Strange to consider the bookies' contention that reigning provincial champions, Wexford, merit only third in the betting for this year's Leinster Championship.
Then again, maybe nothing in the rich history of the competition ever came close for dramatics to last year's epic round-robin which ended with four protagonists locked together on five points from four games, Galway evicted on the small-print of scoring difference.
Their first championship defeat to Dublin since the 2013 provincial final meant the grim fate of the 2017 All-Ireland champions was confirmed by news of Kilkenny and Wexford's draw.
For many, Micheal Donoghue's men had been just easing their way towards the business-end of summer, finally getting Joe Canning back into action that night in Parnell Park after a long-term groin injury and coming off the back of inflicting Kilkenny's first championship defeat at Nowlan Park in 70 years.
But Chris Crummey's late goal changed everything.
It secured a place in the All-Ireland qualifiers for the Dubs and delivered Davy Fitzgerald and Brian Cody to Croke Park for a traditional Wexford-Kilkenny Leinster final.
The idea that Galway's departure represented some kind of aberration was then compounded by Dublin's subsequent fall to Laois in a preliminary All-Ireland quarter-final that sparked wild celebrations in O'Moore Park.
So the 2019 Leinster Championship ran off on such eccentric lines, maybe there's a sense of still waiting to see the smoke clear even now.
That said, Wexford emerged as the only unbeaten team, drawing their games with Dublin, Galway and Kilkenny before then defeating the latter by a goal in that provincial decider. And if that game told us anything about Wexford under Davy Fitz, it was that they have become one of the smartest teams around.
Their tactical and emotional discipline kept Kilkenny in a vice-grip that day, denying their opponents access to frees within 70 yards of goal in the knowledge that - to TJ Reid - such opportunities would represent easy scores.
It was a masterclass in control, yet one they couldn't quite reprise some weeks later when letting 14-man Tipperary slip through their fingers in a compelling All-Ireland SHC semi-final.
So how to read Leinster in the winter of 2020?
Cody and Kilkenny, perhaps not surprisingly, are favourites. Ostensibly, they've been depicted as a team in various stages of decline since the 2016 All-Ireland final, yet their obstinacy continually makes fools of all such doubters.
Participating in a Kilkenny-based hurling forum days before last year's All-Ireland quarter-final against Cork, this writer was asked from the floor whether, maybe, the time had arrived for Cody to step down?
The gloom of losing to Wexford had, you will gather, grown unreasonable wings.
Our response was to suggest it a truly extraordinary question and, sure enough, four days later, Cody's boys were putting Cork to the sword.
That they then got the better of a Limerick team that had stormed Munster told you everything about the managerial relationship between Cody and Kilkenny, one stretching - relentlessly it seems - in the direction of a quarter of a century.
The 'Village' man remains a master at restocking bare shelves and, with either Dublin or Laois standing between them and another Leinster final now, it's easy to see why the bookies make them favourites for the Bob O'Keeffe Cup.
Eddie Brennan's Laois are in this championship on merit after last year's Joe McDonagh win and that spectacular Portlaoise downing of the Dubs. But they would clearly have benefited more from round-robin exposure to all of the province's big guns rather than finding themselves pitched straight into a do-or-die rematch with the presumably vengeful Dubs.
It feels as if Mattie Kenny might be close to make-or-break point with a Dublin team capable of stretching the best on their day but equally cursed with a facility for navel-gazing.
The city boys are well served defensively, but clearly need to carry a broader attacking threat. Can they find it?
Hard to see it given their odd persistence with a two-man full-forward line following Richie Leahy's 26th minute red card reducing Kilkenny to 14 men when the teams met in this year's National League at Nowlan Park.
The unpalatable truth remains that in one man - the afore-mentioned TJ - Kilkenny carry more attacking certainty than Dublin seem equipped to muster with their endlessly revolving front six.
Shane O'Neill's first season at the Galway helm was proving one of mixed signals before Covid shut us down.
A remarkable 15-point Salthill turnaround against All-Ireland champions, Tipperary, had to be balanced against defeats by Limerick and Waterford that signposted worrying old flaws.
Losing Canning to injury pretty much put paid to their hopes in the Limerick game and the Portumna man was again missing that day Peter Hogan's late point won the day for Waterford.
Just because something sounds a cliché doesn't necessarily mean it isn't true. And, in Canning's absence, the dearth of attacking leadership in this Galway team continues to leave them woefully short.
To that end, Covid might bring an indirect benefit now, Ollie Canning recently confirming the "refreshed" status of his younger brother. Bottom line, if Joe Canning can stay injury free, Galway could win it all. Which, of course, doesn't equate to a guarantee of anything.
In Davy's Wexford, the Tribesmen go straight in against Leinster holders and semi-final opponents who have been improving incrementally on the Sixmilebridge man's watch.
Fitzgerald's only league defeat this year was to his native Clare in a familiarly wind-spoiled game at Wexford Park.
His men beat Kilkenny through late points from Dee O'Keeffe and Paul Morris and Dublin through a late Jack O'Connor goal.
Bottom line, Wexford know how to see tight games out and will be hard to out-last in any game that isn't free-scoring.
But they could have done without Galway first up, just as Galway could have done without them.
So the cards seem to have fallen most kindly for Kilkenny. Favourites and familiarly dangerous.