The Sunday Game is back and all is changed, changed utterly. It's not quite the shock that they wrought on Ireland when they randomly changed the theme tune over a decade ago, but they have changed the studio setup for their live broadcast this afternoon. Rather than set up in the corner of the ground which hosts the second of the double-header, they've set up in Castlebar Mitchells GAA club and invited a few local to stand around in the background, replete with replica shirts and pitiless, blank stares.
They have evidently decided to draw on the great GAA tradition of buckos staring directly down the lens while gathering around post-match interviews.
It has, er, divided opinion.
— Hats, flags, or headbands (@hatflagheadband) May 13, 2018
#SundayGame just switched on - looking forward to two great games - but what's the Craig with the lads surrounding the panel? Good to see TJ though!
— Jim Gray (@jimnotleo) May 13, 2018
— Conor Coughlan (@conorcoughlano) May 13, 2018
Michael Lester referring to Henry Shefflin as ‘Shef’, The Sunday Game trying to take the Soccer Saturday approach to 2018....
— Sean Cremin (@SeanCremin_) May 13, 2018
It was all very informal from The Sunday Game, and possibly an import from BT's rugby coverage which often features panel discussions with fans in the backdrop. What was unique about the Sunday Game's impression, however, were the, em, impressions.
Step forward comedian Conor Moore.
— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) May 13, 2018