Isn’t it amazing how quickly things can turn around in sport? I suppose sport is just a mirror image of life itself, where one event can trigger all sorts of unexpected outcomes.
For most of this season Connacht’s graph has shown a steep upward curve as one bit of good news followed the other and a top a six finish in the Pro12 seemed likely, and the province would qualify for the Champions Cup off their own bat for the first time.
But a series of key injuries have some at the same time, and then a seriously below par performance in what was potentially their most important game of the season away to Scarlets last weekend, and there is a danger of the wheels coming off.
There is another difficult trip to Wales this weekend, the teams coming behind them are coming up hard and fast and all of a sudden Connacht need a big break to stem the flow.
The Galway hurlers and footballers, having not set the world alight last year, are suddenly in a good place after the early rounds of the national leagues.
And there is a further boost for Galway football with Corofin knocking out the defending champions last weekend to reach the All-Ireland club final next month.
That, coupled with the opening round league wins over Meath and Westmeath, has Galway football in a good place.
The hurling league is like one of those Heineken Cup pools that used to go one way and then the other, with just about every permutation still possible going into the final round.
Five games, straight up, leave no room for error and by design or default the GAA authorities have a seriously competitive league on their hands.
In the closing minutes at Pearse Stadium last Sunday Galway went from losing their opening game to drawing it and then to winning it. And it could be that tight for the remainder of the four games. Character-forming stuff, not just for Galway but for their opponents and whoever is left standing at the end of it will be all the better for the championship.
I think we can all expect a few more twists and turns as it progresses and, inevitably, not all of them will be positive.
I have been covering the Irish U-20 rugby team for a good few years now and it is probably the most enjoyable rugby to watch, with lads concentrating more on playing themselves than trying to stop the opposition from performing.
The steady increase in the skill level of the Irish players has been noticeable and the current crop, under the guidance of Renmore native Nigel Carolan, is probably the most talented group I have seen so far. It remains to be seen how many of them go on to make the professional grade â€” there is a low enough progress rate â€” but the future of Irish rugby looks particularly strong at the moment.
SIGHT/SOUND OF THE WEEK: Offaly referee Brian Gavin had to escort a stray dog off the field in Pearse Stadium on Sunday after the hound decided he was going to liven up the Galway-Clare clash. But his antics came to an end when he was dispatched to the terrace, with referee Gavin closing the gate on his way back.
THEY SAID IT: “I’m going to make a prediction, it could go either way,” â€” former Aston Villa and Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson finds a fine big fence and sits on it in another awesome but of punditry.
IT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY: 18th February 1933: Former Ipswich Town, Barcelona and England manager Bobby Robson, not to mention his spell with the Republic of Ireland, was born in Co Durham.