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The Politics Of Sport - The English Football Hero
By Shane Thomas "I do love his [Jamie Vardy's] story – in 2012 he was playing for
Fleetwood Town in the Conference, so far he’s the leading scorer in
the Premier League this season... As football itself becomes more and
more predictable; as the unraveling o...

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Moeen The Muggins
By Shane Thomas As England suffered an expected series defeat to Pakistan, one of the many subplots to come from the postmortem was the injudicious selection of Moeen Ali to open the batting alongside Alastair Cook, despite having never played in such a spe...

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England Need To Leave Their Complacency At Home
By Shane Thomas In early 2012, the England men's cricket team was in a pretty good place. They soundly beat Australia a year previous to retain the Ashes, and then followed that up by thumping India 4-0 to become the world's best ranked Test side. They had ...

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The Diary Of A Pessimistic Arsenal Fan - Winter Is Coming
By Shane Thomas One would think I've missed the boat for a doleful piece on Arsenal. After all, the time for pessimistic sentiments should have been in the aftermath of their dismal showing in defeat to Olympiacos last Tuesday. Now the bulk of Arsenal's pla...

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England's Children Taught Their Harshest Lesson
By Shane Thomas I imagine it's always a thorny issue for a parent when their child hits a stage of near adulthood. One has to take care not to stifle their path to independence, but must also be cognisant of not giving them so much autonomy that they're not...

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(A Belated) World Athletics Championships Review
By Shane Thomas There were many significant stories to come from the World Athletics Championship in Beijing. So, let's have a look at some: The Stage Belongs to the Showstopper: The vulnerabilities Usain Bolt displayed leading into the London Olympics pale...

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Creeping Dread
By Shane Thomas Dread is one of the most ghastly of emotions, due to it being not only debilitating, but persistent. Unlike fury, arrogance, or maybe even jealously, dread lingers. It feels like it has no end in sight. It's like being hunted by a Weeping An...

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Premier League 2015/16 - The Top Four
By Shane Thomas Is it me, or does the gap between Premier League seasons feel smaller each year? Regardless, we're back again, so let's have a close look at the probable top 4 come next May: ARSENAL: Whispers abound that Arsenal may finally go into a season...

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The Politics Of Sport - Why Do They Keep Getting Away With It?
By Shane Thomas The point of a verdict in an inquiry, investigation, or legal proceedings is to act as a full stop. To clear the fog of questions surrounding an issue, remove the anxiety of indecision, and let us breathe because we now know where we stand. ...

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One Last Opponent For Serena To Beat
By Shane Thomas In The
Departed -
the movie that finally got Martin Scorcese an Oscar - the first words
spoken are from Jack Nicholson's baleful Frank Costello: "I
don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment
to be a product of me" , ...
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