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Despite rumours to the contrary it would seem that football is in rude health in 2017. There have been a number of really high scoring, enjoyable games with counties like Down, Roscommon, Kildare, Carlow & Tipp among others enjoying a great summer. Now I think it will still be a Kerry Dublin final, they are the two best teams in the country, but that shouldn't blind us to all the great stuff we have seen from other counties. There is life in the old dog yet!!

MuckrossHead (Donegal) - 15/07/2017 18:52:02    2017065

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Replying To MuckrossHead:  "Despite rumours to the contrary it would seem that football is in rude health in 2017. There have been a number of really high scoring, enjoyable games with counties like Down, Roscommon, Kildare, Carlow & Tipp among others enjoying a great summer. Now I think it will still be a Kerry Dublin final, they are the two best teams in the country, but that shouldn't blind us to all the great stuff we have seen from other counties. There is life in the old dog yet!!"
I think last season got less credit than it deserved. The Provincial finals were poor but many of the qualifiers games were pretty good. Teams this year are much more attacking in general too. I think Tipps run last year showed that you can be attack minded and win. Kerry and Dublin I feel are at another level to the rest but there's good depth under that keeping things interesting.

Whammo86 (Antrim) - 15/07/2017 22:04:04    2017187

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Been a great football championship so far, best I can remember in a long time. The provincial championships have been great so far, some great performances from Down, Roscommon, Tyrone and Kildare. We have seen some really exciting games in the qualifiers and we still have to see Dublin and Kerry hit top gear, so some exciting games ahead.

Green_Gold (Donegal) - 15/07/2017 23:12:36    2017225

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Replying To MuckrossHead:  "Despite rumours to the contrary it would seem that football is in rude health in 2017. There have been a number of really high scoring, enjoyable games with counties like Down, Roscommon, Kildare, Carlow & Tipp among others enjoying a great summer. Now I think it will still be a Kerry Dublin final, they are the two best teams in the country, but that shouldn't blind us to all the great stuff we have seen from other counties. There is life in the old dog yet!!"
No offence to anyone but it's gonna be Tyrone in the allireland final IMO.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - 16/07/2017 00:25:43    2017266

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "No offence to anyone but it's gonna be Tyrone in the allireland final IMO."
There's an oul Derry man who I meet in the park when we walk our dogs. He's the wisest GAA 'head' going and is convinced Tyrone will be in the All Ireland final this year. He bet on Donegal beating Dublin in 2014 BUT then bet on Kerry beating Donegal in the final. He made over 2 grand on his bets and it paid for his holiday that year. I really haven't heard him call a wrong result yet and many of his predictions have been spookily on the button.

Ulsterman (Antrim) - 16/07/2017 00:37:54    2017276

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "No offence to anyone but it's gonna be Tyrone in the allireland final IMO."
Definitely

Dubsfan28 (Dublin) - 16/07/2017 07:37:51    2017307

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "No offence to anyone but it's gonna be Tyrone in the allireland final IMO."
A Tyrone Mayo final would be great for the game.

DannyMcA (Dublin) - 16/07/2017 07:58:35    2017310

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "No offence to anyone but it's gonna be Tyrone in the allireland final IMO."
I am deeply offended.

Whammo86 (Antrim) - 16/07/2017 09:38:27    2017322

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "No offence to anyone but it's gonna be Tyrone in the allireland final IMO."
Agreed and Mayo will in that All Ireland final too.

superbluedub (Dublin) - 16/07/2017 09:54:29    2017331

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Is it time for the GAA and TV companies to pull the plug on TV coverage for provincial championships, as far as I've witnessed we had 4 exciting games in the 4 provinces Monaghan v Cavan, Down v Monaghan, Galway v Mayo, Roscommon v Galway, that's about it, Munster championship was a drag to watch, Leinster was as bad, I sat down to watch the 4 provincial finals and the Roscommon win was the best game to watch, Tyrone, Dublin and Kerry walked to victory, provincial championships are a waste of time for neutrals to watch, the shock wins are long gone, at least when the quarter finals start we get more exciting closer games

riverboys (Mayo) - 17/07/2017 07:24:52    2017814

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "There's an oul Derry man who I meet in the park when we walk our dogs. He's the wisest GAA 'head' going and is convinced Tyrone will be in the All Ireland final this year. He bet on Donegal beating Dublin in 2014 BUT then bet on Kerry beating Donegal in the final. He made over 2 grand on his bets and it paid for his holiday that year. I really haven't heard him call a wrong result yet and many of his predictions have been spookily on the button."
There is something about Tyrone the last couple of years that makes me feel very sure they will get to the this year. They are serious footballers and athletes and they won't be a beaten docket going into crokepark against the dubs like every other team, they fear no team although Mayo have proved to be a bogey team for them back through the years.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - 17/07/2017 11:50:18    2018009

