Photo: Mayo Mick
I know that all you lot want at this stage is the team news but, in the few hours left before the starting fifteen for Sunday is announced, it’s as well – prompted as I was in the comments last night – to get this one off my chest first. This is my ongoing bugbear (one of them – I have many) about the GAA allowing unacceptable colour clashes in major matches, a practice that leaves colour-blind folk such as myself at a distinct disadvantage in trying to figure out what the hell is going on in the heat of battle out on the pitch.
If you look at the above picture and think that there’s no confusion at all, then that’s grand – good luck to you and enjoy the game. For us with this particular affliction, however, the two teams are virtually indistinguishable – the tops, down to the swooshing lines for gawdsakes, look almost the same (I know their one is all red and ours is a mix of red and green but I can’t bloody see this) and the shorts are identical. The socks are, granted, a bit different but most of the players will have their socks around their ankles so that won’t help matters either.
What I can’t understand is that a few years ago the GAA took additional powers upon themselves to compel counties to change colours when a clash occurred. Aside from anything else, this ended the ludicrous practice – an example of which was Kerry in one of the All-Irelands against us – where counties simply refused to change strips. By and large, this system works okay – there’s no confusion now, for example, when we play Kerry – but for some reason it’s never applied for games between us and Cork.
Why can’t they play in white, as they did in the All-Ireland against Down in 2010? Why can’t we play in white, like we did when we played Meath in the 1951 All-Ireland? Why can’t someone in authority in the GAA recognise that this is a serious problem for people (and there’s a good few of us out there) who can’t clearly see their greens from their reds from their browns etc. and do something about it? In this respect, anytime before 4pm on Sunday would be grand to get it sorted.
Right, where’s that team announcement?