Only two days to go now and what has seemed like the longest wait ever for a match involving us is nearing its end. The lead-in to this one really has felt like an eternity.
It’s all to do with the four-week gap since the semi-final but the the long wait for the final has surely been added to due to the fact that once we went the qualifier route the matches kept coming at us at speed. We had, I know, two separate two-weeks gaps – between Rounds 3B and 4B and again between the quarter and the semi – but the time since the Tipp game has really dragged. It’s nearly, though, at an end now.
I’m not going to bother going through all the match-related articles that are out there today. There’s so much stuff there right now – and I can acknowledge the irony that here I am adding to it – that it has all descended into an unfocused blur, a river of babble, with all the views, opinions and analysis that continue to issue forth becoming less and less relevant with each passing minute.
As the T-48 hour-mark approaches, two issues usually start to come to the fore but one of these – the team announcements – has at this stage been reduced to a meaningless bit of subterfuge. I’m not sure when we’ll name our team but it’ll probably be later on tonight or maybe tomorrow and when we do I’d say there’s a better than even chance we’ll simply announce the same fifteen that started in the semi-final. Dublin will almost certainly name their team later than we do and it won’t be the one they’ll be starting with either. All will be revealed on both sides at around 3.29pm on Sunday.
The other issue of concern at this point, of course, is that hardy annual of this time of year – tickets. Season ticket holders got their precious paper earlier in the week but it’s only now that the rest of the tickets start to appear in any volume. It’s a bit like a clogged sink and Friday is usually the point where all that gunk and grease and hair and all the other stuff that gets caught in the U-bend (well, it does in this house at any rate) gets cleared and things start to flow properly.
So if you’re not yet sorted for a ticket don’t be thinking that it’s getting too late to land one. On the contrary, the fun is only starting at this stage and there’ll be thousands of them changing hands between now and Sunday.
Enough blather, I’ve stuff to be doing so I think I’ll heed my own advice and stop adding to the mountain of meaningless match-related musings that are out there today. Back in a bit, though, with the final part (No.3 in the series) of the Mayo News football podcast All-Ireland preview and back a bit later on too with yet another guest piece. Have to keep the pot stirred, you know.
The last Mayo GAA Players Welfare Lotto draw before Sunday’s final will be held tonight, where six more tickets for the decider will be up for grabs. Play the Lotto before 8pm tonight – here.