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Any word or update on a manager or the identity of any of the 9 candidates?

PeterQ92 (Donegal) - Posts: 108 - 02/08/2023 17:20:54    2498723

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Replying To SixtiesKid:  "make up your own mind on the game. If you need stuffed shirts to interpret it for you you shouldn't be watching it."
I usually do. Never liked the stuffed shirt, prefer the real thing.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1780 - 02/08/2023 19:31:46    2498743

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "They never said that they got it wrong. Thomas O'Se said that he thought that they had got it wrong. It was just his opinion, not everyone else's."
Ciarán Whelan also voted for Clifford for poty..Tomas and Ciarán were on a podcast with Mikey Foley and two other yesrday eve and Ciaran stated David Clifford.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 3717 - 02/08/2023 19:37:50    2498745

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Replying To Sindar:  "Cantwell always looking for a controversy even if there isn't one. Bill O'Herlihy used to say that his job was to the let the pundits at it and ask the questions that every other mere mortal wanted to ask. Maybe not his exact words but you get the jist.

I like Canavan. I certainly listen to what he has to say. Hard for him to do Tyrone though with sons in the squad.

Whelan is a bit of a bore I find. Sorry Dubs!
Give Keegan a chance. It's his first year.
Tomás seems to make things up as he goes along. And he needs to stop with those long blinks! Not very camera trained is he?

Fitzmaurice on the commentary is very good even if he doesn't have the voice for it. Speaks in a drone but he picks up on things happening in the game very quickly.

Agree that there's no craic on it. Cavanagh tried to rise Keegan on Sunday about his non existent AI medals. It went down like a lead balloon.
These are the times we live in I guess.

Also Maloney is a very good commentator"
Its bizarre that Fitzmaurice was part of the live commentary team. Even on the hurling game panels, one ex from each county and one neutral its nauseating, mind you BBC commentary (IMO) was a lot better on sunday.

arock (Dublin) - Posts: 4913 - 02/08/2023 20:59:05    2498755

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I'd revamp the whole highlights show by scrapping pundits and replacing them with ordinary fans.

Have trials each year for members of the public to audition for the highlights show. It would bring unpredictability and proper opinions.

RTE could then compare the live pundits to the analytical fan and see which one the public prefers.

RTE ain't too good at moving with the times so I doubt they'd agree to this.

slayer (Limerick) - Posts: 6480 - 02/08/2023 21:58:41    2498762

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Replying To royaldunne:  "She is. But they missed a huge opportunity when they didn't give it to evanne. Now there's a woman who knows her sports and can get pundits to to actually talk. Huge own goal on RTÉ part"
Definitely. Would have been the right woman for the job.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1963 - 03/08/2023 00:05:59    2498768

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "Fitzmaurice is an excellent commentator, very knowledgeable and fair to all teams. I've had my say on Cantwell. I think she tries to control all conversations and pundits like a prim schoolteacher. It seems to be all about her. Whelan has been there too long while O'Se used to be good but he just looks bored now. The whole programme is as stale as month old bread. I always found Dara O'Cinneide very good and couldn't understand why he wasn't part of The Sunday Game set up."
I have to disagree on Fitzmaurice.

Yes hes very fair and very knowledgeable, in those terms hes probably the best, but he simply hasnt got the voice for it. Its just one monotonous drone no matter whats happening, i know thats not his fault but thats just how it is.

In regards to the sunday game ive actually stopped watching it and also never watch the before game, half time or after game analysis on RTE. Despite never watching them i can still pretty much guarantee i know exactly what theyve said cos its the same every week, blah, blah bland bland!

tearintom (Wexford) - Posts: 1364 - 03/08/2023 09:51:45    2498787

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Replying To tearintom:  "I have to disagree on Fitzmaurice.

Yes hes very fair and very knowledgeable, in those terms hes probably the best, but he simply hasnt got the voice for it. Its just one monotonous drone no matter whats happening, i know thats not his fault but thats just how it is.

