I think that after I've done all I can with the meat, baby sat the cooker, presented the meat, I have no judgment left to analyze what I've done. My pat answer is that "I did the best I could with what came out of the cooker."
Now when it's bad, I can tell that. My brisket at the Royal got one judge that gave an honest score, 544. I worry about the rest of the judges that scored it higher. It really was that bad...