Colm O'Rourke: Still holding out for a hero
Down's system has worked well so far, but Cork have too many options, says Colm O'Rourke
A ll-Ireland finals come and go and many are forgotten very quickly, but the displays of great players are remembered forever. Performances at this level are what make players special -- to be a really great footballer, you must be able to turn it on today.
That brings pressure and it is the ability to perform when the pressure is greatest which sorts the men from the boys. And if a player says that the pressure is getting to him then he is in the wrong place. He should be playing a bit of junior with his club and having a few pints with the boys afterwards. Today is the day for a bit of class -- in mental, physical and skill terms.
In the past decade the great names who dominated finals were men like Peter Canavan, Seán Cavanagh, Stephen O'Neill, Darragh ó Sé, Paul Galvin and, of course, Gooch Cooper.