I know this one is coming hot on the heels of someone posting in the comments that we should block everything out between now and Sunday but, hey, each to their own and all that. Feel free to either gorge or pass up on this lot.
Let’s start with the GAA’s website, which has an interesting interview by Cian O’Connell with Tom Parsons – here. In it the Charlestown man talks about the long and winding road of his inter-county career and how the support of those around him has been of crucial importance to him. Worth a read.
Also on the RTÉ site Peter Sweeney crunches some numbers on us, in which he highlights the interesting point that no county has ever played as many matches in two consecutive championship years as we have this year and last. That number – ahead of Sunday – stands at 18.
The same piece also states that just two players have started every single one of those matches for us. Who are they? No peeking now – see if you can guess them first.
There’s not a whole pile in the nationals so far, not online at any rate. There are versions of that feature with Tom Parsons in the Irish Independent (here), Irish Times (here) and Irish Examiner (here). The Indo has another look-at-me-now Eamonn Sweeney piece but, really, the less said about that particular amadán the better.
The Irish Times also carries a feature by Malachy Clerkin, which some of you have already mentioned and where he says that the key thing for us will be to take the chances that will inevitably come our way on Sunday. A simple observation, perhaps, but an accurate one all the same.
That’s your lot for now. Don’t despair, though – the next episode of the Mayo News football podcast, featuring the second part of last week’s Camden escapade, will be online later on this evening. Then tomorrow the same paper’s All-Ireland final supplement will hit the streets and once again I was honoured to have been asked to provide a piece for it, which I gladly did. Sure, it’s an annual event at this stage.
Still hunting for that golden ticket? Another ten tickets are up for grabs in Wednesday’s Mayo GAA Lotto – play here.