If it's a 'sport' with a DEFINITE set of rules,I don't understand why it would be so difficult to umpire. The problem, as I see it, is that the rules keep changing. Please nominate one other sport where the rules not only change annually - as they have for the past 15 years or so - but about three times within a season. It is what they call in the classics a f.....g joke, not a sport any more.You can have as many ' professional ' umpires as you like, the bottom line is that there is no traditional basis of rules. Western Bulldogs get away with throwing one year, get pinged the next, a player like Selwood gets a million frees for a decade, next year it's a sin and a crime for everyone except Selwood and a Schuey ( Phuoy ) in a final, Bartlett throws the ball in front seconds before a tackle and becomes a tats lotto millionaire for his entire career only to change the law because of his cunning tatts wins for a decade, I could go on...
Sure, as Iggy sang, you deal with the real, but every year the 'lawmakers' respond to another leak in the dyke of rules, they plug it up and another kind of s..t happens above or below the rule makers.
For one, how does anyone but an unapologetic veteran of fooling the lawmakers, E.G. Selwood, prosper despite the ever increasing posse of umpires?
In the end, the golden rule is not only simplicity, but consistency of simplicity. When umpires are micro-managed by a chameleon-like 'rule' dogma which changes from month to month, let alone season to season, it's no frigging wonder that most of us scratch our naked skulls and get driven to the delusion-like necessity of inventing conspiracies.
Mind you, that doth not excuse the blatant anti-Demon decision/non decision atrocities especially this season.