Well, it’s finally here – 2010 was forgettable for many reasons so it’s good that it’s now confined to the past and in its place we now have a shiny new 2011 to look forward to. Eternal optimist that I am, I’m hopeful it’ll be a better year than the one we’ve just had (in truth, it’d be difficult for it to be as bad) and that, on the football front, we’ll get more chances to stretch our vocal chords than we did in 2010.
Weather permitting, the FBD gets underway on Sunday week and we open our defence of this particular crown down in Ballinamore (if you’re based in Mayo, for ‘down’ read ‘up’ ) and, as that’s under 100 miles (just about) from here, I think I should be able to make it there to witness at first hand the start of the James Horan era. Can’t wait.
I managed to catch some football today as well, in the form of the annual Dubs v Dubs Stars match, which this year took place over at St Brigid’s. A football match on New Year’s Day is always going to be a bit of a pointless exercise and today’s game pretty much fell into that category but it was still good to be able to mark the start of the new year with some live action. An almost unrecognisable Dublin beat an even more unrecognisable Dubs Stars by 3-14 to 1-17 so the little lad was happy to see his team chalk up their first win of the year. Wait ’till we get them at Croker in March, though.