As this is my week for seemingly attacking sacred cows… and to while away the time we spend waiting for the ‘big’ announcement. I just want to make the point that frankly I never saw DJ as good as everyone else seems to have seen him. He was definitely very good, and he has 5 All Ireland medals, so I have to be careful with my definition of very good. But I don’t see the ‘one of the greats of the game thing’. He was a great man to get a goal, but he was aided by the unwritten rule in hurling that ‘if DJ is near goal he gets four extra steps’. That was a big advantage for him because the defender is set up to hook on the third or fourth step and when it doesn’t happen he is out of sync. He could win a great ball one on one, if he was let behind, but he wouldn’t win it in a crowd or with a defender he didn’t have a height advantage on.
Out the field he was average enough. He was knacky enough at getting in a hook and robbing the ball (and as I say I am not disputing he wasn’t very good), but you would be wasting your time trying to hit him with a puck out. Ger Loughnane maintains he was never as good as his skill set meant he should have been.