So this is where sport goes to die. An empty stadium and Dublin absolutely pulverising the best that Ulster has to offer this year.
here is a strong chance that Dublin will now go through this Championship year without conceding a single goal, and winning all their games by 10 points or more.
In fact it all seems a grim inevitability.
And the debate does not call into question the appetite, the skill levels, the dedication of this current group of footballers, or indeed those that have played since the first year of Pat Gilroy's time in charge. It's not about any of that.
Equally, seeking out the views of former Dublin players is utterly futile.
How can you expect anyone who has grown up aspiring to be a Dublin footballer, spent over a decade of their adult life in the squad, to have any sense or remove from the debate.
So don't ask Bernard Brogan, or Ciaran Whelan, or anyone else what they think, if Dean Rock practices his free-taking more than anyone. If they work harder or smarter than others in the gym.
And if you do, let's not take the responses seriously.
At the final whistle, there wasn't a flicker of emotion from those involved with the Dublin team at making an All-Ireland final. This Saturday night was played out in a great big empty husk of a stadium, in a big empty husk of a once-great sporting competition.
If you're fine with that, then good. But this has long since ceased to be entertaining.
The pre-match debates centred around just how long this would remain a going concern, and when it would slide into just mathematics.
The first water break was the common answer. It wasn't quite that, Dublin up 0-7 to 0-4 at the time. But by the end of the third quarter the gap had slid out to 0-17 to 0-8.
After that, the supreme conditioning and concentration of this Dublin team just took over.
Cavan did well in the early stages. Dublin were collecting points through Rock, Con O'Callaghan, Brian Fenton and the particularly impressive Robbie McDaid. But they were made to work for them as Cavan brought a decent level of organisation to their defence.
The problems came when they reached the Dublin '45'. On too many occasions they were looking to Ciaran Brady to puncture the defensive line.
While he did a series of these runs, it left his energy bar ticking dangerously low. Every time Gearoid McKiernan looked up, he found James McCarthy blocking his way.
And in all the praise we can give Dublin, we must acknowledge that when it comes down to pure football, they will engage that way.
It wasn't until the 22nd minute that they committed their first foul, which was a questionable enough slap into Brady's midriff by Eoin Murchan.
Going in 0-12 to 0-7 ahead at the break, Dublin used the third quarter to stretch their lead. A goal was threatening and Cavan's Martin Reilly did brilliantly when Ciaran Kilkenny got inside Padraig Faulkner to make it to a Niall Scully pass. He let fly and while Ray Galligan never saw it, Reilly deflected it over the bar.
Cavan tried to mix it up. They tried a series of high balls in towards Thomas Galligan on the edge of the square. But they didn't get a single score out of any of them, the familiar sight of Philly McMahon once more back on this pitch to put out a fire in the full-back line.
McMahon himself might have had a goal in the 65th minute. He started a move from his own defence and while Galligan chased him all the way up the pitch, he stopped just after McMahon dished the ball off. But McMahon kept going to the honeypot, Brian Howard played him in, but his shot dragged across the goal at the Hill end.
Cavan actually put together their only back to back scores in the 60th and 61st minute which coincided with a rash of Dublin substitutes just finding their feet. They narrowed the gap to nine soon after, but with 13 minutes left to play, that was their scoring over for the afternoon.
Dublin's goal arrived soon after. And it was as typical a Dublin goal as you could imagine, Rock hand-passing square across the face of goal for McDaid to palm home, the move originating from Niall Murray being turned over in possession.
Cavan manager Mickey Graham took a pragmatic approach to all this, when asked what he would like to have done differently.
"Aw yeah there were lots of things you'd want to do differently to be honest but they're just so strong in every department and anything we tried there tonight, they were able to nullify it," he said.
"We tried to go long, we tried to run at them, we tried to get width and they were just so well prepared for everything we threw at them but, look, you can't fault the lads, they gave it a go at least.
"We could have come up here and decided we're going for a moral victory and park the bus but we didn't. I thought that was brave of the lads too."
The list of Dublin victims are mounting. Westmeath by 11 points. Laois by 22. Meath by 21, now Cavan by 15.
This may seem alright to some. But it's a joyless affair for those watching all around the country.