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All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final Preview – Cork vs. Waterford

By Evan Coughlan | August 12, 2017 | (No) | 1657
Before the championship even began this year, the Cork hurlers were written off as a team who were going nowhere fast. After a poor 2016 season, where they were knocked out in the second round of the qualifiers to Wexford, everyone seemingly forgot that this is Cork hurling we are talking about and it would only be a matter of time before the Cork hurlers were back firing on all cylinders once again. Waterford on the other hand were expected to at least get to the semi-final stage again this yea..

On The Mat – WWE Battleground 2017 Preview

By Evan Coughlan | July 23, 2017 | (No) | 6088
Firstly what a great name for a Pay Per View, Battleground, sounds important and impactful, however, there is one problem with Battleground and it has nothing to do with the name of the event. The problem is Smackdown is a bit shit right now and has been for a few months. It just seems like all the good momentum that Smackdown had going into Wrestlemania has been destroyed in the months since. This is really disappointing and unfortunately I don’t see it being a trend that WWE will be able to ..

On The Mat – Great Balls of Fire 2017 Preview

By Evan Coughlan | July 8, 2017 | (No) | 4195
The hype for this Raw exclusive pay per view has been dominated by the build up for the WWE Universal Championship match featuring Brock Lesnar, in his first defence of the title he won from Goldberg at Wrestlemania back in April. Lesnar is up against Samoa Joe who has looked like an absolute monster since winning the No. 1 contendership at Extreme Rules. Of course, this is just one of several matches taking place this Sunday at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas, so let’s see if Gr..

2017 Leinster SHC Final Preview – Wexford v Galway

By Evan Coughlan | July 1, 2017 | (No) | 3176
Nobody who knows anything about hurling would have predicted that Wexford, who have flattered to deceive over the past couple of years, would reach this year’s Leinster Senior Hurling Championship final. However, thanks to the appointment of Davy Fitzgerald as manager, Wexford have reached their first Leinster final since 2008. Facing off against Davy Fitz and his team of yellow bellies are the men from West Leinster, Galway. Michéal Donoghue’s men have had a great 2017 season so far, and w..

On The Mat – Money in the Bank 2017 Preview

By Evan Coughlan | June 18, 2017 | (No) | 2362
Although Money in the Bank is one of WWE’s newer concepts, compared to the Royal Rumble, it has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated events on the WWE calendar. Thanks in no small part to the unpredictable nature of who is going to win the coveted briefcase and when are they going to cash in their championship opportunity. This year WWE are showcasing two Money in the Bank ladder matches, the traditional men’s match and for the first time ever, a women’s Money in the Bank ladd..

Can Dublin Win a Seventh Consecutive Leinster Title?

By Evan Coughlan | June 16, 2017 | (No) | 4582
The easy and most logical answer to the question posed in the title of this article is, Yes, of course they can. Just look at the monster that Dublin football has become over the past few years, they very well could win the next five Leinster titles and nobody would be overly surprised. Dublin face off against the winners of the Offaly/Westmeath replay in the Leinster semi-final on Sunday June 25th, then a possible Leinster final against either Meath or Kildare on July 16th. So can the Dubs cont..

The 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand

By Evan Coughlan | June 6, 2017 | (No) | 3796
In the 129 year history of the British & Irish Lions, the Lions have travelled to New Zealand 13 times. In all previous visits to the Land of the Long White Cloud, the British & Irish Lions have only managed to win one test series against the mighty All Blacks, back in 1971. This statistic probably won’t fill the Lions faithful with a whole pile of confidence as their team departs for a six-week long adventure to New Zealand. But despite this stat, there does seem to be a low key sense..

On The Mat – WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Preview

By Evan Coughlan | June 4, 2017 | (No) | 3949
In years gone by, the words ‘extreme rules’ were synonymous with the glory days of ECW, however, nowadays the WWE have made those words their own, and since 2009 have presented us with an annual, watered-down version of Paul Heyman’s ECW hardcore heaven. Calling this Pay Per View ‘Extreme Rules’ is somewhat ridiculous, especially given the fact that this PPV seems to be getting less and less extreme as years go by. Momentum on Monday Night Raw has stalled in recent weeks, as we begin t..

The Best GAA Podcasts Out There

By Evan Coughlan | May 31, 2017 | (No) | 5565
With the evenings getting longer and the sun even making the odd appearance, there’s only one thing left that signals the beginning of summer. the GAA Football and Hurling Championships have begun. Will Dublin be able to claim three in a row, are Kilkenny a spent force and will the #Mayo4Sam Brigade ever break “The Curse of ’51”? The traditionalists amongst us will consume The Sunday Game and take in the opinions of Spillane, Loughnane and Brolly and that’s it. Tha..

On The Mat – WWE Backlash 2017 Preview

By Evan Coughlan | May 21, 2017 | (No) | 3833
In years gone by, Backlash was the main Pay Per View coming out of Wrestlemania and, on an occasion or two, even managed to upstage the granddaddy of them all. Iconic rematches, like Backlash 2000, when The Rock beat Triple H for the WWE title with help of Stone Cold Steve Austin comes to mind. Sadly, the Attitude Era’s long gone and the Backlash of old is too. Saying that, this Smackdown exclusive Pay Per View, which takes place in Chicago, does have many intriguing matches, and were going to..

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All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final Preview – Cork vs. Waterford

By Evan Coughlan | August 12, 2017 | (No) | 1657
Before the championship even began this year, the Cork hurlers were written off as a team who were going nowhere fast. After a poor 2016 season, where they were knocked out in the second round of the qualifiers to Wexford, everyone seemingly forgot that this is Cork hurling we are talking about and it would only be a matter of time before the Cork hurlers were back firing on all cylinders once again. Waterford on the other hand were expected to at least get to the semi-final stage again this yea..

On The Mat – WWE Battleground 2017 Preview

By Evan Coughlan | July 23, 2017 | (No) | 6088
Firstly what a great name for a Pay Per View, Battleground, sounds important and impactful, however, there is one problem with Battleground and it has nothing to do with the name of the event. The problem is Smackdown is a bit shit right now and has been for a few months. It just seems like all the good momentum that Smackdown had going into Wrestlemania has been destroyed in the months since. This is really disappointing and unfortunately I don’t see it being a trend that WWE will be able to ..

On The Mat – Great Balls of Fire 2017 Preview

By Evan Coughlan | July 8, 2017 | (No) | 4195
The hype for this Raw exclusive pay per view has been dominated by the build up for the WWE Universal Championship match featuring Brock Lesnar, in his first defence of the title he won from Goldberg at Wrestlemania back in April. Lesnar is up against Samoa Joe who has looked like an absolute monster since winning the No. 1 contendership at Extreme Rules. Of course, this is just one of several matches taking place this Sunday at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas, so let’s see if Gr..

2017 Leinster SHC Final Preview – Wexford v Galway

By Evan Coughlan | July 1, 2017 | (No) | 3176
Nobody who knows anything about hurling would have predicted that Wexford, who have flattered to deceive over the past couple of years, would reach this year’s Leinster Senior Hurling Championship final. However, thanks to the appointment of Davy Fitzgerald as manager, Wexford have reached their first Leinster final since 2008. Facing off against Davy Fitz and his team of yellow bellies are the men from West Leinster, Galway. Michéal Donoghue’s men have had a great 2017 season so far, and w..

On The Mat – Money in the Bank 2017 Preview

By Evan Coughlan | June 18, 2017 | (No) | 2362
Although Money in the Bank is one of WWE’s newer concepts, compared to the Royal Rumble, it has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated events on the WWE calendar. Thanks in no small part to the unpredictable nature of who is going to win the coveted briefcase and when are they going to cash in their championship opportunity. This year WWE are showcasing two Money in the Bank ladder matches, the traditional men’s match and for the first time ever, a women’s Money in the Bank ladd..

Can Dublin Win a Seventh Consecutive Leinster Title?

By Evan Coughlan | June 16, 2017 | (No) | 4582
The easy and most logical answer to the question posed in the title of this article is, Yes, of course they can. Just look at the monster that Dublin football has become over the past few years, they very well could win the next five Leinster titles and nobody would be overly surprised. Dublin face off against the winners of the Offaly/Westmeath replay in the Leinster semi-final on Sunday June 25th, then a possible Leinster final against either Meath or Kildare on July 16th. So can the Dubs cont..

The 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand

By Evan Coughlan | June 6, 2017 | (No) | 3796
In the 129 year history of the British & Irish Lions, the Lions have travelled to New Zealand 13 times. In all previous visits to the Land of the Long White Cloud, the British & Irish Lions have only managed to win one test series against the mighty All Blacks, back in 1971. This statistic probably won’t fill the Lions faithful with a whole pile of confidence as their team departs for a six-week long adventure to New Zealand. But despite this stat, there does seem to be a low key sense..

On The Mat – WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Preview

By Evan Coughlan | June 4, 2017 | (No) | 3949
In years gone by, the words ‘extreme rules’ were synonymous with the glory days of ECW, however, nowadays the WWE have made those words their own, and since 2009 have presented us with an annual, watered-down version of Paul Heyman’s ECW hardcore heaven. Calling this Pay Per View ‘Extreme Rules’ is somewhat ridiculous, especially given the fact that this PPV seems to be getting less and less extreme as years go by. Momentum on Monday Night Raw has stalled in recent weeks, as we begin t..

The Best GAA Podcasts Out There

By Evan Coughlan | May 31, 2017 | (No) | 5565
With the evenings getting longer and the sun even making the odd appearance, there’s only one thing left that signals the beginning of summer. the GAA Football and Hurling Championships have begun. Will Dublin be able to claim three in a row, are Kilkenny a spent force and will the #Mayo4Sam Brigade ever break “The Curse of ’51”? The traditionalists amongst us will consume The Sunday Game and take in the opinions of Spillane, Loughnane and Brolly and that’s it. Tha..

On The Mat – WWE Backlash 2017 Preview

By Evan Coughlan | May 21, 2017 | (No) | 3833
In years gone by, Backlash was the main Pay Per View coming out of Wrestlemania and, on an occasion or two, even managed to upstage the granddaddy of them all. Iconic rematches, like Backlash 2000, when The Rock beat Triple H for the WWE title with help of Stone Cold Steve Austin comes to mind. Sadly, the Attitude Era’s long gone and the Backlash of old is too. Saying that, this Smackdown exclusive Pay Per View, which takes place in Chicago, does have many intriguing matches, and were going to..

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