Is it mere coincidence or something psychologically deep that has remained unresolved for a very long time?
Either way, the manner in which Galway hurlers have lost so many games from winning positions - often involving big turnarounds - must be as baffling for players as it is for disappointed supporters.
It happened again last Saturday when, after imposing solid authority in the first 20 minutes of the second half against Kilkenny, they blew a five-point advantage and lost by two.
At face value it was not a remarkable fade-out, but as the latest in a lengthy list of similar turnarounds it inevitably prompted the question - why can't Galway build on leads?
They were motoring purposefully when leading 0-20 to 0-15 after 55 minutes against Kilkenny, only to be run off the road by the smallest man on the pitch.
Not for the first time, Richie Hogan tormented Galway, scoring 1-2. His goal was a wondrous combination of skill and cunning, but its origin will have made embarrassing watching for the Galway squad in the post-match debrief.
Rather than go for distance off a line cut, Joe Canning opted to flick the ball infield towards Cathal Mannion. It didn't come off, Kilkenny won possession and within five seconds the ball was in the Galway net. TJ Reid added another goal inside a minute and suddenly it was a different game.
Galway regained balance and regained the lead but failed to score in the final eight minutes, while Kilkenny hit four points, finishing a 2-5 to 0-4 turnaround from the 56th minute.
Yet again, Galway had lost from a position of distinct advantage.
It would be easy to ascribe the turnaround to Kilkenny's fiercely competitive instincts, but that ignores the reality that Galway have been caught like that many times before.
Not just by Kilkenny and not just recently either. It's nearly four decades since they blew a seven-point lead in the second half of the 1981 final against Offaly, losing by three.
In the 1990 All-Ireland final, another seven-point lead was frittered away in the second half against Cork, who won by three. In 1997, Galway led Kilkenny by ten points early in the second half of the All-Ireland quarter-final, only to lose by two after DJ Carey blitzed them.
The current squad will have no recollection of that triple collapse, but those defeats remain a sad part of Galway history. So too with the 1999 quarter-final against Clare when Galway had a nine-point lead wiped out in the last quarter. It finished level and Clare won the replay.
Times move on, but Galway's troubled relationship with winnable games remains the same. Indeed, it has gotten worse.
There have been up to 20 times (ten best examples in panel) in the last eight years when they let a lead collapse, ranging from seven to 15 points.
Not all against Kilkenny either. Clare, Limerick, Waterford, Dublin, Cork and Tipperary also feasted on Galway's inability to stop the bleeding once they suffer a cut.
Laois managed it too, albeit without doing quite enough to win. Galway led them by six points after eight minutes in the 2014 Leinster quarter-final, only to lose rest of the half 0-16 to 0-4. Galway eventually scraped home by two points.
The Tribesmen would have hoped that winning the 2017 All-Ireland final might have banished all insecurities, but that's not the case - 2018 featured no fewer than four games where they squandered substantial leads.
They won two and drew one of them, but it showed an outfit whose game management system remained faulty.
They surrendered a nine-point lead against Limerick and lost by two in a crucial league game in March 2018. It was a significant win for Limerick, who hadn't beaten Galway in their previous seven meetings.
Five months later, Limerick were All-Ireland champions, beating Galway in the final, and have since won two Allianz Leagues, two Munster titles and are favourites to re-acquaint themselves with Liam MacCarthy next month.
Galway led Kilkenny 11 points after 20 minutes of the 2018 Leinster final replay, only to have their lead cut back to one in the second half before a strong finish took them home by seven. The sizeable win masked the glaring inefficiency which facilitated the Kilkenny revival and the same applied to the fade-outs against Clare in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Galway nudged home by a point in a replay, having surrendered nine-point leads in both games. None of the other top contenders have lost as many big leads over the last eight years, raising the question - why are Galway unable to secure a strong position?
There's no obvious explanation, although they didn't have to delve too deep to find a reason for last Saturday's setback. The work-rate in their midfield/half-forward area wasn't nearly high enough in the final quarter when Kilkenny were allowed to drive forward far too easily.
Pádraig Walsh, Cillian Buckley and Conor Browne must have been surprised how easy it was to (a) gain possession (b) pick out a colleague or (c) carry the ball forward. Structures and processes have their place, but neither is remotely relevant if the basics aren't up to standard.
Galway need to raise both if they are to give themselves a decent chance of prolonging their season today. Remarkably, nine of the last ten Galway-Tipperary games have been won by one to three-point margins, the exception being 2014 when Tipperary triumphed by nine in what was the Tribesmen's biggest collapse of all.
Leading by 4-12 to 1-15 with 20 minutes remaining, they lost the rest of the game by 2-10 to 0-1.
TEN TRIBE TURNAROUNDS
2020 Leinster final: Galway led Kilkenny by five points after 50 minutes – lost by two
2019 NHL semi-final: Galway led Waterford by five points after 20 minutes – lost by two
2018 All-Ireland semi-final: Galway led Clare by nine points in the drawn game – finished level (9 turnaround). They led by nine points after 21 minutes in the replay – won by a point (8 turnaround)
2018 NHL: Galway led Limerick by nine points after 28 minutes – lost by two (11 turnaround)
2017 NHL: Galway led Wexford by seven points at half-time – lost by three (10 turnaround)
2016 Leinster final: Galway led Kilkenny by five points at half-time – lost by seven (12 turnaround)
2015 All-Ireland final: Galway led Kilkenny by three points at half-time – lost by four (7 turnaround)
2014 Qualifier: Galway led Tipperary by six points after 50 minutes – lost by nine (15 turnaround)
2012 All-Ireland final replay: Galway led Kilkenny by three points after 20 minutes – lost by 11 (14 turnaround)
We got the draw everyone wanted - aside from Liam Sheedy and Shane O'Neill - with today's blockbuster meeting of Tipperary and Galway breathing further life into a spectacular season as one of the big guns will fall by the wayside.