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You would imagine there is very little more than can be written about Mayo and Dublin's rivalry over the past seven years.
Come the full-time whistle in MacHale Park back in May - when Roscommon had knocked Mayo out of the Connacht Championship - the prospects for Mayo's summer were unknown and uncertain.
All roads lead to Killarney on Sunday for Mayo's debut bow at the Super Eight's stage of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship.
Claiming the league title against Kerry back in April was an experience enjoyed by all - but what could be just as important as actually lifting the trophy for the rest of the Summer, is the new and returning players, that were blooded by James Horan during those eight league games - and the FBD before it - in the depths of Winter.
Mayo's midfield injury crisis continued to mount this week with Diarmuid O'Connor fracturing his wrist in training on Tuesday night.
There is no room for error from here on in for Mayo.
For the second successive year a scent of controversy has followed Mayo into a qualifier game.
They came in their thousands and thousands across the Atlantic. Flights from New York, Shannon and wherever else possible carried the faithful in their droves.
The rain poured, the wind blew a gale and the Rossies went home with the bacon.
Just before I was about to hit send on last week's column I deleted one of the opening lines 'Beware- this game is fraught with danger'.