My choice of words yesterday about the date for our forthcoming All-Ireland quarter-final was, it would appear, more than a little apt. I said it was okay to be ‘pencilling in’ the 9th of August at 2 pm for our game and it was, providing you had your rubber to hand and that you hadn’t entered the date in your diary using indelible ink. This is because the GAA have, since yesterday’s fixture announcement, changed their tune about the date for the fixture with their website is now saying that the date for the match is ‘TBC’.
Our match obviously has to be played the weekend after next, given that all the other quarter-finals will already have been played this coming weekend so why have the GAA gone all coy about it? Because the Limerick/Meath match hasn’t been played yet and, extra-time or not, that that one could end in a draw? I suppose that’s a possibility but, for Mayo supporters, it’s a bit of a pain in the hole not knowing when hostilities are going to commence. I mean, a man has to time his adrenalin rushes, doesn’t he?
An inter-related ache in the same orifice is the date for our minor quarter-final, which is now due to be played at 3 pm next Monday in Tullamore when everyone on the planet will be focused on the resumption of The Biggest Rivalry in Gaelic Football (by the way, Tom, time to rush out a new edition of that book). If it’s okay to switch the Kerry minors’ All-Ireland quarter-final to Croke Park to coincide with the seniors’ appearance at HQ then why isn’t ours also being switched so that, like the Southern aristocracy, we get to see both our minor and the senior teams on the same card at Croker? The minors’ semi-final isn’t due to be played until the 30th of August so there wouldn’t appear to be any impediment to making this switch.
I dunno if it’s just me (it’s not, the lads on gaaboard.com are on about it too) but I can’t help thinking that this round of fixture scheduling is turning into a moronic fuck-up, one which is, in modern parlance, disrespecting Mayo supporters big time. We shouldn’t be left scratching our heads wondering when our quarter-final will be and our minors certainly shouldn’t have their quarter-final scheduled to take place in the shadow of the Biggest Gaelic Football Match Ever To Take Place (Well, Since The Last Time That Kerry And Dublin Met).
TBC, my hole – it’s time to Sort This Fucking Fiasco Out And Pronto. That’s STFFOAP for short.