Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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LARRY RYAN: Deflating the Wenger aura

Amid all the mind games and wars of words and controvassy and flashpoints we are treated to year in, year out in the Premier League, there is something unique and intriguing about this particular enmity.

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LARRY RYAN: Raheem Sterling’s high jinks a legacy of Liverpool’s old Spice Boys

The pipes, the pipes are evidently calling Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling,

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LARRY RYAN: Reanne Evans misses her big break

Come back John Virgo, all is forgiven.

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LARRY RYAN: Selling gaelic games to the right buyers

It must be 15 years now since sportswriter Paul Little, noting a general disenchantment with the state of Gaelic football, compassionately pointed out a handful of small but significant tweaks that would fix the game overnight.

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LARRY RYAN: Davy Kool-Aid needed now

If the Clare hurlers once turned their season round by convening to drink Davy Fitzgerald’s MiWadi, maybe the same trick will work with Kool-Aid.

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LARRY RYAN: ‘Evil’ Jose brings out the best in Gilesy

In the foreword of John Giles’s book The Great And The Good, Eamon Dunphy told us: “John is undemonstrative by nature. But his passion for the game is real and deeply felt.”

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LARRY RYAN: The art of revelling in the self

In a week when the Premier League more or less disgraced itself on the fields of Europe, we saw further impressive efforts in the one area where its managers continue to set high standards: goal celebrations.

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