The die is pretty much cast at this stage about the weekend. If you haven’t yet had a peek down at the Gulf of St Lawrence from close to 40,000 feet up then it’s fair to say that – like me – you’re stuck on this side of the pond for the next few days. If you have, then good on you. Here’s hoping you’re well settled in over there by now and have a ticket for Sunday nailed down as well.
This weekend isn’t, of course, solely about the match at Gaelic Park. Indeed, given the significant fundraising push that’s happening to coincide with the trip, plus all the cultural and other stuff that’s going on, the game itself is only a small part of the action. A very important element, for sure, but not the whole story of the weekend.
Tomorrow is Mayo Day, which, since its launch a few years back, has become an important date in the calendar for those sporting the Green and Red specs. To commemorate this event, the team will play the match on Sunday in the limited edition retro-style jersey that was launched a few weeks back. There will, I’m sure, be plenty of them worn by those on the bleachers at Gaelic Park as well as, no doubt, featuring at other Championship clashes involving the county this summer too.
We’re expecting that the next of these will be on 25th May – which, if it is, is another Mayo game I’ll miss as there’s a family wedding on that day – but, for now, it’s as well to stick to the mantra and take it once game at a time. In Horanspeak, then, this is Game 1 so let’s deal with that one before thinking any further ahead.
Rob and Mike have arrived safely in the Big Apple and are already working the crowd over there for podcasting purposes. I’m due to speak with Rob myself later on this evening for the podcast and he’ll then be beavering away on the editing side, with the ‘Over for the Match’ podcast episode expected to go online tomorrow morning.
That’s the first of three Mayo News football podcast episodes that’ll be recorded over there – on top of the two we’ve already done over here inside the last week – with the normal post-match one set to go online, time differences notwithstanding, the day after the game, on Bank Holiday Monday. There’ll then be another one, most likely on Wednesday, to wrap up the trip and to pick up on wider themes of Transatlantic connections, emigration and all that.
So, regardless of whether it’s over there or over here, we’re all over this one.