Martin Breheny: Blaming the coach has a new meaning after events of the last week
Coach drivers unite - you should not have to take responsibility for mishaps suffered by those you dutifully ferry to their engagements.
On Thursday, a faulty Sat Nav programming left Maynooth University hurling team over 50 miles from the Belfast venue for their independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup clash with Ulster University, having instead despatched them to Coleraine.
On Saturday, the bus carrying the Irish rugby team from their hotel to Murrayfield took longer than expected, apparently because the police diverted it off the more direct route. We can only assume that none of the Maynooth squad are studying geography - otherwise you wouldn't rate their chances of exam success very highly.
Presumably, none of them noticed that the bus had steamed past Belfast on a mystery tour. Still it all ended well for Maynooth, who won by 25 points. Not so for the hapless Irish team who lost a game they were fancied to win quite comfortably.
And the bus journey? "We arrived around 15 minutes late. We were on time leaving the hotel - we just took our time getting there. It's not an excuse for being late in the match." - Joe Schmidt.
"We left the hotel on time and were delayed getting to the ground but it didn't have any effect on performance." - Paul Dean, team manager.
"When we first got to the dressing room, we had 25 minutes to the warm-up, usually it is 45 minutes in the Aviva. That would have been a change for some of the lads. We're not making excuses." - Robbie Henshaw.
Coach, manager and player all say the mysterious case of the slow bus journey to Murrayfield had nothing to do with the poor performance but they all talked about it anyway. Why?
And if Maynooth had lost, they not would have been as chirpy about their adventures either.