Oh man: it’s like having a hangover without the benefit of getting drunk in the first place (I thought about doing so last night but then thought better of it). Could it have … did it really … oh, holy fuck, it did. Well, here we are again at Heartbreak Junction and all I can offer you this morning is a One-Stop Shop for the acres of words that have now been written on what befell us yesterday. Okay, here goes.
Match reports first. Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser was first to hit the online pavement well before midnight last night. Keith Duggan in the Irish Times gets more ammunition for an updated version of his book. Then there’s the Indo and the Examiner. And RTE and the BBC. And Hogan Stand and Setanta. And that’s more than enough, I think.
After-match quotes are in the Times, where Andy Moran and Johnno provide the soundbites and lay the blame squarely on themselves for leaving the result behind them. Admirable honesty, you’d have to admit, not least given all the shouts that went against us yesterday. There are more quotes from Johnno and Andy in the Examiner and, for good measure, a few from Peadar Gardiner as well.
Match analysis comes in a few different forms. Eugene McGee goes for the “it’s hard to beat tradition” line in the Indo but I prefer the wonderfully elegant, nail-on-the-head assessment provided by An Spailpín Fánach. If it’s raw meat you prefer to chew on, however, then the match thread on gaaboard.com is clearly the place for you.
And that, hombres, is that. It’s time, I think, to deal with that no-drink hangover.