Friday 24 November 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Style taking a back seat in Ulster drive for success

Down can shade it today but it will not be pretty, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

One of the endearing qualities of the Ulster Council is their belief that no other sports event should have any bearing on the dates and times for the Ulster championship. If anyone feels this is some backward organisation that ignores all modern advances, then they would be entirely wrong.

Improvements in sport science and anything that can help the GAA in general are often pioneered in Ulster, the organisation in general is very streamlined and in the midst of an economic storm they have seen crowds grow. So the dogmatic approach is not necessarily wrong and the GAA in Ulster is as efficient a body as any other sport, if not more so.

Pity about the football then. This championship is building up to be the most boring ever played. Bring back the 1970s, all is forgiven. Back then, at least there was the odd melee to break the monotony between the fouls. Now the sanitised version is designed for a slow descent into insanity. And yet the people still come in big numbers. I must be missing something.

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