Which brings me wonderfully onto the point of this post - 2012. There's a lot of sport for us to look forward to this year - from the annual events like Wimbledon, the Grand National, the Six Nations and F1, to the bigger, more prestigious ones, like Euro 2012 and the Olympics. Not to mention an extra day come February to pack even more in...
The year has the potential to define this modern era of British athletes and sports stars. So much could fall into place to put the nations of our isles, and Great Britain as a whole, at the very peak of the sporting mountain.
Can you imagine the media if it all does go to plan? 'MAGNIFICENT MURRAY WINS WIMBLEDON.' 'HAMILTON AND BUTTON TIE F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.' 'ENGLAND WIN FIRST TROPHY SINCE '66.' 'TEAM GB WIN EVERY GOLD AVAILABLE.'
I do not want this to happen.
Now call me a cynic, a sceptic - whatever other term you want to use, but I'm sick and tired of the media building the pressure around our athletes and causing mass hysteria, and thus disappointment when it all goes a bit Pete Tong.
One moment from the past 12 months that sticks out in my mind the most was that of Heather Watson crying at Wimbledon after getting injured in her first-round match. So much had been made of her going into the tournament after her fine form on the clay courts, and suddenly she 'disappointed the nation', as I remember reading on Twitter at the time.
But that's the problem - it's not just newspapers and websites any more. We're all journalists one way or another - we're all part of the media. One comment on Twitter contributes to a massive spiral that keeps chugging out turd when something bad happens. We here in the UK love to sensationalise, and that's the worst part about it.
I'm not counting myself out of it - I'm one of the worst. I get into things too much - whether it be United getting beat again, or the 49ers playing stupid plays in the NFL, or even watching Pat die on Eastenders. It's been a slow news week...
This year is the biggest for a while for our great country, and the worst thing we can do is blow it with crappy headlines and useless, unnecessary comments. Our nation is very fickle, and we could all learn a lesson or two from other sporting countries around the globe.
Personally, I'd be happy just to see a 'HOORAY FOR US' on the front of my paper. Obviously after we've battered everyone else and we're the best in the world again. And if not, I'm taking to my Twitter account...
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