Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal A-Hed:
Some Journalists Leave Objectivity at Home When Covering the Games; ‘What Joy!’
LONDON—Minutes after British track-and-field darling Jessica Ennis sped over the finish line for a heptathlon gold in front of 80,000 spectators at the Olympic stadium Saturday, BBC sportscaster Steve Cram took stock of the jubilation—in the broadcast booth.
“We all stood on our feet and applauded,” Mr. Cram reported. “To a man, everybody in the broadcasting positions that we’re in—and there’s some hardened hacks in here as well…all stood up.”
Not cheering – but joyous – WSJ columnist Jason Gay’s account of Andy Murray’s long-awaited coming-out party:
He seemed stunned, as if unsure of what to do. For the tiniest fraction of a second, Andy Murray stood between the baseline and service box, expressionless. There was no immediate drop to his knees, like Bjorn Borg once did in this cathedral. There was no impromptu snacking on the hallowed grass, like Novak Djokovic one summer ago.
Then it registered. Murray dropped his racket. He buried his face in his hands. He crouched low, knees bent. It was over. Official.
He’d done it. The arrival so many had predicted for him was here.
So now – maybe – men’s tennis has a Big Four. However it turns out, the Olympics was the Big For Andy Murray.