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Kit O' Keeffe

Kit O' Keeffe
An avid NFL fan, Kit also extends his views and opinions to soccer and the state of the modern game. A keen Liverpool and Green Bay Packers fan, Kit tries his best to remain objective, although he is certain that Luis Suarez has already bagged the PFA Player of the Year, no discussion needed.

PA Issues: The Michael Sam Saga & Homosexuality in Sport

PA Issues returns this week with a look at Michael Sam’s announcement about his sexuality and the impact it could have on his professional future. “I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it, I just want to own my truth. I am an openly, proud gay man.” These are quotes …

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The Importance of Respecting Referees

Contempt. Controversy. Dispute. These are some of the buzz words associated with referees in the English Premiership.  In soccer, we see players berate and abuse the ref with little consequences. We witness post match interviews where managers criticise the referee’s decisions. This puts into question whether the sporting bodies that control the rules and regulations are giving enough protection to …

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Are quarterbacks overprotected?

Kit O’ Keeffe speaks about how the Quarterback position in NFL is intrinsically linked to the success of Franchises and how the position has evolved as the sport grows internationally. Over the last ten years, through rule changes, the importance of the Quarterback position has grown and shaped the sport of NFL. Pre Tom Brady/Peyton Manning, franchises could win with …

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Hiring and Firing – Short term results vs. Long term goals

The state of English soccer has been corrupted by the necessity to achieve short term goals, writes Kit O’ Keeffe. There seems to be a common theme in modern sports where fans and the boards demand too much from managers and head coaches. I am not just discussing the fickle nature of the manager’s position but also how we as fans …

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Irish Soccer Can Learn From Rugby’s Provincial Model

Can Irish soccer learn from the rugby model? Could the four Irish provinces, teams from both of Scotland’s largest cities, and all nine teams from the Welsh Premier Division compete in the RaboDirectPro12?  Kit O’ Keeffe argues that this is exactly what Irish soccer needs. What Irish soccer has been short of since the inception of the League of Ireland …

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