Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LARRY RYAN: Saddled with a history of deceit

To gauge where cycling is at now, to establish how deep it is in the mire, it may be necessary to hold a stage of the Tour de France in front of a Late Late Show studio audience. 

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LARRY RYAN: Total control: The cult of Louis van Gaal

There was a time when the great philosophers wrestled with less crucial posers. Stuff like whether the world exists at all outside the mind.

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LARRY RYAN: Women put back in the corner

This week, I chatted briefly with the aunt of an Irish soccer international. As usual, the arm was the opener. “What did you do to the arm?”

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LARRY RYAN: Talking tennis a BBC smash

Another week when we could only be inspired by the breadth of vision shown by sporting luminaries in the constant quest for improvement.

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LARRY RYAN: Dreams shouldn’t be make believe

It’s a dream come true.

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LARRY RYAN: Shocking scenes in Kerry

We are used, now, to dealing with complex matters of identity. We are not easily shocked.

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LARRY RYAN: O’Neill needs to sell us a dream to cling to

Messi gave up processed food this season, we heard this week from nutritionist Giuliano Poser, seemingly the true driving force behind Barcelona’s surge out of pre-Christmas lethargy to intestinal purity and treble glory.

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LARRY RYAN: Billo was simply the best

Billo was a man who truly made himself at home on telly, and invited us all in.

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LARRY RYAN: Finding meaning on Premier League Survival Sunday

We have missed the pageantry badly this last three years. The classic imagery: a small boy’s little face creasing in a flood of tears; an obese, topless man convulsing in triumph.

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LARRY RYAN: Sport left deflated in a toilet

Sometime in the future, when professional sport has been closed down altogether, people will probably look back at the time America’s finest legal minds produced a rebuttal website on behalf of the New England Patriots that contained these sentences:

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LARRY RYAN: Revamping the whole sporting devotion business

Brian O’Driscoll… Pray for us… AP McCoy… Pray for us… Henry Shefflin… Pray for us… Ruby Walsh…. Pray for us.

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LARRY RYAN: Nigel Pearson victim of empowerment age

Some of us felt this golden age of controvassy might have peaked the morning we learned Roy Hodgson had been found wanting on the tactical half-time comedy front, and had landed in the ‘race-hate mire’ for telling a joke about a monkey in space.

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