If you carefully cock your ear to one side and tilt your head slightly, there is the unmistakeable noise of bathwater containing a small child being poured down a drain.
The IFA, in their wisdom, has seemingly once and for all, kicked any talk of a new all-island league into touch and with it the chance to breathe new life into the game on both sides of the border.
The plans put forward by Kerry-based businessman Kieran Lucid weren't perfect, but they were a damned sight more lucid than anything that the IFA has to offer.
So while they continue to dilly and dally over whether football will return, the meetings full of hot air and no action continue, and all the while the May 25 Uefa cut-off point for a decision draws ever closer.
The rationale would now seem to be that the longer we wait then maybe those nasty Uefa types will make the decision for us so that we can't be blamed.
And as football across Europe begins to poke its head out again, we remain firmly wedged under the stone, which made it all the more galling that IFA President David Martin seemingly announced in the Sunday Life that the all-island proposal was a dead duck.
"We are aware of the new proposal, we've seen it, but there is nothing in the document to make us change our minds. Our position has not changed," he said.
The last part of that statement could be readily applied to IFA thinking since the dawn of time when the duck was paddling about happily behind his mammy and siblings.
The new thinking of Lucid's consortium, the All-Island Advocacy Group, had moved things on from when the original document was shot out of the water last year.
The thorny issue of the European money, or loss of, in a new all-island league had most clubs here running away screaming, but having employed the services of a Dutch innovation expert (maybe that's what the 'I' stands for in IFA? I could have a stab at the last two initials...) Lucid took the opportunity of there being no football to talk about to give football something to have a chin-wag about.
In essence, Hypercube's chosen option was for a new season running from late April to New Year, with 10 teams from NIFL and 12 from the FAI Premier.
They would play each other, home and away, and then the top six from here and the top eight from across the border would progress to the 'Golden Round' and points accrued added to their totals.
The 14 teams would then start from scratch on an all-island table, to determine the 'King of the Island'.
They would play 13 games and, at the end of that all, the European places would be dished out as they are now, depending on where they finish in their own 'Golden Round'.
This would be repeated down the league for those in the bottom reaches for a 'Silver Round' with an all-island cup also in the planning, while the IFA and FAI could still continue with their own cup finals as we do now. Or not, in this extraordinary year.
Where the league cups and the likes of the Co. Antrim Shield, Mid-Ulster and North-West Cups would stand in all this was a matter for discussion. And that's my point. Discuss it, don't just chuck it all away for fear of missing out on lovely trips to Europe or shaking hands in a line-up.
"There is too much uncertainty in terms of finances. From a business perspective, the figures do not add up. They are all hypothetical," added Martin.
Here's something that isn't hypothetical - while attendances in the Danske Bank Premiership have shown an increase, mainly thanks to the rebirth of Larne and Glentoran, there are teams who struggle to attract 300 fans to their matches. Those figures can't add up for the long-term future of these clubs or the league.
I love the league, but to me it is still treated by the IFA like a ginger-haired stepson. We'll tolerate you, but stop putting your hand out for the Uefa cash, we have to spend that on new corner flags or making sure the requisite number of turnstiles are in place for the seven people coming to games lower down the ladder.
"We believe we have built up a strong senior league in this country, a great product, and we don't want to do damage to that. Our position has not changed," Martin concluded.
And, sadly, that will be on the gravestone of the local game, with the IFA standing in nice black suits, looking on and shaking their heads, saying 'I didn't even know it was poorly'.
Yes there are a lot of unanswered questions in Lucid's plans, but without the backing of the IFA and FAI, they can't go to Uefa to move these on, and without sanction, our clubs can't take part with the threat of expulsion and the loss of the Euro pot of gold.
Derry City, and I know some of our bigger clubs here, would love the opportunity to look more closely at these plans in more detail.
Please Mr Martin and co, play the proposal again, if we're not on Lucid's all-island bus and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.