Bloody hell, most of the working day is gone by already and I’m behind on several fronts. What’s the rest of the week going to be like? I’d meant to do a post earlier on hoovering up some of the stuff that’s started to appear about the match but that didn’t happen so here’s a quick dash through it now.
Eugene McGee in today’s Irish Independent has an interesting piece about us. He’s not a man who normally spares us the lash but, as a manager who way back when – one of my all-time favourite All-Irelands, that 1982 one – proved that unbeatable teams can be beaten, this time he speaks about us in positive terms. He reckons we’ll take the game to Dublin more than Kerry did, though he’s sensible enough not to go the whole hog and tip us.
If that’s too upbeat for you, then the schoolmaster will knock the corners off you quick enough. Here’s Colm O’Rourke’s tuppence from yesterday’s Sunday Independent. No, he doesn’t tip us either and his dying wasp analogy is pretty pathetic too.
Alan Brogan also has a piece on the Indo website (it’s here – I’m not sure where it was published, the Herald I suppose?) which gives an interesting insight into the culture within the Dublin camp under Jim Gavin. It’s a bit sugar-coated for my liking but it’s worth have a read of all the same.
In the Irish Times, meanwhile, Malachy Clerkin crunches some key numbers relating to Sunday’s contest. Again, well worth casting your eyes over. The same paper also has a piece with Ray Cosgrove, variants of which have been doing the rounds for the last few days.
Over in the Irish Examiner there’s a piece with Dublin player Darren Daly, where the Fingal Ravens man points to their strength in depth as a major factor in the county’s success. There’s a piece with the same player on the GAA website too – here and the same website also has a piece with Mayo selector Seán Carey.
RTÉ have two pieces of note on their website. This analysis by Peter Sweeney focuses on what we have to do to win on Sunday while this audio piece from the RTÉ archives (a treasure trove at all time, it must be said) consists of an interview recorded twenty years ago between Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and the 1936 All-Ireland winning captain Seamus O’Malley.
And, of course, there’s also the final supplement from the Western People that hit the streets this morning (paper and digital variants). I had a quick browse through it a while back and there’s loads to keep you going there. The Mayo News supplement will, of course, be out in the morning and there’ll be barrowloads more there.
The final Mayo GAA Players Welfare Lotto draw is on tonight, with a jackpot prize of over €10,000 and ten tickets for the final up for grabs. Play the Lotto here.