Eugene McGee: Galvin guilty of crossing line too often
Hard men -- a euphemism that has served the GAA well over the years. It is an expression that has covered a multitude of players, from tough, no-holds-barred competitors largely operating within the rules, to plain gurriers dressed up in county jerseys, who seem to think that wearing a GAA shirt allows them to behave like a street thugs -- and get away with it.
The one thing that distinguishes them all is the loyalty their actions engender among their own followers.
This applies whether the 'hard man' is obeying the rules or abusing them. Many of the followers of a county or club love both categories of 'hard man,' but nowadays there is only slightly less tolerance than there used to be for the real hatchet men.