Notes on a Balboathon

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

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At midday on Saturday Emmet Ryan sat down with Paul Fennessy and David Neary to watch and tweet all six Rocky movies. With spoilers throughout, here’s what he learned.
Racial politics and the Muhammad Ali-Apollo Creed dynamic
The timing of Rocky and its chief inspiration, Muhammad Ali’s victory over journeyman Chuck Wepner, made the presentation of African [...]

Comeback Special

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

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Ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United’s meeting on Sunday, Henry Bridge looks for a deeper meaning in the returns of Paul Scholes and Thierry Henry.
This Sunday sees the return of two old foes at the Emirates stadium, as Arsenal take on Manchester United and Thierry Henry could potentially line up against Paul Scholes. Two players [...]

Muhammad Ali at 70, a video tribute

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

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We don’t do video tributes often but when we do, we go the whole hog. With Muhammad Ali turning 70 on Tuesday, Emmet Ryan has delved through YouTube to tell the story of the ‘Greatest of All Time’*. With full fights, interviews, and documentaries, here’s everything you need to know about Ali’s lengthy career in [...]

We need to talk about Nigel…and Romain…and George…

Monday, January 9th, 2012

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In his first column for Action81.com, Peter Kavanagh bemoans the increase in abuse directed at Rugby referees.
There must be one hell of a view from just behind where I like to stand on the Anglesea Terrace in the RDS. I say this because week-in, week-out, the same guy screams for an offside decision at [...]

Football’s New Year Resolutions: Twelve hopes for football in 2012

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

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The New Year is here and Henry Bridge has a few resolutions for Football in 2012. As is the norm, most of these will be difficult to keep.
1. Spurs to win the Premier League
Not a Spurs fan, but since the Premier League began 19 seasons ago, only four teams have won it (and Blackburn [...]