Does anybody else feel things are coming to a head in county football?
The prevailing narrative is so negative from almost everyone.
Dublin have become the root of all evil a behemoth that's chewed up and spat out a whole province.
Our old rivals in the province are Kildare & Meath used to have massive followings that would get Croke Park rocking on Leinster semi/final day. Now the fans have deserted them bereft of hope.
Especially Meath they are viewed by there own fans as entitled to be challenging for all Irelands, they crave the rivalry of old with Dublin
We will annihilate Carlow on June 3rd they could be swapped out for arguably any of the other teams bar Meath/Westmeath/Kildare who might harbor some possibility of keeping it within 10.
Around the other provinces, you have Mayo & Galway is a game.
Ulster's past reputation as a provincial Dog House is well and truly gone. Bar Tyrone, Monaghan & Donegal no one else has any chance.
Munster is devalued now with Corks demise, possibly Tipp offer some hope.
Going back to Mayo, the fans can't enjoy anything as there so worried about the all ireland there season is only a success if Sam is brought back across the Shannon. The whole circus surronding them fuels the paranoia and lessens enjoyment.
Possibly when I was growing up I simply didn't notice all these issues, the amount of negativity from the media (i.e Bernard Flynns nonsense, Brollys pontificating), the negativity from fans from all corners of the country & a general lack of enthusiasm for the games has created a poisonous atmosphere.
Galway offered hope and Tipps bolters also encouraged people
By another token seeing Sligo going to MacHale Park and playing damage limitation no intent to try and take the game to Mayo & seeing the trimmings handed out to Antrim, Fermanagh & the unmerciful hiding coming for Carlow would discourage people.