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David Sheehan

A fanatical Liverpool supporter and former marathon runner. Writing mainly on English football but feel confident giving an opinion on most sports! Working in finance by day.

Tiger Woods And The Curse Of The Ageing Athlete

Viktor Frankl, the 20th century Austrian psychiatrist, successor to Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung in Vienna, would begin sessions with patients suffering from depression by asking them to list the troubles in their lives that had led them to his office. When they had finished listing their causes of angst, Dr. Frankl would ask: “Why don’t you commit suicide?” From their …

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Liverpool: Kloppology – I Want To Believe

“Football is like boxing, if you land a good hook you should look for the killer blow” (Arrigo Sacchi). Another Tuesday night. Another class over. Back in the car. Back to Mainz. One hundred and twenty five miles. So be it. Jurgen Klopp was coming to the end of his limited playing career as the new millennium dawned. He had …

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They Can’t All Play You’ll Never Walk Alone – What The Entrance Songs of Relegation Threatened Clubs Tell Us About Their Survival Chances

Desperate times call for desperate measures. In the relegation battle form goes out the window, every game is a cup final. Blah blah blah you know the platitudes. Let’s get serious here, what’s a relegation run-in without an analyse of entrance songs?  “I walked out into that cauldron and heard that singing and saw that passion. The hairs on my arms were …

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Top 5 FA Cup Semi-Finals of All Time

It’s FA Cup Semi-Final weekend and if the FA won’t do their utmost to restore the magic of the Cup, Pundit Arena will.    While the ‘magic’ of the FA Cup seems to wane year on year (restored with the stroke of a pen if the FA allocated one of England’s Champions League spots to the winner, just a thought…), …

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The Top 3 Sporting Movies Waiting To Be Made

For every Raging Bull there’s a Green Street. For every Escape to Victory there’s a Goal!. For every Caddyshack there’s a Caddyshack II. The history of sports movies lurches from the sublime to the ridiculous. David Sheehan counts down three stories that are ready made for Oscar worthy attention.   3. ‘A Danish Fairytale’ – Denmark come off the beach …

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Liverpool: O Brendan, Where Art Thou?

David Sheehan discusses Brendan Rodgers lack of foresight and risk avoidance this summer at Liverpool. “Past performance is no guarantee of future performance” – Standard financial investment disclaimer. In the 1970’s Shell Oil pioneered a new approach to managing risk in the corporate world. Using ‘Scenario Planning’, a structure that now seems like an obvious strategic policy, the company identified the most …

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Liverpool’s Gerrard & The Top 5 Ruthless Career Endings

Inspired by Steven Gerrard’s recent poor form for Liverpool, David Sheehan focuses on some of the ruthless football career endings which have occurred over the years.  “Everything ends badly, otherwise, it would never end”  – Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan in the film Cocktail. Rubbernecking. We’ve all done it. Straining your neck muscles to view the aftermath of a fender bender. Filled …

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The Limits of Endurance – Is a Sub Two Hour Marathon Possible?

David Sheehan investigates whether a sub two hour marathon is a distinct possibility in the near future, or whether we have reached our limits. The posters that hung on my bedroom wall as a teenage boy would tell you a lot about the family setting I grew up in – the son of a typically conservative Irish mother, pictures of scantily clad bikini …

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Pawn Stars Descend on Vegas for Millionaire Chess

Chess has been given a facelift in Las Vegas and is ready to battle the World Series of Poker for the title of Sin City’s most high-profile tournament. David Sheehan discusses. Poker’s first World Series was held in 1970 with a grand total of 7 players competing in a small hotel room in Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. With no …

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Once a Drug Cheat, Always a Drug Cheat?

 “Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” – Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, French philosopher and essayist). Cycling, oh cycling. We want to believe. We want to believe that the spectacular feats of endurance produced by the sport are genuine and not the product of a laboratory. As the riders took their position on the podium at the culmination of …

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Kerry v Mayo – A Game For The Ages

“It’s four in the morning and raining. I’m 27 today, feeling old, listening to my records, and remembering that things were different a decade ago…But tonight there is someone I can write of the way I used to write, without reservations of any kind. Last Thursday, at the Harvard Square theatre, I saw my rock n’ roll past flash before …

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Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg – Sport’s Latest Greatest Rivalry

The friction between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had been simmering since the start of the Formula 1 season and on Sunday at the Belgian Grand Prix it finally boiled over. There had been accusations this season of Rosberg deliberately crashing during qualifying to hamper Hamilton’s chances of a pole and disobedience of team orders by Hamilton to prevent Rosberg getting past, but this …

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A Champion Made Not Born: The Curious Case of Judit Polgar

“They’re weak, all women. They’re stupid compared to men. They shouldn’t play chess…” (Bobby Fischer, former World Chess Champion) Bobby Fischer would live to eat his words. In 1991, aged 15 years, 4 months and 28 days, Judit Polgar would replace Fischer as the then-youngest grandmaster in the history of the game of chess, beating his record by 33 days …

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Death & The WWE: Is the Legacy of Steroid Abuse Killing the Wrestlers of Our Youth?

The list of wrestlers that have died from symptoms related to steroid abuse is frightening. David Sheehan discusses the matter. On April 8th this year, Jim Hellwig, a 54-year-old, American white male, suffered a heart attack while walking to his car side by side with his wife. He collapsed and died at the scene. Statistically, his death was unremarkable – according …

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