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Undefeated (Oscar Winner for Best Documentary 2012)


“Lets see here, starting right guard shot no longer in school. Two players fightin’ right in front of the coach, starting center arrested. For most coaches that would be pretty much a careers worth of crap to deal with. I think that sums up the last two weeks for me.” The opening monologue of head coach Bill Courtney conveys the struggle he, and his team, suffer throughout the entire film as members of the Manassas Tigers high school football team in Memphis, Tennessee. This award winning documentary takes a completely humanistic approach to American Football with a focus on Southern American divides between the haves and the have-nots. Society is critiqued not through deceptive editing or creation of misleading situations but through simply watching this team and coach interact with the outside world on a daily basis. What unfolds is no doubt far beyond what the directors, Daniel Lindsay and T.J.Martin, could ever have hoped to achieve. Continue reading


Family Ties To Be Settled As Brother Battles Brother In 47th SuperBowl

Harbowl_WallpaperThe 47th edition of the Superbowl is due to take place at 11.30pm (Irish time), Sunday 3rd February. Irish interest in this great sporting event will be higher than ever as AFC champions Baltimore Ravens take on NFC champions San Francisco 49ers at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Sky Sports increased coverage over recent years added to Wembley’s hosting of regular season games have been the major factors in the rise of the NFL on these shores. Continue reading

NFL Star Murders Partner Before Turning Gun On Himself

belcherAmerica and the NFL have descended into grief after a player murdered his girlfriend before turning his gun on himself. 

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra  Perkins, with whom he had a 3-month-daughter, on Saturday morning. After shooting Perkins at the home they shared, Belcher drove to the Chiefs’ stadium where he met head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli in the parking lot and thanked them for their work with him.  Then as police arrived, Belcher shot himself in the head.

The murder-suicide was part of a traumatic weekend in the NFL, with the Cleveland Browns confirming that groundskeeper Eric Eudker had been found dead on Saturday — reportedly after hanging himself in a team maintenance shed. 

Belcher was no NFL hot head, nor was he a glamorous high-draft pick. After a good career at the University of Maine, a football dead end for most, Belcher earned his way into the NFL through tryouts and practice play. Both there and in Kansas City, where he’d started since 2010, he was known as an exemplary individual, who often found time for charity and others who are less well off.

Several reports said the couple became involved in an altercation when Perkins arrived home late Friday night after attending a Trey Songz concert, though no domestic violence has been reported in their relationship and USA Today even unearthed an anti-Domestic Violence pledge Belcher took in college.

The Belcher tragedy is neither the first murder-suicide between a Chief and a woman nor the only recent gun suicide by an NFL player.  1960s Kansas City star Jim Tyrer shot both his wife and himself in 1980. Two months ago at the Kansas City Royals baseball stadium, just adjacent to the Chiefs’ facility, a man shot a female employee, then killed himself. In 2010, Denver wide receiver Kenny McKinley shot himself and Hall of Famer Junior Seau died of a self-inflicted gunshot last spring.  Seau’s death was the latest in a string of NFL deaths linked to the long term effects of brain injuries suffered from the game.

By midday Saturday, the NFL announced that the Chiefs-Panther game would be played despite the tragedy, a decision met with resigned agreement from most fans.

As the players took to the field on Sunday, a moment of silence was held in memory of Domestic Violence victims.  Belcher was not named showing that the club were already beginning the process of erasing him from their history.

The Chiefs took inspiration from tragedy to end an eight-game losing streak, beating the Carolina Panthers 27-21 to cap off a traumatic weekend in American sporting history.

American Football Returns To Dublin

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the historic return of American football to Ireland.

This September marks the return of The Emerald Isle Classic which will pit Notre Dame against the United States Naval academy at the Aviva stadium.

American football first arrived on these shores in 1988 when Boston College ran out winners over Army Black Knights. A year later and American football was back at Lansdowne Road when 45,525 watched Pittsburgh beat Rutgers 46-29.

Despite successive crowds exceeding 45,000 the Irish public would have to wait a further seven years before the NFL returned to Ireland. On that day Notre Dame toppled Navy in front of 38,651.

But now with the popularity of American football at an all time high amongst the Irish public, the NFL is returning to Dublin for the first time since 1996. Navy will take on Notre Dame in a repeat of their 1996 clash. The Maryland outfit will be looking to avenge their previous defeat when The Emerald Isle Classic resumes.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow starting at €35.

In addition to this NFL games will also take place at Páirc Tailteann in County Meath and Parnell Park and Donnybrook stadium in Dublin. Each venue will host two games, kicking off at 4pm and 7.30pm on Friday, August 31.

Tickets are on sale through priced €15 for adults and may be printed from home after purchasing.  Admission is free for children aged 12 and under and a €10 student ticket will be available at the venues on game day.

Participating teams and fixtures:

Páirc Tailteann:  7.30pm Notre Dame Prep (Arizona) vs. Father Judge (Pennsylvania)
4pm:  Game TBA
Parnell Park:  7.30pm Notre Dame High School (California) vs. Hamilton High School (Arizona)
4pm Game TBA
Donnybrook Stadium: 7.30pm John Carroll University (Ohio) vs. St Norbert College (Wisconsin)
4pm Loyola Academy, Chicago (Illinois) vs. Jesuit Prep Dallas (Texas)