This time next week we’ll be right in the thick of it. Those supporters lucky enough to hold tickets in their grubby paws will either be inside Croke Park at this time of the day seven days from now or else will be making their way towards HQ.
Today is probably the last day ahead of next Sunday where it’s possible to avoid the build-up. I know there’s probably stuff in the Sunday papers but I can’t recall the last time I bothered to buy a paper on a Sunday and, to be honest, I’ve as much interest in reading what the likes of Brolly and O’Rourke have to say today as I have in hearing the considered opinions of the cat next door.
Come tomorrow with the first of the All-Ireland supplements hitting the streets, and more of the same to come on Tuesday, and the final week’s lead-in to the decider will be on in earnest. There’ll be loads of coverage, the Mayo News podcast, team announcements, last-minute ticket panics and all that. Bowe’s on Saturday night. The blur of Sunday morning. And then the final itself …
So today should be a day to get away from the build-up, which is what I plan to do for the rest of the day. Back for the start of the madness tomorrow.
The final Mayo GAA Players Welfare Lotto draw is on tomorrow night, with a jackpot prize of over €10,000 and ten tickets for the final up for grabs. Play the Lotto here.