Book consigned to bargain basement as Dubs fall short
‘INSIDE RIGHT’ had a good old giggle last week when the Dublin footballers’ top secret ‘ Blue Book’ somehow found its way into the hands of the national media.
Yours truly hasn’t laughed as much since Del Boy fell through the hatch in the bar whilst showing Trigger his suave pulling technique.
For those of you are oblivious to what ‘Inside Right’ is referring to it has been revealed that the Dubs had a special guidebook on how to bring Sam back to the capital for the first time since 1995.
A photo of Dublin footballers with All-Ireland champions 2008 adorned the front of the peculiar publication and inside there was motivational quotes from all sorts of poets and philosophers.
There are words of wisdom from the likes of Confucius, Churchill, Isaac Newton and Muhammed Ali inside, but unfortunately for the Leinster champions they were hit with the equivalent of an Ali uppercut by Tyrone in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Apparently subscribers to this bizarre bible had to promise not to show, or admit to the existence of the ‘Blue Book’. Surely most of the players would be too embarrassed to mention it to even their nearest and dearest.
There was also the threat that you’d be stripped of your ‘ Blue Book’ if you didn’t apply yourself as expected to - a serious threat indeed.
It’s like some secret playground society - breathe a word and you’re out of our gang. Well someone must have let the secret slip, purposely or inadvertently, for it to find its way into the hands of those nasty journalist types.
It all sounds a bit like Fight Club and what’s the first rule of Fight Club? You do not talk about Fight Club of course.
Pillar Caffrey and co. must have spent too many evenings watching Hollywood fantasies inside of plotting the downfall of the likes of Kerry and Tyrone.
We’re not privy to how other teams prepare for the champi- onship challenge, but we doubt very much that Kilkenny players keep the ‘Cats’ Commandments’ under their beds our Kerry read the ‘Kingdom Koran’ to get themselves motivated. Sports psychology is obviously a big part of the modern game but what’s wrong with the scathing article sellotaped to the dressingroom door?
If Alan Brogan and the rest of the Dublin boys want to read the ‘Blue Book’ mantra as they sip on a cup of cocoa before bedtime, however humourous it may seem, I guess that’s their business, but the paranoia they illustrate is just a tad ridiculous.
There’s even a mention of ‘thirty one against one’, implying that all the other counties are against the poor old boys in blues.
Of course the over-inflated egos and cockiness of the players and delusional bragging of their fans often gets up the nose but generally most people aren’t that over-thetop in their dislike of the Dubs, simply because they’re not good enough and haven’t been winning the All-Ireland titles that a county of their size with such a strong footballing tradition should be winning.
The journal even backs up the view the rest of us have of their cockiness, proclaiming ‘we want to display some typical Dublin arrogance’.
What’s that saying about pride coming before a fall? Pity Confucius didn’t say that.
Davy Harte scoring Tyrone’s third goal in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin.