Tuesday 24 January 2017

Stars will take centre stage with audience expecting magic

Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30

Football fans will be hoping Paul Kerrigan's searing bursts of speed might create a Youtube moment or two in Croke Park on Sunday. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Football fans will be hoping Paul Kerrigan's searing bursts of speed might create a Youtube moment or two in Croke Park on Sunday. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

A six-second Vine can do it – lock down a moment of magic. Like Nick Kyrgios' stunning between-the-legs shot at Wimbledon. Like James Rodriguez's smasher for Colombia against Uruguay in the World Cup. Like Shane Walsh's flick-and-swivel for a point during Galway's win in last Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier.

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David Foster Wallace wrote that "beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty".

He wasn't exactly pontificating about Gaelic football here, but, like all sports, talented players have an unpretentious way of revealing audacious tekkers in high-pressure moments. Walsh's touch had all the quality of a move like Simon Zebo's back-heeled flick in last year's Six Nations. It was instinctive and innate.

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