But Liverpool's seasonR has been littered with shattering luck and bitter body blows
, as well as beach-ball goals.
It's not as if we've never had body blows
of this kind in the past but perhaps what makes this different is that it comes in the midst of the worst economic turndown in decades and puts in question the very survival of one of cornerstone industries.
The body blows
came as allies sought to rally support after a dreadful weekend which saw Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander quit over sleaze allegations, and leading donors criticise the PM's performance.
How many more financial body blows
does Westminster expect us to be able to absorb?
They were body blows
they took a while to recover from, but the way they battled and closed the Gunners down should provide a great confidence lift for the Chelsea tie.
How many more body blows
do workers at Sony's Bridgend plant have to take?
Durham's wicket-keeper took a series of body blows
while back on Foster's NE Premier League duty against Blaydon on Saturday ( in the space of one over he won't want to remember in a hurry.
In all sorts of ways, you had body blows
to the ways of looking at the world that gave concepts such as truth, beauty, and the good their meaning.
TIM Miller states in Body Blows
that he views theatre as "primarily a big minor that can be held up to the community.
dark that we are called to become aware of light, to witness it in a deep way," writes performance artist Tim Miller in one of the soulful introductions in his winning new collection, Body Blows
(University of Wisconsin Press).
Though this troika of broadsides may come as body blows
to the average American, many of those "in the know" have seen this sort of thing coming for years.
The consolidation of the nation's largest financial institutions has hit traditional community banks with some rather severe body blows