People were downplaying Gooch’s comments and Brolly’s challenging of them. I think what you have to remember is this, it’s subtle. It plays to what he knows many Dublin viewers want to hear, and what helps motivate opponents that bit extra.
Gooch did not say one single critical or questioning thing about Dublin’s performance. This was after a game we were expected to win at a canter and had a 15 minute spell where we let the game get away. And after we clearly got cut open in the central channel on several occasions throughout the game.
Now ask yourselves, if this was Kerry he was commenting on, what would he have said, only positive and praising and gushing tings? No.
“Fitzy will be worried about (this and that)”. “Kildare showed up this and that potential weaknesses.” “Kerry won’t get away with that against better teams”. “It’s early days yet, no All-I s handed out in July”. “Munster has been very weak for a while now…no real challenge to Kerry etc etc”. “It’s good to have plenty to work on”.
Now compare and contrast. Gooch is no longer a player, he’s meant to be a fairly objective, and insightful, intelligent analyst.