Armchair gladiators: remember that winning isn't everything
It's been an outstanding week for us as "good losers".
Belgium whipped us mercilessly in France; down in South Africa the Springboks slept through the first half as Irish hearts beat faster at the prospect of making history by winning a series, only to wake up in the second and administer a thorough trouncing. It was not to be.
Our fickle hopes of sporting good fortune, though depleted, were then foisted on the back of Shane Lowry, who was doing extraordinary things in the US Open. Alas, he too came a cropper.