Eugene McGee: Demise of High Kings heralds new dawn
You can have all the experts you like in your training camp -- managers, trainers, masseurs, physiotherapists, psychologists and even parish priests -- but there comes a time when your race is run and it's time for the team to step aside because age calls a halt and the show is over.
This brutal reality was exposed with a vengeance on Saturday when Kerry and Tyrone -- who shared the last seven All-Irelands -- ran out of steam and were decisively beaten by two younger sets of players who were raring to go and were fearless of reputations, with no regard for some of the icons of Gaelic football who have been heroes in Croke Park so often for the past decade.
When champions come to their natural end, defeat is usually decisive and so it was on this occasion with both Down and Dublin shattering the remnants of two once-powerful teams. Doubtless some followers of Tyrone and Kerry will be adamant that these results are but a temporary aberration, but that is wishful thinking.