I think the Tailteann has it’s own set of all stars which is a good idea.All picked from the 4 All Ireland semi finalists - so it demeans all other games and competitions - provincial, league, Tailtean Cup etc. Lazy choices - therefore there is a lot less interest in the All Stars than there used to be.
No doubt Rian deserved one for his performances throughout the year - but there you go........
All helped their teams to provincial titles, we forget how bad every Armagh player did the first day out against Donegal which has to be factored in.Glass and Kilkenny easily for me. Paudie Clifford and Comer arguably as well.
Anyway while it’d be nice to win one an Ulster/All Ireland is the main focus.
I’ve always said it, one memorable moment or game will get you an All star.
Sean O’Shea’s free perfect example. From what I recall, he was very quiet in both semi and final.
Rian was immense particularly against Donegal. But the big games (semis/final) seem to be the only games that matter.
It didn't help with the handbags at the end of the Galway game and the subsequent hysterics by the media and pundits alike. All stars as nice as they are for the individual undoubtedly (and any financial benefits?), don't carry the same meaning they did in years gone by as recent selections have shown, clifford after the cork defeat as mentioned and players being selected out of position to squeeze them in. Id say Rian is much more worried about Ballybay today, than missing out on thisWell, obviously that theory doesn’t apply if it’s Armagh.