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It's Christmas week for football fans this weekend with the start of the Mayo GAA Senior Football Championship.
Last weekend saw the quarter-finals in the top divisions of the Mayo Senior League take place as the sides limbered up for the championship race coming into view in a few weeks.
Mayo are on the lookout for a new senior football Manager after James Horan decided to call it a day after losing to Kerry in the All-Ireland quarter final in Croke park last Sunday.
The Mayo tent was rolled up for another year, and another long winter of wondering and waiting will lie in store as a 71-years ticks into 72.
The real stuff starts now. Losing to Galway wasn't ideal - but it has taken Mayo as many games through the back door to get to the same stage as the newly minted Connacht champions.
The 3-19 to 0-13 scoreline from this year's National Football League final between Mayo and Kerry is a painful reminder of what Mayo face into on Sunday and what Kerry are capable of doing to a team if things are not near perfect when set up against them.
It’s never ordinary with Mayo. They won and are in the second round of the qualifiers, but it could very easily have been different if referee Barry Cassidy had decided to give Monaghan a penalty in injury time when Conor Lenonard looked to have been fouled after he intercepted a poor ball back to Lee Keegan, by Aidan O’Shea.
It's something familiar and yet something new that Mayo face into tomorrow afternoon in Hastings Insurance MacHale Park.
Last Sunday's way below par performance and subsequent defeat by our biggest Connacht rivals - Galway - made it a very bitter pill to swallow for the Mayo faithful who travelled to Hastings Insurance MacHale Park in huge numbers.
On paper and in the hours before the build-up, this game seemed to have it all. Two sides with a storied rivalry going back before the foundation of the state; both with much to prove after their last outings up in the big city, now meeting on a sun-splashed day that looked like July even if it still had the nip of Spring in the air when a cloud circled overhead and 25,000 partisan fanatics packed in to watch battle on the freshly laid turf in the old colosseum on MacHale Road.