Thursday – that’s today, folks, in case any of you are (like myself) starting to become a tad detached from reality at this stage – is usually the last day when it makes any sense to be reading stuff ahead of the big day. After that it all melds into a whole pile of white noise, black noise and all other kinds of noise.
Handy, then, that the Indo should pop up today with some clickbait (which I’m not going to link to as that’s what they want everyone to do) about our “leaked” victorious homecoming plans. Are we, the Indo wonders, “tempting fate a little bit”?
They’re right, you know – we should really leave all that planning and organisation and health and safety stuff until the train has pulled out of Hueston with Sam on board. What were we thinking of at all at all?
Back in the real world, meanwhile, there’s some stuff about the match to plough through so let’s take a quick gallop through what’s out there today.
GAA – feature piece on James Nallen (includes video of the famous goal against Kerry in 1996 – here), interview feature with Stephen Coen (here), piece on our recent rivalry with Dublin (with video, including Padraig Brogan’s screamer from 1985 – how well I remember that one from my vantage point up top in the old Hogan – which is here).
RTÉ – Johnny Magee’s reasoning for why Dublin could beat us well (here), how Bernard Brogan is adjusting to life on the bench (here) and John Casey’s theory on why Diarmuid Connolly got so little game time in the semi (here).
Irish Examiner – another Stephen Coen piece (here), John Fogarty confirming that we’ll be wearing our traditional colours on Sunday (here), a decision I understand, though part of me would like to see us back in black. The same paper also has a piece by Ed Coughlan, whose views – as a member of James Horan’s back-room team – are always interesting. That one’s here. Finally, there’s a piece by John Fogarty in which ref Eddie Kinsella talks about the job facing Joe McQuillan on Sunday (here).
Irish Independent – I know, I know, their online operation leaves much to be desired but they still have some stuff worth reading and today that includes Bomber Liston’s column (here), a Stephen Coen profile (here) and a surprisingly engaging piece by Martin Breheny about David Clarke and Stephen Cluxton (here).
AIB Sports Blog – Liam McHale on how we can win on Sunday (here).
Don’t Foul – stats-based preview. Essential reading (here).
An Spailpín Fánach – also essential reading, excellent as always (here).
Right, that’s me done with pre-match coverage. Tomorrow thoughts turn towards the team announcements – I might while away a bit of time now, come to think of it, by tapping out a draft post on the starting fifteen we’re sure to name – and, of course, there’s a last pre-match serving of the Mayo News football podcast to come at some stage tomorrow too.
PS: Thanks to Peadar for the illustrations I’ve been using this week, the latest of which is at the top of this post. I’ve another nice one of his lined up for tomorrow too.