On the Cooper / McManus thing again, I have looked at it a lot of times and I can’t for the life of me see where the issue is. If it wasn’t mentioned by the commentators (and being Sky they always looking for something sensationalised and moralistic), I don’t think it would have come up at all. If a guy is knocked to the ground by a swinging arm, it is going to hurt. Go into work today, stand up and ask someone to swing and arm at the back of your head until it knocks you down. It’s not going to kill you (hopefully ), but it is going to hurt, a lot. It wasn’t a case that he was using Coopers trajectory to sort of guide him to the ground, Cooper was standing up straight and he knocked him down. The main question is why it wasn’t a sending off, striking or attempting to strike is a sending off offence and that is exactly what it was. The game can never be cleaned up until the most obvious things are even up for discussion, let alone penalty.
As for Cooper being at McManus, that is the way of it now. As far as I have ever seen Cooper doesn’t sledge or anything like that, but he gets up for a physical battle and the other guy has to handle it. If he fouls him, it should be pulled up. But he actually doesn’t in too many instances.
The whole sky thing was poor enough actually. Canavan kept talking about McMenamin’s runs, when he wasn’t even on the field. Lack of knowledge of the rules happened a few times too. Now, it has advantages over the judgemental, ‘it must be said’ type of stuff that goes on in RTE, but it isn’t great. The whiney tones of Rachel Wyse (spelling?) go through my head too.