The Olympic spirit was well and truly extinguished last night when Mark Cavendish winning stage three of the Tour of Britain cycling race was ignored by people slagging off England's footballers.
A glorious summer of sport was ended when our Olympic cycling heroes were relegated to a few paragraphs in the papers, buried in a corner somewhere after five pages of football reports slating our footballers for daring to draw with Ukraine.
Just hours after Mark Cavendish showed us what guts and glory are all about by winning stage three of the Tour of Britain, racing ahead of fellow Olympian Bradley Wiggins, his achievement was largely ignored by those that chose to jump on the anti-football bandwagon while hypocritically spending their time talking about football.
Yes, just hours after another great Olympian, Andy Murray, showed guts as he refused to concede defeat at the US Open, our *insert 'pampered Premier League prima donnas' cliche* produced a performance
o̶f̶ ̶g̶u̶t̶s̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶y̶ ̶r̶e̶f̶u̶s̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶c̶e̶d̶e̶ ̶d̶e̶f̶e̶a̶t̶ that SHAMED humanity.
So what if England's footballers extended a record that has seen the Three Lions lose just two of 45 World Cup qualifying matches at Wembley? Pathetic! Our rowers, cyclists and weightlifters - alright, not the weightlifters - had shown up football by putting the piddly little nation of Ukraine (Europe's largest country - Geography Editor) in their rightful place at London 2012, with medals in a host of minority sports.
And don't get us started on Frank Lampard's goal celebration. It's not exactly the Mobot is it?
Even David Beckham prefers the Olympics to football these days - just think of the celebrity and riches Becks could have attained, had he chosen sprint kayaking over football.
DISCLAIMER: Like the referee at Ukraine v England, this is just a joke.
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