If they erected a new sporting Mount Rushmore in Meath this autumn, instead of last year when ‘Off The Ball’ settled on Seán Boylan, Mick Lyons, Graham Geraghty and Johnny Murtagh, they might well have to drop one of the above or else hastily chisel out a fifth Royal legend.
With sublime timing, Brian Cody’s autobiography hit the bookshelves in 2009. In the very year that the godfather of Kilkenny hurling masterminded the four-in-a-row, there was no need for a managerial confession about the perils of staying on too long.
Two of Tyrone’s Sam Maguire heroes have spoken publicly about the Covid-19 crisis that ripped through their squad earlier this summer and threatened their participation in the All-Ireland series.
James Horan has lamented the glut of turnovers, uncharacteristically low tackle count and an overall Mayo performance that was “a bit off” as he endured his fourth All-Ireland final defeat in Croke Park this evening.
Omitting your captain for an All-Ireland semi-final is a big call. Linda Collins’ initial reaction was “why am I not playing?” … but she soon banished all negative thoughts and focused on what she could still do for the Cork camogie cause.
Andy Moran expects both Mayo and Tyrone to be “a tiny bit off” in Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC final, purely because both dressing-rooms know what it’s like to lose a final but neither has yet learned how to win one.
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