In football, as in life, the margins between greatness and embarrassment are perilously thin.
Manchester City's 2013-14 Premier League season ended with a championship, so it was a huge success. City owe a huge debt to Liverpool, who had a hand on the trophy only to drop points in two of their final three league matches.
That's where the line gets drawn.
Had the Reds merely drawn with Chelsea and survived Crystal Palace's second half onslaught to preserve victory, we would be sitting here talking about recrimination and regret for City with the league trophy on Merseyside.
Instead it's a double for City, a parade through the streets of Manchester and acclaim as England's best side. As it should be.
Still, there were things that happened at the Etihad and elsewhere that City supporters will try to forget, disappointments ultimately blunted by the gleam of the league trophy.
These are the things that we would be spending the summer talking about had City failed to win the league.