Lee Keegan: I don't see why people should feel sorry for Mayo
Mayo star Lee Keegan insists all of Gaelic football's leading lights engage in "black arts".
After a nasty drawn All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, Keegan agrees the top sides have a "win at all costs" mentality.
"I think we are a tough team and we do play on the edge," he said. "I think a lot of people know that. Our tackling is always on the edge.
"It's definitely something we pride ourselves on. There's no point being a soft touch and I don't think Dublin were innocent themselves if you look at the first game, they had a lot of incidents themselves.
"Yeah, all (of) them top teams have their black arts, that's what you're looking at I suppose, even Kerry have it, they did last year with us, so you need a bit of a streetwise mentality about yourself.
"If you're going to win the All-Ireland you have to have these actions. Unfortunately, they mightn't be the best viewing at times but if you're going to win a game you have to win it at all costs for your team."
Mayo have lost two All-Ireland finals and two replayed semi-finals but he's not looking for sympathy.
"I don't see why people should be sorry for us. No-one feels sorry for Dublin or Kerry if they're beaten, so there's no-one feeling sorry for us. We just have to keep coming back. We're a good enough team to win it and sympathy doesn't really get you anywhere really, does it?
"Until we win it we have to keep doing it, and that's the other side of it. You know, there's probably 30 other counties who would love to be in our position, challenging the top two teams year in, year out."