Reservoirdubs?? Please. There’s no debate on that forum, you’re either blindly praising the dubs or you’re not on there at all. A one trick pony website that no real dub would lower himself to post or look at it.
It all stems back to 89 and 96. In 89 Mayo came up with the “let’s play our football and enjoy the day” attitude. It was a lovely game and a nice All-I win for Cork. Up The Dall was tearing his or her hair out. “No county of mine will ever lose an All-I that way!!” quoth he/she.
In 96 Mayo came battle hardened and ready for anything. They had the beating of Meath and let it slip. And what happened after has dogged them ever since, they lapped up the sympathy and “we was robbed” stuff, Meath were the great demons, and the media have run with it for 20 years and counting.
Instead of coming back to put it right in 97 or 98 they went backwards and just to rub it in Galway strolled up and won Sam from nowhere. And then won it again. The nation bestowed upon Galway the title of “great footballers who win All-Irelands”, and the next time Mayo got to an All-I final, on the back of a classic attacking ambush back when none of us realised that Tyrone would have this pattern throughout the era, they went to the final with the reputation of really skilled footballers who Kerry told everyone would produce a “great final of proper football and may the best team win”. And lest we forget, Kerry were VERY vulnerable that year, on the back of defeats to Armagh and Tyrone, and the humiliation Vs Meath in 2001. I think many people had Mayo as favourites that day.
The truth about the humiliations of 2004 and 2006 was that, apart from the fact Kerry were just better, Mayo did not prepare properly, they were not smart with their tactics, they froze on the day, and they allowed the hype around the comeback against Dublin in 06, as well as the win over Tyrone in 2004 to make them believe they had come into their kingdom (excuse the pun). There was no real hard determination, no real durability, no real response to adversity. Or even when there was, no decent defending.
It can be said that these experiences were put to good use for this latest era when I think it’s fair to say Mayo have got the best out of their resources, and but for a little bit extra here and there would have won an All-I. It hasn’t been all about Dublin being better though. Mayo didn’t have the forwards to beat Donegal in 2012 (regardless of the mantra of the time, “oh if only they didn’t let in early goals”), and you could possibly say the same about 2014 against Kerry though overall they drew/lost those two semi-final games with some poor defending at times. Would they have beaten Donegal in the final after all that? I think only if they had played the way Kerry did in the final.
The posters are cracked on that site. A lot of chest thumping. Poor souls can distinguish who they hate more Dublin or Galway. But they are going to beat the two of us thats for sure. Poor folks. never go full retard or visit that site.
Serial losers? I don’t class any GAA player from any county as a loser. Like in life, you give it your best shot…if it isn’t good enough then so be it…sport like life is a bitch. The sacrifice they put in this day in age is unreal.
I even see it with my own friends who play club.
So easy to throw in the towel but these lads keep coming back for more…eventually the team will break up but they aren’t losers as you say.