Wasn’t talking about holidays only, some have taken a break, that’s what I said, maybe you should re-read it. If you’ve been away for a while, like Jack, and CK for example, and still get back in quite quick, it indicates that things might not be exactly as ruthless as they are often portrayed.
How ‘owned’, what? Is that a hurling term? Seriously, you must on the batter tonight, you should try to be a bit more disciplined, you might make county.
I am very much outside the box, that’s why I challenge these lazy opinions and assumptions about players being treated like slaves etc. Maybe you’re too much inside the box to see the cardboard for the trees.
No, it’s not a hobby at that level. And as Dub 09 says, I wouldn’t want it that way. If it was thus then why would we all think it’s the greatest honour and achievement in sport to win a Snr All-I? Because it’s so bloody hard to win and requires such effort, ability, and sacrifice!
Why have Mayo not won in decades despite being in multiple finals, even back before ‘modern training techniques’? Because it’s so bloody hard to win, and it matters so much. Like anything that’s truly great in sport, it requires massive sacrifices, talent, bravery/courage, and effort. And that’s why we accord it the status that it has.
The amateur status is a big part of that, and there’s no argument, it’s very much under threat. That’s inevitable. I hope it is kept but no guarantees at that level of sport, with so much at stake etc.