Mayo goalkeeper Rob Hennelly took a lot of heat from Joe Brolly over the weekend for the statement he posted on social media in the wake of his side’s All-Ireland final defeat, where the Breaffy goalkeeper had a forgettable day.
In turn, Joe Brolly took a lot of heat on social media, as people defending Hennelly spoke out.
Brolly’s main criticism was how Mayo are “celebrity losers” and he took aim at Hennelly for embracing the experience and likened it to a celebrity break-up.
Then, when the dust was finally settling and the news cycle was moving on to county finals, Aidan O’Shea posted a statement online, with Instagram also his medium of choice.
Now, why these Mayo players feel the need to fish through Sportsfile to find a picture of themselves looking sad to add to their few words, I can’t tell you, but surely silence is golden here.
Mayo lost the All-Ireland final. Some will say they were unlucky, others think they threw it away. Regardless, nobody is doubting that they are one of the best teams in the country. Where’s the need to keep telling us that they will be back? Why wouldn’t they be?
They are in a better position than 30 other counties to take the Sam Maguire off the Dubs, so there is no need for a winter of self-pity.
While the big one has eluded them, a lot of the current squad have more medals than the vast majority of inter-county players will win.
In this year’s championship they won six matches. Waterford, on the other hand, haven’t won a championship match since July 2011, when they beat London. And they can’t exactly say qualifier draws have been unkind as they have lost to Leitrim, Carlow and Wicklow in recent years.
Yet, Waterford plough on. They don’t need weepy statements saying they will get back on the horse. Yet despite the fact that many of the county’s best players opt not to play for them, they always field a team and represent their county in the hope that some day they can get a big result.
Mayo’s definition of a big result is much different than Waterford’s and nobody is denying how close they are to the sport’s biggest prize.
Maybe they should take a leaf out of the book of some of the so-called weaker counties and just quietly go about their business until the day comes where they leave it all on the field… and off of Instagram.
Joel Slattery, Pundit Arena