Nobody can be sure it actually happened. It might have been the heat that caused all the confusion but there was a peculiar breakdown of just where in the year we were.
Nowadays we are all struggling to remember just what day it is exactly. We just know today, yesterday and tomorrow.
But few could have foreseen six months just drifting by like that. Especially since we were all testing our VO2 Max by blowing up paddling pools, burning meat in our backyards and giving a collective middle finger to the lockdown.
It just crept up on us. Stole in like a thief in the night until it was right there, on the cusp of May and June, in all its glory. Team Ulster! Ta-da!
Hang on; wasn't Team Ulster - the neat label given to an amalgamation team from the northern province for the purposes of rustling up a competitive team to play at the highest level of hurling - a 'Winter Talk' perennial?
'Winter Talk' was the handy, curt and clever phrasing that originated in Kerry - often credited to Mick O'Dwyer - about a range of topics that would get an airing in the pubs and saloons of The Kingdom once the evenings started to close in and chunky knitwear was upon us.
For a group of people more inclined to talk like they are being paid per word, the phrase is a masterful bit of business, summing up such November and December Greatest Hits as 'Fix The Fixtures', 'There's Too Much Handpassing' and a particularly subjective number much loved in its own locality 'His Brother Would Have Been Better Only For The Gargle'.
But times are tight. Paper has always been promiscuous about ink, but will accept anything now. Even a series of inter-county players, teachers, electricians and the like being asked what happens with sport in the middle of a global health pandemic.
At least this topic has a little meat in it. And you cannot say that it is not well-intentioned.
First proposed by the sports writer Kieran Shannon, the Team Ulster concept gained a wave of traction when Donal Óg Cusack opened it up on The Sunday Game some years back.
The thinking behind it is that if Ulster were to pool their finest hurlers, then they could perhaps compete at Liam MacCarthy level.
This would presumably draw more people to the sport. A trickle-down effect or rising tide lifting all boats, hurling in Ulster would therefore be saved, revitalised, resurrected. All that good stuff.
Just imagine if you had Sean Cassidy of Derry at full-back, with Joe Maskey alongside him. Neil McManus in full forward with Damian Casey knocking it down to him. Cormac O'Doherty on the frees.
Add Chrissy McKaigue, Brendan Rogers and Gerard Bradley to Conor Woods, Nigel Elliott, Keelan Molloy, Danny Cullen, the Johnston brothers, Eoghan Campbell… it's clear that the bones would be there to assemble a serious squad.
In a perfect world, they would have the backing of the Ulster Council and access to training venues such as Garvaghey as a handy central venue and SINI out at Jordanstown for the pre-season stuff.
And the voices calling for action deserve our respect. Ronan Sheehan of Down and Cahal Carville of Armagh have put in many hours at an unfashionable task and are they any lesser caste of 'hurling people?' But the more you drill down into the practicalities, it just appears impossible.
Who would fund this? Where does the mileage, equipment, financial support come from to fund post-training meals, the expenses of management and backroom? Team bus? Pitch hire?
You can say Ulster Council all you want, but in a time when they are laying off staff, I wouldn't fancy your chances.
Take a player like Damian Casey. He'd be an instant inclusion on a provincial team. But with fixture congestion does that mean he is lost to playing for his county, Tyrone?
Despite all of this, there is one element that it all hinges on. Antrim.
It has the greatest tradition and playing numbers in the province.
Most of a Team Ulster would be staffed by Antrim players. They see themselves as a county that are getting back up to Liam MacCarthy level and have a lot right off the field. A Team Ulster would aspire to operate at that level. Without the input of Antrim, they would fall short.
Team Ulster is a fine idea. Imaginative and ambitious. The realities of the hurling world strangles it.
But, that's not to say we won't have another column on it come December.