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"Shup For A Minute, Will Ya?": League Sunday's 'Great Gooch Debate' Made For Enthralling TV

"Shup For A Minute, Will Ya?": League Sunday's 'Great Gooch Debate' Made For Enthralling TV
By Gavan Casey Updated
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Having been received with much derision this season, including on this very website, League Sunday found form last night with a breathless debate as to Colm Cooper's status within the top echelon of Gaelic football.

With less action to cover than might be typical, and a panel which included president-elect Joe Brolly - who naturally injected a bit of pace and divilment into proceedings - even Michael Lyster found himself embroiled in what transpired to be a verbal storm of eulogising, criticising and contrarionism, which frankly speaking is exactly what we want to see on a Sunday night.

The crux of the debate was Brolly's column - cheekily described as a character assassination of The Gooch by Ciarán Whelan, much to Brolly's annoyance - which explored the great Kerry forward's impact on games in which Kerry found themselves piddling into the wind versus the Tyrones of this world.

Brolly maintained that Gooch lacked the leadership qualities of Peter Canavan, for example, and while he was a beautiful footballer, the media's over-eulogising since his retirement had sprung scenes reminiscent of the death of Princess Diana.

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A bemused Tomás Ó Sé, meanwhile, questioned Brolly's prowess in climatology, defending Gooch to the hilt, while Lyster said Brolly would have fit in nicely alongside The Muppets. It made for an enthralling four-minute debate.

League Sunday's coverage of the league...on Sundays...has been criticised throughout the season; highlights of games already broadcast live on TG4 or Eir Sport and shorter clips - or no footage at all - from non-televised games, particularly in the lower divisions, have left viewers questioning the legitimacy of the tv licence once more.

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Tonight, however, encouraged plenty of debate online, with the consensus being that Joe Brolly was talking out of his hoop despite few direct counterpoints being proposed by his detractors.

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