Declan Bogue: All-Ireland Finals show how greatness has evolved in the GAA

Over the past two weeks, Croke Park has been shrouded in grandeur. And as surprising as what’s going on out there, the great GAA public takes a huge amount of it for granted.

like Brian Cody. You can easily see the benefits he had as Kilkenny manager that others didn’t.

The list is as long as you want it to go. There is no greater honor for a hurler in this county than to play in the black and amber stripes. When players go to college, they have a huge number of colleges that put a lot of emphasis on shooting, like IT at Waterford, Carlow and UCD.

The players are well looked after, the club has a seriously balanced scene and although football is catered for, it knows its place in the world.

And yet, when they took to their shields against arguably the greatest team in Limerick in the All-Ireland final, giving every last ounce, Cody left us to speak of pride in his players for their speed and effort. One of his greatest lines ever to his group that leaked out over the years was that he didn’t care one bit about having a “settled team” but he demanded a “settled spirit”.

All week the news raged that he was about to leave the post, which he held for 24 years. That it was officially announced the day before the All-Ireland Football Final will appeal to a certain audience who will gladly plunge a penknife into every football match.

The next day another great one left the stage.

While he would have had a lot of fun – with the exception of the last two seasons with the preposterous notion that opinion on social media matters at all – it’s a pity that Pat Spillane’s football career has been overshadowed by his peer review, especially for those who are younger. 40.

While he denounced some of the fads and fashions of what he might call “playing maudrin”, Spillane the player was years, even decades ahead of his time. You can call these two people “Pat Pat” and “Pat Pat”.

Player Pat has reinvented the winger role, dropping deep into his own half of the field to help his defense.

Expert Pat says that each team should move from one person to another and forget about defensive duties.

Player Pat used to sit on the team bus when he got to the zone. As he himself said: “Going to a big match, I sat for half an hour with my eyes closed and worked through every move, every shot, every scenario.”

Pandit Pat scoffs at the idea of ​​visualization and sports science in the modern game, including sports psychologists and GPS tracking devices.

Player Pat’s knee is a physical legacy of his playing career. Prolonged standing brings pain. He tore it open one day while playing a club game for Templenoe, but the pain subsided later that night. He went to Fliad Seol in Kilgarvan and danced with him, hanging by a thread. His teammates have plastic hips and knees, and their bodies are mangled by cortisone injections and endless workouts.

Pandit Pat believed that there was no need for the medical support that modern district units have.

Gamer Pat built a gym in his garage and pumped up the muscles around his knee by lifting weights and avoiding mice that scared him.

Pandit Pat believes that players should avoid the gym, despite once saying, “I’m looking at Sean Og O Heilpin, the first professional amateur. My training regimen would be the same, if not harder.”

Player Pat saw the world with Kerry by heading north for exhibition games to raise funds for these trips where they will be honored like kings wherever they go.

Pandit Pat said the county team kit van is the scourge of the modern game.

Player Pat wore a bandage on his healthy knee. If he was going to get a puff for it, then at least a healthy knee would have taken it. It was a nice move.

Even though many in Ulster would embitter him over the various comments he made over the years – and you have to say, 30 years of peer review would be just soul-destroying if everything you watched, there were matches and kickouts – should have been a softening after what he showed after the All-Ireland final when Kerry’s players lined up to pick up Sam.

“In 1964 my father was Kerry’s selector against Galway. The night before the game, his chest hurt, but he didn’t go to the doctor. He went to the game as a selector the next day and died on Tuesday. Kerry-Galway matches always bring that memory to me.”

He mentioned that his father never saw his sons Pat, Tom and Mick Spillane play for Kerry and his grandsons Killian and Adrian collected 21 collective All-Ireland medals.

Spillane resigned from the Chamber of Experts. There is a possibility that Colm O’Rourke will also soon be fired.

The game is changing. The nature of how this is discussed and analyzed is evolving.

What was good in the days of Spillane and O’Rourke is no longer relevant. The same can be said about Kodi.

The greatness we see now is in the present, in Gearoid Hegarty, in David Clifford, in Shane Walsh. Time runs.

Monday’s discussion showed that not everyone shares the opinion that this was a great football final. Despite blocking, tactical sophistication, superior marking missions, fielding, and scoring from another dimension, some will never be happy unless the game is interrupted by dangerous play and half the players lose.

In fact, they mourn the loss of their youth more than anything else.

Christy Ring is generally considered the greatest hurler ever. But he realized the truth after his retirement: “My throwing days are over. Let no one say that the best throwers are in the past. They are with us now, and the best is yet to come.”