You can’t argue with genius…
On the RTE panel with Cora Staunton for live coverage of the big Connacht SFC semi-final showdown – won by Galway – Spillane didn’t want to hear any talk of perennial challengers Mayo regrouping for the qualifiers.
Pat even evoked “Einstein’s theory of insanity” – Pat’s phrase – and explained that both he and the other great man (Albert) felt that doing the same thing over and over again is insanity. In this instance, Pat was referring to Mayo’s alleged old failing of not converting enough chances/“making the same mistakes”.
They’ll never win an All-Ireland, he rather unkindly concluded. It’s anyone’s guess whether or not Einstein would have agreed.