Recent Posts by Fence

May 30, 2008

The LA84 Foundation Library: is "engaged in an ambitious project to convert selected scholarly journals, proceedings and series publications, as well as non-scholarly sports magazines and reviews from paper to digital format." You can search their archives or browse through their list of journals. Never complain that you have nothing to read anymore ;)
via Open Access News

posted by Fence to general at 04:22 AM - 2 comments

May 25, 2008

Munster take their second European title: Sat. was Heineken Cup final day, with Munster looking for their second title, while Toulouse were hunting for their fourth European Cup. Some called billed it the beast against the beauty but while this game was only occasionally beautiful it was a totally gripping game.
In recent seasons Munster have signed more international players and while these imports didn't manage to score they certainly came close and created some lovely plays. This was a hugely emotional game due to a number of reasons; the main one being that it was Declan Kidney's last game in charge as he is moving to take over the running of Ireland's national side. Leaving the question of where do Munster go from here for another to answer.
The compulsory YouTube highlights and of course the pre-game Gift Grub sketch

posted by Fence to other at 06:49 AM - 3 comments

April 25, 2008

"This fella, Ronaldo, he's a cod": RTE's TV pundits show they really don't like Cristiano Ronaldo (via). Why does he seem to polarise opinion in a way that other players don't?

posted by Fence to soccer at 03:44 AM - 29 comments

October 01, 2007

40 games down: With the pool stages of the RWC over it is time for the remaining 8 nations to look ahead. For some of thos going home there are high points to reflect upon; for others the hatchets are waiting.

posted by Fence to other at 04:25 AM - 20 comments

September 20, 2007

Sportsmanship hasn't gone away.: Last month the Carling Cup match between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest was abandoned after Clive Clarke suffered a heart attack. At the time Forest were leading, so, in a sporting gesture Leicester allowed Forest a "free goal" at the start of the rematch.

posted by Fence to soccer at 04:47 AM - 20 comments

September 06, 2007

RWC fantasy league: I haven't seen any mention of a fantasy league for the Rugby World Cup so I've started one up, PIN: 16552-2771 A word of warning, it is tough to pick a team with that budget :)

posted by Fence to fantasy at 07:29 AM - 2 comments

August 31, 2007

All-Ireland final weekend.: This Sunday sees Limerick take on Kilkenny in the hurling final. Kilkenny are favourites, without a doubt, but historically Limerick just edge it, with four wins and three losses against the Kilkenny Cats. With the demand for tickets so high the largest screen in Europe will be used in Limerick to broadcast the game on O'Connell St.
[Youtube vids: What is hurling? Part 1, 2, & 3]

posted by Fence to other at 06:21 AM - 5 comments

July 27, 2007

James Oyebola's life support to be switched off. : On Monday, after asking 3 men to stop smoking, ex-British Heavyweight champion James Oyebola was shot. In the face. Today, after doctor's pronounced him brain dead, his life support is to be switched off.

posted by Fence to boxing at 04:34 AM - 16 comments

July 24, 2007

It's all over: and I don't mean Harry Potter, I mean the Tri Nations of course. And New Zealand did the expected by winning it. And congrats to bperk who can take home the title of Fantasy TriNations champion.

posted by Fence to fantasy at 04:17 AM - 4 comments

July 17, 2007

Only one weekend to go: and in the Tri Nations fantasy league bperk is back on top. And things in the actual competition are quite finely balanced too. It all comes down to next weekend.

posted by Fence to fantasy at 01:10 PM - 3 comments

July 11, 2007

Thirty two years is a long time.: So it is no wonder that the local press are celebrating Sligo's long awaited victory in last weekend's Connacht final. Their campaign began before the season kicked off by getting players to return to the team, like Kieran Quinn who had taken time out to do a BA in Jazz. The first match was away to New York, and it was the probably the only one in which they were favourites. But they can't celebrate too much, there is still a long way to go in the All-Ireland. However they get on, people in Sligo finally have their third Connacht title.

posted by Fence to other at 01:17 PM - 8 comments

July 09, 2007

Two matches to go: and although the Springboks took an early lead in their match against Australia, the Wallabies took the victory. So how does this change the fantasy league?

posted by Fence to fantasy at 08:37 AM - 7 comments

July 05, 2007

The very worst: You can really tell that it is the off season for soccer, a few weeks ago it was the fifty best players, and now the Times takes a look at the fifty worst footballers to play in England. Can you guess who this refers to?

