After a madcap hurling league, what county has learned most from their team over the last five games?
That's great Terry, start off with an easy one!
They've all learned a lot I'd say but as to which learned the most, couldn't even venture a guess.
I think we can say that everyone learned something - most of it good. Then again, isn't it good to learn bad things, at the risk of coming over all existential so early in the day?
You would have to argue O'Shea, being a new manager, has gleaned more than others. Learning through winning is the phrase often trotted out and that's what Tipperary have been doing. Cody, through accident more than design, has discovered more about the depth of his panel because of injury. Cunningham knows just as he did this time last year that a lot can rest on Canning's shoulders when the rest of the attack isn't firing but the St Thomas contingent will assist matters in the semi-final.
Michael Ryan has learned that he has a very willing panel who work hard but lack stardust - as if he didn't know that already. Most interesting of all, I suggest, is what Davy has learned. Or what he learned yesterday...
With you Enda, better to learn the 'bad stuff' now while there's time to correct it before championship.
Maybe the question could be rephrased. Which manager will take the most heart from events to date?
Cody has learned a lot about his newcomers, and even those he introduced late last year, knows now he has at least five hungry guys pushing those already there.
Cunningham found out the limitations of his team in last year's league but then the relegation play-off was the perfect platform for the league. Still fancy them to win the league.
To which I'd answer, O'Shea, JBM, Ryan and Cody in that order.
And who have been the standout players?
Jimmy Barry Murphy will have learned much in the loss to Clare, I think; not convinced Cork didn't deliberately sit on their hands while the shellacking was going on, just to get a good insight into what makes this Clare game tick.
Clare, Cork and Waterford not at the point of being ruthless. All developing team and composure is their next required step. No surprise at the end that it was Tipp, Kilkenny and Galway that came out on top.
Michael Ryan's players will have learned about Michael I think, rather than the other way around, and I suspect there's a growing respect there.
I agree with Dermot, Canning a GAA gem.
One of the standout players I saw was Richie Hogan of Kilkenny. Lar also looking like the Lar we all came to know and admire, agree with Tom there.
Corbett certainly has a point to prove this year Tom. What about him lads, can he make it back to where he was?
Brendan Maher's return to form has been the biggest highlight for Tipperary in the league but no doubting Lar's displays have been pleasing to supporters.
Conor Lehane and Luke O'Farrell really growing into the game at this level. Joyce the Cork centre-back of the future AND of the present.
Yes John, Brendan - like Lar - blossoming again under O'Shea. Coincidence? Methinks not. Eoin Kelly also, boy he's looking sharp, and hungry.
One thing that'll have pleased JBM yesterday is that Cork forced Kilkenny into their A game to win it. Kilkenny had to up it twice - approaching half-time and then again in the final 10 minutes - to get there. That says something about the way Cork put it up to them. And yes, a good day for Conor Lehane - 1-3, wasn't it?
It all comes down to one thing with Lar, just like Brendan Maher: confidence. O'Shea has instilled it in them.
In Clare, so many, but so young that you're bound to have less consistency; Waterford becoming the defensive team of the year but they're youngsters could yet thrive in the summer.
Lehane, O'Farrell, O'Sullivan are all beautiful hurlers but ca bhfuil na fír laidir?
Next day out will tell a lot about Galway, against Kilkenny in a big game, the St Thomas's lads back in the fold. That damned old inconsistency though...
That's going to be a very winnable game for Galway. They must target it. No point in running a non-trier.
I still think Galway are better positioned to challenge Kilkenny than Tipperary. Compared to where they were at this stage last year, they're a good deal ahead and have reached a semi-final without some seriously impressive St Thomas players.
John, none of those trio are as small or as weak as people seem to think, O'Sullivan especially - Paudie has huge natural strength, low centre of gravity, very hard to knock off a ball.
Has David Burke's absence and the subsequent results shown how important he is to Galway?
Not the point, Diarmuid. Lehane is good in the air but they need more primary ball winners in the forward line. This Cork team is still light.
The semi-final may show that more so, Terry.
Disagree John, I think Tipp are getting back to a very good place and they have that consistency which Galway lack. On the given day and all that, but it's not enough to win an All-Ireland. And I wouldn't dismiss the chances of Limerick and Dublin either.
So are we looking at a Tipp/Galway league final?
Are you saying Kilkenny, Tipperary, Galway, Limerick and Dublin are your All-Ireland contenders, Diarmuid?
What about the league formats lads? It made for a great last weekend but did they work?
Cronin isn't small, nor is McCarthy, and certainly not Cussen! We're not talking about weaklings with this Cork team John; they CAN handle themselves. Agree though, maybe one more powerhouse up front.
Diarmuid: Cussen may be tall but he's not BIG...
Galway's spring couldn't be more different to their summer last year. The three primary concerns are centre-back, the form of Tannian and the age-old problem of supporting Canning but think they can address all three.