I’ll explain about the beardy lads in the photo in a minute, but before I do here’s the usual Monday-morning-after-the-game-the-day-before link-fest to all the online match reports you might want to read. Here they are: the Times, the Indo and, given that it’s a Munster team we were playing, de Paper even deigns to provide one. The Mayo Advertiser, who were quickest out of the blocks with their on-the-day report on the U21s win over Galway on Saturday, also have a good, comprehensive report from Colm Gannon up on their site already and, while we’re on the topic of the U21s, make sure to check out this fine, detailed assessment of Saturday’s win over Galway from There is a light that never goes out. Back to the seniors, No One Shouted Stop! (who made the long trek down from Mayo to Tralee for the game) hasn’t got his match report up yet but he says that he’ll do so at some point today so keep an eye out there as well. (UPDATE: He’s now done so: here it is.)
The main talking point from all that lot is sure to be what Johnno had to say after the game and, I dunno about the rest of you, but I didn’t like his comments one bit. He said this:
“We literally weren’t able to pick a team until five minutes before we left the hotel. I know Kerry were probably affected as well but we’re fighting for our lives.”
And then he said this:
“I know this team will come good. The talent is there and we have more to come in. I just don’t know if it’ll come good in my stint or not.”
I’ve already dealt with this first point in last night’s match report but it’s worth, I guess, repeating it again. This fixture pile-up wasn’t something that hit us out of the blue – we’ve known for months it was going to happen and for Johnno to admit that he was still scratching his head trying to come up with a first fifteen just before leaving the hotel prior to the game yesterday is a complete and utter joke. It’s worse than that: it shows that, from a management perspective, we’re hopelessly disorganised and, if what Johnno says is true, then it really only was by the grace of God we didn’t get walloped yesterday. Maybe we should put an ad in the paper to let him know that the same thing is going to happen again this coming weekend. Just so as it doesn’t come as a shock to him, like.
As for that second point: what the fuck, I mean what the fuck, does he want to be coming out with stuff like that for? Sure we could all get killed crossing the road tomorrow, couldn’t we? I’ll tell you something, Johnno, no team that you’re managing will ever come good if these are the kind of vibes they’re getting from you. I know it might be just a throwaway remark but really someone in his position should, knowing full well he’d be reading it over his cornflakes this morning, know better than to come out with this kind of crap in public.
Right – I feel much better after that rant. Now, onto the beardy lads which those of you of a certain age would have had no trouble identifying (and, for the twentysomethings among you, no: – it wasn’t a late-night shot of Tyrone’s All-Ireland celebrations). And, for those of you who do remember them, I’m sure that this number from them will bring back all kinds of memories from way back when. But why all the Seventies nostalgia, you may ask? Well, the table below – which sets out the state of play in the Face The Ball Mini-League after Week 4 – provides the answer, as the new leader trades under that iconic moniker made famous by the Kings of Celtic Rock.
The rise to the top of the pile by the Horslips devotee has been quite impressive too, because after Week 1 he was slumming it down in 18th spot, rising modestly to 15th in Week 2 before then powering up to fourth last week. The current top four now comprises the quartet of leaders we’ve had over the four weeks of Mini-League action and, with large-scale movements in the table now apparently less of a feature, it could be that we’ve now found our own Big Four who are destined to fight it out for the main prize. For my own part, I’m starting to dig in mid-table but you’re not going to hear any poor mouth stuff from me as to why this is happening. Not for now, at least.