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# column
Does it matter if our favourite sports stars are considered 'nice' people?
The careers of Jamie Heaslip and Andy Lee were eulogised last week, writes Tommy Martin.
# Opinion
Sugary treats and shiny new toys have failed to make Old Trafford a happy home
Give a child everything they want and they end up not getting what they need, writes Tommy Martin.
# making a balls of it
Brains, not balls, are what matter in the big moments
Tommy Martin says it’s what’s between your ears that counts.
# mindfulness
Zen and the art of National Leagues maintenance
How the opening weekend of the national leagues taught Tommy Martin how to live in the moment.
# top dog
'The GAA is bigger, better, richer and more popular than ever - so why are people moaning?'
No matter who replaces Paraic Duffy as Ard Stiúrthóir, the GAA is never going back to the old way, writes Tommy Martin.
# Opinion
We can only offer second chances when we get honesty and openness in return
Sometimes they come at a price, says Tommy Martin.
# column
How the US could become the Dublin GAA of the soccer world
Pay-for-play’s negative impact on the sport is obvious, writes Tommy Martin.
# Crackers
So what do you want for Irish sport this Christmas?
Tommy Martin looks forward to what 2018 may have in store for our favourite athletes.
# Blue is the colour of money
Can admiration for Man City overcome distaste about Abu Dhabi?
Tommy Martin wonders if you can separate what Pep’s side do on the pitch from how they’re funded off it.
# column
Do all football fans really want impartial analysis?
In modern sports coverage, bias is everywhere, except in the eye of the beholder, writes Tommy Martin.
# Blue bloods
Want to make more great Irish sporting moments? Look at Leinster rugby for clues
The systemic success in Donnybrook is something to be admired, writes Tommy Martin.
# column
Thank Klopp we still have flawed, human games like Tuesday's Seville cracker
‘It was a reminder in these uber-analysed times that sometimes a football match is just a football match,’ writes Tommy Martin.
# column
'Trap had the 6-1, Jack had the Harry Ramsden’s Challenge. That moment might have come for O’Neill'
The Derry man is unlikely to leave without a fight, however, writes Tommy Martin.
# column
It's time for sport to call time on alcohol sponsorship
Tommy Martin argues that alcohol sponsorship has no place in sports.
# column
And they call it the Toy Department - a difficult week for sport to digest
It’s been a week to forget for the sports department, writes Tommy Martin.
# column
And they call it the Toy Department - a difficult week for sport to digest
It’s been a week to forget for the sports department, writes Tommy Martin.
# creative control
In the league of big shot directors, Pochettino is the true auteur
In this week’s column Tommy Martin looks at the ‘New Hollywood’ crop of Premier League managers who seek out the spotlight.
# column
A dour slog punctuated by unbridled joy - why international football is a metaphor for life itself
At times like this the beautiful game becomes a receptacle for all sort of cockamamie theories, writes Tommy Martin.
# column
The answer to England's World Cup woes? Become 'the Harry Kane team' as well
Be like Spurs and just give the ball to Harry Kane, writes Tommy Martin in his weekly column.
# column
The GAA cynicism storm means soccer no longer stands alone on the moral low ground
But that isn’t all bad news, writes Tommy Martin.
# column
Crisis-hit FA have been shown up by Mark Sampson debacle
Tommy Martin writes on the beleaguered organisation that became embroiled in further controversy this week.
# Clean aviator
Gavin enters the Cody-zone in pursuit of Dublin's one missing accomplishment
The Dublin senior football manager and his team are as one, writes Tommy Martin.
# column
'If the last days of the transfer window resembled an orgy, this weekend is the morning after the night before'
It’s time for football clubs to wake up and assess the madness, writes Tommy Martin.
# column
Hurling may be the best thing we do as a nation but is something many never get to do at all
‘When it comes to hurling, we are prisoners of geography,’ writes Tommy Martin.
# column
'There seemed no doubt that putting O'Shea on Donaghy was like the time Ed Sheeran was in Game of Thrones'
However, revisionist history says it’s complicated, writes Tommy Martin.
# column
No place for madness or poetry in sensible, practical middle tier of Premier League
Tommy Martin laments the mature, semi-detached and really quite beige state of England’s top flight.
# column
For now, free-to-air television gives sport a safe haven in uncertain waters
‘Free-to-air TV has become an attractive option again in this multi-platform, rights-hungry, rapidly changing landscape,’ writes Tommy Martin.
# jekyll and hyde
Booze in sport: blamed too much for defeat and enjoyed too much in victory
“Drink is both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when it comes to sport, with winning the transformational potion between the two,” writes Tommy Martin.
# column
Sean Cavanagh, retiring heroes and avoiding life as an average schnook
Tommy Martin on the Tyrone star, who is aiming to end his memorable career on a high.
# column
Northern success always presents us in the south with a dilemma
Tommy Martin on Brexit, the Irish Open and how sport in Ireland is best served by the softest of borders.
# Apples and Oranges
Tennis gives women equal pay but still treats them as second class citizens
Tommy Martin on a week that apples and oranges were being compared by those who should know better.
# Opinion
Strange as it seems, Gatland's no-nonsense approach makes sense for the Lions
Tommy Martin on what the New Zealander brings to the tourists.
# column
They're repeat offenders, but GAA needs characters like Connolly and Davy
Tommy Martin puts a case forward for GAA needing controversial figures to add a bit of colour to the season.
# road to russia
Marriage of Fancy Dan and Plain Jane brings out the best in the Boys in Green
It’s time to throw off the inferiority complex and take that next step, writes Tommy Martin.
# Opinion
GAA players are a special case - so they should be drug tested even more
Tommy Martin believes drug testing of GAA players should be increased.
# The United Way
Whatever happened to the Manchester United way?
Tommy Martin on a club that should be about more than winning trophies.
# Opinion
Ulster says no one likes us, but we don't care
Tommy Martin explains why Ulster football is the equivalent of an imaginary condom tossed across a theatre in 1950s Dublin.
# Catalan among the pigeons
In or out? Barcelona are treading a fine line in the Catalan independence debate
Tommy Martin reflects on how a global club may struggle to keep everyone happy.
# column
Metaphors abound as Ireland's cricketers navigate the Long Room at Lord's
This could be a landmark summer after a gruelling journey for Irish cricket, writes Tommy Martin.
# sportify
With illegal streams on the rise and viewer numbers falling, is it time for a Spotify for sport?
Streaming is doing for football fans what file-sharing once did for music buyers, writes Tommy Martin.