Break Points: The Ripple Effect

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

When a butterfly flaps its wings in Tokyo there’s a tornado localised to Arthur Ashe stadium, or something like that – Declan Bruton breaks down the unseen winners and losers from last the 5 hour epic US Open Final.
*The Vanquished
After suffering a defeat, in any sport, there is a dilemma – hope your conqueror is [...]

A look at the 2012 update of Soccernomics

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The 2012 update to Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski’s book Soccernomics, aka Why England Lose, immediately missed the attention of those of us in 81 Towers. Thankfully Henry Bridge has put that right and offers his analysis of this updated edition of the 2009 book.
As you may be aware, I am a keen sports fan. [...]

Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on Dublin 0-14 Meath 1-5 – All-Ireland Minor Final

Monday, September 24th, 2012

It was tough for neutrals to watch but Dublin eventually cruised to their first Minor All-Ireland title in 28 years with victory over Meath. Emmet Ryan explains the tactical moves that led to such a dour encounter.
Meath watched the Kerry tape
Meath came out with a plan almost identical to what Kerry deployed in the second [...]

Tactics not Passion: Analysis of Donegal 2-11 Mayo 0-13 – All-Ireland Final

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Donegal claimed their second All-Ireland Football title with a four point victory over Mayo in Croke Park. Emmet Ryan looks at the tactical factors that decided this encounter.
Donegal target Murphy early
Scoring in bunches was expected in this game and Donegal set the tone early. Jim McGuinness’ charges targeted Michael Murphy repeatedly early as they sought [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing Donegal vs. Mayo – All-Ireland Football Final

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

A journey that began in May ends in Croke Park this Sunday. Donegal and Mayo clash for the Sam Maguire. Emmet Ryan breaks down the tactical factors that will affect this game.
The 45-45 vs. Man-isolation
These are two combatants built around their play in the middle third but with rather different ways of going about their [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing the Kilmacud Crokes Football 7s

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The eve of the All-Ireland Football Final sees the attention of the Gaelic Football world shift to Stillorgan for the annual All-Ireland Football 7s (or sevens). Emmet Ryan looks at the tactics required to win this one-day tournament.
Once again, it’s a 10-man game
Just like it’s Hurling equivalent, the Football 7s requires teams to manage the [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing Dublin vs. Meath – All-Ireland Minor Final

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Dublin seek to end a 28 year famine at Minor level when they take on Meath in Sunday’s All-Ireland Final. Emmet Ryan previews the tactics that will decide the outcome.
Dublin’s hard tempo
Dublin attack hard and fast from the start. Goals play a big role, with Dublin finding the net 13 times in 6 outings to [...]

Tactics not Passion: Tactical profile of Mayo

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Mayo enter Sunday’s game as underdogs but this edition comes to Croke Park with a tactically astute game. Emmet Ryan analyses James Horan and Mayo’s approach to Football.
The man-isolation game
In Maths, different problems require different solutions. Many of the greatest questions in Mathematics took years of effort with a mixture of approaches before finally being [...]

Tactics not Passion: Tactical profile of Donegal

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

This day week sees Donegal take on Mayo in the All-Ireland Football Final. As the first part of our build-up, Emmet Ryan examines the tactics used by Jim McGuinness and Donegal.
The 45-45
Donegal’s system is built around what happens in the middle third. This is no secret as opponents have sought to target this area repeatedly. [...]

Break Points: Roddick’s Retirement

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


With his final bow coming in Flushing Meadows, Andy Roddick hangs up his racquet. Declan Bruton looks back on the 2003 US Open winner’s career.
Andy Roddick won more than 600 tennis matches, but will be remembered for one that he lost. He won 32 titles but will remembered more for the one he didn’t – [...]