September Road: Buff Egan an underground phenomenon

Tracksuits for Down, Mark Bradley defying the numbers, Brian Cody’s shoutout in Vegas

Hurling fan Buff Egan in all his glory.

Hurling fan Buff Egan in all his glory.

 

Underground phenomenon

When it comes to hurling, particularly in Munster, nobody owns the ‘digital space’ quite like it like Buff Egan owns it. A hurling fanatic who attends everything that moves, Buff posts updates to his tens of thousands of social media followers and is mobbed for selfies.

His catchphrases, most accompanied by the ‘okay’ hand signal, include “drink it in, maaaan!”, “Hail! Hail!”, “Capiche”, “Deleeeeted”, “Lash it off the belly!” and “tantalising”. Oh, and “Shucky ducky quack quack” is another, usually with a rubber duck emoji . . .

Egan has become an underground phenomenon. A 12-feet wide placard appeared on the terrace during the Munster SHC final proclaiming “Buff 3:7” and this week, former Tipp hurler Shane McGrath and his namesake, Waterford legend Ken, tweeted their regards to Egan from New York.

And in answer to a question as to what he would buy if he won the Lotto in a factfile in the programme for Wednesday’s Munster Under-21 semi-final, Déise star Shane Ryan was in no doubt.

“A season ticket for Buff Egan,” he said. Now there’s a title for a documentary!

Tracksuits an easier fit for Down

GAA anoraks know that the great Down side of the 1960s were the first GAA team to wear tracksuits – and, after an excellent interview with legendary official Maurice O’Hare (90) in the Belfast Telegraph, we now know why.

“At that time, the subs tended to tog out and then put their trousers on again and sit on the sideline,” he recalled.

“That would have been at the time of the drainpipe trousers! And you would be trying to get a sub out and they wouldn’t be able to get their trousers off quickly. Eventually they had to take their boots off so that they could get their trousers off. I thought we can’t have that anymore.”

By the numbers - 5ft 7ins, 11st 2lbs

The vital statistics of Tyrone’s ‘mighty atom’ Mark Bradley as per the official pen pics. Team-mate Colm Cavanagh is three stones heavier and seven inches taller.

Word of mouth

“Enjoy the summer Brian Cody. Up Waterford”

– A banner spotted at the US Darts Masters in Las Vegas during the match between Raymond van Barneveld and David Cameron (no, the other one).

Nally Stand roof invader unrepentant

Speaking of Down, the story of the mullet-sporting madman who scaled the roof of the Nally Stand, looking vaguely like a Cherokee brave, during the 1991 All-Ireland final got another spin this week.

The climber was Liam Harrison, whose son, Connaire, was full-forward for the Mourne men yesterday.

“There was barb wire, there was spikes but I got up through it anyway – the best seat in the house. It was great. “I stayed the whole time, the whole time till the whistle went and down I come, down on to the field with the rest of them,” he told the BBC a few years ago, adding “and we partied for months after it.”

Dubs concede record Leinster final total

While the Dublin juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down, with routine minor and senior titles secured yesterday, there was still one, admittedly small, sliver of hope for the chasing pack.

The 1-17 Kildare racked up yesterday was the highest total Dublin have ever conceded in a Leinster SFC final (the previous record was 1-16 by Offaly in 1982). The 1-13 scored by Meath in the 2012 final was the highest previous tally by the beaten finalists’ in Dublin’s current run. Oh, and while we’re talking about numbers and Leinster’s big beasts, the official attendance yesterday clocked in at a chilling 66,666!

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