The great thing about McSpew is he reminds us on a regular basis the path that Dublin football has trod compared to Kildare since the early 90s. Our glory days were over, our team kept losing the biggest games, they were on the up and had a great coach and cash cows behind them.
That 95 win was our lifeline, that and the two national league wins. It at least maintained the expectation and belief and tradition of winning in what was otherwise a fairly barren period from 83 til 2011. That could easily have been a 30 year run with no Sam, and as many counties have found it just gets harder.
Meanwhile Kildale never climbed that mountain and have gone backwards or stayed backwards since Alan Brogan and others got us past them in Léinster in 02. There was a brief bit of revival under Geezer but no Léinster. Ah no!
The thing is, the way it worked out for us since the early 90s was never a foregone conclusion. It took a lot of work, and a lot of good or great decisions, and talent. And never settling for 2nd best(except under Lyons in 03!)