With New Year safely behind us – taking with it the final vestiges of that car crash year that was 2008 – it’s good to be looking ahead to the first football weekend of 2009. It’s only pre-season stuff, of course, but it’s still football and, sure, in four weeks time the NFL will be underway again once more. The Dubs were first out of the traps yesterday with their normal New Year’s Day internecine shindig, which, incidentally, provided the GAA world with what will almost certainly prove to be its one and only penalty shoot-out of 2009. The result gave our local man, Pat Gilroy, a successful start to his term as Dublin manager but it’s safe to conclude that more stressful challenges lie ahead for the big Vincent’s man.
As I mentioned the other day, our lads (that’s the Mayo lads, in case you’re getting confused by my use of the term “our”) play their opening FBD match on Sunday against NUIG at their grounds in Dangan (which, I believe, is somewhere in Galway city). I’m not planning on traversing the country for this one – there are limits to my insanity when it comes to The Cause – but I hope to follow the action on the wireless and will report back on proceedings thereafter.
That’s about it, really. Here’s hoping that 2009 will bring us a bit more to shout about than either of the last two years did. Sure, the exploits of the minors gave us plenty of cause for pride last year but it’d be good if the seniors were the ones to do so this year. How will we do in 2009? Well, I’ve provided a temperature tester in the form of a new poll so here’s your chance to express your opinion on the matter.
By the way, do you like the new site banner? As I said to the lads who own them, there’s nothing like a few middle-aged bellies to freshen up the place.