So, it's business as usual in terms of the format for the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.
This being the case, I honestly believe that a golden opportunity to showcase the competition in a new light has been lost.
For some time now, I have been in favour of an open draw for the All-Ireland series, something I feel could add extra momentum, spice and interest to what is one of the top annual sporting events on the island.
I had been hopeful that the Central Competitions Control Committee might, given the unprecedented circumstances this year, be prepared to take the bold step of opting for a more streamlined competition that I felt had the potential to throw up some novel pairings.
Let's face it, we have all grown a little tired of Dublin's dominance in Leinster, the Kerry v Cork hardy annual in Munster, the more frequent meetings of Tyrone and Donegal in Ulster and the big-two influence of Mayo and Galway in Connacht.
There is no denying that the marked desire of the four provincial councils to host their individual Senior Football Championships came to the surface over the course of recent weeks. This was certainly a factor in the decision to go with the old familiar Championship pattern.
I can understand that the individual councils are keen to bolster their coffers in this year above all years, yet at the same time I had been thinking that an opportunity for experimentation had presented itself.
I have been a long-time devotee of the provincial championships, but given all the unexpected twists and turns we have endured of late, I felt there might be an opportunity to break new ground by giving the Championship a fresh image.
I continue to hold the belief that the straight knockout element would have considerable appeal and I believe that any team which showed resilience and staying power might have had a great chance of upsetting the applecart.
I listened to Dublin ace Jack McCaffrey and Kerry golden boy David Clifford being interviewed last weekend and both agreed that a knockout Championship would have considerable value.
When you consider that these are the entrenched views of players who are born winners, then they are surely worth taking on board.
But we are where we are and, this being the case, we must prepare ourselves for a Championship that will differ in several respects to those which have been staged in the past.
I just hope that provision will be made for fans to attend the games in numbers, that GAA chiefs choose venues which host maximum facilities and comfort and that in what could prove to be demanding climatic conditions we will still witness a standard of overall fare that is in keeping with the image of the series.
Obviously Donegal will be very intent on making it a hat-trick of Ulster titles - their quarter-final tie against Tyrone should be a cracking one - while Dublin (above left) will be hoping to make it six All-Ireland titles on the bounce and the first under their new manager Dessie Farrell.
Players who may indulge in misgivings about elements of the Championship are already on the back foot - indeed, in my view, their mental strength going into the biggest competition of all would have to be questioned.
I am a firm believer that we all have to be receptive of what we are offered in life at the present time, whether that be in the field of employment, education, entertainment, sport or whatever.
Let's face it, few of us have any great bargaining power in the current climate.
While we can all derive some degree of comfort now that the worst of the pandemic appears to be over, we certainly do not have grounds to be in the slightest bit complacent.
The GAA and the governments on both sides of the border continue to issue warnings which must be heeded as we move forward, but the fact that we can focus a little more sharply on top-flight action in the latter stages of the year provides comfort and enthusiasm.
Not so long ago we had all virtually given up hope of seeing a ball kicked at a competitive level for the remainder of this year.
Now the vista of a tantalising club programme, followed by what I feel will be an intriguing inter-county itinerary, has formed and while everything will not be to everyone's liking, let's remember that what's worth having is worth waiting for.