The Mole isn’t the most quarter-backly of operators [his best work brings to mind the Simpsons daytime movie, ‘Leper in the Backfield’], but he can certainly recognize a media blitz when he sees one lined up on the other side of the press’ line of scrimmage.
Peter O’Mahony has been the focus of no fewer than three headlines in three days in the Inky Rag: Gay Mitchell would kill for that kind of coverage!
My personal favorite would be the one that extolls his Richie McCaw-esque qualities, but there’s also been a comparison with Munster Ligind Alan Quinlan, and this morning he once again takes the headlines over World Cup returnees Paul O’Connell, Ronan O’Gara et al.
The Mole understands how something like this can happen – the guy is the young player de jour in Munster, he’s had a cracking start to the season and has been made captain as a 22 year old. In a fairly conservative outfit like Munster, that’s a hell of a compliment. Last season was supposed to be the one where he broke through, but he suffered a serious neck injury and his coming out party was put on the back burner. With a story like that, it’s not surprising if a bunch of hacks are all climbing aboard and there’s a glut of copy on the same subject.
Eh … except that’s not the case. Not one, not two, but all three articles are written by the Inky Rag’s noted correspondent Fergburger Farrelly. You can’t blame Fergburger for the sub-editing: maybe O’Mahony has another fan in the Inky Rag’s Sports Dept – they’ve been the official Liginds’ fanzine for over a decade, after all.
However, you’ve got to laugh when you recall Fergburger’s “camp” assessment of the Dusautoir-led French “holdsy-handsy” response to the Haka: it looks like he’s got a fairly serious man-crush of his own on O’Mahony!