We’re approaching the finishing line in this year’s NFL mini-league and, unless he comes a cropper at the final fence, Mick C is going to win with a bit to spare. He’s got 63 points to spare on Barney in second place and with only one full weekend of action (plus the two finals themselves a fortnight afterwards) to go, it’s difficult to see him being overhauled at this stage.
ontheroad has made one last burst from the peloton, jumping from eighth to fourth, but I think he may be coming too late with this run. Mind you, Mick has previous where it comes to tailing off down the home straight – last year, he was second at the end of Week 6 but fell to eighth the week after and ended up finishing sixth overall. I’m not trying to spook you or anything there, Mick, but I suppose it’s no harm either to inject a bit of spice into the proceedings as we face into the business end of this year’s mini-league.
In other news, Liam Horan has been on to me about the Good Friday challenge which is being organised by Seán McCaughey of Fitness West in Westport. This initiative is being organised by Seán to give people who are in or around the age of fifty to demonstrate their level of fitness, bearing in mind that the half-century mark has now been set as the compulsory retirement age for referees.
Despite the fact that this rule will, at last, mean that our old pal Pat McEnaney will shortly be forced to call it a day, it’s obviously the case that many people approaching this age still have a fair bit left in the tank from a physical perspective. Anyone who thinks they fit into this category and would like to put it to the test on Good Friday should drop an email to Seán at email@example.com. Aside from various boot camp calisthenics, I see that the challenge will also involve a trek up Croagh Patrick. In contrast to the conditions that PJ and myself faced when we climbed the Reek last September, however, the forecast for this coming Friday looks rather ugly, which could mean that this bit of the proceedings might actually prove more of a challenge to those at the lower end of the scale where it comes to middle-aged ballast.