Though the football wasn't at the highest standard seen in a game between Kerry and Dublin, the level of intrigue certainly was at a sufficient level as the two super powers played out an enthralling draw in Tralee a fortnight ago.
It was Dublin's third draw of the league campaign and the first of two for Kerry.
How Kerry got to that result did not impress former Dublin footballer Paul Curran.
Speaking to The Herald's Frank Roche, the All-Ireland winner made some incendiary comments about Kerry's style of play, suggesting that Eamonn Fitzmaurice's side had abandoned the values of Kerry football.
Kerry really should be ashamed of themselves.
Whether they had them or not, but they all told us they had values. They’ve abandoned them completely.
Now, they’re playing this football … I don’t know, it’s crazy, and they’ve no chance of winning the way they’re playing. If they come out and play football and give their young fellas a chance, and play the way they played traditionally, I think they’ve a chance.
Curran would not be the first to say that Kerry have utilised a more pragmatic approach under Fitzmaurice.
He also claimed that Kerry have become obsessed with beating this Dublin side and are making the same mistakes as others by deploying a defensive game plan against them.
He also compared Kerry's tactics to what Pat Spillane termed many years ago as 'puke football'.
For a decade and a half or two decades, I’ve been listening to Kerry fellas giving out about northern football and ‘puke football’ ... now, Kerry are as bad if not worse than what we’ve seen from the Tyrones and the Armaghs in the last decade. They’re bringing it to another level.
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