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Brolly on Gooch - 4 Like(s)
Brolly is entitled to his opinion but a lot of what he says is as close to factually incorrect as you can get. Cooper was not 'anonymous' in the 2005 and 2008 finals. In fact, he was very very good in both. In his article he has a go at Gooch for his performances in he 2002 and 2003 finals. Really? When he was, what, 18 or 19 years old? I mean come on. You can't be only selective when it suits. Brolly points the finger at Cooper when Kerry lose but basically credits the rest of the team when they win. He writes off games against Mayo or Cork getting people to believe that all Kerry have to do is show up in those games so Cooper's performances don't matter. This whole 'grab the game by the scruff of the neck stuff' is just stupid. It's a team game and Cooper is the ultimate team player. You could never accuse him of being greedy on the ball and not passing to someone in a better position. There is a certain nostalgia about Canavan. He was a great player but I've seen him kept quiet of many occasions down through the years. By Brolly's assertions, if you don't star in every single game then you aren't great. The question he asked Tomas O'Se was a loaded one. 'Name a game where Cooper stood up and changed it'. Firstly, when you have hundreds of games where you think Cooper was brilliant, as Tomas did, you are being asked to name one - that immediately degrades all of the other performances and makes it look like there is only 1 you can mention. Likewise, if you only name 2 or 3. Brolly knows what he is doing with that line of questioning. If you asked someone on the spot to name all the games where Canavan dragged Tyrone across the line they would have similar problems. It's a dishonest way of arguing your point.

benjyyy (National) - 10/04/2017 11:37:33

Tyrone v Donegal - 4 Like(s)

Replying To spiritof1991:  "Lockjaw if you think any of those guys would make the Dublin or Kerry Teams you are seriously deluded. 1. McBreaty - Couldn't make the Donegal Team v Antrim , never mind a Dublin 15. 2. McHugh - Too small and suited only to an outdated sweeper role which the top teams no longer play. Didn't feature in the game v Tyrone. 3. McGee - Too many disciplinary problems and given an absolute career ending run around by Tyrone on Sunday. Thanks for proving my point."
If your point was about you knowing very little about Gaelic football, then you have certainly proved your point.

benjyyy (National) - 20/06/2017 12:56:00

Glenswilly 0-03 St Eunans 0-02 - 4 Like(s)

Replying To moc.dna:  "Good man an apologist for the sh#te football, if you watched enough games over the last few years & opened your eyes to what's on display you might see that, probably difficult when your trying to rack up likes with endless posts, truly blinded to reality, sad really, not even worthy of a debate."
He's not apologising for sh*te football and why would he? I think the players themselves will know they were in a terrible game, no need for the whole country to jump on it.

The game had 27 wides, 6 balls dropped into the keepers hands and 2 shots hitting the post.

An unusually bad game it was, but there are people just using it to suit their narrative instead of getting a bit of context.

benjyyy (National) - 24/07/2016 20:01:35

Should Cavan V Dublin Be In Navan? - 4 Like(s)

Replying To ConnollyDub:  "Playing a stormer? Total opposite IMO It will have a negative effect on his players. Its almost like saying we haven't a hope in hell of beating the dubs in Croker."
I don't think anyone is in a position to lecture Mickey Graham on psychological impact to players given how the players have performed so far. Seems like he knows them pretty well. I also don't understand why it would give a message that they don't have a chance otherwise. Does that mean nobody should ever fight against being held to a disadvantage because it shows weakness? Nobody is trying to be unfair to Dublin. They worst they will ever have to face is equality, unlike every other team playing them.

benjyyy (National) - 24/11/2020 13:21:01

Dublin'S Free Count - 4 Like(s)
Ah now lads a lot of the giving out about whingers is fair enough and I'm not one for conspiracy theories. But the fact is that Dublin conceded 5 more frees than Meath yet got no cards when Meath got 6 yellows and 1 black. That's a talking point in anyone's book.

benjyyy (National) - 24/06/2019 20:49:42

Glenswilly 0-03 St Eunans 0-02 - 3 Like(s)

Replying To border Gael:  "Wonder why were there no county players playing in Donegal today? Tyrone players are all out with their clubs today. This type of game is destroying Gaelic Football as a spectacle. In all honesty who would pay in to see these two teams in action again apart from family."
Because Donegal are playing this Saturday. Tyrone aren't playing for 2 weeks.

