Graphic: ECMWF website
Early indications, as the above graphic shows, are that we might be more in need of limited edition commemorative umbrellas rather than t-shirts at Croke Park next Sunday. These longer-range forecasts can, though, be spectacularly wrong – it was meant to be belting down rain the day of our quarter-final against Down but instead all that was raining down was the 3-18 we posted against the Mourne County that afternoon.
It’s still deathly quiet on the media front, apart from THAT article in the Indo. The full Q&A is here and the should he/should he not have been recalled piece is here. Anyone (else) who is thinking about having a cut at Mort should have a nice, slow read of the Q&A first because what you’ll find are a series of incredibly annoying and provocative questions, which all appear to have been answered truthfully and without malice. I really can’t see there’s anything in this coverage at all and to suggest that it might somehow upset the squad ahead of Sunday is simply laughable.
This pile of drivel by Eugene McGee in the same paper would, in truth, annoy a man far more. Uncle Eugene appears, for example, to think that James Nallen’s retirement was an issue that James Horan had to deal with (the Crossmolina man last started a championship game for us in 2008, though he was on the panel the following year) and lauds him for deploying Donie at centre-back who, in Eugene’s mind, is “a Mayo No 6 who could stand his ground and flatten opponents legally when the opportunity arrived — not previously a very common sight in Mayo backlines”. Drink, feck, arse, girls stuff, in other words.
The Indo also has an interview with Donegal’s full-back Eamonn
McGee about how good it feels to be a disciple in the Church of Jimmy The Redeemer.
The Irish Times, meanwhile, is also scratching around for stuff today and the best they can come up with is this article about the 1992 semi-final between Sunday’s contestants.
The Irish Examiner has a brief piece with some titbits of news from both camps and what they’ve been up to over the last few days.
Finally, The Score has an interview with Aidan O’Shea where he talks about his troublesome groin injury and how he feared that he was goner for the year. He also speaks bullishly about his first appearance in an All-Ireland final, saying that he was always quite confident a day like this would come for him. He also expresses confidence that it won’t be the only time it happens. You just can’t beat that Kerry breeding where it comes to All-Ireland finals, can you?