The New Year has dawned, a freshly-minted one whose narrative has yet to be determined. Stretching out ahead of all of us is a year with a whole load of possibilities, though also one in which there’s still a whole pile of Covid to deal with.
On the football front, we can at least say with confidence that 2022 will start in a different vein to 2021. Twelve months ago we were just after losing the Christmas All-Ireland final to Dublin and the early days of the New Year were dominated by that raft of retirement announcements. And no prospect of any matches ahead of us any time soon.
A year on and, yes, another All-Ireland final defeat racked up – the lads on the podcast nail very well the ongoing sense of deflation and frustration we all still feel so keenly arising from September’s loss to Tyrone – but at least this year the start of January brings with it the imminent resumption of inter-county action.
Having matches to look forward to always quickens the pulse and it’ll be no different this year. Only the lucky few will get into the Dome on Friday evening to see the FBD clash with Galway in the flesh but one thing the pandemic has done is to make watching a livestream as normal as going to a match and watching the action in person.
How we’ll fare out more broadly in 2022 is anyone’s guess but that script will, as it always is, be written game by game as the season progresses. The contents of Chapter One will be revealed on Friday evening and I for one can’t wait to see what it contains.
Happy New Year all – off we go yet again on another year of following the fortunes of the Green and Red.