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Rebels are worthy of greater respect
On reading Páidí ó Sé's article on his preview of the National Football League finals last Sunday, I began to wonder that, deep down, has he some sort of a problem where Cork are concerned -- in so far that he seems to be incapable of writing about them, even though they were twice league champions, and last Sunday added a further title to make it three in a row (four in a row if you add in the Division 2 title which they won in 2009)?
On reading his article in which, I presume, he is supposed to be previewing the league finals, what do I find but that the first part of his piece is devoted to a beaten Kerry team who failed in the semi-final against Mayo and rabbiting on about their team selection, all of which has no relevance whatsoever to the league finals.
The next bit of the article is given over to Mayo and how good, fitter, and leaner they are (all of which might be true), and he then refers to some ancient game played against Kerry sometime in the 1960s as if that has any relevance to the game as it is today.
Eventually, he must have composed himself and decided that he must make some reference to the league champions, Cork, took a deep breath and gave two small paragraphs to them, and clearly this must have been very difficult for him to do.
I just wonder if the positions had been reversed and Kerry had been in the league final as current champions instead of Cork, we would probably have oceans of gushing praise for all the team, manager, selectors etc. I am sure the analysis would have been mighty, and I have to ask the question would 45% of his article been devoted to Cork? Somehow I doubt it
I ask Páidí to please have a more balanced approach and give credit where credit is due to a great Cork football team which has been one of the best around in recent years.
Recklessness puts players in danger
I am appalled by the recklessness shown by some players on GAA fields.
On Sunday last in the league final, Donal Vaughan received a heavy knock only to have his head shook by a Cork defender. Was he trying to imply that he was feigning injury? Had he injured his vertebra, it is possible that this shaking could have caused spinal injury
Rules OK but the officials are not
Would the GAA referees please give a reason why they are allowing players to hop the ball twice, one hop with two hands, and an extra hop with one hand?
Players from both codes are also fouling would-be tacklers by pushing them away or, in some cases, pushing them to the ground. This is Gaelic football not rugby.
Players who are feigning injury should get a yellow card and a kick up the arse! We had many examples last Sunday in Cork v Mayo, especially from the Mayo players. It smacks of soccer.
In hurling, the players are throwing up the ball with one hand and catching it again, which is a foul.
Also there should be a mark four or five yards outside the 21-yard line in hurling to ensure that the ball is struck from 21 yards and not 14. The mark for a penalty in football is too close to the goal.
Leave the rules as they were and get on with the game.
Double standards still freely apply
I thoroughly agree with the points in Eamonn Sweeney's article on the back page, dated April 8.
I lived through the era of South Africa being treated as a pariah state and not being part of the international sporting community and, as you put it, quite rightly so! It was not a good time to be living in this country but things have changed thank goodness.
I would like to suggest that South Africa unlike Saudi Arabia is not a major oil producer and therefore there was nothing much at stake to have South Africa barred from all international sporting events.
Many people also only regard racial discrimination as white on black and not black on black or black on white.
There is a lot of hypocrisy in the world and double standards freely apply!
A question to
In the game of rugby, the command by the referee for the final thrust in the scrum down is a word of two syllables, ie, engage.
Surely it would make more sense to use a word of one syllable?
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