Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:46 am

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by misanthrope » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:13 am

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by Iolar » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:39 pm

Football is a bit dull. Hurling, however, is one of the greatest sporting spectacles on the planet.
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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:55 pm

They call the female version, Camogie. I don't know why, it's the same.

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by misanthrope » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:58 pm

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Football is a bit dull. Hurling, however, is one of the greatest sporting spectacles on the planet.
Hurling is the poor man's lacrosse.

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:00 pm

Do you get 80,000 people watching lacrosse?

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by misanthrope » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:06 pm

Yes.

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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:09 pm

What's with all the pads?

In hurling they had to make people wear helmets. Some now wear face guards.

It wasn't just a machismo thing, also about having best sight.

I remember my cousin having to go out with a team of people to look for his two front teeth so they could be stuck back in.

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:12 pm

The skill level that means picking the ball up with the hurl, at speed, balancing it, and then having the mind to steady yourself and put it through the posts.

All the time with people trying to hatchet you.

And all this may last only 5 seconds.
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Stephen_Dedalus wrote:
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What's with all the pads?

In hurling they had to make people wear helmets. Some now wear face guards.

It wasn't just a machismo thing, also about having best sight.

I remember my cousin having to go out with a team of people to look for his two front teeth so they could be stuck back in.
It's partially so the ball doesn't kill you if it hits you in the head. Also, the defenders body check whack and poke check you with their sticks.

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:18 pm

Oh yes, my cousin's favourite.

When being marked, stick the top end of the hurl straight in the top of the hips, or bottom of the rib cage.

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by misanthrope » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:26 pm

It should be interesting to see how many locals show for the U19 World Lacrosse Championships in Limerick in 2020.

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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:34 pm

I'd imagine quite a lot. They are devoid of entertainment in that part of the country, plus they have a propensity to violence. And Limerick were pretty OK when I was following, including Cork, at hurling. Other than than, it's Gaelic Football country. I assume, like hurling, lacrosse is amateur in the main?

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by misanthrope » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:36 pm

It is largely amateur sport. The world championships are being held right now in Israel. There is a chance that I'll be representing Australia as a referee in Limerick. Should be quite a party.

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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:43 pm

Sweet. Yes, it will be quite the party.

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:45 pm

I'm jealous about the set up. Every village has a team, and they take it seriously.

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Stephen_Dedalus wrote:
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The skill level that means picking the ball up with the hurl, at speed, balancing it, and then having the mind to steady yourself and put it through the posts.
When in Ireland, I remember seeing some hurling on TV. The guy was running full speed with what looked like a baseball balanced out in front of him on a flat stick.

I have to say, it was impressive.

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by Iolar » Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:13 pm

I reckon a hurler could easily take up lacrosse and be quite good at it. I don't think that a lacrosse player would fare very well at hurling, which is a much more skillful sport.
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Post by Lost Soul » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:29 am

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

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Iolar wrote:
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I reckon a hurler could easily take up lacrosse and be quite good at it. I don't think that a lacrosse player would fare very well at hurling, which is a much more skillful sport.
Hurling isn't a more skillful sport. You couldn't possibly know that without knowing anything about lacrosse anyway.

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Stephen_Dedalus wrote:
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I'd imagine quite a lot. They are devoid of entertainment in that part of the country, plus they have a propensity to violence. And Limerick were pretty OK when I was following, including Cork, at hurling. Other than than, it's Gaelic Football country.
Rugby is #1 in Limerick.

I follow Wexford in the hurling, so should you.

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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:53 pm

I'm aware of the link with rugby in Limerick, thanks Garryowen.

This thread isn't about rugby.

Ive seen Wexford play more matches at Croke Park than you've had hot dinners.

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

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I reckon a hurler could easily take up lacrosse and be quite good at it. I don't think that a lacrosse player would fare very well at hurling, which is a much more skillful sport.
Hurling isn't a more skillful sport. You couldn't possibly know that without knowing anything about lacrosse anyway.

