John Riordan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

JOHN RIORDAN: New York preparations on ice as Abu Dhabi temperatures soar

New York has an uneasy relationship with the Middle East. I know there are some thoughts reverberating around some players’ heads, especially those whose childhoods were disrupted by the events of 9/11.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Missing the finer points leads to major setbacks

We have to get our heads around the amount of space left when 18 players roam around a soccer-sized pitch, says John Riordan.

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JOHN RIORDAN: New York’s Gaels ready to take on the world

We’re not travelling almost 7,000 miles to spend our evenings in the pub. I also told them that we shouldn’t be under any illusions — we’re up against it, says John Riordan.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Gridiron grinds on amid travails of ‘Johnny Football’

Here was a player who arrived all guns blazing, celebrating the few touchdowns he scored or created by rubbing his fingers together to signify all the money his talents generated, says John Riordan.

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Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with fans after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 35-6 in the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.

JOHN RIORDAN: Talking over as New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks set to raise hell in Arizona

How much more hype from over here can you stand? says John Riordan.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Battling Conor McGregor wins over the US heartland

The NFL and the UFC have a lot in common. Both are vaudevillian nightmares that shouldn’t work but really seem to manage just fine, says John Riordan.

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JOHN RIORDAN: The winners who make sexuality in life and sport more normal

We battle to understand athletes and we never truly get what makes their minds work, suggests John Riordan.

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JOHN RIORDAN: After 47 years, Ice Bowl still sends a chill down spine

The NFL loves it when a good plan comes together. Or so it must seem for the poor Detroit Lions, whose play-off demise on Sunday was sparked by a highly-questionable refereeing decision.

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JOHN RIORDAN: 2015 kicks off with a bang as gridiron stakes hot up

There’s no knowing what 2015 will serve up but it will start with a bang tomorrow in the US.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Uncertain times as America’s game embraces the fear

If you saw the Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch plough through the Arizona Cardinals defence for a late touchdown on Sunday night, then you had the opportunity to enjoy one of the highlights of this NFL season.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Jumbled college system throws up the chosen four

What if there was no right answer and all you had to work with were the least imperfect options, followed by a couple of wrong answers?

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The Sam Maguire cup

JOHN RIORDAN: When Sam Maguire went missing on the streets of New York

Next week in New York the county board’s centenary celebrations will end on a high note with the launch of the extensively researched Fergus Hanna 100-year history of the GAA in New York, writes John Riordan.

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