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Replying To superbluedub:  "Agreed and Mayo will in that All Ireland final too."
Mayo have a great chance of being in the final why wouldn't they? They haven't hit form yet but then again has anyone else? Pat Spillane made a comment last night that I totally agree with and that is that our Kerry team is not athletic enough to win the allireland and he is correct. We won this years league final with 5/6 young players playing ronan Shanahan jack Barry gavin Crowley jack savage and Kevin McCarthy which only one is playing now ,our midfield is too slow to go up against a Tyrone or Dublin and win. But we'll plod along for now and see what happens.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - 17/07/2017 12:01:22    2018020

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Still life in Ulster too. Five out of last twelve teams left.

doratheexplorer (Cavan) - 17/07/2017 12:38:04    2018063

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Replying To riverboys:  "Is it time for the GAA and TV companies to pull the plug on TV coverage for provincial championships, as far as I've witnessed we had 4 exciting games in the 4 provinces Monaghan v Cavan, Down v Monaghan, Galway v Mayo, Roscommon v Galway, that's about it, Munster championship was a drag to watch, Leinster was as bad, I sat down to watch the 4 provincial finals and the Roscommon win was the best game to watch, Tyrone, Dublin and Kerry walked to victory, provincial championships are a waste of time for neutrals to watch, the shock wins are long gone, at least when the quarter finals start we get more exciting closer games"
Just goes to show that you can't please everyone. First we have people moaning that there are not enough games on terrestrial television & then along comes riverboys who wants the plug pulled altogether. That tells me that things are just about right!!

MuckrossHead (Donegal) - 17/07/2017 13:31:47    2018110

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "There's an oul Derry man who I meet in the park when we walk our dogs. He's the wisest GAA 'head' going and is convinced Tyrone will be in the All Ireland final this year. He bet on Donegal beating Dublin in 2014 BUT then bet on Kerry beating Donegal in the final. He made over 2 grand on his bets and it paid for his holiday that year. I really haven't heard him call a wrong result yet and many of his predictions have been spookily on the button."
If Tyrone get to the final which could well happen , I cannot see them keeping in to Kerry . They will walk it for me.

catch22 (USA) - 17/07/2017 13:38:48    2018122

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Mayo have a great chance of being in the final why wouldn't they? They haven't hit form yet but then again has anyone else? Pat Spillane made a comment last night that I totally agree with and that is that our Kerry team is not athletic enough to win the allireland and he is correct. We won this years league final with 5/6 young players playing ronan Shanahan jack Barry gavin Crowley jack savage and Kevin McCarthy which only one is playing now ,our midfield is too slow to go up against a Tyrone or Dublin and win. But we'll plod along for now and see what happens."
It's Kerry to loose for me. I cannot see any team staying with the forwards they posess at the minute. The pace thing is a bit overplayed I think but is good for a team to have of course but Kerry look like they are dead certs this year whoever they meet imo .

catch22 (USA) - 17/07/2017 13:44:36    2018129

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Replying To doratheexplorer:  "Still life in Ulster too. Five out of last twelve teams left."
To be honest, the Ulster/prov thing is a 'so what' from me. One team from the province has a decent chance of winning it. Donegal an outside chance if they can drastically find some find form. Outside that , we have 4 teams from 4 provinces who can win Sam which is a good balance.

poguemahone (Dublin) - 17/07/2017 13:53:04    2018140

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Replying To poguemahone:  "To be honest, the Ulster/prov thing is a 'so what' from me. One team from the province has a decent chance of winning it. Donegal an outside chance if they can drastically find some find form. Outside that , we have 4 teams from 4 provinces who can win Sam which is a good balance."
I know. It's being a great championship. Just posters saying after league Ulster had gone backwards and one of weakest province.

doratheexplorer (Cavan) - 17/07/2017 15:25:11    2018215

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Modern football is what is. You can still have some great games and the levels of fitness etc have improved and you can see some great scores kicked. I think Greg Blaney summed it up in that there is plenty to admire but the loss of a certain element of unpredictality and the one of one battles is something to lament. Teams have to keep a lot of players back to maintain a defensive shield. I think it is important to be adaptable. Down played an expansive game against Armagh in the first half. In the second half they clogged up space and it wasnt great to watch but they got the job done and a very satisfying result.

REDANDBLACK30 (Down) - 17/07/2017 15:34:12    2018220

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How has it been a good championship? So predictable as usual, kerry easily win munster dublin stroll through leinster and tyrone the same in ulster!! Roscommon winning connaught was the only surprise!! The gap is widening the provincial championships are dead esp leinster, we can easily predict the 2018 provincial winners already.. boring championship only gets interesting at quarter final stage..

dec (None) - 17/07/2017 15:40:03    2018223

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