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Can We Call This Dublin Team One Of The Greats Yet?

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final Replay, Croke Park, Dublin 1/10/2016 Dublin vs Mayo Dublin's captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

They say good teams win titles, but great teams win them twice. That is, however, a simplistic approach in determining what teams enter the conversation as all-time greats.

Yes, Dublin retained their title and yes, their unbeaten run is mightily impressive, but are we ready to christen this set of Dublin players amongst the game’s all-time elite teams?

Their Leinster record is outstanding. However, there is the massive caveat of the standard of that competition. For example, no Antrim hurling team is considered great despite their large collection of provincial titles.

That said, this Dublin side tend to get the better of Mayo, Kerry and Ulster duo Tyrone and Donegal more often than not. There is no doubt that they are the number one team of the here and now.

Stephen Cluxton Sam Maguire Dublin GAA

However, is this generation of football better than what was witnessed in the past?

Players are bigger, stronger and fitter but we saw a foul-ridden game on Saturday where no referee would be able to implement the rules properly. In fact, had Maurice Deegan followed the letter of the law, how many players would have been dismissed with either red or black cards?

The final was an eye-sore at times and despite calamitous defending from Mayo with their own-goals and the penalty they gave away in the replay, Dublin just scraped past them.

The final proved that Dublin’s dominance nationally is over-stated. There is very little between the top four or five teams, but at the moment the men from the capital are number one.

How long they can stay there will determine their place in history.

Joel Slattery, Pundit Arena

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