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War Hero
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Mmmm, cue for an appropriate tune, methinks

Whispering Grass​

Windsor Davies, Don Estelle

You promised me, green grass, not to tell what you heard.
Whispering Grass, say! you can't keep your word, keep your word.
Why do you whisper, green grass?
Why tell the trees what ain't so ?
Whispering Grass, the trees don't have to know.
No, No, Why tell them all your secrets?
Who kissed there long ago?
Whispering grass, the trees don't need to know.
Don't you tell it to the breeze 'cause she will tell the birds and bees
And ev'ryone will know because you told the blabbering trees
Yes, you told them once before;
It's no secret any more.
Why tell them all the old things?
They're buried under the snow.
Whispering Grass, don't tell the trees
'Cause the trees don't need to know.
Why do you whisper, green grass?
Why tell the trees what ain't so ?
Whispering Grass, the trees don't have to know.
No, No, Why tell them all your secrets?
Who kissed there long ago?
Whispering grass, the trees don't need to know.
Don't you tell it to the breeze 'cause she will tell the birds and bees
And ev'ryone will know because you told the blabbering trees
Yes, you told them once before;
It's no secret any more.
Why tell them all the old things?
They're buried under the snow.
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Dredd

War Hero
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98 minutes of football shirley , why can't they stop the clock as in both codes of rugby ?.
Rugby has had video refs for yonks and stuff is sorted in no time , the tech was already there and works very well so why use an inferior system VAR .

OK, cards on the table. As a (previously) qualified SFA referee, I have a little insight into this.

How football is reported is not how it actually works. For example, no one is ever booked or carded. They are cautioned or sent off. Any referee who wrote their report and said they booked #6 Smith for unsporting behaviour is likely to have be having a word with their Association supervisors in short order.

Similarly, back in the day when football was first being televised, they used to have the clock of elapsed time running but stop at 90 minutes, so you didn't actually know how long it over-ran unless you timed it yourself. Then they started showing it on the screen (if live), but of course the fans in the ground never knew and so the practice of holding up a board to show a number of minutes was introduced. What the TV pundits referred to at that point was time added on - true in a way, but the figure is actually time REMAINING of game time. Which is why, if there is an injury that stops play during that period for a while 3 minutes can become 4 or 5.

The referee will have a stopwatch of some sort. As I was lower leagues I used an actual stopwatch but some may have it as a wristwatch with dual time - one actual and one game. Any delay in play means you stop it, so that could be injuries, dealing with players for a caution or sending off, or substitutions, or any other delay. As elasped time gets close to the 90 minute mark the referee can look at the watch, see what is still to be played and relays that to the 4th official who puts it on a board and holds it up.

The reason for this may fall back on one of the first principles of the game - the referee is the sole authority during a game. So they call to the official and tell them what time remains. If you had it continually running down (or up) on a display board, it would then depend on who was actually deciding what was a stoppage, if not the referee. it would then need the ref to be telling who is working the board when to stop the time and when to restart, and that can be a pain. easier to just monitor it yourself and then give one indication near the end (if needed).

Although it may differ in presentation of that in rugby, the principle behind it is probably the same.
 
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