Mayo romped to victory in Pearse Stadium against a Galway team that couldn’t handle the pace. Emmet Ryan breaks down a one-sided affair in the Connacht Championship.
Galway play the wrong game
Whatever plan Galway may have had went out the window as soon as they looked to match Mayo’s pace. As expected, James Horan’s side [...]
Cavan recorded an historic victory over Armagh on Sunday. Much later than usual, due to his holiday, Emmet Ryan breaks down a game where intransigence from Armagh cost them dear.
Cavan press high
It seems the phrase ‘press high’ is becoming increasingly common as a subtitle for these columns. Essentially the concept involves a defence seeking [...]
The journey comes to an end in the Big Apple. Kevin Burke’s final stop is in New York City.
In two weeks crossing America, I’d encountered almost every American stereotype – the cowboy, the Amish, the corn-growers, the hippy, the gun apologist. There was still time, on the last leg of the trip, to tick off [...]
With a pair of German teams playing in England to decide Football’s Champions League in 8 days, Emmet Ryan looks at the regional demographics of the secondary sports in each country and examines the difficulty each have in cracking opposing markets.
Football is the undisputed king in England and Germany. Both possess leagues in the top [...]
The long road is nearly over, we rejoin Kevin Burke for the penultimate leg of his journey in Chicago for a trip to Wrigley Field.
In 1994, we received the letter most Irish families receive at some time – long-lost American relations were coming over looking for the family left behind in the Aul Sod. After [...]
The crowds were hardly fantastic, the locals didn’t really know it was going on, yet for three days London was unquestionably the capital of European Basketball. Emmet Ryan on the Euroleague Final Four and Nike International Junior Tournament (NIJT).
The Olympic redevelopment mustn’t have hit this part of Greenwich. Walking two miles from Blackheath to the [...]
In response to Malcolm Gladwell’s recent argument in favour of using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in cycling, Emmet Ryan looks at the areas Gladwell glossed over or ignored and explains why the human body isn’t like a Formula 1 car.
Really, this again. The pro-PEDs movement has had its champions in the mainstream media in the [...]
Comparisons between eras are futile and often detract from the larger point. On the 30th anniversary of Aberdeen’s European Cup Winner’s Cup Final triumph, Emmet Ryan reflects on the first place where Alex Ferguson performed miracles.
‘Stand Free wherever you may be,
We are the famous Aberdeen,
We don’t give a fuck
whoever you may be,
We are the famous [...]
Tomorrow FC Barcelona aims to reach its fourth European semi-final of the season but there’s a good chance most of you haven’t even heard of the sport they are playing. Emmet Ryan takes you inside the world of Rink Hockey, where players on wheels wield sticks.
While at a Basketball game at Palau Blaugrana last month, [...]
In the first of our columns looking back on the career of Alex Ferguson, Henry Bridge gives his take on the extent of his legacy at Old Trafford.
Nothing lasts forever. But we thought Alex Ferguson might. He never wanted to finish early. We thought they’d have to carry him out of Old Trafford in a [...]