Assessors killing common sense
REACTION to comments here last week that hurling must be populated with outstanding referees if it can afford to leave Dickie Murphy outside its top 10 suggests that there was widespread surprise at his omission.
Among the emails was one from a well-known former referee who believes Murphy was the victim of a culture which demands that common sense be left in the dressing-room.
"If three players deserved red and 10 yellow in the Wexford-Galway game, then I don't understanding hurling or how it's refereed anymore," he wrote.
He believes that referees are feeling under such intense pressure from assessors that they lean on the side of the cold, hard print of the rule-book as opposed to giving players any benefit of the doubt.
By the way, who assesses the assessors?