Hunger not key factor in reaching All-Ireland
By Larry Ryan
Whatever happens tomorrow, let’s not put it down, once more, to the hunger, whether it be serious, fierce or even savage.
Or the hurt.
If it’s Tipp’s day, can we try not to dwell too much on how they found themselves on that Bere Island boot camp, relocated their soul under the sandbags? If Kilkenny do it, might we resist the urge to attribute mystical powers of appetite regeneration to the locking of the Nowlan Park gates?
Let’s afford the losers the respect of acknowledging they probably wanted it just as much. Surely we know them both well enough by now to take that for granted.
Maybe a moment of clinical precision will be pivotal, like Richie Hogan’s last year. Perhaps one man will discover the star under which he was born has reappeared above his head, like Lar the year before.
It could be a slip, a miscalculation, a sliothar eluding fingertips. Or there might be a tactical masterstroke, the coup that creates space, or shuts it down.
Or there will be dozens of reasons, a thousand infinitesimal shifts of the scale. Some of them might even be hunger-related.
But we probably won’t be able to keep track of them all, so we’ll look for the handy ones. It will be the only thing got handy tomorrow.Home