Used to be a testing ground for theories, opinions or ideas which were debated and, out of necessity, thrashed to within an instant of an occasionally terrifying existence before either emerging bloodied but unbowed, or alternatively discarded to an ethereal oblivion never to see the light of day again.
Used to be this place put structure on posits and demanded rigorous examination of things. Used to be that nothing was accepted at face value here, references were checked and it used to be that facts were torn to shreds until they yielded up a bias or grew in stature because of the debate.
The Celtic tiger came and went and was seen here for the charlatan it was, so too with the church, FF, woo merchants , local politicians , big business – all were found out here.
Nothing could make this site, its custodian, readership or contributors lose their critical facilities and acquiesce to the status quo. It was a nihilist and a custodian of right and of proper. If something couldn’t be seen, heard, tasted, smelled or felt – this place would not accept it. This place found out the flimflam merchants and chastened them. Nothing bogus escaped, it was nailed and crucified, had fingers poked into wounds and thorns mashed onto lying heads.
Used to be.
Plus 3 + Plus 2 + Plus 3 +Plus 6 + last Saturday’s less than convincing Plus 16.
5 matches – 5 wins – no home draw.
Cheer leading for the Paulie and Rog show.
The passive acceptance of a flawed team playing a nearsighted game which has no chance of winning the European cup. The tacit agreement with a coach and management team who have calculated that a fighting quarter final display will keep their jobs for another year.
So make your point.
My points are that we (you, me, this site) have become apologists for a losing Munster team – a team with a flawed, built-for-losing, design. That we have come to accept pyrrhic displays over solid victories, have come to value drama over substance. That we, one of the best-supported and resourced teams in Europe have stopped questioning why this team is under performing.
In short – the problem with Munster is us.
Oh love is blind and love is chemical and we the fans, the wounded party, are always the last to know about the cheating bastard that is Munster – and love facilitates a blissful denial of the inevitability of a searing hot day in the south of France when this team will be found out. Yes the forwards are so much stronger this year – the South African twins in the front row as solid as Michael McDowell and Kevin Myers are deluded right wing fascists – young O ‘Mahony and his bit of devilment and Coughlan (that’s coc-lan and not the Cork-pronounced Coughlan as in Cauldron). Yes- they’re so much stronger and more competitive since we’re now starting the right Donnacha.
So why are we just scraping by – the poor child of the quarter finals – soon to arrive home from Milton Keynes, with a forlorn look and the uncertainty of an away day abroad in god knows where, and not a home quarter final at the citadel? And why are you (we) denying me this? Why are we denying ourselves what is our due when we know what has been sacrificed for this farrago? The sacrifice of the best ever Irish club rugby league in which our local teams were so successful.
For a team that is not able to play the type of game required to win the competition., that’s what.
There is no Sean Payne or Trevor Halstead or Rua Tipoki in this team – no Paul Warwick – no obvious replacement for Howlett – no investment in a strong, talented and vital back line who can cope with and excel in the fast modern offloading game, the game which is an absolute must to win this European thing.
But this is not the worst – that is reserved for the damning indictment of an ambitionless management and coaching staff that have sat on their hands and let this situation evolve. Why? (Remembering that Munster is one of the best-resourced, best supported and best funded teams in the competition). Why aren’t funds available to bring in the quality that is required to win this competition? Or develop is locally? What is the money being spent on?
Why have Leinster become better than us? Why do they have a stream of talent, indigenous and foreign, coming through as if on tap and as and when required?
It is not right.