Sorry you're not feeling well tj. Hope you're fully recovered in time to enjoy wtf. I've not been able to follow all the thread but we've been getting quite heated about the ethics of insulting Andy in the way a few people do when he has not lived up to their [and to be fair his own] high standards.
I remember quite a while ago I started a thread in the underground section on how we talk about Andy as I was so disturbed by the negative things sometimes said about him and how about these might be picked up by his many detractors in the media. It does seem strange that we should be having this debate again at the end of a year in which Andy has achieved so much.
Oh and Aileen thanks for drawing our attention to the quick edit tool, which I'd never noticed before!
Hi Ruthie, Dani and all,
Thanks for the concern about my health. I'm really not good at the moment. I'm sure I'll be fine, but it's one thing and another just now. Believe me, if I am no better by the WTF I will be having words! The Olympics was marred for me by laryngitis, and now this. I think Andy might be bad for my health! Now my cold is doing a damned good impression of a chest infection, which could get nasty, given my immobility. I hate seeing the doctor, just hate it, but it looks like I might have to see him for the second time this week if I am no better in the morning. We'll see.
Ahh, thanks for keeping me up to date Ruthie. I'm less confused now. The thing is, I suppose we can all say things in the heat of the moment. I must admit to being surprised though, by the tone of some of the stuff during the USO matches. I know some of the matches had their tight moments, but seriously, did anyone really think Andy was going to fade away like that to Cilic without a fight? I can honestly say I didn't. I was just a bit surprised by how quickly some started to go in to panic mode, which led to some er, colourful, insults being thrown in Andy's direction if I recall. Still, I suppose it wouldn't bother us if we didn't care so much, but I do think sometimes we give Andy's detractors a fair bit of ammunition.
I can't say I'm perfect though, far from it. My thing is pre-match jitters. I know I was edgy before the Raonic match, and I suspect I might have been a bit of a cow before the Berdych match, both at the USO, and then there is Feli Lopez, which still makes me blush
. The names I called that man, although in that instance that was during the match, when he just would not go away! Either way, I was rude, and it isn't a good advert for me or Andy.
In general I avoid match threads during the matches now. It's nice to come on and express an opinion before, it's lovely to come on and share the excitement when Andy wins, but when Andy is actually playing, or if he loses and people start being a bit OTT with the insults, that's when I stay out of it. I'm old enough to know that it all blows over eventually.