One of the most amusing places on the web is Fire Joe Morgan, a site dedicated to skewering lazy hackery in the world of sports journalism. The site is motivated by the tiresome windbag-ery of retired baseball legend Joe Morgan, a pundit who thinks that ‘heart’ and ‘guts’ are more important attributes than, I don’t know, hitting a baseball really well or regularly striking hitters out. The site generally sticks to baseball but occasionally casts its net wider, and it came to mind when reading RTÉ’s potted match report on Waterford’s heartbreaking loss to Tipperary in the National Football League today:
TIPPERARY 2-08 WATERFORD 1-10, Dungarvan
Barry Grogan saved Tipperary’s blushes as the Premier county stole a late victory at Dungarvan.
Grogan’s injury-time goal ensured the visitors finished as one-point winners.
A wind assisted Waterford made the best use of possession in the early stages and led by 0-06 to 0-03 at the interval.
A goal from Eddie Rockett on the restart ensured a home win looked likely but Tipp responded well to this pressure in defence and attack.
Now, I admit I’m no expert on the machinations of Division 4 of the NFL. But did Tipperary really go into this match thinking that they’d easily roll over a home team coming off the back of a great win over Carlow last week? I doubt it, which means this lazy report based on a clear pre-conception that Waterford are the division’s bunnies is exactly the kind of thing that FJM loves to dissect. No promotion for Waterford this year, but the answer to the question posed last week is a definite ‘yes’.