Messianic Trees wrote:
:D Perhaps they hate the Olympics more than the Beeb? Of course, as soon as the Olympics actually start, I suspect the Mail will be going on and on about how it's our patriotic duty to "sport our athletes".
sport our sporters
Here's the odd thing about the Olyumpics though.
I love sport, I enjoy the olympics, I'm really looking forward to watching it this summer.
I'm of the left so am supposed to love government spending.
Whenever I hear some "Performance strategist" going on about elite athlete funding and the amount of cash being spent on getting
3 or 4 people really good at some incredibly obscure event, I find myself on teh side of the killjoys thinking "Why??".
Current estimate is that elite funding is going to cost several millions per Gold medal.
I appreciate the suggestion that a few more "heroes" will encourage participation.
I've never seen any firm evidence to back this.
A 3rd generation (Rubber granules and artificial grass tuft) sports pitch costs around a million pounds including lighting and an admin block with reception, parking 4 changing rooms each with showers and toilets.
I don't know how sticking a running track round the outside (A popular configuration) escalates the price, but I'd like to see a lot more of these about.
I'd argue that a Chris Hoy or Paula Radcliffe winning gold probably represents a lot of inspiration for your £2million.
I'd also argue that a Gold in Greco Roman Wrestling, YngLng Yachts or Handball is unlikely to shift many arses off sofas, cut back pot-noodle consumption or prevent Riots.
And how the hell are we supposed to interest disaffected teenage boys in an event called the Cockless Four?