I meant to do this one before now but I’m rather comically overloaded this week so it never happened. Instead, it’s had to take its place in the queue behind a few other pieces – including a wonderful guest post from Darragh Berry and another podcast episode – and a million and one other things besides. Lordy, is it only Tuesday?
The purpose of this post is to give you a flavour of the coverage that’s out there as the big day draws ever nearer. There’s now plenty of it.
The best place to start is close to home as the local papers hit the streets this morning, bulging with their All-Ireland final supplements. I’m biased, I know, but it’s hard to top the Mayo News with their stunning 56-page offering, rammed full of reading that’ll keep you going most of the way to Hallowe’en.
I had a flick through the digital variant this morning and then met up with Rob at lunchtime who had arrived from the west with a paper version for me so when I get a spare minute I know what I’ll be doing. I’ve a piece in the final supplement myself and will post that to the blog at some point, most likely tomorrow.
As for the dailies, the Irish Times is definitely worth a look. It’s got Kevin McStay’s column, pieces by Seán Moran with Alan Dillon and the September Road feature as well as a piece by Ian O’Riordan on Tyrone’s Niall Sludden.
The Irish Examiner, meanwhile, has that article that provoked discussion on here this morning about Oisín Mullin and Eoghan McLaughlin, with both apparently pushing for a place on the match-day panel. Indeed, it now seems likely that Oisín will start, which, if this happens, represents an enormous boost for us.
In the same paper, John Fogarty has a thought-provoking piece aimed at Mayo supporters and our part in the county’s inability to date to get across the line. He has a point – indeed, I have myself posed the question out loud in the past as to whether or not this blog is part of the same problem. It’s a question to which I’m still unsure of the answer.
Over at the Irish Independent, Colm Keys has a piece that also deals with the players returning from injury. That’s here.
There’s other clickbait stuff about the game online as well as scuttery old nonsense from pundits who are well past their sell-by date but I’m not going to link to those, nor to the other made-up scuttlebutt that’s been discussed here this evening. There’s more than enough to be doing than giving notice to that kind of malarky.
Sweet Lord, is that the time? I’m outta here, back tomorrow.