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Tom Parsons

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Replying To TheUsername:  "All good points as well you could also say Mayo were beaten twice, didn't win their province and drew most of their games. That's not a slight on Mayo, but they haven't won a trophy in two seasons, yet cumulatively have won player of the year two years in a row and have well over double figures in all stars.

I'd feel hard done by if I was from Tyrone or especially Kerry who won the league and their province."
Thanks Username. And likewise, your points are valid. Although as against them Mayo had to take the long road in each of the last two years - don't think any team has ever made it to the final two years in succession through back door.

Just as an aside I remember the bad old days for Dublin in 2008 and 2009 and the startled ear wigs description from Gilroy. And a smug, idiot of a bouncer who asked a good Dublin player to show him his All-Irelands when he wouldn't admit him to a country mecca nightclub in Dublin. So would not be anti-Dublin at all and far from it. But feel particularly bad for Mayo at this stage and their invincible backs of Boyle, Keegan, Higgins etc.

DonegalAtlantic (Donegal) - Posts: 47 - 05/11/2017 09:51:32    2060531

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Replying To DonegalAtlantic:  "Thanks Username. And likewise, your points are valid. Although as against them Mayo had to take the long road in each of the last two years - don't think any team has ever made it to the final two years in succession through back door.

Just as an aside I remember the bad old days for Dublin in 2008 and 2009 and the startled ear wigs description from Gilroy. And a smug, idiot of a bouncer who asked a good Dublin player to show him his All-Irelands when he wouldn't admit him to a country mecca nightclub in Dublin. So would not be anti-Dublin at all and far from it. But feel particularly bad for Mayo at this stage and their invincible backs of Boyle, Keegan, Higgins etc."
Fair play mate, its hard to quantify Mayo, its clearly a romantic narrative and they have won the hearts of the country i agree there is space for that. I just think its important to be objective. At the end of the day you need a bit of luck to win championships, Dublin have ridden theirs over the years, but Mayo have ridden theirs as well, the way they did it this year was very admirable but the hard slog was down to themselves and dropping the ball a few times and phoning in a performance on more then one occasion in the draws and quarterfinals. Its a great story and media spin it well. Taking nothing away from them, i dont think Mayo or Dublin for that matter are very far ahead of the pack.

Mayo liken to Dublin of the 90's we lost three finals on the bounce before winning in 95, we were a great story, so close but so far and the media loved us and our players had high profiles and the County had so much hype and expectation, it completely undermined that team that should have been more successful, Jim Gavin was part of that team and his dead pan media approach is a defense mechanism protecting the team from the mistakes of that era, no hype, no controversial interviews, no Oz rules etc i think if Mayo were to take a similar approach it would serve them well.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 1893 - 05/11/2017 10:31:33    2060539

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