Where were we? Oh yes, Sergio Aguero was scripting the most memorable of Premier League endings, Didier Drogba was saying a spectacular farewell in the FA Cup and Champions League finals and pulse rates and television ratings were careering off the scale.
Club football returns today with the traditional pre-banquet sharpener of the Community Shield but 2012-13 will need to reach show-stopping heights to rival the epic that was 2011-12.
So much has occurred since Drogba's spot-kick settled the Champions League climax on May 19. There was Euro 2012. There was the grubby, expletive-filled courtroom saga of John Terry and then the cleansing fun and Games of the Olympics.
It has been a summer when emotions fell and rose. As the days of June passed and then July melted into August, many still kept an impatient eye on the calendar, awaiting the resumption of club hostilities. A daily glance at intense debates on social-media sites during the off-season highlighted the enduring obsession.
The sense of excitement is inevitably intensified by the number of questions requiring answers. Will Manchester United find the dominant central midfielder they so urgently need or rely on the promise of Tom Cleverley? This increasingly looks a huge season for Cleverley, who will not shrink at the size of the task.
Will Oscar enjoy as much time on the ball with Chelsea as he does with Brazil? No, but the man in Drogba's old No 11 shirt will still be a joy to watch.
What will Mario Balotelli do next? Nobody can answer that, not even him.
So many questions line up on the eve of the season, pushing and shoving like drunken fun-runners awaiting the start. Will Lukas Podolski remind everyone of the vibrant form he showed in the 2006 World Cup? Yes. Good signing.
Many questions will be asked of Manchester City, the champions, particularly by United in what should prove another two-horse race. United went so close last season despite losing key players to injury, being over-reliant on Wayne Rooney and so obviously lacking a midfield powerhouse like Yaya Toure. City should edge it again, partly because of their range of goalscoring sources.
The new season brings many new hopes. It would be wonderful to see Jack Wilshere, his body fully healed, again parading his composure in possession. It will be good to see Jack Rodwell and Ross Barkley enjoying injury-free runs at Goodison. If Everton remember the season begins in August, not in January, they could have a fine year. Marouane Fellaini, playing just off Nikica Jelavic, could prove a candidate for Footballer of the Year.
Newcastle United should build on last season's excellence and have done well to keep so many of their rising stars. They have also made one of the signings of the summer in getting their chief scout, Graham Carr, to commit to an eight-year contract.
Questions will persist about the playing resources of Southampton, Reading and West Ham United. The newly-promoted trio still require substantial strengthening if they are to survive, although they should take heart from the presence of last term's freshers Swansea, Norwich City and QPR.
One question will be asked of all football: an Olympic-sized one. Coming after all the grace on display at the Olympics, will the knockabout antics of English football simply resemble a Punch and Judy show? For all the critics' desire to use London 2012 as a stick to beat football with, viewing the sport through the Olympic prism is hardly an original perspective.
The dark side of football, the greed and gamesmanship, has long been highlighted. Football is a diamond with many flaws. Hardly breaking news.
Renewed calls are being made to players to curb their language and prejudices. The FA chairman, David Bernstein, met his PFA counterpart, Clarke Carlisle, last Thursday to discuss player behaviour, mainly focusing on comments directed at opponents on the pitch and on Twitter. The issue is particularly sensitive at a time when two senior players, Terry and Rio Ferdinand, contest FA charges.
"Some on-field dialogue between opposing players undoubtedly crosses the line between what was once viewed as banter into serious personalised abuse,'' said Bernstein. "While I fully understand football is a high-octane sport, played with tremendous passion, I believe players really do need to exercise some self-discipline in expressing their emotions on the pitch.
"After the incredible high performance and sporting spirit we have seen at the Olympic Games, players must recognise that with the privilege of playing comes the responsibility for managing their behaviour in a similar way.''
Carlisle agreed. "There is always going to be intense rivalry amongst the heat of a game, but that does not mean players should lose all respect for opponents and we need to educate our members in the need to temper their language towards one another,'' said Carlisle.
He is one of the more thoughtful members of the dressing-room fraternity.
Some hot-heads remain and the season will be scarred by their acts of folly on and off the pitch.
Football will always be home to the beauty and the beast. For all its many faults, it is great to have it back. Where were we?