Hoisting the Sam Maguire Cup is the greatest feeling in the world. thescore.ie
7. For the players, the honor of their home county really matters.
Players represent the counties where they were born and (usually) where they live. Their connection to their home is visceral and heartfelt, so when they hoist the Sam Maguire Cup in the air at the end, they are doing it for their neighbors, friends and family. By way of contrast, though a baseball player might be thrilled to win the World Series, his connection to the team is mostly about the size of his contract.
Pat Spillane doesn’t like all the newfangled “strategy” that keeps the scores low and the game boring. sport.ie.msn.com
8. Kerry football legend Pat Spillane weighs in at half time.
Pat Spillane doesn’t like cerebral football. He doesn’t like all this fancy “strategy” that results in low-scoring, boring football games. He loves to argue with fellow commentator Joe Brolly during the game analysis segments. Listening to him is like sitting with your mom’s cranky uncle who misses the old days, when men were men and farmers wore jackets and ties to plow the field.
Drinking a mimosa (or Irish Coffee or a pint) before noon on a Sunday feels deliciously wicked. iheartbrunch.com
9. Most places serve Irish breakfast and mimosas.
Watching in a bar or club? There’s usually food and brunch-style drinks involved – and the best part is you don’t have to lift a finger. And there’s something deliciously wicked about drinking before noon on a Sunday.
No matter who you’re rooting for, the excitement in Croke Park travels across the miles. independent.ie
10. Even from thousands of miles away, the atmosphere is infectious.
If the sight of the Croke Park stands filled with happy fans dressed in their county colors doesn’t give you a thrill and a lump in your throat, then you – like the Grinch – have a heart that’s three sizes too small.