World Cup 2018: All quiet on the eastern front

In the weeks immediately preceding the beginning of any World Cup, after the groups are drawn, match tickets acquired, flights booked, squads finalised, jerseys bought and stadiums primed; attention is diverted temporarily, and inevitably all eyes are fixed firmly in the direction of the hosts. This is even more true with regards to World Cup […]

Group previews: plenty of drama on offer in early stages

  Group A: Uruguay Ease Through, But Hosts Could Struggle Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay A Uruguay side packed with quality playing throughout Europe’s major leagues and attack spearheaded by none other than Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani is surely the favourites to top Group A, but they will still be challenged by Egypt, who […]

World Cup 2018: all roads lead to Russia

  13 July 2014. Germany have just beaten Argentina in the World Cup final, with Mario Goetze’s goal delighting the 75,000 fans at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. What follows are scenes of glorious triumph and bitter heartache from the winners and losers respectively, and when Bastian Schweinsteiger hoisted that famous trophy over his […]

“I am not a role model…”

In the early 90s Charles Barkley, a basketball hall-of-famer and overall very outspoken player, appeared in a commercial for Nike in which he defiantly proclaimed: “I am not a role model, just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” I love this quote; it’s a massive simplification of the subject […]

Great but not the greatest

As I sit down to write this article, I have just indulged in a handy 90 minutes of procrastination by watching Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side demolish Everton at Goodison Park. Of all of the City performances I’ve watched this season, this one was by far the most impressive – 3-0 up at half time, […]

Foley Out!

Fans were left enraged this evening after Trinity News suffered ignominy in the annual UT vs TN 5-aside match, the final score reading 12-5 in favour of the Student Union newspaper.   TN’s tactical plan to park the bus was ruined earlier this week when Conor McGregor broke said bus. The glorious independent newspaper thus […]

The franchised few, or the disenfranchised masses?

American sports are a bit of an oddity. All four of the biggest sports, American football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey are all played professionally in franchise leagues. Each team or franchise is located in a specific city and that team is the only team in a city in most cases, with the exception of […]

Trinity defeat Louth to kick-start season

Trinity American Football team got their season back on track with a comprehensive 35-6 victory over Louth on Sunday evening.   An early special teams mistake by Louth left Trinity’s offense in the Maverick’s red zone, but some dropped passes meant Trinity had to settle for a field goal; Jordan Mulvaney putting TCD up 3. […]

Not the reluctant winners but the “gratefully oppressed”

“Denmark.” When it was announced that the Danes would be our opponents in the World Cup play-offs, most of us had already booked our tickets to Russia. This was a team in a similar situation to us: similar population size, a few, but not many, well-known players, and a team that haven’t played at the […]

Four reasons to get into Formula 1 this year

Formula 1 can perhaps best be described as something of an afterthought when it comes to the Irish sporting landscape. Indeed, it has been 15 years since an Irish driver appeared on the grid, with Ralph Firman lasting just a single season racing for Eddie Jordan’s eponymous team.   Jordan himself is the last Irishmen […]


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