WELCOME to the first Off The Fence of 2017 – the rebirth of the readers’ column where you, yes you, no… not you, yer man with the bright red face jabbing his finger in that other fella’s face, have carte blanche to vent your spleen and let rip about whatever sporting issue is grinding your gears.
SOMETIMES producing an exhibition of razor-sharp counter-attacking football, scoring five goals and registering one of the highest tallies ever amassed in the Ulster Championship just isn’t good enough.
AT last. After six games, 13 goals, 144 points, 479 mentions of the word transition, 107 shimmies, 106 by Sean Cavanagh, a fair few hidings and a handful of noteworthy slaps, the Ulster Championship is finally – finally – up and running.
OFF THE FENCE: In Ireland, we’ve turned mean-spiritedness into an art form. We’re quicker to condemn and criticise than praise someone. It’s our default position. And there’s no better forum for this desperate kind of begrudgery than the GAA.