Opinion – Schrödinger’s Cats

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6 September 2015; Kilkenny manager Brian Cody celebrates a late score. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

SCHRODINGER’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935.
The scenario presents a cat that may be simultaneously both alive and dead, a state known as a quantum superposition, as a result of being linked to a random subatomic event that may or may not occur.
This paradox reminds me of what the GAA faces at the moment. With Kilkenny winning their 11th title under Brian Cody, the former school teacher has now won more All Ireland’s as a coach, as Limerick and Clare have, combined, as counties. Is it a case that Kilkenny are that good? (One school of thought) or it is that the All Ireland championship needs to be restructured? (second school of thought).
For me, the achievement of 11 All Irelands is not to be belittled in any way by a call for change. What worries me is that Kilkenny (36), Cork (30) and Tipperary (26) have more than the amount of titles of any of the other counties combined. Yes, everyone has to improve but with a lack of structures in the other 29 counties, there might be no one left to play against in the coming seasons for the big three. Change can be a good thing, if it is made with the right intentions.