There's little room for subtlety of argument in sport post-mortems
Once again, it was a week where the battles we fight in the high stakes arena of international sport held up a kind of mirror to the Irish psyche.
Some unlikely emotions came tumbling out, unleashed by the quixotic nature of success and failure in the sporting sphere.
Two images in particular emerged from the hope and heartbreak of recent days. The first was Ian Madigan, place-kicker on our international rugby team, berating himself for the fact those Argentinians had faced us down as we wilted under their heady mix of power and panache