the typical narrative of Dublin games this season.
Beware aberrant periods
The opening quarter or so, it is reasonable to say, was forgettable for the casual viewer. Neither side was converting at a remotely passable rate with [...]

Tactics not Passion: Derry 0-11 Donegal 1-11

Sunday, May 25th, 2014


We are finally back. Several GAA outlets offer you plenty but only Tactics not Passion has the Doge. Oh that and a lengthy look at Derry’s possession game.

Derry’s possession game

The first half and pretty much the whole game was defined by Derry’s ponderous approach to play. When it worked, they ticked along nicely, when it [...]

On Janay Rice and the Ravens

Saturday, May 24th, 2014


On a weekend with lots of sports stories to get excited about, the Baltimore Ravens put a downer on proceedings with a knuckle-headed move that showed how out of touch sports organisations can be. Emmet Ryan gives his take.

Last night the Baltimore Ravens tweeted this from their official account:
Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the [...]

NHL Playoffs, take two

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The second round is nearly over but Emmet had a couple of wild weeks travelling, so belatedly here’s Zoe Coleman McNair’s round-up of round one and analysis if round two of the NHL playoffs which Emmet hastens to add she sent in on time and it’s all his fault.
So the first round of the playoffs [...]

Picking sides

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

In a World Cup year and with the major finals across most major European sports fast approaching, Declan Hughes offers his thoughts on how neutrals can decide which side to pick.
In my last piece I discussed provincial allegiances. This topic was inspired by a question posed to me by a player, Irish international Leah Ewert [...]

Ice Hockey’s knowledge war hits the playoffs

Friday, April 18th, 2014


With the Stanley Cup Playoffs under way, Zoe Coleman McNair looks at the struggle for acceptance of advanced stats in the NHL and breaks down the match-ups.
In 2012, the LA Kings barely scraped into the 8th seed in the Western Conference, and proceeded to practically cruise through the playoffs, only dropping four games before winning [...]

The WWE and the GAA aka the 2020 vision

Monday, April 14th, 2014


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


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. [...]