Donegal manager Declan Bonner has listened to the speculation, digested the predictions and absorbed the potential ramifications.
And no, all this is not relative to his team's Ulster final meeting with Cavan on Sunday.
We may still be in the throes of a sinister pandemic and life has changed inexorably for many of us, but sport can always be calculated to press a positive mental button.
The rampant debate just now tends to focus on what many view as the All-Ireland final in all but name - a spectacular showdown between Dublin and Donegal at Croke Park on Saturday December 5.
Donegal's clinical destruction of Armagh last weekend, coupled with Dublin's runaway win over Laois, has, in the eyes of many, already provided confirmation of a semi-final pairing.
Yet that would be to conveniently overlook the fact that Donegal must engage with a Cavan side on Sunday that has won three Championship matches on the bounce, while the Dubs will go toe-to-toe with a Meath side that has been given the kiss of life following a disastrous league campaign.
Little wonder, then, that Donegal boss Bonner is not so much preaching caution as bellowing it from the rooftops.
"Cavan will have taken great heart from that win over Down, and following as it did their victories over Antrim and Monaghan, this will certainly send them into Sunday's game high on belief," maintains Bonner.
"They have a lot of experienced players in their side, they have shown great character and spirit and they will feel they are in with a good chance. As far as we are concerned, Cavan are the only side on our radar at this point in time."
Bonner's very real concerns extend beyond the actual playing of football.
"I would have concerns about the Athletic Grounds pitch, but I think this matter is being addressed," he points out. "And, if it were possible, I would love to see a packed ground on Sunday, absolutely I would.
"Having said that, we know we are in the very privileged position of being able to go out and represent our county. The reaction to our win over Armagh and the build-up to this Ulster final has brought a smile to people's faces.
"I can only talk about the people from Donegal and I hope that we can continue to keep those faces smiling. The doom and gloom over this past seven or eight months has been terrible for a lot of families.
"Football has served to give them a lift and a different topic of conversation other than Covid-19, and we're delighted about that."
And he goes on: "We knew that there was an edge to our training last week in advance of the match against Armagh and, if anything, that has been stepped up this week.
"The attitude of the whole squad continues to impress me. Much has been made of our first-half performance against Armagh and the lead we had built up, but if your take your foot off the gas in the Ulster Championship you will soon find yourself conceding scores."
If Donegal and Cavan have reason for satisfaction now that they are in the provincial final, the Ulster Council is both relieved and delighted that matches in the competition to date have taken place without a hitch.
"I think the fact of the matter is that we have learned to live with Covid-19," states the Council's Head of Operations Stephen McGeehan, "At the outset of the Championship we were understandably wary but, with co-operation on all sides, the fixtures programme has been completed satisfactorily up until now.
"The big hope is that the final will prove a great occasion and provide thrilling memories."