On this week's edition of the So-Called Weaker Podcast, we stuck true to form and pondered some deep, ontological questions. This week: Can Anyone Stop Dublin?
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As Dublin eased through to a fourth-straight All-Ireland final by blitzing Galway, chances are they will do something similar to Tyrone in the final: bookies have the spread at six points, the same as it was for the semi-final.
While Dublin are exceptionally well-trained, faultlessly conditioned, and ruthlessly efficient, their biggest advantage over the rest of the competition is pretty obvious: they have better players. In pretty much every position, too.
On this week's show, we compiled a second-string Dublin XV to accentuate just how insanely strong their squad is. Here it is. (We included Diarmuid Connolly in this, although if you don't think he should be in it, we've included a few other forwards who you can pick as a replacement).
Dublin's Second String Team
GK: Evan Comerford
Full-back line: Davy Byrne, Michael Fitzsimons, Eric Lowndes
Half-back line: Conor Mullally, Sean McMahon, Darren Daly
Midfield: Paul Flynn, Michael Darragh MacAuley
Half-forward line: Diarmuid Connolly, Kevin McManamon, Cormac Costello
Full-forward line: Colm Basquel, Paddy Andrews, Bernard Brogan
Alternatives to Connolly: Conor McHugh, Eoghan O'Gara, Paddy Small, Mark Schute.
The question is: how would that team fare in the championship? We reckon they'd be perennial semi-finalists....at least.