Well, for me at any rate it is because prior commitments mean that I won’t be able to make it to Omagh for our final NFL fixture of the year next weekend. While both ourselves and Tyrone ostensibly have something to fight over – a win for either of us would secure 5th spot in the Division and both of us could still, mathematically at least, get relegated (if either of us hammers the other and Kildare inflict a similar beating on already relegated Laois) – it doesn’t look like one where the players will have any great incentive to lay everything on the line to secure a win. That said, both sets of players will be keen to advance their claims for inclusion in their respective counties’ championship panels so it could be a competitive enough encounter all the same.
There’s the usual coverage of the Galway game in today’s papers (i.e. a damn sight more than there was on RTE’s Sunday Sport yesterday evening: they should just get Michael Lyster to wear a t-shirt with “We don’t give a toss about the NFL” written on it and be done with it). The Indo has a longish match report and the same paper even sent Eugene McGee west to cover the event. His piece on the game is worth a look.