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Shane O' Mahony

Shane O' Mahony
Journalism student in DCU from Navan who covers all aspects of soccer and the NFL. A passionate Liverpool, Meath and Seattle Seahawks supporter which has caused Shane more grief than joy over the last few years. Was once the Roy Carroll of Meath underage soccer goalkeepers but has since retired.

Seattle Seahawks look early to legacy

It would be easy to say that Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll looks jubilant more often than he does not, writes Shane O’ Mahony. The 62 year-old, the 2nd oldest head coach in the league, bounces around on the sideline with enthusiasm and energy like nobody else in the league. But Carroll has never looked more ecstatic than the day …

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Seahawks blow-out Super Bowl

There was an unmistakably fresh feeling to Super Bowl 48. It was the first Super Bowl ever to be played in New York, and surely not the last after such a resounding success through the week, it contained a Seahawks team that had never won a Super Bowl and a Broncos franchise who hadn’t been to one since 1998 and …

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Luis Suarez and the search for a scapegoat

The real meaning of the proclamations that the Premier League is the best league in the world came to light on Monday. FIFA unveiled their FIFPRO team of the year, with no Premier League player to be found. To be fair to the Premier League, the FIFPRO XI is often the focus of criticism for perceived Spanish favouritism, this year …

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Keys to the NFC Championship Game

Shane O’ Mahony previews the NFC Championship game, which takes place this weekend. Before the season began there was a lot of talk of the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers the two best teams in the NFL. So often the NFL fails to play out as expected but this year we’ll get treated to getting to watch the two …

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5 Things We Learned From The NFL Divisional Playoffs

After another thrilling weekend of football, Shane O’ Mahony gives us the five biggest talking points from the divisional playoffs. 1. The run game is alive and well In a league dominated by elite quarterbacks and freakishly athletic wide receivers the phrase “it’s a passing league” is accurately thrown around virtually every week. Throughout the divisional playoffs however we saw …

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NFL 2013 Regular Season Awards

Pundit Arena’s Shane O’ Mahony brings us his NFL Regular Season Awards. MVP: Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos) Next. In all seriousness though there is absolutely no justification needed for naming Peyton Manning as the MVP for the 5th time in his hall of fame career. Manning broke, or at least equalled, just about every possible record from the opening game of …

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Five Things We Learned from the NFL Wildcard Round

Shane O’ Mahony delivers his five talking points from the Wildcard round in the NFL. 1. The 49ers have weapons all over the field Even after being pushed right up until the final seconds by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, the 49ers came out of it convincing many people that they’re the hottest team in football right now. …

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Five Things We Learned from Week 17 in the NFL

1. With Rodgers, anything is possible for the Packers It was just 2011 when Aaron Rodgers dragged an injury ravaged Green Bay team from the 6th seed of the NFC to a Super Bowl victory with some startling performances. This year, the pieces are falling into place for him to do it all over again. Even as the parts of …

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Five Conclusions from Gameweek 16 in the NFL

Shane O’ Mahony brings us this week’s Five Conclusions from Gameweek 16 in the NFL. 1. Bruce Arians is as good a coach as anyone We could have talked about how we learned that Seattle can be beaten at home, but the Cardinals deserve to be the focus of this discussion instead of the losers on Sunday. Holding Russell Wilson …

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Five Things We Learned From Week 15 in the NFL

Shane O’ Mahony delivers this week’s ‘Five Things We Learned’ from an exhilarating weekend of NFL action. 1. Nothing hass changed for Tony Romo and Dallas If any team in the NFL was going to drop a 26-3 half-time at home to a team lead by Matt Flynn it was always going to be the Dallas Cowboys. That Tony Romo …

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