Told Kenny Dalglish he intended to bite off his ear and spit in the whole. And they said there were no characters left in the game.

posted by Fence to soccer at 09:30 AM - 8 comments

Trinations Fantasy update: Better late than never, eh? Besides, it serves as a reminder for this weekend's match as Australia take on South Africa in Sydney.

posted by Fence to fantasy at 05:16 AM - 3 comments

June 27, 2007

Sporting perfection?: The Telegraph's Brendan Gallagher compiles a list of 50 perfect sporting moments. You could go vote for your favourite, but isn't it much more fun to argue about why the list is wrong and how biased it is?

posted by Fence to general at 07:16 AM - 31 comments

June 26, 2007

The TriNations rumbles on: with New Zealand defeating the Springboks. But more importantly, who is doing well in the Fantasy League?

posted by Fence to fantasy at 05:20 AM - 4 comments

June 18, 2007

Match 1 : South Africa won the first match 22-19. So who got their fantasy team right?

posted by Fence to fantasy at 05:13 AM - 8 comments

June 15, 2007

Tri Nations starts this weekend : so if you were thinking about joining the Fantasy League now is the time. The first match will be between Australia and South Africa and kicks off tomorrow.

posted by Fence to fantasy at 05:45 AM - 1 comment

June 11, 2007

Muscle-rub blamed for athlete's death: Seventeen year old Arielle Newman's death, in April of this year, was the result of overdosing on methyl salicylate. This is a common ingredient of muscle rubs that are designed to help ease muscle ache.

In addition to spreading the muscle cream on her legs between track meets, Newman was using adhesive pads containing the anti-inflammatory, plus an unspecified third product containing the chemical, Borakove said. Source

posted by Fence to general at 02:27 PM - 22 comments

June 06, 2007

The Blame Game: : after a UEFA report blamed Liverpool fans for crowd trouble Rick Parry, Liverpool chief executive argued otherwise. Now Platini agrees saying that Reds fans cannot be blamed for the trouble. Martin Samuel isn't so sure.

posted by Fence to soccer at 05:13 AM - 4 comments

June 03, 2007

Fan's punch ends qualifier:: The Euro 08 qualifier between Denmark and Sweden was abandoned after a fan attempted to punch the referee. By all accounts an exciting game, with Denmark fighting back from 3 goals down to level the game before Danish midfielder Poulsen was sent off. The ensuing penalty seems to have been what led to the fan's attack. UEFA is to investigate the incident.

posted by Fence to soccer at 06:47 AM - 2 comments

June 01, 2007

Fantasy Tri-nations: The Tri-Nations kicks off later this month, and once more there is aScrum Fantasy League for any interested. I've just set up a SportsFilter League, the Pin to join is 38

posted by Fence to fantasy at 04:36 AM - 7 comments

May 29, 2007

A tour too far: With the rugby world cup on later this year there is plenty of development work and plenty of experimenting going on. But as second string Northern Hempisphere teams tour the Southern hempisphere, some are wondering what the point is.

posted by Fence to other at 05:56 AM - 3 comments

May 12, 2007

Cullen announces his retirement: All-Blacks' legend Christian Cullen has announced his retirement with immediate effect. A record breaking international player he had been playing with Munster for the past few years, but has been plagued by injury and a little controversy. Despite the injuries, other teams have shown an interest, but Cullen (YouTube) has decided to head home and retire. Hopefully to enjoy it as much as his namesake

posted by Fence to other at 08:46 AM - 5 comments

May 01, 2007

Keane Leaps Toward Glory: With Sunderland now safely promoted the future looks bright for Keane (I know, I posted about Keane recently, but I really liked this blog entry).
Birmingham are the other Championship side team guaranteed to be promoted, while others must battle in the play-offs. While down the other end of the table Leeds are likely to fall even further.

posted by Fence to soccer at 03:29 AM - 18 comments