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mad scenario of 3 to qualify
It's not mad. You might have a better idea, but to call it "mad" is inaccurate when there has been clear logical thought put into it. With the current arrangement, there's a reward for every position in the group:

1st gets a quarter final against a team which is mentally and physically exhausted.
2nd gets a home preliminary quarter final
3rd is at least still in it - they get a preliminary quarter final, but it's away
4th is gone.

I don't see the problem (or at least not a madness) with having a competition where every team gets at least 3 matches, the outcome of which determines the above.

The situation with Dublin is an entirely different problem. Long term, given urbanization but not only that, if we want to achieve the following:
  1. a properly competitive national GAA football competition amongst representative teams (i.e. teams of the best players in a broad geographical area of many clubs), and
  2. football successful at ground level everywhere,
then those geographical areas can't be based on county-bounds set up by the Anglo-Normans or whoever. Otherwise you get far too uncompetitive a situation - the most extreme example being Dublin, who will otherwise win most All-Irelands until there's a profound failure of football in Dublin (and what GAA person wants that really).
 
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It's not mad. You might have a better idea, but to call it "mad" is inaccurate when there has been clear logical thought put into it. With the current arrangement, there's a reward for every position in the group:

1st gets a quarter final against a team which is mentally and physically exhausted.
2nd gets a home preliminary quarter final
3rd is at least still in it - they get a preliminary quarter final, but it's away
4th is gone.

I don't see the problem (or at least not a madness) with having a competition where every team gets at least 3 matches, the outcome of which determines the above.

The situation with Dublin is an entirely different problem. Long term, given urbanization but not only that, if we want to achieve the following:
  1. a properly competitive national GAA football competition amongst representative teams (i.e. teams of the best players in a broad geographical area of many clubs), and
  2. football successful at ground level everywhere,
then those geographical areas can't be based on county-bounds set up by the Anglo-Normans or whoever. Otherwise you get far too uncompetitive a situation - the most extreme example being Dublin, who will otherwise win most All-Irelands until there's a profound failure of football in Dublin (and what GAA person wants that really).
It's a mad scenario in a compressed playing season, if it was more spread out, it would be fine.
 
Good draw for us.

Huge that we don't have to travel to Ulster.

We've had plenty of games against the Norries in recent times so we know all about Puke Football

We'll do Okay
Puke football? Donegal hammered us in league 2-6 to 1-20. Maybe when we start beating “the Norries” , we can talk about puke football. In the meantime, just beat Clare away and we’ll be ok. In the event we can’t do that, then we don’t belong in the competition!
 
The group structure is one of the best things the GAA have ever brought in. The problem is they haven't taken enough out to let it take centre stage as it should do. Move the provisional championships to a league based system with a mini national play off series. Leave Ulster do their own thing, and try to do something different with the other 3 which have ridiculous imbalances, mix up the teams a bit or something.
 
I watched most of the Kerry v Clare yesterday.

Cork will have their hands full against Clare. They will be tough to put away. Certainly no pushover, particularly in their home ground.
 
I watched most of the Kerry v Clare yesterday.

Cork will have their hands full against Clare. They will be tough to put away. Certainly no pushover, particularly in their home ground.
Clare deservedly beat us in championship last year, and have us at their home again for what is for them (and probably for us) a knockout game. We're up against it, and it'll take a great performance, and perhaps a bit of luck, to come out of there this year with a result.
 
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