Starting with Donegal v Kerry - was it a shock or not?
I don't think it was a shock at all, and I wouldn't think so either if Dongal beat Cork in semi
Not a shock, no. The two injuries crippled Kerry. Brosnan had been playing good football this summer and Sheehan was missed for that crucial 45 which O'Donoghue put wide. All the same, better team won, no doubt.
Absolutely not, hate to say I told you so but Kerry's dynamic repeatedly changes against good teams, and we saw it again yesterday thus they aren't the forward power they were. Think the better team won John regardless of injuries but a Kerry team in transition were gutsy.
In saying that, Donegal will not beat Cork who will be All Ireland champions without a doubt.
Every told-you-so has a told-you-not, Ewan. Kildare, ho-hum!
In fairness, Kerry couldn't cope with the electricity in Donegal's surges forward. They stretched them attacking in phalanxes.
I've repeatedly said Kerry would not reach the last four, explained how their shape changes against the best, and it was there before our eyes again yesterday. As for Kildare, I didn't even realise they were playing!
Donegal's shape had also changed. Didn't go three up front as they did against everyone bar Tyrone.
There was a key as Kerry went well down late on, when Darran O'Sullivan for instance
broke a line and was faced with six defenders before him he'd cut back. At the other end, in same scenario, Donegal players went at full tilt and threw a sidestep and won a free.
Declan O'Sullivan call was unusual. Donnchadh Walsh won an incredible amount of ball yet people were calling for him to be benched.
Don't think you can blame just McGeeney for that and it's a GAA reaction to blame and change the manager when no one better about. Players need a long stare in mirror this morning. Agree on O'Sullivan John, if he couldn't get a ball from Lacey, Kieran O'Leary didn't have a hope.
Very strange alright John, you'd think at this stage he'd have earned the right to be kept on as he's always capable of conjuring something
Two key moments in injury-time - Darran O'Sullivan should have been awarded a free after being fouled by Paddy McGrath. Paddy Curtin had more time than he thought when snapping at what would have been an equaliser.
What did ye make of that call? Any reason for it?
In fairness on the free, there could have been 10 sendings off between both sides, so for something not to be awarded wasn't new in terms of the game.
Run out of steam, said Jack, but there were other options than taking him off: for one, move the man to full-forward then and keep Donaghy alongside him.
Cynicism ruled supreme over the weekend - the team that fouled the most in each game won. Indictment on the game.
Dick Clerkin wrote a nice piece on it today admitting he regretted not being more cynical in the Ulster championship this year. Sad sign of the times but he's right, has anyone got a solution?
Kerry now have to embrace transition that has been creeping up on them this last while.
Absolutely, couldn't believe in second game yesterday Duffy didn't book players for late hits early on. Once it was only a tick, players continued.
Sin bin Terry, but top managers can't get away with their whining this time and get it scrapped.
Well, had Limerick been cynical they'd have beaten Kildare, wouldn't they? The same problem is happening in hurling - the best teams foul the most.
Gaelic football is the only sport on the globe that rewards cynicism.
I like the sin bin idea but think 10 minites is too much of a penalty
Managers will be pulled up on it, Ewan. They've vested interests. I don't know why McGeeney and Cody are on the playing rules committee.
But when a ref does flash a load of cards he gets castigated for ruining the game
McEnaney's three yellows in a Championship and you're banned next game is a move in the right direction.
Course they have vested interests therefore they shouldn't be allowed have such a say. The game bigger than certain counties cheating their way to the top.
Were Donegal more cynical than Kerry yesterday?
The sin bin was a huge success when trialled in the league, you had really high scoring and you could see players actually deciding not to tug a jersey or stop the runner. But the managers whinged and the GAA buckled. I think 10 minutes is fine. I also agree that yellow cards should have a cumulative effect.