So what about Eamonn O'Hara's comments about Kevin Walsh? Harsh? Accurate?
Absolutely fantastic. Eamonn O'Hara didn't waste any time looking for Walsh's head but this should be about London. What the GAA did in preventing them playing challenges was very poor. I like the international rules but when you see the time and money put into that and then see the hurdles being placed in front of London - hurling and football - it beggars belief.
Whatever about Kevin Walsh, Galway wouldn't mind Gottsche right now.
Well said Paul on Coggins... It's clear O'Hara has a grudge and he didn't hide it. But obviously a manager has questions to answer after that. James Horan did when Mayo had one point to spare a couple of years ago. Is Walsh suddenly a crap manager now after winning a Connacht and getting to the final last year? I don't think so.
Could O'Hara comments be interpreted as a slight on London's victory?
It's the way of the world when there's a big shock like that; the tendency is to look for fault rather than praise the feat. A tendency that irks the ***** out of me.
Moving onto Munster, did Kerry and Cork glean much out of their one-sided quarter-final wins?
No. Guys looked good but like a racehorse, you won't know until the gun is put to their head.
No, and they won't glean much from their one-sided semi-finals either
McGuinness has suggested without naming names that Donegal have it harder in the province than anyone else. Do Kerry and Cork really have it that easy or will they be undercooked for later in the year?
So it's as simple as saying Cooper is better suited to No11 and McBrearty to the inside forward line?
I agree completely with Darran O'Sullivan. The inequity in the championship is insane. Why must Kerry play two games in seven days and then wait a month or five weeks for the next one? But we all know that the provincial championships are sacrosanct and I don't think it's because of tradition.
Finally to Leinster - if Kevin Walsh is under pressure should Justin McNulty be after a second successive first round exit. Or must we give the credit to Louth?
We'll need to see more of Cooper at CF before anointing him as the best playmaker around
Gooch as a playmaker is something we saw quite a bit with Crokes in the past. Sure he's a class footballer. But doing it against Tipp and doing it against Donegal will be something completely different.
Also, your thoughts on Wicklow's win over Longford.
In 2008, Kerry named Cooper at 11 and Declan O'Sullivan at 13 for each game but I don't they actually played there at all?
I doubled Louth-Donegal on the weekend. Don't see the big surprise at all. Laois have a woeful Leinster championship record in recent years. They were given an over-inflated status on the basis of one performance against Dublin. Aidan O'Rourke has a huge reputation as a coach, Louth have a top midfield, the best place-kicker in the business and one of the best full-forwards. Wicklow did surprise me though and it's a big blow for Longford.
A manager I interview recently was adamant that Louth would beat Laois so I took his advice, just wish I'd put a bit more on it!
Before a poll to finish off the first Watercooler of the summer, which manager is most under threat after this weekend's results?
Thanks for your contributions. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel next week. Here's the poll: