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Vincent Hogan: Cody formula still the one for chasing pack to follow

Published 23/04/2012 | 05:00

The bad news of the day gives Jimmy Barry-Murphy a work-worn air as he steps in from the rain to a cat's cradle of out-stretched media arms.

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Donal Og Cusack is already on his way to Dublin, facing an empty summer and Heaven knows what beyond. "It doesn't look good," sighs Jimmy, his voice a half-whisper. His history of seeding seemingly tired teams with youth and taking them to the moon has Thurles palpably tingling here. People are talking of '99 again and the blessing of great men having minds of their own.

When all of hurling was in thrall to Clare's epic power, it was Jimmy who gambled on kids and the purity in their wrists. They won an All-Ireland that sports science had all but decreed impossible. And now?

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