Sunday, September 17, 2006
The bottom fell out of the All-Ireland final fairly early and, despite a brief mid-game fightback from Mayo, Kerry ran out easy winners, even easier than in the one-sided final of two years ago. I only saw the second half because of work commitments so missed whatever real action there was. Mayo decided to paper over their usual bottling in a big game by starting brawls where they might have more profitably punted the ball up the pitch in search of a much-needed score. It made me think of how harmless the Materazzi-Zidane incident was compared to your average off-the-ball tussle in Gaelic football. I'd like to see Materazzi try the same thing down in Crossmolina and find anyone willing to defend him when he's carrying his jaw home in a lucky bag.