I’m sitting here on the couch trying to make sense of what’s going on in The Sunday Game, which it’s great to see is back on our TV screens tonight. Lots of odd visuals for a start so my immediate reaction that what’s afoot is plenty of drug-taking out in Montrose. I mean, what’s the crack with that moving montage of silver squares or whatever it is on the screen behind Pet? And this camera up in the ceiling so that you can only see the top of the lads’ heads? Come back Michael Lyster in your multi-patterned geansai, all is forgiven!
Despite all the new whizz-bangs the boys and girls on the programme are so desperate to showcase – and some of them look interesting enough, I must admit – the real news about the return of RTE’s showcase GAA programme is, of course, the return of the original theme tune. Having ditched it four years ago in favour of that godawful noise that sounded like something composed by a tin-eared visigoth with a hangover, RTE had the neck to issue a press release yesterday proclaiming its decision to reinstate the original James Last tune. The amazing thing is that it’s taken this long to get the proper tune back – they caved in far sooner over their equally daft decision to banish the Met Eireann weather forecasters from our screens – but, I guess, better late than never.
Nothing much to say about the day’s low-key start to the action. The Leinster championship got underway with Westmeath beating Longford by a goal in a poor match at Pearse Park, while in Connacht (well, sort of) Leitrim saw off New York by eleven points in a match played over in the Big Apple. That’s it for the Yanks, of course, but spare a thought for poor old Longford who now have to wait until July 19th – ten whole weeks – for the first round of the qualifiers. Where, like last year, they might end up facing Westmeath again. Oh yes, folks, the Championship we know and love so much is back, warts and all.
Meanwhile, our lads were playing Meath in a challenge down in Dunderry this evening and, according to this thread on Mayofans.com, the Royals beat us by 2-16 to 0-15. I’ve no further news on this encounter, I’m afraid, but I guess we’ll hear some more about it tomorrow.