Colm O'Rourke: Our game is in a sorry state and crying out for reform
Dublin's All-Ireland win can't gloss over the mess that football has become, says Colm O'Rourke
Crisis, what crisis? That would be the general feeling after the All-Ireland final.
Before it many supporters of the game would have looked on 2011 as the year of change -- and not a nice change either. Yet a warm glow persists from the final, a splendid contest between the two best and most consistent teams of the year and with Dublin winning there was a sense that persistence had gained its rightful reward.
Yet take a closer look and there were few games of good quality while the dominant memory is one of defence and boring, repetitive handpassing. In a sense, Dublin saved the year because a final with Donegal and Kerry would not have appealed to many.