It's not just because of the Covid-19 pandemic that this is turning out to be a football Championship like no other. Seismic shocks in both Munster and Ulster at the weekend have seen both Tipperary and Cavan advance to the final four, their provincial successes marking 2020 as a year to remember for both counties, no matter how they fare from here. The Dublin juggernaut, meanwhile, continues to roll on remorselessly, while Mayo - for the ninth time in ten seasons - are back in the semi-finals too.
To mark this unique Championship and the luxury we've been afforded of a decent gap before Mayo next take the field, we're delighted to unveil a new, short Mayo News football podcast series, which we've calling The Road to Croker. Between now and the county's meeting with Tipperary just under two weeks from now we'll be releasing new podcast episodes at regular intervals as the build-up to the All-Ireland semi-final gathers pace.
In this first episode of The Road to Croker series, host Rob Murphy catches up with Mayo News columnist Billy Joe Padden to discuss the weekend's shock results and to survey the football landscape ahead of the All-Ireland semi-finals. Billy Joe gives us his take on the challenge that the newly-crowned Munster champions will pose for Mayo on Sunday week and he also considers Dublin and the invincible tag they now carry.
This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and Podomatic. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo GAA Blog.
The Mayo News football podcast now has its own Twitter presence, @MayoPodcast, so if you're a Twitter user you should follow us there to make sure you get the latest podcast-related updates, including new episodes.
The Mayo News football podcast is proudly sponsored by GRG, Game Ready Gear - sportswear designed by players for players. Check out their website at GRG-Sports.com.