Friday 20 October 2017

The Super Bowl had one unexpected spectator in Kilkenny last night

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody pictured during the launch of Glanbia 2017 Kilkenny GAA Sponsorship at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody pictured during the launch of Glanbia 2017 Kilkenny GAA Sponsorship at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Last night's epic Super Bowl had many interested spectators on these shores but it may come as a surprise that Kilkenny hurling boss Brian Cody was one of those tuned in until the early hours.

Now retired from his principal's role, the 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager decided to stay up to see what all the fuss with American Football is and he witnessed the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time.

The New England Patriots, led by 39-year-old quarter-back Tom Brady, overcame the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28, as they amazingly overturned a 28-3 lead as Brady secured his fifth Super bowl ring.

Their much-vaunted coach Bill Belichick has been involved in seven Super Bowl wins as a coach and comparisons have long been made with Cody for their success on the sidelines.

Speaking at today's announcement that Glanbia will once again sponsor Kilkenny for another year Cody spoke of a "crazy" comeback but unlike Dublin football manager Jim Gavin, he's unlikely to be taking away any lessons from the Gridiron greats.

Cody has long since played down Kilkenny's use of tactics and was in similar form today at Nowlan Park. “I must go back and look at the video! We're not too structured, you know," he said when asked about the crossover of tactics.

“I saw it all. I'm not really a fan but I started watching it. I really know very little about it, just watched it. It was just a brilliant comeback, crazy. I don't understand much about the game to be honest about it. I didn't have to be up to early so I'm ok!"

While hurling and American Football are very different in terms of the type of game and tactics implemented, who knows we might see Cody put his late-night viewing to some use in 2017 as they look to reclaim the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

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