We’ve had a glut of football over the weekend (and in various codes too), with several talking points arising from all the action. Chief amongst them for many, I guess, is the issue of what the summer now holds for the Kerrymen following a very flat performance from them against Cork yesterday. Personally, I thought the talking heads on The Sunday Game – where’s Spillane when you really need him, eh? – were a bit too fast with their post-match obituaries about all those “fading stars” within the Kingdom’s ranks. As so many counties – including ourselves – know to their bitter cost, Kerry are never out ’till they’re out and they ain’t out yet.
Most of the focus west of the Shannon will, however, now surely be on the destination of the Nestor Cup, following Sligo’s sensational comeback win over Galway in Pearse Stadium on Saturday evening. I see that the bookies have now installed us as strong favourites (2/7, like) to retain the Connacht title, which means that while we’re not as short odds as Cork now are to win Munster (1/100) we’re more warmly favoured to win in the west than the Dubs (4/7 – the Kildare halo effect again?) are in Leinster or Tyrone (11/8) are in Ulster. (Odds from Paddy Power – here).
Seeing as the poll functionality is up and running again here on the site (with a thumbs-up given to the new site design in the first poll run since it returned to the fray), I reckon it’s an opportune time to test the waters on this issue. So, who is going to emerge from what is now a three-cornered battle for the Connacht championship this year?