Photo credit: Dermot O’Malley
Another gloriously sunny morning up here in the capital and the forecast is for this lovely weather to continue into the weekend and beyond. Well, summer’s over and the kids are back at school so it clearly is time for the rain to stop. I’m sure we’ll all be missing it before too long, though, wishing that July and all those downpours would come round again.
But it’s not a completely cloud-free sky from a #mayogaa point of view because the Irish Examiner – which has made all the hard running on this story – has a piece this morning about the Dublin County Board sitting down and considering appealing against our use of so many subs (temporary and otherwise) last Sunday. The report doesn’t specify where the Dublin lads want the appeal to go – as in, are they looking for a replay – and it’s not even clear if they will go ahead with any appeal.
If they do, it’s hard to see them making any kind of valid case, not least because the GAA itself – in response to enquiries from The Sunday Game and others after the match – have already said that everything we did as regards replacements was okay. Dublin Chairman Andy Kettle does have a point when he says that the rules as they stand are too loose but that’s one to be sorted out by a motion to Congress rather than appealing anything from Sunday’s match. This one remains a non-story, I reckon.
Related to the above (by blood, literally) is, of course, the issue of the lads who got their fingers, noses and heads busted to get us to an All-Ireland final and the Irish Independent reports this morning that Lee Keegan, Enda Varley and Kevin McLoughlin will all be fit and ready for selection for the final. The same report also mentions the rumour about ‘knocks’ suffered by Donegal’s Karl Lacey and Neil Gallagher at the weekend, which is clearly 100% horseshit. You’ll have to try harder than that, lads, if you think that’ll knock us off our stride for Game 5.
The Indo also has an interview with Andy Moran who, as you’d expect, doesn’t give the great unwashed much to chew on. Busted knee or not, Andy remains a key man in our camp as we count down the days to the 23rd.
(CORRECTION: That interview above is actually with Barry Moran, not Andy. Thanks to Tubberman for pointing this out).
Sean Moran has a lame enough piece in the Irish Times, replete with a rather silly No One Shouted Stop analogy and some quotes from John Maughan. Yada, yada, yada.
There’s nothing lame, though, about this rousing reflection on Sunday’s win from An Spailpín Fánach, with whom it was good to meet up once again in Bowe’s the other night.
The local papers will, of course, be out later on and I think I might just get up on the bike and take a spin into Eason’s to get copies of them. This online crack is all fine and dandy but sometimes you need the full unexpurgated hit that only the papers themselves can deliver. This is one of these occasions, I think.