I think the issue for me is that anyone considered to not follow the popular line is seen as somehow insulting the fella. I can fully understand the Lady Di comparisons. Private Eye made some reference to Diana after her death that was not fawning in nature and they were roundly condemned - I recall Ian Hislop referring to the volte-face that there had been in the British public opinion towards Diana. I see echoes here.
I recall Gooch being discussed on the pages of this forum a few years ago when there appeared to be, at that time, an effort to portray him as the greatest gaelic footballer ever. The influence of the Kerry media often gets referenced here, and that was one time I had sympathy with that viewpoint.
Gooch is not the greatest footballer that I have ever seen, and indeed is not the greatest forward that I have ever seen. However he was top class and would be in the running for the greatest fifteen I have seen.
Brolly has asked the question about instances of matches where Gooch has taken the game by the scruff of the neck and turned it around. The question relates to what I would define as genuine greatness. Players in that bracket, and who have answered Brolly’s question in the affirmative (in my opinion) would include Connolly, MDMA, Philly McMahon, Alan Brogan, the O’Ses, Donaghy, Cavanagh, Joyce, Donnellan, McGeeney etc.
I’m not saying Gooch hasn’t, but would be interested to see the matches detailed.