Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Rien. Nada. Niente. Nowt.

The heading refers to yesterday's betting. Or lack of.

Not one bet! Not one! I can't remember the last time that happened and it wasn't Christmas day.

Doesn't leave much to blog about, does it?

So in the absence of any decent subject material, allow me to say a big, jolly, "Well Done" to Andy Murray. Not sure if Andy will see this, but what the heck.

Being serious for a second, I was really pleased to see him win. Whether he's a likeable character or not (and to be honest, I really can't see what that matters), I admire him for squeezing the very most out of his quite considerable talent. To put it bluntly, he's worked his bollocks off, and in whatever walk of life, when you see somebody do that to maximise a God-given talent, that to me is hugely admirable. So many don't. So many waste their talent through sheer laziness, content to get by in a comfort zone created by being naturally better than most within whatever field they specialise (and I'm not necessarily referring only to sport here). To someone such as me, who can only look at at such talent with a mix of awe and envy, such an attitude is criminal. I don't believe in sportspeople as role models - the only role model a child needs is it's parents as far as I'm concerned. But to a parent of a nine year old boy who doesn't naturally apply himself 100% to everything he sets out to do but who usually does well when he does, I can point to Andy Murray as an example of someone who deserves to be a winner because he's neither rested on his laurels nor let huge disappointment knock him back. He is a lesson in being rewarded as a direct result of giving it everything, and that's a darned good lesson to learn.

Might be some betting to report on tomorrow....

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