Yesterday afternoon I watched the tennis. Britain’s Andy Murray played Jo Tsonga of France. Tsonga started well but Murray eventually came out on top. I found Murray’s aggressive and triumphalist shouting and fist shaking very unattractive. He certainly has an appallingly big and ugly gob which aught to remain shut lest people compare him with the Alien. I think Tim Henman had a penchant for this sort of behaviour too and I’ve noticed it with various British and American sportsman. Pondering this likeness for a while it occurred to me that The Alien is like Henman in that he always looks like he is about to make a come back and win but he always loses in the end.
Presumably this overt display of aggression stems from the self image of many American men. To quote General Stanley McChrystal: “Figure out how your enemy operates, be faster and more ruthless than everybody else, then take the fuckers out.”.
Yeh, thanks for that Stan, is there someone else we can talk to?
Years ago I worked for the investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston and there was an American manager there who proclaimed “Business is War”. Of course the manager was TALKING BOLLOCKS. Business is not war “Business is business”. I’d even take issue with the old saying, “business before pleasure” preferring the Thai attitude to life where anything worth doing, including work, should have some element of “Sanuk” ( fun ).
So should war also have a sense of fun? Perhaps that is taking it too far but certainly there is no need for the ugly rantings of Murray in sport.
A week or so ago I watched Japan play in the World Cup. I was impressed, when they scored they actually appeared happy! They smiled!! They had scored another goal. Surely this was a more normal and healthy reaction to success than the yobish behaviour displayed by Andy Murray.
I think that I prefer amateur sports. Recently I played table tennis with a friend and her two kids. We had four balls going at once and every time one ball was missed we threw another one onto the table. I don’t know who won but it was good fun.