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COLM COOPER: Should Mayo have gambled and kept Andy Moran on?

Courageous. Resilient. Defiant. Brave. Every word a fair reflection of the Mayo footballers, but none worn as a badge of honour, for the one they crave most of all eludes them again: champions.

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COLM COOPER: This time, Mayo need Aidan to sweep

Consistency and quality are still the foundation stones of every championship-winning team, but they’re not the same thing.

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COLM COOPER: They don’t even bother with the yerras now

Watch how tight the ring fence is these days around the All-Ireland finalists. The word that comes to mind is ‘control’ in understanding the arm’s length mindset of the Dublin and Mayo camps since the semi-finals.

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COLM COOPER: A Kerry nightmare in Croke Park, too many players looked stale

I’ll ask the question: How much have Kerry actually progressed in 12 months? Have they found senior-ready players? No.

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COLM COOPER: Where will Kerry's improvement come from?

Croke Park is the only place to be this weekend. Put on your seatbelt for a hell of a ride, says Colm Cooper

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COLM COOPER: Roughing up Ronaldo and the Dubs

Dublin are rightly favourites, but Tyrone are 5/2 or slightly better on some markets yesterday. That’s meaty, says Colm Cooper

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COLM COOPER: An epic. Or a classic?

The reflex impulse immediately after the final whistle yesterday was to describe this game as a classic. 

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COLM COOPER: Testing a man’s pulse isn’t cynical...

The beauty of Sunday’s Kerry-Mayo All-Ireland semi-final is the fact that neither side now fears the other. Hang onto your hats.

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COLM COOPER: Careless Kerry leave plenty scope for improvement

Video reviews must call out obvious examples of poor play, writes Colm Cooper

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COLM COOPER: Killarney is nervous. Kerry are far from quartermasters

If Galway set up to defend, they will find it hard to hold Paul Geaney (below) and James O’Donoghue, writes Colm Cooper.

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COLM COOPER: Adapting to punditry life this side of the fence

I can stand over my comments because I know, hand on heart, I’m not trying to stick a knife into any fella. Because I’ve been that fella. Pundits have said I was the best in the country. And they’ve given me flak and urged me to retire, writes Colm Cooper.

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