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Posts Tagged ‘ Minnesota ’

NFL: Football Returns As Packers Seek To Topple Seahawks

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It’s back. That other kind of football. The American one, where they throw the ball, wear all those big pads and make tackles with the velocity of lorries in fourth gear. The NFL never really goes away, because the draft has developed into a huge event with build-up starting the morning after the Super Bowl, and then pre-season training starts months in advance of the regular season. It is remarkable how the NFL has managed to be a year-round sport even though they only play for four months of the year. Maybe that’s why it is such a relief to have regular competition back now.

Thursday night will see the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks, kick the year off with a home game against the Green Bay Packers. No team has won successive Super Bowl’s since the Patriots in 2004/05, but the Seahawks were clearly the dominant side in the NFL last season. Although they have lost some talented guys, they look well positioned to reign once more. Continue reading

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Irish Born Star Looking Forward To Croke Park Classic Homecoming

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Ahead of the inaugural Croke Park Classic, an American Football game between top college sides Penn State and the University of Central Florida at the end of August, we caught up with Irish-born kicker for UCF, Sean Galvin.

Sean Galvin was about fourteen years old when his family left the hometown of Bandon, fully immersed in the traditional GAA ways. “We rivalled Clonakilty and the likes around there. I was always into the hurling. Big into Diarmuid O’Sullivan. Sure he used to work in Bandon there for a while, doing construction work up there. The O’hAilpÌn brothers and Joe Deane and all them, they were my heroes growing up.” He hasn’t lost the accent, either. Continue reading

The Globalisation Of The NBA

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Brooklyn Nets kicked off the first global game of 2014 with a resounding 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks at London’s 02 Arena last Thursday.

Over the past 35 years the NBA have played 147 games globally, visiting 20 different countries including China, Germany, Italy and Russia amongst others.

Yet the globalisation of the NBA has extended far beyond bringing the game cross continent.  Continue reading

NFL Playoffs: Runners And Riders

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With only two games left to play in the regular season, it seems time for a comprehensive overview of the runners and riders for the playoff berths that are still to be decided. We already have three teams who have secured some kind of playoff game for themselves in January, but this is one of the most interesting periods in the NFL season, with everyone who is still mathematically in with a shout trying to claw their way forward for a shot at the Superbowl. Continue reading

Vikings And Steelers To Square Off In Battle Of London

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The NFL returns to Europe this Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings battle the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium in what is the seventh regular season NFL game to take place on English shores.

A London based NFL franchise has been muted but may not come to fruition for logistical reasons. However discussions are already under way for Wembley to host three games next year, adding an extra impetus for Sunday’s competitors to show Britain why they are the best to visit thus far.

The Pittsburgh Steelers arrived in London on Friday morning after flying overnight ahead of the game while , opting for a different approach to their opponents to playing a game overseas, preferring to spend the week preparing in the familiar territory of their practice facility. The Vikings arrived on Monday and have been acclimatizing in a hotel outside of London, practicing on a field just yards from their accommodation. Continue reading

Irish Born Terrorist May Be Dead Following Kenya Attack

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An Irish born woman and “two or three Americans” are among the militants who took part in an attack on a shopping centre in Nairobi which has killed 62 people.

Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed confirmed al Shabaab fighters were responsible for the attack and fuelled speculation that Samantha Lewthwaite , who was born in Banbridge, County Down , was involved in the attack. Continue reading

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