Speaking of beauty being in the eye of the beholder, I’m still agog at Davy Fitzgerald’s assertion in his selected media musings last week that as far as he’s concerned his incarnation of the Déise is easy on the eye.
“I’d be very happy with our style of hurling. I think we’re playing lovely, good, attractive hurling. We score some great scores and we try to play to our strengths,” the Clareman maintains, adding: “If you play open hurling on these days, and leave everything open, that would not be good for us. But any day we can play and score 19 or 20 scores and defend really well, we have a great chance of winning. The game has evolved in the last two or three years, to be about unbelievable work ethic. That’s where we’re at.”
So, as far as Davy’s concerned it’s not broke so why fix it. Expect more of the same in 2011.
P.S. On Dan’s autobiography, to be launched in Dungarvan later this month, and Damien Tiernan’s, which is being launched by GAA President Christy Cooney in the Granville Hotel this Thursday, Fitzgerald said: “I hope he [Dan] makes a good lot out of it. He had some good times and bad times. I’ll probably get a slating in it. If I do, I do and that’s it. I’m not going to worry about it too much. Whatever is in them, there’s nothing I can do about it now.”
Perish the thought that anyone would have tried to interfere, good, bad or indifferent. But sure what would we know. Davy might well quote Jean Sibelius: “Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.” The big fella might get a sculpture in his honour in Lismore yet, after all those awards and medals he won. “Some good times” eh.