There’s little or nothing in the nationals today about tomorrow evening’s showdown but there’s oodles of stuff in the locals, which you may or may not have seen by now.
Michael Gallagher (a new name to me) does the preview in the Western, where he says – in the same way that Ivan Neill so often did down the years, regardless of who we were playing – that “Mayo might just sneak it”. The same writer also has an interview with Sligo-based former Mayo great, John Nealon, who expects us to do the business tomorrow evening.
Over at the Mayo News, Sean Rice says it’s “hard to believe that Mayo will be beaten” and although Sean wrote this prior to seeing the team sheet, I think he’s got it fairly well nailed. Kevin McStay, as he always seems to be, is more circumspect about our chances and goes so far as to say that if Alan Dillon doesn’t start (and we now know he won’t), we’ll be beaten. While I think he’s right to say that a slow start for us could mean that the match will be an awful lot harder to win than it otherwise should be, I think our Kev is being just a little too downbeat on his assessment on the likely outcome of the contest. I mean, even Billy Fitz thinks we’ll do it.
On the audio side, the Mayo News lads have done their now usual podcast on the game and the Mayo News also have another podcast this week, this time with former hurling manager, Martin Brennan, who speaks fondly about the late Adrian Freeman, who died so tragically in Australia last weekend. That awful occurrence will obviously be commemorated appropriately at Markievicz tomorrow evening and as it does it will, of course, provide confirmation to those of us who are fortunate enough to be still counted amongst the living that, regardless of how vital we think this contest is, there are other things that are of far greater importance.