Many may feel born to win, but to be a winner you must plan, prepare, and expect to triumph. But for mastery of all three, Brian Cody’s name is spoken with reverence far beyond the banks of the Nore.
Not only has he exemplified how a winning mindset must encompass everything you do, but he has planted the seeds for such a culture to flourish in Kilkenny.
True, actions speak louder than words, but trophy cabinets also have a lot to say when it comes to leaving a legacy – Cody’s will boast 11 All-Ireland titles for many years to come.
Although ironic, one of his most famous quotes was: “People say when they go into a match, ‘We’re willing to die to win this game.’ But saying so is dangerous.
“You should never say you’re willing to die to win – you should always be willing to kill to win a game. That is the difference.”
Steely in thought and action, his genius led him to the pinnacle of the slingshot game.
Those who walk in that long shadow will know they must trade a class.
And on the subject of class, Kerry and Galway brought their talents to the GAA’s most sacred cathedral for the All-Ireland Football Final.
Their loyal legions had come a long way. Separated by rivers, tides, and traditions, both shared at least two common desires.
One was to bring home the Sam Maguire Cup, the other was hope that Hawk-Eye could be used to track hotel prices soaring over the capital’s skyline.
Before a ball was pumped or even kicked, most of the kingdom’s believers had prepared their own private victory speeches.
Because having to do without the pleasure since 2014 must have felt like a famine. They see themselves as the rightful and only true keepers of Sam Maguire. And should it ever fall into the hands of others, it could only be counted as a deviation in the natural order of things.
In the pursuit of their 38th title, the favorites were entitled to a little bragging rights. And right up until the final whistle, they lived up to their great expectations.
Someone once asked what do you get when a giant sneezes? The answer, of course, is out of the way – but Galway wouldn’t be out of the way of this giant.
They too have big dreams and ambitions. They had come too far, too long to lie down.
Though their slumber may be deep, a western awakening is a force to be reckoned with.
Anyone who underestimated Galway regretted the day. As outsiders, they have been struggling to get off the leash for 21 years. So they wouldn’t lack fight or bite.
Caught in the blind adrenaline alley of the last 10 minutes, it was Kerry who kept her cool and found a way.
So ended this exciting sporting showpiece with glory and congratulations to Green and Gold: Kerry,
All-Ireland Football Champions of 2022.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/trophy-cabinets-speak-louder-than-words-in-gaa-41864155.html Trophy cabinets speak louder than words in GAA