We got our All-Ireland final press gathering out of the way last night, nice and early well ahead of the big day itself. Much of what was said by those wheeled out to meet and greet the Fourth Estate won’t see the light of day until the week of the final but there’s a bit of coverage in the media today about what Stephen Rochford had to say last night.
By the way, isn’t that a cracking photo of Stephen at the top? The hooded eyes with that badass look and the Breaffy spires out of focus like some Bond villain’s secret hideaway. Throw in a menacing laugh and a furry white cat for him to stroke slowly and you’d have the whole deal. Beats Jim Gavin and his chartered accountant mien any day, I reckon.
They all cover much the same ground and it won’t surprise you to learn that Stephen didn’t have a whole pile to say to any of them. Managers nowadays rarely stray beyond the gnomic in their dealings with the media and Stephen is no slouch in the comms department so what got revealed last night was solely what he wanted to get revealed.
What he did say was that the 33-player panel are all fit and ready for action, minus, of course, long-term injury absentees Ger Cafferkey and Jason Gibbons. He praised the county board for postponing last weekend’s club games and he had praise too for Dublin’s performance last weekend.
That’s pretty much the sum total of what he had to say. Sure what else is there to be saying? It’s not as if he’s going to start coming out with some old guff about the great esprit de corp within his squad or about how they’re great lads at imagining the potentialities of extricating themselves from perilous in-match predicaments. No, let’s leave that tack to the opposition.
So, it’s September and the countdown is now on in earnest for sure. I got confirmation of this last night when I saw that August topped out as the busiest ever month on the site, with the 362k hits, surpassing last month’s record of just under 350k. Yesterday also saw the cumulative total exceed 8 million and the 2 million mark for the year will easily be broken ahead of the final.
The Good Lord can only speculate on what’ll happen to the numbers – or indeed ourselves – thereafter. Onwards we go.
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