Pat Spillane said what we’ve all been thinking but too afraid to say on last night’s episode of The Sunday Game for fear of reprisal from the hurling purists.
The Gaelic Football Championship threw up another cracker on Sunday as Cavan and Armagh finished honours even in Clones after extra-time and will meet again next Sunday to decide who’s going to the Ulster final.
It comes off the back of Armagh’s quarter-final win over Down which was another nailbiter that went to extra-time as well as Cavan’s shock win over Monaghan. Football fans have also been treated to a classic between Longford and Kildare which was eventually put to bed this weekend as Cian O’Neill’s troops set up a clash with Dublin.
We’ve also seen Roscommon down Mayo in Castlebar for the first time since 1986, while Offaly and London nearly pulled of shock wins against Meath and Galway.
Let’s not get it twisted, though, they haven’t all been cracking spectacles. Dublin and Tyrone hammered Louth and Antrim respectively last week while Laois overcame Westmeath in a match that may have had a close finish but lacked quality throughout.
The point is that we have had some quality outings so far in the football championship. It’s been tight, it’s been intense, it’s been exactly what football has needed.
However, the Hurling Championship has failed to ignite thus far with Munster, in particular, seeing more one-sided beatdowns than we are used to. Tipperary had 13-points to spare over Clare yesterday while Limerick put Waterford to the sword with a 20-point winning margin.
On last night’s episode of The Sunday Game, former Kerry footballer, Pat Spillane, made his feelings known about the quality of the football on show thus far in comparison to its sister sport, hurling.
It was a refreshing take from Spillane who has been known to be quite critical in years gone by.
“In terms of quality, it’s the best I’ve seen in 10 or 12 years. It’s been absolutely superb. We had Cavan, Monaghan. Down and Armagh and today this game, absolutely superb contests and do you know what, whisper it quietly, the Gaelic Football Championship this year has probably given us better quality, more entertaining, more intense games than the hurling.”
Spillane even had time to complement the Donegal v Fermanagh game last week which flattered to deceive many.
“Funny enough Des, maybe I am going soft in my old age but I enjoyed it. I enjoyed watching Donegal’s efforts to overcome the Fermanagh blanket and some of the brilliant long-range points.”
— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) June 2, 2019
It’s important we never forget the great summer of hurling in 2018 and how it captured the imaginations of us all, however, it’s even more important to remember that it won’t always be this way.