Tactics not Passion: Donegal’s quest to retain Sam

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Winning one All-Ireland is tough, retaining the title is tougher. Emmet Ryan, author of Tactics not Passion, looks at what Donegal needs to do to win Sam again in 2013 and how the rest of the country will try to stop them.
There was an easy narrative this summer. The Donegal of 2012 was a different [...]

A football fan’s Christmas

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Taking a different approach to the season’s greetings, here’s Henry Bridge celebrating the day with Martin Tyler and Alan Smith. IT’S LIVE.
Hello, and welcome to Sky Sports live coverage of Christmas Day. We’re here at Chestnut Grove, and it promises to be an exciting day, where anything could happen.
And already we’ve had a sensational start [...]

Connacht have no excuse to blame Blues

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Mike McCarthy’s announced move to Leinster has caused no shortage of consternation. Peter Kavanagh looks at the complex issues, dating back to before the lock’s arrival in Galway, that led to his move.
Drinking alone is not a pastime to be highly recommended; but on occasion, it can lead to exciting and interesting encounters. It was [...]

Tactics not Passion: The Final Push

Monday, December 17th, 2012


This is it, the final pre-Christmas push for Tactics not Passion. First off a massive thanks to all of you. As most of this site’s readers know, the book isn’t in shops as I went down the self-publishing route but thanks to your support it’s already done better than expected. Enough copies have been sold [...]

Tactics not Passion: Ballymun Kickhams 0-11 Portlaoise 0-8

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Ballymun Kickhams claimed their first ever provincial title with victory over Portlaoise in Mullingar on Sunday. Emmet Ryan breaks down the tactical factors that led to their victory.
Failure to check
Despite failing to get off the mark in the early stages, Ballymun took control from the start through their defence. The Dublin champions focussed on [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing the Leinster Club Final

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Portlaoise take on Ballymun Kickhams in the Leinster Club Final on Sunday. Emmet Ryan breaks down the tactical factors that will decide the fourth and final provincial final of the season.
Ballymun will look to start fast
While Paul Curran’s charges are built from the back, Ballymun have shown a tendency to look to get off [...]

Has Toronto’s Famine Ended?

Friday, December 7th, 2012

After winning the 100th Grey Cup, crowning them Canadian Football League (CFL) champions, the Toronto Argonauts are still unsure if they are a major force in Canada’s financial capital. Declan Hughes was in Toronto during Grey Cup week to take the temperature of sports fans in the city.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city with, depending on [...]

Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on Crossmaglen 3-9 Kilcoo 1-9

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Crossmaglen claimed their third straight Ulster title with an uneven performance against Kilcoo. Emmet Ryan breaks down last Sunday’s intriguing battle.
Cross go for the jugular
Despite having a tendency to score goals early, Crossmaglen’s campaign to date had suffered from slow starts or rather slow by their standards. There was no fear of this happening [...]

Tactics not Passion: Analysing Dr Crokes 0-19 Castlehaven 0-12

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Dr Crokes cruised to victory in the Munster Club Championship Final with a dominant display against Castlehaven. Emmet Ryan looks at the tactical factors that led to the Killarney club’s victory.
Casey opens a hole
While mostly a man-marking game, each side looked to make a positional move to influence the outcome. Castlehaven moved Mark Cahalane [...]