Malta is a fascinating place, particularly for anyone that has, like I do, an interest in history. Did you know, for example, that the total tonnage of bombs that the Germans released over Malta in the two months of March and April 1942 was twice that dropped on London in the worst year of the Blitz? Well, you do now.
Speaking of incoming projectiles, I appear to have offended a few sensitive souls on Mayofans.com and, as a result, here I am in Malta picking some buckshot out of my hide. I seem to stand accused of being “someone with a grudge” who is “constantly sniping” and “has it in” for Liam O’Malley. Why, I’ve even got a whole thread on the discussion board devoted to my “sour” opinions.
Whooah! Back up the truck there, lads. All I said was that, in my opinion (and it is only my opinion – I don’t pretend to be speaking ex cathedra on this or, indeed, on any other subject), Liam has underperformed in most matches he’s played for the county over the past year and that, in light of this, perhaps it might now be wise to give someone else a run in the position to see if this could help to staunch the scoring tide that’s currently washing over us.
But, as I’ve said, it’s only an opinion and, as one of the contributors on the thread has already and quite correctly pointed out, my opinion isn’t any more relevant than anyone else’s is. I’m sure Johnno and his team have all the stats they need to show exactly who is (and who isn’t) doing what is expected of them and I’m equally confident they’ll continue to make their team selections based on a far greater knowledge of what’s going on than I can offer. I’m only a guy in the crowd who likes to write about this stuff but I do so from a long-standing position of supporting Mayo and wishing them to succeed to the best of their abilities every time they take the field. I may call it wrong, I may even be way off the mark some (or, indeed, most) of the time but I can categorically say that I do not have a grudge against anyone in the squad.
It’s not true, of course, that I don’t harbour the odd grudge or two and I’ll happily admit that I do have it in for different people and things and stuff. Like Kerry. And Des Cahill. And the fawning coverage given to the Dubs in the “national” media. Especially from the likes of Tom Humphries. And the ludicrous championship structure that currently exists. And the likely resumption of formal ties with the Aussies. In addition, that little bollix Colm Coyle will never be a bosom buddie of mine. I’m not too hot on bad syntax and split infinitives. I think Aertel is shite. I’m also of the opinion that the only way that Fintan O’Toole can keep coming up with all those po-faced opinions of his is by spending most of his time gazing up his own posterior …
There are probably a few (hundred) more bugbears I could list but I can’t think of them right now. What I can say for certain, however, is that nowhere in this list are included the names of any of the lads that devote all that time and effort to play for their county. I know the sacrifices they make and for what reward too. I know that, above all else, they want to win. And, believe me, hombres, that’s all that I want too.