It’s Friday morning, that’s a cracking bit of sunshine out there and the weekend is just up ahead. Not any old weekend either but the one that sees the start of another championship campaign for us. Life could be worse, people.
Just to prove that the Irish Independent isn’t a cesspit of Mayo-hating, click-baiting ogres (well, not all of the time at any rate) let’s start with a few links from them.
First there’s Colm Keys – a top GAA writer for sure – who runs the rule (here) over the players who have featured for us in several championship campaigns. Colm poses the rhetorical question as to whether or not they’re up for another hard push at the summit, one to which Sunday should provide the first instalment of an answer.
Next there’s a comment piece by Jack O’Toole (here) that fairly comprehensively deconstructs Bernard Flynn’s rather pathetic personal attack on Aidan O’Shea the other day. For me, the best retort on that one – which others have already noted here – is that it was most likely Meath kids Aidan was posing for photos with. You remember Meath, don’t you? They used to play a bit of ball one time but they’re way too chilled for that kind of thing nowadays.
Then there’s a short piece by Michael Verney with Conor Mortimer who says that Pat and Noel would have been as well to hould their whist. Conor also features in a similar piece by Kevin O’Brien in today’s Irish Examiner – here.
There isn’t a whole load aside from that, to be honest, out there in the media about us at the minute and, you know, even if there was – and they were all yahooing about what a load of selfie-taking chokers we are – I’m not sure I’d be all that worried. Sunday’s approaching and there’s football to be played – real football, with balls and all – and so it’s a far more productive use of everyone’s time to be thinking about that rather than focusing on the background yabbering.
In that vein, do you need any info about tickets for the match? If so, full details are here.
Concerned about the weather for Sunday and, in light of this, mulling your wardrobe choices? Then this one is for you.
A bit of spare cash you’re itching to offload? Try this for size.
Haven’t done your mini-league predictions for the weekend yet? Best get moving there now if you haven’t.
Isn’t it great? We’re still alive and the championship is about to begin. Again. Enjoy your Friday.
UPDATE: The team to face Sligo on Sunday in the Connacht U17 championship quarter-final at MacHale Park (throw-in 11.45am) has now been named. Full details here.