I head Lord Sebastian Coe on the radio earlier this week say that all British history has been leading up to this moment. Is he mad? I am all for a bit of good old patriotism but a statement like this goes a little way towards insanity surely.
OK, I am in the minority, I get it, I have no personal interest in the olympics (controversial, I know, I'm publicly outing myself) and am just glad that I am away from the madness of London at the moment. Of course, that doesn't really make me unpatriotic, or ignorant, it just means that sporting events such as this leave me fairly cold, whatever country they take place in. Apologies to all those who love it, we all have out differences. I find it hard to get over the money spent - is it going to go over the estimated 11 bn? Probably, will we make it back in other ways? probably not.
I am in awe of the sports men and women who train for hours and achieve success, this is what it is really about, people who strive for something and achieve it and on the positive note, maybe we can get kids more interested in sport, my neice is interested in joining a sports club all of a sudden, nothing wrong with that – if it lasts.
Isn’t this what it is about, achievement?
But if I hear one more advert on TV about some shite product or other that is the 'official nappy of the olympics', I will scream. All this really means is that they paid more sponsor money than someone else and am I really going to buy your shampoo just because it was the official shampoo? Is there an official cigarette of the Olympics?
No, I don’t think that all of British history has been leading up to this moment, I think it is a serious amount of hype and an awful lot of businesses trying to make money off of the back of it, like mud on a hem. But for those who enjoy huge amounts of sport, it will be fantastic, if you can ignore the financial aspect.
Sorry, if I offend people, I am not anti-competitive sport, just anti-hype.