OLYMPIC UPDATE – 5th August 2012. Federer threw the gold medal. It looked as if he was acting more out of resignation than enthusiasm. Someone said he looked like he had a hangover. This time Murray’s nerve held, and the throw was effective. Federer’s been given an ‘offer he can’t refuse’.
UPDATE – First set . Federer’s throwing it. Unforced errors at critical moments, the opposite to the usual champion’s game. The crowd has no idea. No tension in the match. Royals in the Box. It looks like the championship will be ‘Murray’s’. But let’s watch another set or two. Watch the Unforced Errors count, especially when they come in critical points. (13 Federer to 3 Murray at end of second set)
UPDATE – Third set. 7.10 PM Murray had a nasty fall at the net on the still wet grass. It might be hard for Federer to throw the game. Murray’s not looking good. Federer’s going out of his way to lose points. He doesn’t want to win the third set.
Alex Salmond in the Royal Box, looking concerned since Murray’s fall. David Cameron also looking worried (booed from Henman Hill when his face appeared on BBC). Murray’s play is not what it was. But Federer’s still supplying the necessary unforced errors to keep Murray in the game.
Ten deuces in the sixth game. Federer decided to go ahead and kill the game. It was getting embarrassing. It’s going to be easier to lose his service where he’s in control than Murray’s!!! Not so…Murray’s in trouble and cannot play at a good enough level for Federer to disguise the throw. Yet It’s still UNFORCED ERRORS – Federer now a staggering 30 in total (17 in one set) (more than a set’s worth altogether). Murray 16. Even with all that lot, Federer’s won the third set. He can’t throw it to Murray. Murray’s collapsing. It was the rain that did it, not Federer!
The inevitable will happen, unless Federer can engineer some more double faults and unforced errors smartish. No. He’s wrapping up now. No more Mr Nice Guy. A cut to David Cameron showed a face of resignation. Up until the fall, it was all going the other way. The walk out to the loo occurred not long after that point, and maybe his instructions were changed.
‘Best to kill it off, Roger. Thanks for trying. People will notice if you notch up 50 Unforced Errors. 30 is already the all time record for a Wimbledon Final.’
British pride is mollified by Murray’s being in the Final. The Murray show, like the Henman one, will run and run. Just look at that emotion after the match. Media and political gold dust. No wonder the politicians were queuing up to bask in Murray-reflected glory – but the plan has gone awry.
The commentators, always sharp as razors, are blaming the closure of the roof!
Watch the clip carefully. Federer sets up Murray winners, which he keeps missing. Injuries and big stage nerves prevent him winning the set, which Federer then takes.
ORIGINAL POST. I watched the Men’s Doubles Final. The match was so obviously thrown, it was ludicrous. I had my doubts about Tsonga throwing the match against Murray yesterday, especially the final set, when he made so many unforced errors in series, it was as if he was being paid to do it.
At least Murray was giving it his all.
But the doubles final with the British and Norwegian pair, Marray and Neilson was a farce. They stood at the net and volleyed balls to their opponents who were glued to the base line, but not once did they offer a lob. The rallies were non-existent. It was if all parties to the game knew the result that was fixed in advance, and just played out as dramatic a performance as they could. All did the clenched fist gesture at a rally win, and looked suitably stern at the loss of a point. It was just like a TV wrestling game with the moves worked out and choreographed in advance. Don’t get me wrong. You have to be a damned good player of any sport to throw a match and make it look like you were trying to win. These are real professionals, and they know what’s required.
This is Jubilee Year and there have to be British winners. Murray tomorrow is unlikely to beat Federer. But maybe Federer too understands the etiquette of the game. Virginia Wade was the unlikely winner of the Womens Singles in the Silver Jubilee Year 1977. Now they’re at it again. Tennis never looked duller. The days of McEnroe/Borg, and the Woodies are well gone. This is TV theatre at its worst. Wimbledon, a place I’ve visited time and time again over the years where I’ve seen great matches live, seems lost.
BBC? Read the pathetic hype.
EARLIER SPORT FIXING as reported by T.J.STOKES
The misuse of sport for propaganda purposes was very evident in Britain during the Iraq wars, when the TV news often gave football results before the war coverage and ominous death tolls.
This conversation is actually on record with the intelligence agencies.
A Labour Government spokeswoman is actually on record as having described terror attacks in the U.S. along with sporting victories as:
“A good time to bury bad news”
And just as news is no longer impartial, sport is used as a political tool.
Likewise, communist teams at Olympic games in the past were so loaded up with steroids as to make the men indistinguishable from the women. And the Chinese are now said to be using methods on children little more than babies that are as unorthodox as they are immoral.
However, according to informed sources and his F.B.I intelligence files, he was chosen to become world champion because he was good looking, smart and funny and had never been in trouble with the law.
His intelligence file also says: “He would make an ideal ambassador for American sport”.
Muhammed Ali according to one source, would let the cat out of the bag by such statements as; “he will take a dive in five”. Of course this may simply have been Ali bragging, but equally it may have been because he knew the fights were fixed.
Ali was said by one of his trainers to have been very upset to have to fight Sonny Liston.
On paper Sonny Liston should have murdered Ali, but was not held in favour with the F.B.I. because he had killed a man and had a long police record. Like many fighters both here and in the U.S., the gangsters owned Liston and they told him that as he was a favourite to win he had to throw the fight. This meant the mafia and those in the know at the F B I would clean up big time with the bets.
Liston did not hit Ali properly once during the fight, and claimed afterwards that he had boxed with a broken wrist. This is hardly likely and over the two fights the men fought, Liston came out surprisingly badly.
As East End gangster Reg Kray put it: “as if he was a bad actor.”
Liston may have been in much trouble but he was a family loving man: a big very strong, afraid of nobody type of guy. And from what a sports journalist on the Irish Times told me in an intelligence briefing some years later, Liston believed he could walk the fight, but his family would then be put at serious risk.
Liston has never had the recognition he deserved, he truly would have made just as great a champion as Ali, but he was indeed cut from a very different mould.
Tsonga resembles Mohammed Ali (Cassius Clay) facially, and in his mannerisms. What if he was also ‘resembling’ him in other ways as written above?
He’s obviously a lot better player than his match results would indicate.
TSONGA IN WIKIPEDIA
Tsonga is of mixed ancestry. His father, handball player Didier Tsonga, is from Congo-Brazzaville, and his mother Évelyne is French. Jo’s father moved to France during the 1970s to fulfill his own dreams of becoming a handball great, where he eventually met Évelyne and they married. Tsonga is nicknamed Ali, because of his facial resemblance to the boxer.
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