Dublin's stroll to a tenth Leinster SFC crown on the bounce has reignited the discussion about the future of provincial football.

Dessie Farrell's men annihilated Meath by 21 points and look further ahead of their Leinster rivals than ever before.

This year has seen the championship changed to a knockout format - no Super 8s, no back door. 

Although nobody in Leinster has come remotely close to upsetting the odds, Cavan and Tipperary have had fairytale successes in Ulster and Munster respectively. They can now look forward to All-Ireland semi-finals.

The Sunday Game panel discussed the lie of the land in this winter championship and asked if the knockout format should be kept beyond this Covid-19-impacted year.

"It's been ten years of [Dublin] dominance and there's no real signal that that's going to change any time soon," said Sean Cavanagh.

"If you were to bet for another ten years, will there be any other winner bar Dublin? Probably not. 

"I've been a big fan of the straight knockout. I think that's worked really well and you can see the scenes from Tipp and Cavan. I think it gives teams hope. As a neutral watching games I think it adds to the occasions.

"If you add supporters in I think it'd add even further to that. I suppose the flip side is, if you're a county that's in Leinster, effectively you're playing for your league because if you come up against Dublin at some point you're going to get wiped out."

Colm Cooper had reservations about the format however.

"I'm not sure it's the way forward," he said. "I love the straight knockout - it gives it a cutting edge. But are teams going to improve if they've only one championship match? It'd be a step back.

"We need to give teams games. The biggest worry for me is the prospects. What gets players out training for six months of the years to play go to the gym, mind their nutrition, is the prospect of winning something. 

"At this stage, the other teams in Leinster have no opportunity to come through like a Cavan or a Tipperary, and that's probably the most worrying point.

"If I was the chairman of the Leinster Council, or indeed the GAA, that's what I'd be most concerned about."