HAVE you heard the one about the South African, the Barbadian, the New Zealander, and the Irishman? With an Aussie coach… Or the old one about how an England team winning the World Cup in a less popular sport is going to turn millions of kids away from soccer? (Turn back to my 2003 columns collection for another version of that rib-tickler).
IN the aftermath of Castlebar where only four measly minutes of stoppage-time were applied, where Mayo players were dropping like flies in the second half clutching their heads, and the ‘unfortunate’ breakages in play that it inspired, you would have thought there were more pressing issues on the mind of the GAA President John Horan than banning passes to goalkeepers.
The GAA Central Council’s proposals for a tiered football championship are unlikely to get anyone’s blood pumping. Shunting the teams from Divisions Three and Four away from the All-Ireland qualifiers, unless they reach their provincial final, is plain wrong.
WHEN I read Andy McEntee threatened to take the head off a reporter’s shoulders for asking a fairly legitimate question on club player availability following Meath’s Leinster final humiliation at the hands of Dublin last Sunday, the first person I thought of was Malachy O’Rourke.
The fitting end to an excellent Ulster Championship, good qualifier games with big crowds and even an unexpectantly competitive Munster final meant there was much to encourage a rare sense of real positivity in the long-suffering football fan.