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ook at us the same way we gazed at our own fathers when they told us about the days they milked cows by hand and travelled to dances by bicycle. Truth be told, even when I look at umpires today, they already seem totally archaic. Picture the scene for a big game at Croke Park, the home of a sporting organisation that earns millions from sponsorships deals and gate receipts. There is a crowd of 70,000. They have come to watch players who dedicate their lives to the game. The players are part of county squads that are supported by professional coaches, dieticians, video analysts, physiotherapists and sports psychologists. The game will be refereed by an official who has risen through the Adidas Stan Smith Black Clear Brown Woven
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And hey presto, that's how four punters get to adjudicate on the fortunes of amateur sportsmen who train six times a week. In the recent furore that erupted over Hawk Eye, it is extremely important that people don't miss the really crucial 'point', which is this: Hawk Eye is not the problem. Umpires are. Consider the following facts. On the second occasion that Hawk Eye was used in Croke Park this year, the score detection system overturned two decisions. In the Lory Meagher Cup final, a Warwickshire 'point' from.
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