In regards to the sunday game ive actually stopped watching it and also never watch the before game, half time or after game analysis on RTE. Despite never watching them i can still pretty much guarantee i know exactly what theyve said cos its the same every week, blah, blah bland bland!"
RTE is a waste of money and I only watch it if there is a match on that isn't on any other channel.

bruffgael (Limerick) - Posts: 159 - 03/08/2023 10:00:44    2498791

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Replying To royaldunne:  "She is. But they missed a huge opportunity when they didn't give it to evanne. Now there's a woman who knows her sports and can get pundits to to actually talk. Huge own goal on RTÉ part"
Totally agree

bruffgael (Limerick) - Posts: 159 - 03/08/2023 10:01:34    2498792

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Here's a thought. Why not go retro and have no analysts? Like The Big Match back in the day. TSG is not an actual highlights show. Only the key scores and sendings off are shown.

bruffgael (Limerick) - Posts: 159 - 03/08/2023 10:07:48    2498794

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Ciarán Whelan also voted for Clifford for poty..Tomas and Ciarán were on a podcast with Mikey Foley and two other yesrday eve and Ciaran stated David Clifford."
Is there a criteria for picking POTY? If I was selecting a criteria, it would be that the player is consistent through the year, has a major influence on their team and their team's progress in the championship. Dublin won on Sunday because they had more players that could contribute on the score board; it seems that Kerry just depend on the two Cliffords. There is a lot more pressure on David Clifford to perform and enable Kerry to win than there is on any of the Dublin players individually. James McCarthy has had a steady year but I wouldn't pick him nor Fitzsimons for player of the year. Having said that Michael Dara won the player of the year award and I wouldn't describe him as a magnificent footballer; he was a great athlete.

wicklowsupport (Wicklow) - Posts: 1940 - 03/08/2023 10:37:36    2498800

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Replying To wicklowsupport:  "Is there a criteria for picking POTY? If I was selecting a criteria, it would be that the player is consistent through the year, has a major influence on their team and their team's progress in the championship. Dublin won on Sunday because they had more players that could contribute on the score board; it seems that Kerry just depend on the two Cliffords. There is a lot more pressure on David Clifford to perform and enable Kerry to win than there is on any of the Dublin players individually. James McCarthy has had a steady year but I wouldn't pick him nor Fitzsimons for player of the year. Having said that Michael Dara won the player of the year award and I wouldn't describe him as a magnificent footballer; he was a great athlete."
Who decides who gets this POTTY?

Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 1578 - 03/08/2023 10:59:17    2498806

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Replying To Seanfanbocht:  "Who decides who gets this POTTY?"
I think it's all the players who vote on it … I might be wrong though

ForeverBlue2 (Cavan) - Posts: 2109 - 03/08/2023 14:11:16    2498868

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Sunday Game should be on these days with all the big club games on

brisbane (Galway) - Posts: 675 - 21/11/2023 15:54:02    2514050

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TG4 highlights show on Monday evenings does be a godsend

TobeaRossie (Roscommon) - Posts: 145 - 22/11/2023 08:56:00    2514121

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RTE are not doing the league any favours. All I hear is no one wants to win the league and almost laughing at Mayo fans for getting a bit of joy out of beating Dublin. Connacht rugby are delighted to get 5000 at games. media rave about great atmosphere and they are the best crowds per population of the 4 teams. Mayo get almost 4 times the crowd and wer told league doesn't matter no one cares.

brisbane (Galway) - Posts: 675 - 07/02/2024 14:48:33    2524945

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Replying To brisbane:  "RTE are not doing the league any favours. All I hear is no one wants to win the league and almost laughing at Mayo fans for getting a bit of joy out of beating Dublin. Connacht rugby are delighted to get 5000 at games. media rave about great atmosphere and they are the best crowds per population of the 4 teams. Mayo get almost 4 times the crowd and wer told league doesn't matter no one cares."
I think the GAA made a mistake and devalued the league competition when they decided to start the football championship one week after the league final is scheduled to be played and introduced groups as part of the All Ireland championship. Teams are only using the league as a fine tuning exercise for later in the summer. Division 1 team managers have decided that their primary goal is to win enough points to be safe in the division and then to concentrate on fine tuning their team and tactics for the championship. Dublin have lost their first two games in the league as they are trying to blood players who will add strength to their team and squad later in the year. Kerry are on a similar mission to unearth forwards to alleviate the scoring dependence on David Clifford.

