Originally Posted by Bonniedog
I don't mean to be derogatory but the same counties who are contenders now in both sports are same counties who have been contenders by and large since foundation.
Tradition is much over used word but it does mean something. Not some mystical thing but fact that Dublin. Tipp, Kerry. Kilkenny. Cork, Galway have high standards and people who know what it requires to win.
Some counties have neither that nor the desire.
They have been contenders by virtue of their playing population.
Since the stronger counties are going to have a second chance through the back door, it is worth their while to invest the time, money and effort we are currently seeing. The back door has encouraged more professional set ups. Increased professionalism leads to less upsets, since less is left to chance. This is resulting in even further disparity between the traditionally strong counties and the rest.
Below I've listed the number of different provincial winners and who won the most provincial championships in the 18 years since the back door was introduced and in the 18 years before it was introduced.
Since back door 2001: Prior to back door 1983-2000.
Leinster: 4 winners, 14 by Dublin. 4 winners, 8 by Dublin
Ulster: 4 winners, 7 by Tyrone. 6 winners, 5 by Tyrone.
Connacht: 4 winners, 8 by Mayo. 4 winners, 8 by Mayo.
Munster: 2 winners, 13 by Kerry. 3 winners, 9 by Cork.
The problem is only going to get worse with the Super 8's.