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The Croke Park Classic – Why?

Brian Barry discusses the similarities between the players of the GAA, and those partaking in this weekend’s Croke Park Classic. As the dust settles, Planet GAA has come to accept that the organisation has diverted the All-Ireland semi-final to Limerick, in order for an American Football game to be held at headquarters. Rule 42 is now a distant memory. Despite …

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Is This The Worst First Pitch Ever?

When you’re selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in a Major League Baseball game, you know it can go one of two ways; impress the crowd and get cheered or humiliate yourself and get jeered. Sadly, for this Houston Astros fan it was a case of the latter. This pitch was so bad that it made Fifty Cent’s attempt …

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NHL Unhappy, Send Legal Letter To The Simpsons

The National Hockey League (NHL) has sent a strongly worded legal letter to the creators of The Simpsons due to a sketch in which Krusty The Clown vomits into the Stanley Cup. In 1998. It appears that the NHL are a bit behind on the times and have only now seen the episode of the Simpsons where Krusty pukes into …

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A Champion Made Not Born: The Curious Case of Judit Polgar

“They’re weak, all women. They’re stupid compared to men. They shouldn’t play chess…” (Bobby Fischer, former World Chess Champion) Bobby Fischer would live to eat his words. In 1991, aged 15 years, 4 months and 28 days, Judit Polgar would replace Fischer as the then-youngest grandmaster in the history of the game of chess, beating his record by 33 days …

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Old Man Makes Outrageous Catch At Chicago Cubs Game

An ageing Chicago Cubs fan made the catch of the week at Wrigley Field on Monday night. The Brewers beat the Cubs 3-1 thanks to a Mark Reynolds home run and two-out RBI double in the seventh from Khris Davis. However, the star of the show was undoubtedly the elderly Chicago Cubs fan that flew through the air to make one of …

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Garry Kasparov, Alien Abduction & the Battle for the Soul of Chess

David Sheehan provides an insight into Garry Kasparov’s battle to become the leader of the World Chess Federation. The Norwegian city of Tromso, lies deep inside the Arctic Circle and receives almost 20 hours of daylight at this time of year. It is a fitting setting as Garry Kasparov, chess’s most celebrated champion, strives to bring the sport of chess out of the …

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The Dassler Brothers – The German Giants Of Sporting Equipment

The story of the Dassler brothers and the creation of both Adidas and Puma is a fascinating one. Liam Cairns discusses the feud that helped to establish two of the world’s major sporting brands. As the bombs roared over Germany, both brothers Rudi and Adi Dassler began to journey underground clambering down into the bunker for safety from the bombs above. As the flashed …

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Unsung Hero: Glenn Burke – The Creator Of The High Five

This week’s Unsung Hero has somewhat of a retro feel to it as Stephen Walsh remembers Glenn Burke and the infamous “high five” phenomenon. “My name is Borat, high five!” One might be wondering why I happen to be quoting a movie that has no obvious relevance to any sporting matter, but I want to talk about the gesture detailed in …

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Concussion and the NHL

One of sports’ most dangerous injuries is also one that is hardest to diagnose. There’s a reason why concussion is known as the silent or invisible injury. Loads of people have seen ice hockey matches and noticed how violent it can get. Players smashed up against the glass, fights breaking out, bodies bouncing off the ice.  The Mighty Ducks it …

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Drowning Sorrows – The Decline of Irish Water Polo

Daire O’Driscoll discusses Irish Water Polo and the reasons for its sharp decline in recent years. Nostalgia is often something that permeates modern sport. Older generations grieve for what they had growing up and habitually describe their youth (in sport) while wearing the rose tinted glasses of nostalgia. In Ireland at least, there may be some rationale behind the melancholy …

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