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Irish athletic trainer makes most of A’s internship - San Francisco Chronicle

From what I read, a few beat writers probably do the same thing each spring.

“I like it, I’m impressed!” she said. “On the plane on the way over I was looking at ‘Baseball for Dummies,’ trying to understand the rules. I think I was annoying everyone the first game with all my questions — but after one four-hour game, you sort of get the gist of it.”

I kid. I kid.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: March 28, 2016 at 05:54 PM (#5183395)
Gaelic football sounds interesting. Anyone familiar with it?
   2. dr. scott Posted: March 28, 2016 at 08:34 PM (#5183472)
Along with hurling and camogie, Gaelic football is one of the few remaining strictly amateur sports in the world, with players, coaches, and managers prohibited from receiving any form of payment.


Gaelic football is the most popular sport in Ireland in terms of attendance, and the final of the All-Ireland Senior Championship, held annually at Croke Park, Dublin, draws crowds of over 80,000 people.


Someone is making money.... and i thought college football was bad at exploiting the players.
   3. Greg K Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:13 PM (#5183483)
Gaelic football sounds interesting. Anyone familiar with it?

I don't know if I'd say familiar....my local pub used to be an Irish hangout, so they'd quite often have hurling and gaelic football on the TVs. In both sports the players are ridiculously fit. To my eye anyway, it seemed like they were playing soccer but at a constant all out pace. Also, excellent co-ordination because they have to dribble the ball every couple steps.

Here's a good video for the basics.

For my money hurling is even more impressive to watch for the hand to stick co-ordination those guys have.
   4. Greg K Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:20 PM (#5183486)
   5. Bote Man Posted: March 28, 2016 at 11:32 PM (#5183540)
my local pub used to be an Irish hangout, so they'd quite often have hurling...on the TVs.

Why put it on TV? As much drinking as goes on in an Irish pub I imagine the hurling happens live, right next to you.
   6. Fergal Posted: March 29, 2016 at 06:47 AM (#5183577)
Someone is making money.... and i thought college football was bad at exploiting the players


Nobody makes money out of it. Well any sort of real money. The revenue generated in hurling and gaelic football by the elite level (through gates/tv) effectively funds the rest of the grass-roots organisation. It's a pretty genuine non-profit.

(You lurk around here for 10+ years and eventually your specialist subject is bound to come up!)
   7. The_Ex Posted: March 29, 2016 at 08:49 AM (#5183603)
I am familiar.
   8. Greg K Posted: March 29, 2016 at 09:10 AM (#5183605)
Why put it on TV? As much drinking as goes on in an Irish pub I imagine the hurling happens live, right next to you.

It's a bit of an odd place...not technically an Irish pub (in fact, it's an English themed pub run by a Macedonian guy). But there's an Irish sportsman's club around in the corner, so on weekend mornings/afternoons there's a lot of Gaelic sports on offer. There's also a section that is permanently reserved for a group of old Chinese men who play cards from opening 'til closing...sort of typical Scarborough.
   9. GregD Posted: March 29, 2016 at 09:53 AM (#5183635)
The best athlete I've ever really known was a gaelic football player who also ran for Ireland in two Olympics. He raved about the training they did for gaelic football, and I'm not surprised the guys appear to be in amazing shape.
   10. PreservedFish Posted: March 29, 2016 at 11:55 AM (#5183758)
Thank you Greg K, I liked those videos. I like games with wide open spaces and lots of running. Gaelic Football looks a cross between Aussie Rules Football and Soccer.
   11. dr. scott Posted: March 29, 2016 at 01:22 PM (#5183858)
Nobody makes money out of it. Well any sort of real money. The revenue generated in hurling and gaelic football by the elite level (through gates/tv) effectively funds the rest of the grass-roots organisation. It's a pretty genuine non-profit.


Both surprising and great to hear. If only popular amateur sports in america could learn from this model.

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