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Holy Mother of God, not only is it Wednesday already but it’s half-way through the day as well. As Declan Nerney might say, stop the world and let me off for a breather there boss.
Right, I think everyone needs a good guffaw to start proceedings today. You’ll recall, no doubt, the imbecilic stupidity that was the contribution made by ex-refs’ chief Pat McEnaney on the officiating of Sunday’s match. Pat opened his big gob, let it be noted, before the CCCC met to consider who might face what sanctions arising from Sunday and, in doing so, confirmed yet again why the world is a far, far better place now that he’s no longer got anything to do with the reffing side of things.
Well, Pat’s little joke about the good people of Ballymun hasn’t gone down too well locally – as this piece in today’s Indo confirms – and he seems to be digging a nice hole for himself on the issue. When it was put to him that he should apologise, his response was that “I’m just quoting what someone said to me, so I didn’t actually instigate that comment.” Nah, that line doesn’t work for me. I think he should have stuck with his Jonny Cooper approach and claimed not to be the type of person who would say that. The tool.
Another man who has been trying to explain himself out of a corner is ex-Dublin player Ciaran Whelan. He was on Newstalk’s Off the Ball show last night, defending his analysis on The Sunday Game, catching a fair bit of flak from the OTB lads in the process. While Whelan did, like that gobdaw McEnaney, claim that Cooper’s awful foul “wasn’t in his nature”, he did in fairness say that the Na Fianna man should have been red-carded for it. He was also honest enough to admit that pundits are loyal to their own counties, which is transparently the case though you’d never get the likes of Spillane to admit it. I don’t really think Whelan has any case to answer here.
Talking of having to explain oneself, Diarmuid Connolly’s appeal hearing will, according to this report, be heard tomorrow night. With the match taking place on Saturday, it’s not ideal from Dublin’s point of view that the hearing is taking place so late in the week but, as we know from last year, that’s the way the process operates.
There are plenty of people out there with opinions on Sunday’s match and tactics and what-not, such as Darragh Ó Sé in the Irish Times, Mike Quirke in the Irish Examiner, Colm Parkinson in the Irish Independent, Kevin McStay in the Herald and Danny Hughes in the Irish News. I don’t have time to sift through all of these but from a quick scan they’re all worth a look, I reckon.
Finally, for now, there’s a poll running over on the Club ’51 site on the ten greatest #mayogaa All-Ireland semi-final moments. If you want to cast a vote on this, it’s here.
Show your support for the lads ahead of the replay: go to the Mayo GAA website (here) and click ‘Play Now’ to contribute to the cause via the Mayo GAA Players Training and Welfare Fund Lotto.