The obsession with over-hyping events – particularly on the part of the sports starved BBC – shows no sign of abating.
There appears in some parts of the media to be a refusal to accept sporting events for what they are – instead the most recent tournament has always got to be ‘the best ever’ tournament of its type.
So when someone expresses an opinion that is a little less than positive (surely Usain Bolt could have just run away from this problem) they are instantly in hot water even if they are only calling the situation as they see it.
The Glasgow Commonwealth Games were a pleasant enough sporting spectacle, but in some quarters there seemed to be a fixation with making a comparison with the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Really there is no comparison to be made as the events, while having similar formats, are two different beasts which offer differing groups of athletes the chance to shine.
Where else but at the Commonwealth Games can competitors from tiny South Sea islands have the chance to compete in a truly international standard setting?
I am amazed that anyone would think to try and pit one Games against the other.
Let’s face it if I buy a ticket at Premier League prices to watch football at Eastlands I expect to see a top flight quality game, but if I buy a Conference Premier priced ticket to watch football at The Shay then I expect to see Conference standard football – to expect to see anything else really is fighting a losing battle with reality.
Certainly everyone who was involved with the Glasgow Games seemed to have had a good time – so why can’t we all just be left to enjoy it for what it was.