Nostalgia is the first recourse of a sports writer with no live action to cover. Over the last couple of weeks we've been inundated with in-depth look-back features to fill the gap left by the games we love, while broadcasters have taken to the archives to fill the void.
No one knows when sport might return. There is a growing sense that the whole year may be a write-off, that fears of a second wave of infection will mean large gatherings of people will be impossible until a vaccine is found.
The longer this goes on, the more damaging it will be. Across the globe, clubs and unions are implementing wage cuts and deferrals. Whenever rugby returns, playing squads will be smaller and budgets will be slashed.
On an almost daily basis, those running the sport are meeting on conference calls to discuss how rugby might emerge from the Covid-19 stoppage.
The English and French leagues are in a position of relative strength, in that they have the clarity of only having to heed one set of government guidelines.
In contrast, the Irish provinces are reliant on the approval of officials in eight jurisdictions to finish the season.
That's why, when Leinster director of operations Guy Easterby was asked about the potential for a souped-up interpro championship over the summer he responded enthusiastically.
If that is permitted to happen, why stop there? Why not use the network of clubs around the country to reboot the game. Is it perhaps time to lift the Energia All Ireland League out of the realm of nostalgia and make it highly relevant, by running a summer league to fill the void?
Each province has around 50 players on their books and those players need games if they are to be ready for the campaign.
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If each province nominated its top two clubs, using their own judgement, it would ensure a good geographical spread.
Enter all available players into a draft system; weighting the system to allow local representation but also allowing some high-profile recruits to cross boundaries and stimulate interest.
Sell the rights to the highest bidder and spread the money around to benefit not only the union coffers, but also clubs who have lost bar and gate income as well as local sponsorship.
Split the top eight clubs into two groups of four, play it over seven weeks with a quarter-final, semi-final and final (with a bowl and shield to keep players playing), before the players enter into an interpro championship battle-hardened.
By the time international rugby returns or, perhaps, the Champions Cup is played off, the players would be battle-hardened.
If the current table was used; Cork Constitution and Garryowen would represent Munster, with UCD and Lansdowne taking the Leinster places. Ballynahinch and Malone are the top-ranked Ulster teams right now, while Buccaneers and Galway Corinthians are the best-placed Connacht sides.
Already, we can hear the protests. Why would a Young Munster man line out for Garryowen? Is it fair that two Connacht teams in Division 2A mid-table get in, while the Cookies and Clontarf, ranked fifth and sixth in Division 1A, are out?
Perhaps there is room for a Limerick selection or dividing Dublin into north and south sides, playing at Castle Avenue and Donnybrook. Maybe there's room for 12 teams.
The format may need work but the concept could capture imaginations.
There is no need to be constrained by what's gone before. If Irish rugby is to thrive, then it needs to get creative. When every Ireland team is named, the IRFU pointedly include the player's club beside their name.
Most have not donned their club jersey for some time, others never have. However, when you go to a club match it's not unusual to see a clutch of provincial representatives, checking in on old mates and supporting the place where they came from.
Club rugby is a political world as union performance director David Nucifora found when he tried to modernise the set-up in 2018.
Yet, this is a time for imagining the game beyond the shutdown.
And there's something exciting about the prospect of the best Irish players going back to their roots. Imagine Conor Murray back at Dooradoyle, Cian Healy at Castle Avenue or Peter O'Mahony leading Con. How about Robbie Henshaw at Buccaneers, up alongside Jack Carty behind a pack led by big draft signing James Ryan?
Perhaps it's pie in the sky but, while a provincial competition will serve those playing at the elite end of the game, there's a whole other bunch of players who need matches and 'A' games don't cut it.
If travel is an issue, why not delve into the fabric of the game here to find a solution that just might make the AIL a source of relevance once again rather than nostalgia.