I think i fall into the “cheered on at the time cringe now” section on all that.
But - it was needed at the time. There was a very real sense that things were bad and going to get a whole lot worse in and around 2001. Pillar and Voldemort understood that the “dublin swagger” was a much needed part of the set up, and ok lads high fiivng themselves down in a boutque doesnt float me boat, but it gave a sence of important to being in the squad in the first place.
I dont agree abaout “useless leinsters” - we were getting bet by Mordor, Kildare, Laois and Westmeath. The only people not in the party was Offaly. Louth almost did us in much later, but in those days to fold in an all ireland QF or SF was a lot better than folding in Leinster. We were blessed by the backdoor, if we had been out every year in June nobody would have come back.
Sure we may not ahve had the players to win an all ireland, but we established ourselves as a QF/SF force again after some very bad days follwing 95.