There cannot be many black cats left around Drumahoe that the custodians of Institute Football Club will feel they haven't already run over.
If it wasn't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at all.
As if it wasn't bad enough to be left homeless when floods wiped out their Riverside Stadium base three years ago, and having survived like nomads ever since, they this week received the dreaded news that their appeal against relegation from the Danske Bank Premiership had failed.
While I'm a firm believer that the League table never lies - and 'Stute were lying rank bottom when the season was brought to a premature halt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic - it's still hard not to feel sorry for the club.
It was nigh on impossible for the NI Football League to find a satisfactory solution that would please everyone, and they opted to go for the independent mathematical formula used by several other countries as their way of determining an end result.
Had there been only two or three games left I would have applauded that decision, but there were seven rounds to go with a possible yield of 21 points - and five of those games would have been 'home' fixtures for Institute, four of which would have been against teams in and around them in the bottom half of the table.
I detest winners and losers being decided in committee rooms, but I also have to concede the fact that these are unprecedented times.
As Sunday Life Sport reports today, Institute have decided against arbitration in a last-ditch attempt to retain their Premiership status, and I really do feel it is a crying shame to think that a city the size of Londonderry will once again be without a football team in our top flight.
Another astonishing revelation is that 'Stute lodged their appeal to the IFA Appeals Committee as far back as June 26, yet the club were only informed of their fate on Wednesday past!
Surely it's so unfair to keep a club in limbo for so long, not knowing what they can tell their players and staff with regard to the future. Decisions like these not only impact on the club itself, they also have a tremendous impact on the community, so these type of calls can have far-reaching detrimental effects on a huge number of people.
Of course, all Leagues need promotion and relegation to keep them robust and strong, but the season finishing so early was exceptional and I think it could have been dealt with in a more understandable and accommodating fashion.
Personally, I would have kept last season's 12 Premiership teams and promoted Portadown and Ballinamallard United from the Championship.
I would then have elevated Annagh United and Portstewart from the Premier Intermediate League so that our second tier retained 12 clubs. Surely then we could have found a couple of sides deserving of promotion to the PIL to keep the numbers right?
I know Dunloy , for example, won their own League and would not have looked out of place in the NIFL set-up, and I'm quite sure there are several other clubs ready and willing to try their luck at a higher level.
As for Institute, it can't have been easy these last few years doing their damnest to field a Premiership football team what with a small fan base, no real home to call their own and struggling to generate enough income and revenue to remain a top-flight club, and I've no doubt that there are times when the numbers just don't stack up.
Nevertheless, and not for the first time, the club will now have to take stock and decide what to do next, never mind what way to turn.
Isn't it just great to see three Danske Bank Premiership sides still involved in Europe?
First up last week was Linfield, who came up against really tough opposition in the form of Polish champions Legia Warsaw in their own backyard.
I watched the Champions League qualifier and thought the Blues were simply magnificent. Manager David Healy had his team extremely well organised and motivated - and they gave Legia a real scare.
Indeed, it was only with eight minutes remaining and Linfield down to 10 men that Legia finally breached the visiting defence to nick a 1-0 win.
It must have been truly heartbreaking to have played so well only to lose it in the dying minutes but, nevertheless, every single Linfield player can hold their head high as they were an absolute credit to the Irish League.
Their European journey will now continue in the Europa League, where Glentoran and Coleraine kicked their own campaigns off on Thursday.
On what was an awful night of gale force winds and rain, the Glens' clash with Faroese side HB was exactly as tough and testing as boss Mick McDermott had predicted.
Glentoran had to dig really deep, and it took a piece of exquisite technique from ace marksman Robbie McDaid to expertly volley the only goal of the game which now sees the east Belfast men bound for Motherwell in the week ahead.
At the same time, I was at Coleraine's battle with La Fiorita at The Showgrounds, where the weather was also abysmal.
In such conditions, it was obvious this was never going to be a classic or one for the armchair purist.
Nevertheless, all games are there to be won and lost regardless of the weather and, although Coleraine were red-hot favourites with the bookmakers, this tussle proved to be much tougher than many - myself included - had imagined.
Although La Fiorita have never won a game in Europe, I was pretty impressed by the way their manager had them organised and the level of their fitness despite not having played a competitive game since February as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coleraine, however, always had the edge but were struggling to find any real rhythm despite enjoying the lion's share of possession.
The first half ended goalless, and the message was clear that the Bannsiders would have to up their game in the second if a major shock was to be averted.
The break most definitely worked wonders for Coleraine as they upped the tempo immediately after the restart and were now playing with a greater purpose and intent, which restricted La Fiorita to only the odd sortie into the home side's half.
Oran Kearney's men were totally dominant as the underdogs began to sit deeper and deeper, with the Bannsiders knocking louder and louder on the door with wave after wave of attack - but that elusive goal just wouldn't come.
I was beginning to think the game was going to be decided either by a defensive mistake or a flash of brilliance and, with just two minutes left on the clock, the latter is precisely what James McLaughlin provided.
A perfectly weighted through ball from Aaron Traynor finally split the excellent La Fiorita central defenders, but it still took a sensational first touch from McLaughlin to create the opening and then he did what he does best by despatching a sublime finish low into the corner of the net.
It may have taken a while, but this was a goal worthy of winning any game, and there's no doubt justice was done as Coleraine fully deserved to go through.
Now with all three of our teams making progress, the League's overall UEFA coefficient has been boosted - and here's hoping there's even more to come.