The Sunday Game reached all sorts of new heights, Sligo endured a torrid day at the office and we make a frankly brutal start in our bid to pick winners.
The Sunday Game never fails to entertain, annoy, bemuse or baffle, often in the same segment. Like it’s not-too-distant cousin, The Late Late Show, it seems most people watch it just so they have something to give out about.
But it can’t be beat it for setting the GAA agenda and spicing up your Sunday night. Here’s just a few of the things covered on the show last night;
Tyrone’s GPS tracking system was referred to as ‘bras’ by Pat Spillane
A graphic mix up led to Colm Cooper playing for Donegal
The blanket defence was discussed for the 5,000th time
Eamonn O’Hara had a right go at former boss Kevin Walsh (more later)
But most bizarre of all was the moment when Des Cahill read out a Dara O’Briain tweet congratulating London. This was followed by a number of tweets from the man himself who has now vowed to try and get a tweet read out each week on the show. We already can’t wait for next week’s show.
We can't wait for the 'Dara's Tweet of the Week' segment now
Sligo suffer London burning from O’Hara
For as long as we can remember we have heard the phrase ‘they will catch someone out someday’ about the London footballers. After two very near misses with Mayo and Leitrim the Exiles finally bagged a win yesterday after a 36-year wait.
The path to a potential Connacht final is now open to Paul Coggins’ side, if they can beat Leitrim in a few weeks. But while the summer has now opened up for London, the future is as black as their shirts for Sligo.
A tough season in Division 3 wasn’t the most inspiring and the injury to David Kelly was another blow to Kevin Walsh’s side. He also lost Eamonn O’Hara to the analyst’s chair in Montrose and that is the big news today as O’Hara tore into his former boss on the Sunday Game last night.
Video of O’Hara’s analysis is yet to surface but a few choice quotes, posted on HoganStand, should give you some idea if you missed it.
"Kevin Walsh has a lot to answer for. To be honest with you, I think he will (resign) and I think he should do the county board a favour. These players deserve an awful lot more to be honest with you.
"They work very hard and they have trained extremely hard - I know that first hand - but they deserve better training sessions, they deserve better quality in terms of their tactical awareness and stuff like that, and that hasn't come.
"No-one even is being held accountable to this. We got to a Connacht final last year. We are papering over the cracks. I think going forward Kevin should make the right decision for the sake of Sligo football and not for anybody else."
An ex-player having a few low blows or correct analysis of the ills of the Yeats County? Public opinion appears to be split, but it is interesting either way.
Can we pick it? No we can't...
As part of the all new JOE GAA Prediction League with experiencemore.ie (click here to enter) we gave a full list of predictions for each game of the football championship this weekend. We got the first two right (Cork’s crushing of Limerick and Kerry’s batting away of Tipp) and we thought we had this prediction lark off to a tee.
Fast forward a few hours and we saw each of the four games go against us. We fancied Tyrone to break the Donegal hoodoo (nope), we thought Longford had progressed enough to emerge from Aughrim with a win (nope), we expected Laois to be able to cope with Louth (very nope) and even though we genuinely did think about a London shock, we couldn’t bring ourselves to pick them over Sligo (NOPE).
As a start to our campaign, we’ve had one almost as bad as Galway, Laois and Sligo combined. Things, as they say, can only get better. You can surely do better than us, so join our League here.