Wasn’t Marty Morrissey very chastised-looking interviewing Kilkenny coach Brian Cody following the Cats’ demolition job on Cork in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park?
Last year Marty got the head snaffled off him by Cody for having the temerity to suggest that the dodgy penalty that Kilkenny were awarded against Tipp was the turning point in the final which the Cats won.
Cody, who doesn’t look as if he’s in the business of taking prisoners, hissed a reply along the lines of wondering if Marty wanted to analyse every incident during the game.
Marty – there was a bit of a schemozzle in the parallelogram as he might say himself – turned a whiter shade of pale. The blood was draining out of his cheeks as Cody swooped over him like Roy Keane hovering over the prostrate carcass of Alf-Inge Haaland.
Back in the RTE studio they were peering out from between their fingers from behind the couch, although the producer must have been aware that the sight of Marty being torn limb from limb live on national TV wouldn’t do the ratings any harm.
But fast forward almost twelve months and it’s all sweetness and light as Marty was back interviewing Cody following yet another win.
I reckon there was a tacit agreement between the duo in place yesterday – Marty wouldn’t ask awkward questions and Cody wouldn’t kill him.
Likewise, Marty came across all groveling, genuflecting and eulogising, allowing Cody to adopt the persona of the philosopher-king of a game, which, when it’s played to the standard Kilkenny played at yesterday, captures the true heart of the Irish sporting psyche.
In truth, you couldn’t blame Marty for getting all doe-eyed as Kilkenny were playing hurling from another planet for most of Sunday’s one-sided encounter against a totally outclassed Cork team.
Indeed, if Holland created the concept of total football – the Dutch side of the 70s that is, not the present philistines – then Kilkenny can surely lay claim to the concept of total hurling.
The win sets them up for five in a row.
Meanwhile, as Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack trudged off the field yesterday was he regretting some of the words he used to describe Kilkenny in his award winning book Come What May?
I glanced through the book and in truth I believe that the only reason he won an award is because he’s a homosexual.
The narrative, as dicatated by usual suspects on the broadsheets, was one of a Cusack battling against homophobia and hostility in illiberal rural Ireland. But this version of events neglected to acknowledge that most people following hurling don’t like Cusack because he’s a prick, not because he’s homosexual.
In said book, Cusack – who was responsible for one of the goals Cork conceded yesterday – described Kilkenny as the Stepford Wives – a 70s film which portrayed housewives as zombies submitting to authority and their husbands. Kilkenny remembered the slur.
They remembered it to such an extent that the only ones looking like Stepford Wives yesterday were wearing red shirts.
I reckon there’s a bit of a Stepford wife in Marty also. As he stood blinking at the light and wisdom emanating from the forehead of the Kilkenny coach in the bowels of Croke Park yesterday I half expected him to offer to iron Cody’s shirts.
Meantime, the match commentator said that five years back someone put €50 on Kilkenny to win five-in-a-row at 1,000/1. He’s just one game away from hitting pay dirt now.
Tipperary or Waterford, who meet in the corresponding semi-final, stand in their way. I can’t see either beating the Cats to tell the truth. The only thing that can beat Kilkenny now is complacency.
As for the above and his impending 50 grand, I don’t think he’ll be getting 1,000 on another Kilkenny five-in-a-row. But he might get 100/1.
And the way Kilkenny are playing, combined with the talent coming up through their ranks – their minors beat Galway by a 19 point margin yesterday – I wouldn’t describe putting money on the above as gambling. I reckon it would be a long term investment, saving for a rainy day.
You’ll get a better return than you would investing in, let’s say, Anglo Irish Bank, and NAMA won’t have to be called in to bail out the Kilkenny half-back line either.