After the few weeks off, the NFL resumes this weekend and once it does we’re in action every single weekend from this coming one until Easter weekend in early April. With six tough league matches to play in the interim, I think we’ll be well ready for some sweet cake and a few Easter eggs at that stage.
This run of games starts on Saturday night with a trip to Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital where we’ll be facing in-form Armagh at the Athletic Grounds (which, by the way is here). Throw-in on Saturday evening is scheduled for 7pm.
This one will be a bit of a mare to get to from the west but for those of us residing in the capital, it’ll be far easier as it’s only an hour and a bit up the motorway from here. Sort of like a jaunt to Athlone only with funnier accents when you get there.
There was a great Mayo following down in Portlaoise for the league opener – where we were easily able to out-shout the locals – so it’d be good to see the Dublin-based diaspora turning out in force at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday evening. On that note, I’ve had an email from a Mayo follower who wants to get to the game but hasn’t the required four wheels and so faces the prospect of taking a bus to Newry and then another one from there to Armagh. Even then, he reckons he’ll need to get a taxi back to Newry to connect with a bus back to Dublin in order to get back home that night.
That all sounds like a pain in the cojones so if there’s anyone out there who could offer this gentleman a lift I’m sure he’d be eternally grateful. I’ll be doing this trek myself but by the looks of it I’ll once again have a carload with me and so I can’t oblige but if anyone else can that would be great. If you’re interested in doing so, the best thing to do is drop me an email and I can then do the necessary bilateral introductions.
It’s far too early in the week yet, of course, for team news but I see that Armagh’s cause has been helped by their successful appeals in relation to Malachy Mackin and Finnian Moriarty, who will now both be available for selection. Ciaran McKeever, however, will still miss the match through suspension.