We’ve an extremely important League match on Sunday – one which could potentially be decisive in terms of our long-standing Division One status – but, to be honest, it’s getting increasingly hard to think about football at all. It’s hard, indeed, to concentrate on anything other than the ever-spreading coronavirus, which the WHO today finally pronounced to be a global pandemic.
Will the match go ahead on Sunday? Should it go ahead at all? Will the League be concluded this spring? Will this year’s Championship be played? So many questions, nothing in the way of answers.
There’s no point in adding to the speculation here. All we can say – for now at least – is that Sunday’s match at Pearse Stadium is set to go ahead as scheduled. The game is due to throw in at 2pm with Tyrone’s Seán Hurson (the lad with that rather odd take on the playing rules, who reffed our match against Meath last month) taking charge of it.
Many of you will, no doubt, be in two minds about whether or not to go to the game at all. A good number of you are likely to hold off until nearer the day, or indeed until the morning of the game itself, before deciding what to do. That makes sense – each of us have to decide in our own way as best we can how we respond to this unprecedented situation.
If you do decide not to go and the game is played as planned you’ll still be able to catch it live on TG4. If you’re planning to go then it’s as well to have a look over the COVID-19 advice Mayo GAA issued the other day. You’ll find that here.
Turning the focus towards the football, Galway named their team last night. Full details on that are here.
There’s been a bit of media coverage on both counties as well this week. If you’re interested in reading some or all of this, then here are the relevant links.
The Mayo News also has a few articles of interest which focus on Sunday’s game, with plenty more besides, of course, in the paper itself (paper and digital variants).
Edwin McGreal lays out the various scenarios for our final two matches to see what permutations would either see us safe or consign us to the drop. That’s here.
Mike Finnerty has a piece in which he places on the agenda three pertinent talking points ahead of the Pearse Stadium showdown. You’ll find that here.
Also in this week’s paper, Ger Flanagan has a match preview featuring quotes from Barry Cullinane with whom Rob spoke on the latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast. That piece is here and, if you haven’t got to it yet, the podcast episode previewing Sunday’s game is available to listen to on SoundCloud here.
Finally, it’s worth reminding everyone again that the podcast now has its own own Twitter presence, @MayoPodcast. If you’re a Twitter user we’d appreciate it if you could follow us there to make sure you get the latest podcast-related updates, including new episodes.
Right, that’s it – back to worrying about the non-football stuff, I guess.