A while back, there was a neat little graphic doing the rounds on social media. It was a map of Ireland, with lights dotted in a heavy spread right across the island, signifying each GAA club.
What could have made it even more interesting, however, would have been separate maps showing clubs that were exclusively football or exclusively hurling.
Chances are there would be a huge discrepancy north of hurling's own Mason Dixon line above Galway to Dublin.
I know what you are thinking. A column like this usually stands a target up for the first few paragraphs, fixes them in their sights and then lets them have it; a blunderbuss of blame, loaded with balls, slugs, horseshoes and whatever else used to take the fancy of the illustrators of 'The Dandy'.
But if hurling can be the ultimate game of nuance, the issues around it are similar. Now that the wonderful, dizzying distraction of games are off the table, there is an opportunity like we have never had before to observe Gaelic Games from a bird's eye dispassionately.
There are no games, no scores, blocks, hooks to slice up and package as gifs and highlights. No 'Sunday Game' to wrap up a weekend or the same old suspects of pundits dusting off their annual columns to be lovingly restored. In the absence of all that, there is a chance to remind ourselves that the Chinese word for 'crisis' is comprised of two characters signifying 'danger' and 'opportunity'.
And the truth is that hurling could be in a much better state of health, particularly in Ulster. There are a million problems and obstacles but the encouraging thing is that whenever an opportunity to gauge the Ulster appetite arises, such as the Slaughtneil-Dunloy Ulster club semi-final from a couple of years back, or the Ballyhale-Slaughtneil All-Ireland semi-final in January, the stands are packed with club colours from all over the province.
The development of Ulster hurling, spreading it out of the few strongholds of Antrim, Derry and the Ards Peninsula and into the border counties, would not be a glamorous job.
It does not need a review, a study, or a report filed to gather dust somewhere in Croke Park.
And you may find this strange, but it doesn't even require a pile of money. A few more coaches and Games Promotion Officers wouldn't go astray, but a hard-working network already exists, mobilised by the Ulster Council.
The GAA have been good at appointing impressive individuals as National Hurling Development Managers. Martin Fogarty, who coached Kilkenny for Brian Cody, is the current man.
It's hard to quantify how many 300-room hotels he could power with the wattage of his enthusiasm. And he is right across each county in terms of their own flightpath and development.
And what he sees can be good.
In Derry for instance, the number of clubs have gone from eight to 13.
Tyrone have three senior clubs but now nine are playing at Go Games level. Fermanagh have one club at senior level, but eight playing Go Games. The Táin Óg hurling league, a regional competition across Ulster, provides a framework of games for these developing clubs.
The problem can often be at under-12s, when the developing clubs get a couple of beatings and enthusiasm can wane.
Even if they get to under-14, the growing fetish of football clubs to overtrain their youngsters in the hope of making it to a Feile weekend has a serious effect. Underage county Development Squads then squeeze out any spare time.
That doesn't just exist in Ulster. This week, Clare's Anthony Daly told a yarn about the best under-12 hurler in Kerry. He is also a prized footballer with Austin Stacks and the story goes that the club had a former Kerry footballer from their club to have 'a word'.
What hurling needs to gain a foothold, is a space to play. In Donegal, Thursday night is hurling night, with no football permitted.
Each county needs to adopt this approach, with sanctions for clubs that flout it, or conveniently just happen to arrange challenge matches to strongarm their way through a tug-of-war for players.
Developing hurling clubs needs evangelists. On many occasions the likes of Liam Hinphey snr in Dungiven, the late Thomas Cassidy in Slaughtneil, Benny McManus in Lisbellaw or Teddy Devlin in Dungannon were told they were wasting their time.
But their work cannot be frustrated. If potential pockets of hurling in Ulster are to be nurtured, then you cannot have others digging them out at the root.