A YEAR to the day - well, almost (it fell on September 23 last year) - Mayo are back in an All-Ireland senior football final. So what has changed? What fires the passion and the primal desire of Mayo pilgrims who will make the journey east in the hope of quenching a thirst which has now been extended to 62 years?
Why should 2013 be any different from the heartbreaks of losing six in the last half century - 2012, 2006, 2004, 1997, 1996 and 1989 – when the foot soldiers of Mayo took to the battlefield of Croke Park only to have their dreams shattered and the entrails of another defeat strewn on the sacred sod as they were once again put to the sword by either Cork, Kerry, Meath or Donegal?
I will tell you what I believe is different. This team has a steely determination forged from the white fire of self belief, and they have the football to back it up.