Eugene McGee: Stop driving players away -- scrap winter training ban
In theory this was a massive weekend for all inter-county players because from Saturday, they have regained their freedom -- something akin to what hostages must feel when they are eventually set free.
For the past two months the GAA have, in effect, held all county players as hostages. This was achieved by the crazy decision at GAA Annual Congress to ban collective training for inter-county teams in November and December, which has now brought about this sense of freedom around the country as our county stars need no longer abstain from their favourite sport.
The Catholic Church used to go in for this sort of enforced abstinence many years ago, when meat could not be eaten on Fridays, nore more so than during Lent -- but Lent only lasted for 40 days, so the GAA decided to go one better with 61 days of football and hurling abstinence.