Often misquoted, Bill Shankly once said of Liverpool;
A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are. In my time at Liverpool we always said we had the best two teams on Merseyside, Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves.
Fans love to trot out little tidbits like that. They're great for rallying the troops and now Dublin fans in years to come will be able to tell their kids and grandkids about the great Philly McMahon quote following one of the most dominant All-Ireland final performances for many a year. There'll probably even be a glint in the eye and a 'now that was a hardy footballer' to go along with it.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, the Dublin corner back summed up what non-Dublin fans across the country fear more than anything else.
We said this year the only team that's going to compete against us is ourselves, the A's and B's. And the second best team in the country this year was our B team.
Yesterday, McMahon dismissed the controversial moment with Kieran Donaghy with little more than a 'shit happens'. Fans from outside Dublin may not have taken that too well but it's fair to say that fans from outside Dublin are not too high up on the list of McMahon's priorities.
And while it's up to the powers that be to penalise him, or anyone, when a line is crossed, McMahon's pantomime villain act is certainly effective.