I agree with your assessment regarding the crowd in Castlebar; Mayo have wonderful supporters. They come out in huge numbers, all year round.

The Sunday Sport programme should be focusing on divisions 2 and 3; these are the two divisions where the real competition is but all I've heard in the first two weeks is how much danger Cork and Kildare are in and how they could be in the Tailteann cup. Throughout the league, RTE devalue the Tailteann cup by highlighting how much danger teams are in and how they could be playing in the Tailteann cup but by summer time, the same pundits will be telling any one who will listen; how much of a wonderful competition it is. It is so condescending to the teams in the Tailteann cup.

wicklowsupport (Wicklow) - Posts: 1940 - 07/02/2024 15:45:25    2524966

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Replying To Bon:  "Definitely. Would have been the right woman for the job."
Agree that Evanne would be good presenter of the Sunday Game. She knows her Sport.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1780 - 07/02/2024 17:56:57    2525004

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Replying To tearintom:  "I have to disagree on Fitzmaurice.

Yes hes very fair and very knowledgeable, in those terms hes probably the best, but he simply hasnt got the voice for it. Its just one monotonous drone no matter whats happening, i know thats not his fault but thats just how it is.

In regards to the sunday game ive actually stopped watching it and also never watch the before game, half time or after game analysis on RTE. Despite never watching them i can still pretty much guarantee i know exactly what theyve said cos its the same every week, blah, blah bland bland!"
Not making a judgement at all on what you say, merely making an observation.

Interesting that any of us could make a comment about the drone of a Kerryman's voice and nobody bats an eyelid and thinks it an unfair comment but when people made the exact same comment last year about
the voice of a certain camogie player from your county,all hell broke loose and much consternation and indignation was expressed in the media about it (to put it mildly!)

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1916 - 07/02/2024 21:20:53    2525030

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Replying To wicklowsupport:  "I think the GAA made a mistake and devalued the league competition when they decided to start the football championship one week after the league final is scheduled to be played and introduced groups as part of the All Ireland championship. Teams are only using the league as a fine tuning exercise for later in the summer. Division 1 team managers have decided that their primary goal is to win enough points to be safe in the division and then to concentrate on fine tuning their team and tactics for the championship. Dublin have lost their first two games in the league as they are trying to blood players who will add strength to their team and squad later in the year. Kerry are on a similar mission to unearth forwards to alleviate the scoring dependence on David Clifford.

I agree with your assessment regarding the crowd in Castlebar; Mayo have wonderful supporters. They come out in huge numbers, all year round.

The Sunday Sport programme should be focusing on divisions 2 and 3; these are the two divisions where the real competition is but all I've heard in the first two weeks is how much danger Cork and Kildare are in and how they could be in the Tailteann cup. Throughout the league, RTE devalue the Tailteann cup by highlighting how much danger teams are in and how they could be playing in the Tailteann cup but by summer time, the same pundits will be telling any one who will listen; how much of a wonderful competition it is. It is so condescending to the teams in the Tailteann cup."
That is true. Meath won the Tailteann Cup last year, but are struggling again in division 2. At least, they are guaranteed a place in All Ireland competition this year. Unfortunately, participation in the Tailteann Cup would be viewed as a punishment for Cork and Kildare. The merits and pitfalls of Tailteann Cup have been debated at length, and we'll see if it stands the test of time.

Ryanteam (Cork) - Posts: 260 - 15/02/2024 01:54:58    2526135

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