Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LARRY RYAN: Gerrard calm admirable as expectant city awaits glory

“This does not fucking slip now.” Steven Gerrard’s huddle — the inspirational moment that will define an unlikely triumph? Or an ominous poke from the finger of fear?

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LARRY RYAN: Jose stars in his own theatre of the absurd

A mixed week at the upper echelons of the bullshit trade. We lost one of the greats. It says much about the business The Ultimate Warrior was involved in that many people took time to be convinced he was really dead and that the announcement wasn’t a stunt.

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LARRY RYAN: Apocalypse here again as GAA reaches for the Sky

There is the poor old divil who can’t travel to the matches. You would have a certain sympathy for him and her, in fairness, but the enthusiasm with which RTÉ went into bat for them this week, didn’t ring entirely true.

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Peter Wright - aka 'Snakebite' - in action at the O2 in Dublin on Thursday night. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

LARRY RYAN: Wenger wrong to trust players

Paul Scholes got one thing wrong. In most respects, his savage takedown of Arsenal on his Sky Sports punditry debut was as measured as one of those never-learned-how-to-tackle-ho-ho-ho ankle crunchers he liked to leave on the likes of Jose Reyes.

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LARRY RYAN: A picture of self-indulgence

“It is difficult to know yourself,” Van Gogh once wrote, about self-portraits, “but it isn’t easy to paint yourself either.”

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LARRY RYAN: Only time can break strongest of moral codes

A groundbreaking week, in many ways, as we have Joey Barton to thank for defining, at long last, the morality of sport.

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LARRY RYAN: A league worth watching

We must delve briefly into a murky area this week; the world of marketing.

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LARRY RYAN: Anger no substitute for missing fear factor

“Some of the biggest names in football… they were sitting on the bench, looking for direction. I thought, ‘Jesus Christ. What do I do here?’ And then I thought I’d just better do what got me there in the first place. They seemed to think it was okay, what I did, after a while.” This story is enriched with multi-media content

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LARRY RYAN: Bayern rise above the bubble

Pep Guardiola was likened, by The Guardian columnist Raphael Honigstein, to Spanish clothing retailer Zara this week — a comparison first made by ex-Barcelona treasurer Xavier Sala-i-Martín.

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LARRY RYAN: Returning to core values

As Pete Townshend and the lads put it; we won’t get fooled again. We are a chastened people, with watchdogs in place to rein us in, to stop us making the same old mistakes.

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LARRY RYAN: Laudrup just feeling the seesaw effect

If the story is right, the most entertaining moments of Swansea City’s season have probably come in the club canteen.

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LARRY RYAN: Selling dreams for dollars

“Jimmy; was it dead mother, blind father or blind mother, dead father?”

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LARRY RYAN: Surviving in a court of awe

It is the best way to get a feel for the tennis these days; watching, and typing, with a broken finger. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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