Battle for Sam begins

This weekend sees the first throw-in of the 2006 All-Ireland championships, with the Men from the Mournes facing Cavan in Ulster’s curtain-raiser at Casement Park. The run-in to this year’s Championship has been quite difficult for the Ulster heavyweights: Tyrone star Brian McGuigan broke his leg in a club match last weekend, while Ger Cavlan’s participation remains in doubt following the pit bull ‘episode’ at his home last month.
Meanwhile, Armagh were less than spectacular in their league outings this term and Derry have been experiencing some difficulties of their own, with their managerial- and team- walk out/ walk in last week.
BUT this is Championship football, and League memories and difficulties will be cast aside.
Any predictions for Ulster or the All-Ireland, Sluggerites?

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