I’m a few weeks late on this, but, at the risk of sounding like that guy on the Fast Show, wasn’t the Olympics brilliant? From the first day to the last, I spent way longer than I want to admit watching the various events (which is one of the reasons for my lack of posts). I was helped by the excellent BBC coverage, which, because I’m lucky enough to have Sky HD, gave me the choice of 24 live HD channels. I was often flicking between several of them, to follow the progress of the British athletes in action at the given moment.
I think I’m right in saying I watched every one of Team GB’s 29 gold medals being won, but I may be wrong. Either way, it was great to watch. I think I suffered from a bit of post-Olympics depression when it was over, everyday had felt like a momentous occasion, it was hard to go back to normal where medals weren’t being handed out and world records weren’t being broken.
Being a big cricket fan though, the post-Olympics blues wasn’t helped by England losing their number one ranking in test match cricket. They were beaten 2-0 by South Africa in a three match series, a scoreline which I think is a little unfair to England. They were routed in the first match, but the other two were very close; I’d have fancied their chances of winning the second if less time were taken out of the game by the weather, and I don’t think they’d have lost the third if they could have played for a draw. England have managed to keep the number one one-day ranking though, so that’s some consolation.