Faithful quick to talk up woes
Published 18/05/2011 | 05:00
Offaly PRO Niall Murphy flashed out an interesting email on Monday, helpfully putting up the heading: "Offaly hurlers decimated by injury ahead of Dublin clash."
It pointed out that they would be without three first-choice defenders -- Paul Cleary, David Franks and James Rigney -- while also listing five others who were either definitely out or doubtful.
Usually, counties work at disguising their injury concerns, so why Offaly's desire to highlight theirs?
Is it a case of the Faithful being loyal to the truth or a cunning ruse to tempt Dublin down Complacency Street?
After what Joe Dooley and Co did to Clare in the third All-Ireland semi-final clash in 1998, Anthony Daly will be warning the Dublin players to be very wary of Offaly talking themselves down.