Tactics not Passion: Highlights of the Season

Friday, September 30th, 2011

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We are taking a rather liberal definition of the season here, using the All Ireland Football Final as the definitive end and thus everything between said finals as the season. If there is anything left out that you really wanted included, please say so in the comments and we’ll do our best to address them. [...]

Ranking the Presidential candidates by pre-match greeting entertainment value

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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The field is set and seven candidates will fight it out in the 2011 Irish Presidential election. More importantly, one of these candidates will be replacing Mary McAleese in the role of shaking players’ hands before the All-Ireland finals and major Football and Rugby internationals. Emmet Ryan ranks them from 1 to 7 based on [...]

The Strange Case of Fernando Torres (or, the Costs of Being Very Expensive)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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In his latest Football column, Henry Bridge calls for calm in reacting to the infamous miss by Fernando Torres.
If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you saw the Manchester United – Chelsea match last Sunday, or at least saw the highlights (I didn’t see it live either. Why oh why could the [...]

Tactics not Passion: Strategic war sees Dublin beat Kerry 1-12 to 1-11

Monday, September 19th, 2011

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Some tactical wars are obvious, others are more nuanced. Sunday’s All Ireland Football Final was most certainly the latter. Emmet Ryan breaks down the moves that decided the clash between Dublin and Kerry.
Donaghy’s double-move
Kerry were expected to deliver a few tweaks that we hadn’t already seen this season. Jack O’Connor didn’t disappoint as he made [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing Kerry vs Dublin

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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It’s finally here, the All-Ireland Football Final between Kerry and Dublin. Emmet Ryan says it’s time to forget the tradition, these are two intriguing teams that should deliver a fascinating final.
Old rivals, new approaches
Much has been made of the history of the rivalry between Dublin and Kerry. In terms of on-field strategy, we should expect [...]

Romo under fire but 49ers fans fear Smith collapse

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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Dallas Cowboys fans have their doubts over quarterback Tony Romo following his fourth quarter implosion about the Jets. Their opponents this weekend would kill to have their problems. In the first ever article here chosen by Facebook fan vote, Emmet Ryan examines San Francisco’s messy relationship with Alex Smith.
Tony Romo and Alex Smith both took [...]

Shoddy secondaries should hamper Irish and Wolverines

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

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Fresh off a thrilling 35-31 win for Michigan over Notre Dame under lights in the Big House, Emmet Ryan looks at the challenges facing both teams in the weeks to come.
Wash, rinse, repeat
The numbers weren’t quite as explosive as last season’s encounter but Denard Robinson was once again the difference between the Wolverines and the [...]

ONE targets Asian MMA dominance

Friday, September 9th, 2011

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Harry McEvansoneya looks at the prospects for a the heavily back ONE Fighting Championships in Asia.
After an impressive run of hype, September ushered in the birth of a new mixed martial arts organisation, one that appears to have serious funding and very serious abitions. ONE Fighting Championships is a new Asian MMA promotion from Singapore [...]

The People’s Game?

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

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In the wake of Ireland’s improbable draw in Moscow, Henry Bridge looks at the impact threats to the international game have on fans.
Amidst the disbelief at Ireland’s draw in Russia, and Armenia-induced euphoria, you may or may not have heard about the European Club Association (ECA) proposals for a reduction in the number of international [...]

Guest Blog: Bernard Brogan “Strength of character clinches final destination”

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

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We kick off our build-up to the All Ireland Football Final with a bang as we have a guest post from 2010 Footballer of the year,  Dublin’s Bernard Brogan.
It’s new, it’s different and it’s exciting to be playing inter county football into the month of September.  We’ve waited a long time and have [...]