As it was the first solitary shot to be fired in this year’s football championship, yesterday evening’s match over in New York has the GAA bit of the sports pages more or less to itself this morning. They’re all much of a muchness, really, with only the Times carrying one brief quote from Johnno saying how the Yanks had caught us off guard in the opening ten minutes but that he was pleased with the performance, and in particular with how the debutants had fared out. Here they are then: the Times, the Indo, the Examiner, Setanta, Hogan Stand and RTE. It was in the latter that I spotted this cracking picture (courtesy of Inpho) of the two lads on the terrace at Gaelic Park.
My fellow blogger Thereisalightthatnevergoesout also provides his thoughts on last night’s action and, as I threatened in advance that I was going to do, I did a post-match audio piece as well. I’m looking forward to doing one of these while still in the ground just after the Connacht final is over, with only a croak left in my voice and my blood still on the boil. Keepin’ it real, that’s got to be the aim.
The mini-league is off and running too but because there was only the one game, there’s no point in putting up a league table (the fact that I’m 21st out of 25 after this game is, I think, another good reason for not doing so). It’s a bit like the Grand National after the first fence, as we’re all bunched in there with five points or so separating top from bottom. This competition is going to be different from the league one, though, in that because there will be fewer games each week, what will decide placings will be the preciseness of one’s predictions, not just in terms of getting the winning teams correct but also their exact margins of victory. In this respect, I sense that another season of underachievement could well be on the cards for me.