Weblog: The football punter
Waterworks not getting my betting juices flowing
ANDY MURRAY isn't the first man to be reduced to a blubbering wreck in the presence of Sue Barker but it did make for a top TV moment.
Not so much Muzza having a weep. That was bound to happen; fair play he'd tried his best and judging by the look on the face of his mother throughout the past two weeks, displays of emotion are probably frowned upon in the Murray household.
So the waterworks came and housewives around the land duly dissolved in sympathy for the big losing jessie. Even Mrs B was overcome temporarily though she quickly regained her composure when I reminded her that the grouting in the downstairs loo needed finishing before the in-laws arrive.
Murray will doubtless be able to live with his simpering breakdown – but will the bloke who the cameras descended upon during the Scot's post-match meltdown? I was laughing my head off as this lone male punter howled away in dismay in full view of a worldwide audience of zillions. C'mon mate, man up. It's only tennis and he was bound to lose. Could be worse – you could be a Rangers fan.
Or maybe a QPR supporter who's just seen Mark Hughes waste £5m on Ji-sung Park. Don't United fans call him Three-Lung Park because of his impressive stamina levels? I think everyone else calls him Rubbish because he's rubbish.
Anyway, it was a transfer story that hasn't involved Luka Modric so for that we must be grateful.
After the Euros and Wimbledon, it's the Olympics that are getting my betting juices flowing – well, more of a dribble, really, but we've got to be grateful for something to get stuck into.
Congrats to Ryan Giggs on being rewarded with Olympic captaincy five years after turning his back on international football and a well done as well to the bookies for making Britain third favourites. Means there's plenty of value to be had elsewhere.