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Fence
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Homepage URL: http://www.ontheditch.net
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Member since: May 26, 2006
Last visit: August 05, 2012

Fence has posted 74 links and 345 comments to SportsFilter and 16 links and 66 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

For various sins in a past life I appear to have been born as an Aston Villa fan. Quite odd as I have no links to them. And most of the brothers are Liverpool supporters.

Still, at least I get a bit of glory when supporting Munster rugby.

Now if only Ireland's showjumpers could get their act together I'd be happy.

Recent Links

The LA84 Foundation Library: is "engaged in an ambitious project to convert selected scholarly journals, proceedings and series publications, as well as non-scholarly sports magazines and reviews from paper to digital format." You can search their archives or browse through their list of journals. Never complain that you have nothing to read anymore ;)
via Open Access News

posted by Fence to general at 04:22 AM on May 30 - 2 comments

Munster take their second European title: Sat. was Heineken Cup final day, with Munster looking for their second title, while Toulouse were hunting for their fourth European Cup. Some called billed it the beast against the beauty but while this game was only occasionally beautiful it was a totally gripping game.
In recent seasons Munster have signed more international players and while these imports didn't manage to score they certainly came close and created some lovely plays. This was a hugely emotional game due to a number of reasons; the main one being that it was Declan Kidney's last game in charge as he is moving to take over the running of Ireland's national side. Leaving the question of where do Munster go from here for another to answer.
The compulsory YouTube highlights and of course the pre-game Gift Grub sketch

posted by Fence to other at 06:49 AM on May 25 - 3 comments

"This fella, Ronaldo, he's a cod": RTE's TV pundits show they really don't like Cristiano Ronaldo (via). Why does he seem to polarise opinion in a way that other players don't?

posted by Fence to soccer at 03:44 AM on April 25 - 29 comments

40 games down: With the pool stages of the RWC over it is time for the remaining 8 nations to look ahead. For some of thos going home there are high points to reflect upon; for others the hatchets are waiting.

posted by Fence to other at 04:25 AM on October 01 - 20 comments

Sportsmanship hasn't gone away.: Last month the Carling Cup match between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest was abandoned after Clive Clarke suffered a heart attack. At the time Forest were leading, so, in a sporting gesture Leicester allowed Forest a "free goal" at the start of the rematch.

posted by Fence to soccer at 04:47 AM on September 20 - 20 comments

Recent Comments

I realise this will probably sound appallingly sexist

Agreed. It is. And then to try and sugarcoat it at the end by saying "hey its just my opinion" urgh.

posted by Fence at 08:05 AM on August 05

'The GAA Player who Performs in Front of 70,000 at the Weekend Will Be Teaching Your Kids on Monday'

I keep forgetting to share interesting sports stuff from Metafilter here :)

posted by Fence at 05:18 PM on May 10

Irish Cricket Team Defeats England in World Cup

To be honest, while we're always happy to beat the English (no offence England :) ) this victory means nothing to the vast majority of Irish people because it isn't a hugely popular sport over here. Will we say "yay" of course we will, and we'll be happy with the win, and proud of the guys. But lifting the national spirit? I think Enda Kenny is just looking for any happy story.

Still, congrats lads, nice one :)

posted by Fence at 03:13 PM on March 02

Announcer: 'Women Don't Know the Offside Rule'

Typical really from Gray.

posted by Fence at 04:02 PM on January 24

"Using the observations of television viewers sitting at home does not seem the right way to proceed in a professional sport"

Yeah, I'd have to agree that it seems unfair if it took a slow-motion replay to catch the movement.

posted by Fence at 02:27 PM on January 24

Scientists Deny Existence of Breaking Curveball

Well, it is more that they say that a breaking curveball is an optical illusion rather than it not existing.

posted by Fence at 05:36 PM on October 16

ESPN Launching New Brand for Women

Have to agree with DiCaro. Why on earth would you create a separate identity when you are covering the same sport, unless you are seriously going to change your method of reporting on it. Which I'm guessing will involve sparkling it up somehow.

Urgh. When i watch sport I want to watch sport, not some marketing notion of what appeals to a female sports fan. I have no issue with increasing coverage of women's sports, but that doesn't seem to be what this is about.

posted by Fence at 05:33 PM on October 16

FIFA May Eliminate World Cup Ties

Urgh. Can Sepp Blatter get a clue any time soon. Or is this just a PR move designed to distract attention from other areas?

A draw can be just as dramatic as a win in that it can hugely affect the table, and require much scratching of the head and the working out of various permutations.

posted by Fence at 10:31 AM on August 15

Bull Gores Matador Through Mouth

Wow that is one amazing photo!

Although I have to say that I have very little sympathy for bullfighters. Bullfighting doesn't strike me as beautiful at all. The bloody killing of an animal doesn't strike me as pretty.

posted by Fence at 02:55 PM on May 23

New Film Stars Eric Cantona as a Hallucination

If anyone is thinking about going to see this film I really can't recommend it enough. It came out in the UK/Ire last year. It is a black comedy, with plenty of bleakness in it, but then again it is a Ken Loach film, however I don't think it is too depressing.

posted by Fence at 04:22 PM on May 18

Champion Jockey Dick Francis Dies

He had a good run, but its still slightly shocking.

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posted by Fence at 05:31 PM on February 14

Irish Keane to be Given Extra World Cup Spot

Even though I spelt his name wrong owlhouse :)

posted by Fence at 01:46 PM on December 02

FIFA opens case against Thierry Henry for handball

On the one hand: Urgh. Can we just drop this whole incident already. Most football fans I know were over it the day after it happened. The only reason the FAI aren't is because it is means a loss of revenue.

On the other hand: I'm all for after match citations. I think games should be scrutinised after the fact and players who cheat and dive should be punished.

posted by Fence at 01:45 PM on December 02

Irish Keane to be Given Extra World Cup Spot

I think the whole idea of asking could we(being Ireland) could be team 33 is ridiculous. But its just as ridiculous for Blatter to bring it up in that fashion at a press conference. All of Ireland knows the FAI are morons. They've just proven that fact to the world.

What we all should really be whining about is bloody Ritchie McCaw getting player of the year when he's been out for half of it, and BOD has played brilliantly in every game.

posted by Fence at 02:13 PM on December 01

Boxer Paco Rodriguez Dies After Title Fight

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posted by Fence at 11:03 AM on November 24