Sunday 21 December 2014

Banner fans listen to me – no moaning until 2018

Michael McCarthy

Published 09/07/2014 | 02:30

Davy Fitzgerald should have a grace period with Clare. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Davy Fitzgerald should have a grace period with Clare. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Bill Simmons, the ESPN columnist, podcaster and unabashed Boston sports fan often talks about his idea of a "five-year grace period."

It's a very simple idea. If your team wins a title, you shut up and stop moaning for at least five years. He coined the phrase after the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years in 2004, and became one of his rules for sports fandom, a rule he self- admittedly breaks all the time. That's because it's a lot easier in theory.

Right now, Clare is at war, despite being current All-Ireland champions, something they've been three times in the last 100 years. Davy Fitzgerald's clash with Peter O'Connell of the 'Clare Champion' on Saturday night has been well documented, as have the club protests over the postponing of fixtures.

Last year, all that seemed to be coming out of Donegal was sniping at Jim McGuinness, who'd just won their second ever All-Ireland.

As a sports fan, it's tough to live in the past. Last September, we all talked about how we "didn't care if Clare ever won another match." But success makes you greedy. We talk of lack of effort, lack of "hunger" – perhaps it's time we appreciated the joy that these players have given us and work a little bit harder as "supporters".

So Clare fans, no giving out until 2018.

Irish Independent

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