Martin Breheny has attempted to do the impossible and rank the best hurlers in the country from one to fifty and inevitably with such subjective endeavors, the rankings are incredibly frustrating.
They capture a moment in time, and that in moment in time is the week of the one of most disappointing hurling championships in memory. They honour the top performers of this particular season rather than venerate the geniuses of the game; maybe that's why they rankle.
Or maybe they're frustrating because they seem to exist solely to slam Joe Canning.
You can read the rankings for yourself here. Here are a few of our quibbles:
- Trolling Joe Canning by putting him at #12. Come on bro. Canning is frustrating but he's obviously one of the five best hurlers in Ireland. There's fair criticism and then there's trolling.
- Punishing Tony Kelly by marooning him at #23. Kelly is also one of the five best hurlers in the country. It's easy to forget that when Clare are losing every Championship game they play, but that's not Kelly's fault.
- Mick Fennelly/Paul Murphy are too low. It's nice to see that the country's suddenly started to appreciate Eoin Larkin, but a list of the top 9 hurler in Ireland doesn't Mick Fennelly or Paul Murphy is not a list I will endorse.
- Colm Callanan #4 - he had a good season and that penalty save on his namesake in the semifinal was huge, but this seems like a bizarre ranking.
- Where's Lee Chin?