Tuesday 23 January 2018

Banner fans listen to me – no moaning until 2018

Davy Fitzgerald should have a grace period with Clare. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Davy Fitzgerald should have a grace period with Clare. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Michael McCarthy

Bill Simmons, the ESPN columnist, podcaster and unabashed Boston sports fan often talks about his idea of a "five-year grace period."

It's a very simple idea. If your team wins a title, you shut up and stop moaning for at least five years. He coined the phrase after the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years in 2004, and became one of his rules for sports fandom, a rule he self- admittedly breaks all the time. That's because it's a lot easier in theory.

Right now, Clare is at war, despite being current All-Ireland champions, something they've been three times in the last 100 years. Davy Fitzgerald's clash with Peter O'Connell of the 'Clare Champion' on Saturday night has been well documented, as have the club protests over the postponing of fixtures.

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