Why can’t Rafa be happy?

There is a school of thought amongst the dimmer elements of English football pundits that managerial mavericks such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will only ever truly ‘prove’ themselves in the British game if they were to achieve success with lower league teams such as Darlington or Gillingham. It’s the managerial equivalent of “Could…

Post fact reality, protest votes & Ireland’s Trump

It was, American President-elect Donald J Trump announced, a “movement”. During his victory speech at a rally in New York on Wednesday morning Irish time, Trump chose the word “movement” over “campaign” to describe what had seen him sweep (quite comfortably) into the most powerful political office in the world. We are perhaps more accustomed…

HOTD Podcast Episode 11

For the first time since God was a boy, all 5 Hurlers have managed to get on the same ditch to record a podcast. The lads start off by discussing what’s wrong in Manchester, have a Trump vs Trump style debate on NFL vs NBA and finish off chatting about the lack of icons in…

HOTD Podcast Episode 8

This week, the original Hurlers (minus a still M.I.A John) chat glorious (and not so glorious) last hurrahs in honour of Robbie Keane sailing off into the international sunset. They discuss sports stars who have burst onto the big stage as teenagers only to fade into relative obscurity under the weight of expectation and ask…

HOTD Podcast Episode 7

This week’s podcast sees the Hurlers on the Ditch pay tribute to Robbie Keane’s Ireland career  (kind of) before discussing Conor McGregor’s options, inside  and outside of UFC, following his latest win. The lads talk Mayo and that dreaded ‘chokers’ tag and hand out the prestigious HOTD Rio 2016 Awards. They finish up with this…