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The picture Wikipedia uses for Croke Park on its 'All-Ireland Hurling Final' page is *slightly* misleading

“This sport looks WILD.”

IT’S A BIG day in Croker this afternoon, so the chatter about the All-Ireland Hurling Final will be at an all time high both offline and on.

So, for anyone around the world who haven’t a breeze what is going on, the obvious thing to do is fire the term “All-Ireland Hurling Final” straight into Google.

And there they’ll find this very informative Wiki entry on the event 

allirelandhurling Source: Wikipedia

But… but… the photo used for Croke Park – the only one on the page – would make the uninitiated think hurling is some sort of Hunger Games-esque sport with a giant, sentient mechanical claw overseeing the action

croker Source: Wikipedia

“How does this even qualify as a sport?”

Of course, the shot is taken from U2′s 360° Tour at Croke Park in 2009 - where the structure sat above the stage throughout.

But for those arriving to Wikipedia trying to find out what the craic is with this “All-Ireland Hurling Final” today it would be quite perplexing.

The specific line underneath the photo doesn’t help the confusion one bit

Not even a “Croke Park is the usual venue for the hurling final, shown here during a U2 concert in 2009.”

And the gas anomaly has been noted a few times in recent years

Never mind the sweeper system, put The Claw at full back and nobody would get a sniff of the posts.

The game’s gone mad.

hat-tip to Fergal Crehan, @Fergal for spotting it

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