benjyyy (National) - 24/07/2016 19:23:37

Murphy v EOG - 3 Like(s)

Replying To Joxer:  "DL and Hill, agree with both if you. Yes DL you're right, a lot of players mouth and that's accepted. Clearly Connolly was targeted for exceptional treatment. I watched him from the off around halfway line and within seconds of the throw-in he was receiving verbals, took a punch and nearly had his shirt ripped off his back. The Donegal player even kept his back to play so that he could continue mouthing in Connolly's face. Mayo did it to him last year and we had Westmeath doing it this year. What is the job of linesmen and umpires when refs cannot see this going on? Maybe a second ref is the solution. And yes Philly is not one to keep his mouth shut either so I'm not saying Dublin don't engage in this either. Just thought we saw a different level in deliberate attemts to get Connolly sent off. And you know, it worked!"
Joxer, seriously let it go. You are acting as if Dublin never do these things. Neil Gallagher was targeted in the game 2 years ago. Rory O'Carroll had his back to the ball waving his arms in Neil's face the whole time and doing his best to annoy him. Eventually Neil lost it and grabbed ROC and threw him out of the way - for which he got booked. Immediately, ROC was switched off Gallagher and on to Murphy. Now, you tell me that isn't pre-planned?

benjyyy (National) - 07/08/2016 12:14:04

Aidan O'Shea Diving - 3 Like(s)
Nobody has even mentioned it yet but O'Shea shouldn't have been on the pitch. He dragged down a Fermanagh player in midfield, already on a booking, so it should either have been a black or a yellow, followed by a red

benjyyy (National) - 09/07/2016 17:50:07

Dublin V Cavan - 3 Like(s)
You can't be writing that with a straight face surely. Dublin will have the game won by half time. Same as if they were playing Donegal. The gap has never been wider.

benjyyy (National) - 22/11/2020 18:00:47

Donegal v Galway - 3 Like(s)
I'll stop short of going on a full rant now until I gather my thoughts but suffice to say I hope that's the last we see of Rory Gallagher in charge of that team. I saw it coming in a way with the Longford performance but that was dreadful beyond words. Lads tried hard until the very end but it's time for new ideas.

benjyyy (National) - 22/07/2017 21:58:28

Dublin Vs Donegal - 3 Like(s)
Donegal in a very difficult position now. Very much need Dublin to win in Omagh next week but there's every chance Tyrone will get something. Thought they were very impressive tonight and home advantage counts for a lot. Not overly disappointed with the performance tonight but it puts us in all sorts of trouble regarding qualification given Tyrone's margin of victory. Would much rather be in their shoes. Dublin played the ball around in their own back line for long periods and I cant blame them for that. In fact I could resurrect a thread from years ago where I suggested we should have done that against Tyrone in the Ulster final a few years back when double scores up rather than attacking and playing right into their hands by turning the ball over and letting them counter attack. By the same token I cant really criticise Donegal not committing more bodies forward because it would just have been folly to Dublin. They are way too good to get caught in possession that high up the field - even when 3 bodies around them they manage to recycle. So saying we just throw everyone forward is stupid - the game has advanced past that now and Dublin are experts at keeping the ball.

benjyyy (National) - 14/07/2018 22:55:58

Michael Duignan on Sky coverage and the GAA - 3 Like(s)
It's a very popular opinion to suggest that everything should be free but just to provide a bit of balance here are a couple of important points. 1. The money that the GAA receive from Sky is supposed to be reinvested back into the game. Now you can argue at whether that is being done and I hope it is, but it's an important point here . 2. The games that Sky show are additional to games that were shown in years previous. There are still the same number of free to air games shown that there has always been. 15 years ago you'd not have seen any of the qualifiers games. The coverage of games these days is higher than ever.

benjyyy (National) - 09/07/2017 23:52:39

Neil Gallagher Retires. - 3 Like(s)
The thing about Neil is he's so much more than his high fielding ability, which was phenomenal. But even if he couldn't have caught a high ball to save his life, he still would have been one of my first names on the teamsheet. For me he brought a Xavi like presence to Donegal. He was always in a position to receive a pass and hardly ever lost possession. He didn't do anything too complicated but always made good decisions. He had a great football brain, both offensively and defensively. I think that side of him was very much underrated for a long time and still probably is to some extent. When people look at him they might be fooled into thinking he's just a big, physical presence, great under the high ball, but he was so much more than that.

