Even after all this time, 18 years spent observing, speculating, prodding and studying, Colm O'Rourke was still getting Mickey Harte wrong in his Sunday Game analysis.
When the football segment began last Sunday night, it looked a set-up. O'Rourke was accompanied by Sean Cavanagh who had finally got his wish in a change of Tyrone management.
Des Cahill got the ball rolling and handed over to Cavanagh. After he got the requisite positive comments out of the way, Cavanagh got down to what he really wanted to say, which was: "Mickey was lucky enough to inherit the '98 minors, and that was the backbone of that success right through to the 2008 All-Ireland winning team."
It's really something when you examine that comment, especially the key words, 'lucky' and 'inherit'.
Because Harte had put seven years down as the Tyrone minor manager before the 1998 season, and reached the 1997 All-Ireland final, before being asked by his players to go for another year in 1998. All the while having to cope with the tragedy of losing two players in Arthur Mallon and Paul McGirr in that period.
Cavanagh is brave enough to outline his views, and he is entitled to them. Few of his former team mates would agree with him, so we have to admire the strength of his will. It just feels like he got himself into a bad old rut against Harte, having spent so long in a relationship in which he was subservient to the Tyrone manager.
The little things gnawed at him, like post-training food and the feeling they weren't getting the same treatment as Dublin.
It can happen. But at times it feels like he is being exploited.
The camera panned to O'Rourke. One of the Meath man's most famous lines came in mid-June 2003 after Tyrone had beaten Antrim in the Ulster semi-final, when he said that Brian Dooher was a bad footballer and he would eat his hat if Tyrone won an All-Ireland with him.
Again, you had to admire his courage as three days later he made the trek up to St Ciaran's in Ballygawley where he presented Harte's school team with All-Ireland medals. The evening passed off peacefully.
On Sunday, he offered up some opinions that he has held for a long time, reservations about 'some of the messing' that Tyrone teams have been guilty of, and, before the Tyrone nation could throw their slippers at the television, Cavanagh interjected with a few examples of when Tyrone felt they had been on the end of shoddy treatment at the hands of Meath.
He added that he felt the exceptional group of players Tyrone had in the middle of the 00's would have delivered titles anyway. It's a theory that is commonly advanced, but nonetheless denied by former full-back Chris Lawn, who said of Harte's arrival at the end of 2002: "I don't think Art and Eugene connected with the younger players. But when Mickey came in the younger players understood what was expected of them and, when the older players saw that, we knew what could be achieved."
But then O'Rourke said a truly odd thing in comparing Harte to the likes of Sean Boylan, Kevin Heffernan and Mick O'Dwyer, that Harte would not enjoy the "same warmth and affection from his players as maybe we had."
This is opinion offered up that can easily be accepted as fact.
Aside from Cavanagh, can you imagine any other Tyrone player in recent years prepared to give their heartfelt opinion to an outspoken critic of their county?
The outpouring of tributes since Friday suggest otherwise. Ronan McNamee hailed Harte's role in getting him counselling when he suffered from depression, and his sadness that he is now gone.
Matthew Donnelly told the story that he has two All-Star awards and he has given them to Harte - "and that's where they will be staying because that's how much I owe to him."
And on it went, through Peter Canavan, Enda McGinley, Pascal McConnell, Cathal McShane, Cathal McCarron and so many more.
There is a feeling out there that every coach has to be demonstrative and touchy-feely in this era of Jurgen Klopp and how he behaves towards his Liverpool players. But the fist-bumps and hugs are only affirmations of the players' hard work.
And in some cases, some coaches don't go in for it at all.
For example, Kilkenny's Walter Walsh was taken off in the closing minutes of the 2012 All-Ireland hurling final replay. It had been his debut in senior hurling and he scored 1-3 and was awarded man of the match. As he came off, he held his hand up towards manager Brian Cody for a high five.
Cody left him hanging.
And Jim Gavin, was he an outwardly exuberant sort around his players? Bernard Brogan's autobiography tells us all we need to know on that score.
In order to make Tyrone successful, Harte employed the principles adopted from the 1964 speech by Malcolm X: 'By any means necessary.'
Now that all that war and conflict and constantly finding an edge is gone, he can settle into a statesman's role.
This Sunday is the Ulster Championship final.
No matter how many times you consider that, it still never feels right.
And there's so much more going on everywhere else too. The Down hurlers deserve so much credit, along with their manager Ronan Sheehan, for making it to the Christy Ring Cup final after a penalty shoot-out win over Offaly. The Faithful County's station in the world has dropped considerably but, still, a Down win over that county must be celebrated as they face Kildare.
The last two years, when Donegal routed Cavan in 2019 and Fermanagh in 2018, were scorching hot days that unfolded lazily around Clones.
Days that made you believe that, while there will come a time for a redeveloped Casement Park, we'll miss Clones and all the peculiar ways about it.
In an Ulster final like no other, there are very few factors to consider. There will be no need for concession stalls. There are no matchday tickets - the joke is going around that this is the dream final for Cavan folks as nobody needs to pay for tickets - and not even programmes to produce and sell.
With nothing to worry about, the Ulster Council can concentrate on ensuring the conditions are right for the players.
On Sunday, after the second semi-final between Cavan and Down, a meeting was held and it was decided that Armagh's Athletic Grounds was the most suitable venue.
Never mind that both goalkeepers had serious struggles with kicking the ball at the Cathedral End of the ground throughout the game. Never mind that the pitch up through the central channel was a total mess.
Never mind that in a time when there are four Kilcar players on the Donegal team, it takes two and a half hours to drive to Armagh, in a time when everyone has to take their own car.
The word is that extensive repairs to the pitch are going on in Armagh in time for the showpiece final.
But if the pitch is poor, then serious questions should be asked as to why other, more suitable venues have been ignored.