Archives - September 1982: NO Sam Maguire Cup and no five in a row for Kerry.
Offaly saw to that in Croke Park last Sunday. But we should be just as proud of our footballers in defeat as we were in victory.
They looked like pulling it off, but Offaly showed true grit and scored a dramatic winning goal two minutes from the end. It was the way Kerry won more than one famous game. Naturally, Kerrymen everywhere were disappointed.
They wanted so much to see a truly great team earn a special place in GAA history.
But that disappointment will soon dissipate and come July, 1983 Kerry will again be back on the championship glory trail in Páirc Ui Chaoimh.
The soundings from the Kerry players and officials this week clearly indicate that last Sunday's defeat has not blunted their appetites for further success.
That's the way it should be and that's the way it always will be where Kerry football is concerned. Very fittingly, there was a marvellous turnout for the Kerry team in Killarney and Tralee this week.
The followers did not forget what this team had done, they did not forget the enjoyment they had given since they first hit the top in 1975.
On and off the field, this Kerry team was a credit to the county. And they were a credit to the county again last Sunday in a game that did much to restore people's faith in Gaelic football.
You know a man better in defeat than you do in victory and our Kerry footballers showed that, even though denied a success that would have set the seal on everything for them, they could take their medicine when it was handed to them.
They'll be back all right!