Cú Chulainn had no puckout strategy but the myths endure

Anthony Nash of Cork in action against Seamus Callanan of Tipperary last year.

I read that they are planning to put microchips into sliotars now.

This was surprising news to me and I initially wondered whether the remorseless march of technology had gone too far, whether this was another modern thing we didn’t really need, like avocados, Fitbits and the internet (I still maintain that teletext was fine).

But it turns out that we do need these cybernetic sliotars after all. The microchips will allow the GAA to regulate the wild west sliotar production industry and, theoretically at least, prevent the nefarious practice of goalkeepers sneaking their preferred sliotars into the game at puckout time (Google ‘Cork’ and ‘Cummins’ for more).

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