I’ve just had a hunt around the usual haunts and there’s very little being said about our match with Cork next weekend. The media appear to be assuming that Tyrone, Kerry and Cork are all dead certs to come through and so most focus seems to be on the ‘mouthwatering’ clash between Donegal and Kildare tomorrow evening.
The Indo has a small piece with Alan Dillon but there’s very little meat to chew on there. The same paper also has a longer interview with Cork’s Eoin Cadogan. Darragh Ó Sé had plenty to say about Cork the other day in his Irish Times column, where our clash with them on Sunday earns the desultory observation that “Cork will have too much for Mayo”. That’s just a more polite version of Brolly’s boorish dismissal of us on The Sunday Game. Meanwhile, Shane Stapleton writing on the Eircom SportsHub website widens the attack by looking down his nose at every football county in Connacht (this piece, by the way, initially made reference to the ‘David Nestor Cup’ until he was put straight on the correct name for this obscure bauble).
The previews have started to come out too and, needless to say, they all point to a decisive Cork victory. Jason Sherlock does a video preview for the Indo where he says Cork will do it by five points. Hogan Stand make the telling observation that we’re “not the biggest team in the world” (which, given all the teams in all the sports in all the world, must be true) and they reckon that the Rebels are good things for back-to-back All-Irelands. Eircom SportsHub reckon that winning Connacht is equivalent to making it to the Ulster or Leinster semi-finals and that we could be having ” ‘Nam-style flashbacks to that 20 point defeat in 1993″ before the 70 minutes are up. Then they round off with the patronising observation that, if we play without fear, “a competitive football match could break out”. RTÉ have only posted previews to the Saturday matches as yet – has Brolly deleted the Sunday ones, I wonder?
What else is there? Cork Red FM radio station (one of those foreign language, ethnic ones from what I gather) has apparently released their All-Ireland song this morning. I don’t think that need worry us as the lyrics will have as much meaning to us folk as an Eastern European Eurovision entry would. Also John Mulholland, a bookie in Galway, is offering to refund all losing bets if we do the business on Sunday.
Are we bovvered about all this disrespecting? Are we hell – roll on Sunday!