The rabid slavering hounds of begrudgery are gathering their forces again as usual. The travesty that was Lee Keegans ‘work’ on Connolly the last few years, culminating in him becoming every downtrodden mullahs love child last summer, and being awarded POTY despite, or even because of spending much of the major two games of the year pulling out of his man, and looking to get him sent off, says it all-out where football has got to.
Between that carry-on the constant media agenda being allowed go almost unchecked, it has reached the stage where the culture has become about lauding the ‘hunger and hurt’ shown by players constantly fouling, and assaulting, rather than celebrating great football. And yet, being honest, this was always a large part of football, the ‘manliness’ of it, and we have allowed it to stay so. It was a large part of how that great Meath team were so successful.
But you know if Dublin were carrying on the way people like Keegan, COC, and alot of Kerry players recently are, even back when we were in their position of trying to make a breakthrough,there would have been none of this national culture of sympathy that Mayo constantly get, or admiration that Kerry constantly get.
The one thing that still makes me somewhat optimistic is that we will as ever soak it up, and use it for more motivation. But on the downside it’s clear that unpunished persistent fouling is one of the reasons we are finding it’s hard to assert our better quality on the scoreboard. And thinking back to when teams like Tipp deployed one of their best attacking players to do a Keegan on Kks best forward, and how unsuccessful it was allowed to be, and mocked by all and sundry, it throws into perspective the level of bias that we are allowing to be accepted in the last few years, and gathering