It’s fairly straightforward going through the previews for tomorrow’s NFL clash with Kerry down in Tralee (throw-in 2.30 pm), as everyone is expecting them to win. By everyone, I mean RTÉ and the Irish Times but I’m sure the Indo and the others are all swimming with the tide on this one as well. So is Paddy Power, who remains solidly – to the tune of 2/5 – behind the the home team. At least you lot are a bit more positive about our hopes, with a resounding 68% of you taking the view that we’ll do the business in Austin Stack Park tomorrow.
One article in the papers that is worth a read is this thoughtful, knowledgeable piece on us in today’s Examiner by Kerry’s own Dara Ó Cinnéide. I know I’m wont to give the Kerrymen a hard time now and again, but they sure do know their football. Dara was a classy enough footballer in his day and he’s a nice writer too: I particularly like the bullfighting and Hemingway references he uses here. He’s a good lad, is Dara.
Another good lad is my own little mucker, who is set to reach the advanced age of five tomorrow and who, when he gets up to greet the day in the morning, will discover that, amongst other things, he’s the proud owner of a Dublin replica kit. I tried, I truly did but the blue horde got to him first. He does shout for us now and again, though, and did travel to Roscommon with me on Paddy’s Day to get behind our U21s, where he cried more than a few bitter tears after Donie Shine lamped over that late, late winning point. No more than his oul’ fella, he’s not that fond of losing.
Because of the domestic festivities that’ll be going on around here tomorrow, I’ll probably be a bit more detached from events than usual. As a result, you can expect fewer tweets than normal during the match and, most likely, a more succinct match report than normal later on tomorrow evening.
Finally, I’m happy to announce that once again I’ve reached the final shake-up in the sports and recreation category of the Irish Blog Awards. The knitting and drinking blogs have all fallen by the wayside at this stage and, as well as this humble creation, the shortlist comprises two soccer blogs, a cycling one and a general sports one. The awards ceremony takes place in Galway next Saturday night and, given that I’ll be heading west for the Monaghan game that weekend anyway, I think I might even manage to make it to the bash in the Radisson on the 27th. Just in case, like.