benjyyy (Donegal) - 21/02/2017 18:33:28

Two tier championship - 3 Like(s)
Rubbish. Monaghan would have been in the top tier anyway so I don't get your point? Dublin had to beat 2 Division 4 teams to reach a provincial final thats ridiculous. And you say the gap would get even wider - how much wider than 31 points can it get?! How is today going to help Westmeath!

benjyyy (National) - 25/06/2017 19:22:40

Donegal v Tyrone - 3 Like(s)
Lot of talk about Tyrone being the young vibrant team and Donegal being old and tired so I'll leave this here. Average age of starting 15: Tyrone: 26 Donegal: 25

benjyyy (National) - 16/07/2016 08:28:29

Home Advantage - 2 Like(s)
This may come as a suprise to you Hill but the wind often blows in the same direction in the same location. In Donegal you get weather fronts coming in from the west so the wind blows for there and it is often strong. Having that knowedge instinctively having played in the location does help. The more things you can do instinctively in any activity frees up your brain for making other (time-pressured) decisions. Its like learning to drive around your town for the first time versus doing it after 10 years. After a while you don't need to concentrate on timing the clutch and the gear change right so you are able to chat/sing/wave at people while doing it. Obviously not to the same extent but the small things do help in the long run.

benjyyy (National) - 05/04/2017 16:33:35

Tyrone Boycott Of RTE - 2 Like(s)

Replying To tearintom:  "It was a wee bit more than that. It was as result of the John Murray show doing a comedy sketch about Harte going to see the Dali Lama after his daughters murder which included using the song "the pretty little girl from Omagh" RTE apologised and removed the sketch immediatley. I dont blame Tyrone or Mickey Harte one bit and Harte annoys me to be honest but i think hes dead right. The sketch was just months after his daughters death and Harte had let it be known he was going there to listen to the Dali Lama's teachings on forgiveness etc."
Just a small but important correction here. RTE never apologised. They "regretted any offence caused" but did not apologise. I think if they had then this wod be over long ago.

benjyyy (National) - 20/08/2018 14:22:06

Glenswilly 0-03 St Eunans 0-02 - 2 Like(s)
Bit of perspective lads. Yes it was unusually bad but with games up and down the country you are going to get the odd outlier. The game wasn't even that defensive but just an off day for both teams. It was moved from 3pm to 12pm so maybe still a few sore heads from last night! John Haran, who played in the game, had this to say on Twitter These 2 teams played last month and it finished 2-12 to 6-5 so don't go overboard. I agree it is an amusing scoreline.

benjyyy (National) - 24/07/2016 19:27:23

Should Cavan V Dublin Be In Navan? - 2 Like(s)

Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "Think it's silly and unhelpful for his team for Mickey Graham to be asking for the semi final to be moved out of Croke Park. If he wanted to make representations for that he should have done it behind the scenes. Publicly speaking about it keeps a psychological barrier intact for his players, as if the task wasnt difficult enough. The fact is without crowds, a pitch is just a pitch and "home advantage" has little or no significance. This has been borne out week after week in the Premiership this year, where teams that were previously formidable at home are losing home matches now in the absence of crowds. By all means he should lobby to be allowed a couple of training sessions in CP so that his players who have no experience of playing there can get used to the surface, but otherwise he should have kept his mouth shut."
The studies on this have shown that while crowds are a factor, they are not the only factor to home advantage. Have a look for the study which showed that teams who moved their home stadium didn't perform as well in the first year after moving (despite still having the advantage of the home crowd). There are a number of psychological factors to playing in a familiar location.

benjyyy (National) - 24/11/2020 11:37:18

Club Championships - 2 Like(s)
Absolutely gutted to hear that Kieran Gillespie has done his ACL. Massive loss to Gaoth Dobhair and Donegal too. Was challenging Neil for the full back slot for the county team a couple of years back but has really struggles with injuries since and now this just when he was coming good again. Really feel for the lad

benjyyy (National) - 06/11/2018 19:02:09