He might be right, but here was a player so blessed that Maurice Deegan black-carded him against Tyrone after he confronted the referee in Castlebar last Sunday week.
Consider how he tripped Jonny Cooper to score a point in last year’s All-Ireland final and you will understand Moran is no squeaky-clean operator. It might be said that Moran has to take matters into his own hands against a defender, but it goes without saying that two wrongs don’t make a right.
Cynicism pays, we’ve know that now for several years, but what is worse is just how acceptable it has become. Since the distasteful finish to last year’s All-Ireland final when Lee Keegan threw his GPS unit at Dean Rock, as he stepped up to kick the winning free, and Dublin’s forwards then pulling down Mayo’s potential kick-out retrievers, there has been a growing appreciation of it off the field as there has been on it.
Six years ago, Kevin Walsh, then Sligo manager, said cynical fouls should be red-card offences. Now, his Galway team’s rise can be partly attributed to their expertise in the dark arts.
Ahead of more national finals in this weekend, here are 10 examples of the worrying consent for cynicism: