By Eugene McGloin
'ONE FLEW Over The Cuckoo's Nest' has a great scene where 'pictures' on a big football game are made from mere words alone.
the gift and genius for getting the hang of how to do that type of
moulding is a guy with the very Irish sounding name of Randall Patrick
is alias Jack Nicholson and he was compelled to 'imagine' the pictures
and put words to them when he was refused TV coverage of the big ball
course, neither the GAA nor RTÉ will say they 'refused' anybody
coverage of the opening Championship game between New York and Sligo
Besides, RTÉ was so busy back-slapping itself yesterday with congrats on what it might show us this year it just didn't seek to livestream the big 'ball game' going on in the Bronx.
The back-slips were so (self) important they even made the main TV news bulletins.....on RTÉ, that is.
half-awake aficionado of Gaelic Games will recognise the RTÉ back-slapping has much (more) to do with looking over their shoulders at
the Sky Sports child.
My my, how 'that child' has grown in such a short time! Where did the years go and all that! More a generation of Google than gurgle.
Sky Sports child has quickly learned how to climb out of its pram, put
on its boots and (whichever) county jersey and sidle up to Croker.
you would have thought the GAA would have licensed, cajoled, chased
some business enterprise to get livestream coverage online of the
Championship game in the Bronx back to the Auld Sod.
This 'auld sod' certainly thought so and waited and waited, in vain.
all, this year is the 70th anniversary of the only All Ireland
Championship Final ever played outside Ireland, in New York, too.
GAA-Go was already this weekend selling online passes at €10 a go for the May 21st game between Mayo and the winners of New York and Sligo.
can now purchase viewership of that Sligo game across the globe -- wait
for this description -- ''in all countries except the Island of
Except that the ''Island of Ireland'' is not a country, yet anyway!
good news is that RTÉ itself won't ask you, in the island of Ireland
anyway, for an extra red cent to watch the Sligo and Mayo game later
Which is about the only good news I have for RTÉ arising from yesterday's opening day of Championship 2017.
Not only did they fail (miserably) to negotiate any livestream deal, or something suitable.
like the final score in the Bronx game itself, Marty Morrissey's team
on RTÉ was decisively outpointed by Daragh Cox's team on Ocean FM last
1-21 to 1-13 final margin was also more or less the measurement of a
listener and long-time Sligo GAA who sampled both live radio packages.
touch among all the tweets crossing the Atlantic last night was those
good wishes to Sligo GAA ahead of the game tweeted from Sligo Rovers.
''The Rovers'' recovery remains a work in progress but the Bit O' Red are moving in the right direction.
They jumped three places on Saturday night and exited the relegation zone for the first time since the season started over three months ago.
Saturday night's 3-0 thumping of Limerick in the Showground was neither as one-sided as the scoreline suggests.
Limerick had a structural weakness in defence and might easily have
conceded double the score; the clearcut chances were certainly there.
Raffaele Cretaro was my 'Man of the Match,' his skill and vision and
athleticism narrowly shading the verdict over classy, classy Kieran
Shannonsiders showed skilful approach work throughout but apart from
Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi they never much threatened Sligo keeper Michael
Sligo keeper's tactic (instruction?) to belt each ball downfield is
futile, especially in a Sligo frontline with no aerial ball winners. It
will end in grief.
worth a mention and still worth chasing is the match programme and Jim
Gray's account of meeting up recently with 1970 Cup Final legend, Johnny