Super post and not a truer word spoken.
The myth that Dublin are an unstoppable force is plainly ridiculous as the past 30 years have shown. The current Dublin team are a phenomenal group of players and management, to quote Ciaran Whelan we’ve got to make hay while the sun is shining with this group. We have great individuals over the years but 25+ skillful, fit and dedicated lads putting it in is why they are where they are.
In previous year a team coming off an all Ireland win wouldn’t put out championship players in the league till well after Paddy’s day when they had been sobered up. A good contingent of our 30+ players BB and MDMA were out in the first round in January because they want to be in the team to win 4 in a row. The biggest driving force this year is the squad itself.
I always enjoy the league much more than Leinster Championship and judging by Kildares second half collapse they have a lot of work still to do. They have a few handy players but well short of Division 1 standard yet.
As for the game i’m delighted Howard and Basquel got a good run, I feared for Basquel as he picked up an early yellow and then handled the ball on the ground shortly after and i’m sure confidence was ebbing. In fairness to management they stuck with him and he came good in the secind half.
As for Johnny Cooper I genuinely think his in your face antics if the way he gets himself up for games and is why he gives 100%. I’d say he is a pain in the hole to have marking you and i’ve no problem with him going close to the line in terms of getting at his marker but going down like you’ve seen taken out by a sniper and rolling around on the ground is not what Dublin players should do. Mick Holden wouldn’t have tolerated that kind of messing.