On Saturday, the confusion and frustration of laying out a workable playing season was laid bare by new GAA President Larry McCarthy.
Asked if he has any clarity on the upcoming campaign and how that might look, McCarthy was being asked to peel a puddle off the tarmac.
"I have no clarity whatsoever, aside from what Tom (Ryan, Director-General) released, CLG released in the last number of weeks, I have no particular insight."
What does look likely is that the playing of the Tailteann Cup will be pushed off the agenda again in 2021.
Originally slated for introduction in 2020, the pandemic put paid to the idea of the latest incarnation of a second-tier football competition.
And with time getting tighter all the time to run off a club and intercounty programme, it would seem likely the Tailteann Cup will once again be the can kicked down the road.
Outgoing GAA President John Horan spent a decent portion of his final speech at Congress addressing the matter, saying: "The Tailteann Cup can be a very significant addition to the calendar. Far from being a vanity project, it was inspired by the counties it is designed to assist and it can be a help and not a hindrance if given the opportunity."
The 'vanity project' comment was a reference to sustained criticism directed at Horan that he wanted a second-tier football competition in order to leave a presidential legacy for an otherwise underwhelming period in charge.
However, he cited various changes that have come in under his watch that have been well-received, such as the round robin series of games in Munster and Leinster hurling, the midfield mark and sin bin in football.
"Our football format can be similarly energised by some bold thinking, and the formats up for review succeed in providing something exciting," he added.
"What matters in all of these things is that we have a debate, and there is nothing to fear in that."
Among the critics of the Tailteann Cup has been Fermanagh manager Ryan McMenamin, who was questioning the worth of its inclusion immediately after it was adopted at Congress 2020.
"It is not going to help the smaller counties," he said at the time. "To me, it was badly thought out. It was rushed and I think it was a job by the president. I think everyone wants to leave a legacy now, that is the dream of everybody.
"Tier one is basically for big teams. That is the narrative, because everyone knows if Tyrone or Donegal were beaten in the first round, under the old system they would have had four games to play, now they have only two.
"They have too many games and they want the big teams fresh. That is what the Super8s is all about. Everyone knows it is for the big teams, the top-16. Could it have been done better? Yes, you could have a Tier Two, but not with a five or six week break in between. It is madness."
Horan also used his final address to touch on the global spread of Gaelic Games, as he was succeeded by a man who has spent the vast majority of his life in New York.
"World GAA is not an aspiration; it is a living, breathing and thriving entity that has GAA clubs and Gaelic games being played in every corner or the globe, mostly by our Diaspora, and providing the same sort of structure and support as our community of clubs here - but increasingly it is being discovered and developed among non-native Irish who bring new players and new possibilities and exciting potential.
"Seeing this growth and success at first hand has been a great privilege and an inspiration, and we are fully committed in our support to this ongoing development and, indeed, the fact that our next Uachtarán is from the overseas ranks shows how conscious we are."