John Giles and Eamon Dunphy stayed away from the RTE panel tonight.
While Gilesy is presumably too busy pounding the streets on behalf of Aodhan O'Riordan, Eamon has been told to stay lest he contract a dose of Damien Duff dizziness, that lethal pandemic which swept the Far East in the summer of 2002. Full backs were especially vulnerable.
Damien Duff made his debut as a pundit on RTE tonight. His style tended towards the blunt rather than the flowery and the laid-back rather than the hyperactive. He was more Liam Brady than Dunphy.
Really enjoying Damien Duff's analysis on RTÉ Champions League panel tonight. Shades of ROG in how he calls it as he sees it. Great addition
— Ronan Lawlor (@RnnLwlr) February 24, 2016
Having Damien Duff in the studio is making me feel all warm and fuzzy.
— Barry Moran (@BarryM85) February 24, 2016
Damien Duff looks less arsed than when he did those Hibernian Insurance ads #PrettyGood
— Jamie O'Connor (@JamesyConnor) February 24, 2016
Damien duff top notch on rte tonight. Lookin forward to his battles with dunphy #commonsense
— declan o connell (@mousheen1) February 24, 2016
"Some of these lads earn €200,000 a week. How much can you spend in a lifetime? I'd just go somewhere and play football." - Damien Duff
— Barry Landy (@BarryLandyDITB) February 24, 2016
— Niall McNally (@NiallMac85) February 24, 2016
There were dissenting voices, specifically focused on Duff's rather stale opinion on the history of the origins of diving.
Damien Duff is one clueless pundit. Cliche ridden and his opinion that diving is coming from these countries comment.
— Alan (@FowlersGod) February 24, 2016
Jesus Damien duff is a boring ol fuck all the same
— Eddy walsh (@eddywalsh) February 24, 2016
https://t.co/YOJZN1qYOT - Duff previously on his own diving
— TacheyDelBosque (@TacheyDelBosque) February 24, 2016
It's also very heartening to see that despite only spending a few short months at Rovers, that he is still dragged into Dublin-derby pissing contests on twitter.
— Graham Hoey (@G_Hoey) February 24, 2016
Damien Duff admits he's finding it hard to adapt to punditry after spending several months as the anchor sinking Rovers' title ambitions.
— Dublin Derby Facts (@dubderbyfacts) February 24, 2016