Tuesday, December 12, 2006

This House Ain't Big Enough For The Both of Them

Sometimes a landlord just doesn't like the cut of a tenant.

"That fella, I don't trust him. Shifty lookin'. Comes in late at night, sleeps all day. Has strange folk around at all hours. Not like that nice professional I have in the other place. Well-mannered, accountant I think, or something in the legal profession. Keeps the place tidy, everything just so in there...."

The GAA and the FAI never did get along. Maybe landlord and tenant is the wrong analogy. Two diametrically differing brothers, maybe that's better.

You know those sworn sibling rivalries: one is into sports, drinks pints down the local with his mates (they talk work and football, make mildly racist jokes, no harm), solid job, steady girl, makes the old man proud.

The other: wears only black, and that extends to eye make-up. Spends all day in his room on his computer; reads endlessly - William Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, bit of Romantic poetry - his Mammy's favourite, though it breaks her heart.

Their differences are irreconcilable, though they are as stubborn as each other.

The FAI wanted to use Croke Park for a training session before heading for San Marino in February. Were they asking just to rise the GAA? We may be short on adequate sporting facilities in this country, but surely there are other fields somewhere on this island on which some cones could be arrayed for an afternoon?

You can see why the GAA were peeved at the request. But then you get Munster Council Chairman Sean Fogarty harrumphing:

"Ever since permission (to play soccer in Croke Park) was given to the FAI, there has been a lot of talk, a lot of photo opportunities at Croke Park.

"There's an air of triumphalism about the whole thing. Let them not forget than they are on our patch."

Triumphalism. There you have it. This man feels that the GAA's decision to allow the garrison games into Croker was a defeat - not a mature, considered response to a peculiar situation- and any expression of pleasure from "the soccer people" at the undeniably exciting prospect of playing in the magnificient arena is akin to dancing on Michael Cusack's grave.

The "soccer people" ("them") should come in, heads bowed in reverence, play their insiduous womanly sport, then get the hell out, leaving as little damage as possible in their wake.

Honestly, I don't know what we're going to do with the two of them.

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Blogger Fence said...

And yet they don't mind sharing with the rugby lads, as the IRFU seem to have arranged two sessions in January so that they can "familiarise" themselves with the ground.

4:19 p.m.  
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5:45 p.m.  
Anonymous sportcrazy said...

"they don't mind sharing with the rugby lads"

True enough, fence!

Maybe they don't mind another positive successful sport like rugby coming along but they fear the negative energy hanging about Association Football in Ireland these days?


4:17 a.m.  
Blogger Fence said...

What? The gloom of cock-ups and infighting of the FAI might cast a shadow over the silliness of the GAA ;)

9:29 a.m.  
Blogger Tommy77 said...

I think the GAA are definitely more comfortable with the rugby crowd, whether because they think of them as less of a threat (smaller catchment areas, professinalism only a recent phenomenon), or because there are traditionally stronger ties between the two (esp.in Munster)...

11:12 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The GAA muck savages have a inbread hatered for both Football, and Rugby, and only allowed Croke Park to host both Global games , due to to covert and overt pressure from wee Bertie and friends, who advised them it would be a PR disaster if they were to turn the request down.The hatered for both codes is still alive and kicking amongst the vast majority of the lurchers and inbreads who follow the GAA, and who play the god damm awfull games of bogball, also now known as Paddyball, and the oul stickfighting. Anyway it will be great to see Croke Park host it first ever Football match soon , the inbreads and lurchers will be foaming at the mouth with sheer naked hatred.

11:17 p.m.  

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