01 February 2010
Frankly, people of Scotland, it is childish to carry on like this. But you started it, and I am continuing it. I can't see any reason I should support Andy Murray simply because he's from a country that's in (and largely doesn't want to be in) a state of political union with England. On the other hand, I don't see any reason to be against him simply because of his nationality.
There are plenty of other good reasons not to support Andy Murray. His personality. His mother. His neck. The fact that if he wins anything he will be everywhere. Already he's disrupting the television schedules every time he plays. If he actually wins, he'll have his own channel, though if it replaces E4+1 perhaps that's no bad thing. (Although people who miss something on E4 must be grateful for the chance to miss it again.)
Meanwhile, footballers are regularly mocked for being stupid. But yesterday afternoon, one of my favourite footballers, Darren Bent, was obviously watching the Arsenal game, and tweeted: "Rooney unreal wow". It's not clever or articulate but there, Andy, Timbo, Sue, Cliff, there is what passion for a sport looks like.
Final thought. If I happened to be a top British or even English tennis player, I'd change my name to "My Face". And I'll leave you to work out why.