Of course, it is. How could anyone demonstrate skill or flair wearing all of that padding? It's about the big hits just like American football (rugby for halfwits). Maybe it was skillful before the armour, but they run around with a ball in a net designed to hold it. Try balancing a sliotar on a hurl running at full speed - it's objectively more difficult than running with a ball in a basket.

There is no game on earth that compares favourably to hurling. I've never even played it, but it is amazing to watch.
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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by VinnyD » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:34 am

So, of the two you are comparing, you have only played lacrosse?

You really aren't in a position to make the comparison then.

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by Iolar » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:41 am

I haven't played it competitively. I've hit a sliotar around in primary school - like every Irish child.

Similar experience with Lacrosse, but as a postgrad when I considered taking up an American sport whilst studying there. I'm probably in a much better position to compare the two than any other poster.

But as a spectacle, hurling (in my opinion - in case it isn't bloody obvious) is an amazing spectacle. Lacrosse is ok to watch, but if I had to sit through a North American sport, I'd choose ice hockey, which is enjoyable.
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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

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Iolar wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:12 am
misanthrope wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:59 am
Iolar wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:13 pm
I reckon a hurler could easily take up lacrosse and be quite good at it. I don't think that a lacrosse player would fare very well at hurling, which is a much more skillful sport.
Hurling isn't a more skillful sport. You couldn't possibly know that without knowing anything about lacrosse anyway.

Of course, it is. How could anyone demonstrate skill or flair wearing all of that padding? It's about the big hits just like American football (rugby for halfwits). Maybe it was skillful before the armour, but they run around with a ball in a net designed to hold it. Try balancing a sliotar on a hurl running at full speed - it's objectively more difficult than running with a ball in a basket.

There is no game on earth that compares favourably to hurling. I've never even played it, but it is amazing to watch.
It's like a well attended egg and spoon race. Perhaps good enough for the locals, but not for mass consumption;

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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by misanthrope » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:19 pm

Iolar wrote:
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I haven't played it competitively. I've hit a sliotar around in primary school - like every Irish child.

Similar experience with Lacrosse, but as a postgrad when I considered taking up an American sport whilst studying there. I'm probably in a much better position to compare the two than any other poster.

But as a spectacle, hurling (in my opinion - in case it isn't bloody obvious) is an amazing spectacle. Lacrosse is ok to watch, but if I had to sit through a North American sport, I'd choose ice hockey, which is enjoyable.
In other words, you have never played lacrosse (or probably anything else) competitively. And you were about to pick up college lacrosse as a post-grad? Lol.

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Post by Iolar » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:22 pm

I played rugby competitively and could probably have turned professional if I hadn't been in an RTA in which I broke both my legs.
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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:52 pm

What position, bench warmer?*

I played Hooker, but I was shocking.




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Post by misanthrope » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:26 pm

Iolar wrote:
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I played rugby competitively and could probably have turned professional if I hadn't been in an RTA in which I broke both my legs.
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Iolar wrote:
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I played rugby competitively and could probably have turned professional if I hadn't been in an RTA in which I broke both my legs.
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Post by misanthrope » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:00 am

eric84 wrote:
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Iolar wrote:
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I played rugby competitively and could probably have turned professional if I hadn't been in an RTA in which I broke both my legs.
You’re far too modest.
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Post by jedgarandclyde » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:54 am

Speaking about basketball, do you lot know it was about 30 years or so after the game being played someone thought it might be a good idea to cut a hole in the bottom of the net to let the ball through?

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Post by SeamusMcCool » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:20 pm

Lacrosse is a sport for people who aren't brave enough to play Hurling.
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Re: Should America Adopt Gaelic Football?

Post by misanthrope » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:59 am

Oh yes, because the two are so often on offer together.

Just when I think that you couldn't possibly be any more stupid.

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