Thanks for all your contributions to a very interesting discussion. The issue of nationalism in sport is a tricky one. I think it is natural to cheer for people who are from the same country as you, but that can easily be taken too far.
As you may know, the sports fans with the worst reputation in the world are supporters of the England football team. To be fair, though, it is only a small number of people who give the majority a very bad press.
Actually, one of the reasons Andy Murray is not popular is a joke he made in a radio interview. There is a very strong rivalry between Scotland and England, and Scotland had just been knocked out of a major competition. When the interviewer asked him who he was going to support now that Scotland had gone out, he replied, “Anyone who is playing England!”
Personally, I think that’s quite funny, but a lot of the English newspapers gave him a very hard time over it.
Here is some feedback on your comments.
I believe he used to wear Fred Perry in Wimbledon, but he didn’t.
… but he doesn’t wear it any more. / … but he wasn’t wearing it this time.
but now everyone admits his great achievement.
but now everyone acknowledges / recognizes his achievements.
I was pleasantly surprised to see this week’s topic,
That’s a sentence that I hope some other people will be able to use in the future!
My hero is Robbie Keane, Irish footballer.
My hero is Robbie Keane, the Irish footballer. (Glad to hear you are having a good time in the UK!)
I’ve been thinking about who my sporting heroes are, but I can’t think of anyone.
I liked Bjorn Borg’s calm atmosphere.
I liked Bjorn Borg’s calm demeanor.
There was an ongoing battle between him and Seb Coe (another UK middle distance runner)which made the races all the more exciting
I remember those days well!
One of those people is Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Nice sentence. You could also have said, “One such person is ….”
I guess you’re enjoying the summer sun, but it’s crazily hot and sticky here.
It’s really hot in Gifu, too. It was 37 outside the university, and near my house, one temperature gauge was reading 40 degrees!
When he was high school student, he played like professional player.
When he was a high school student… / When he was in high school… (A-Z: school)
Maybe he is respected by most Japanese.
I think he is respected by most Japanese. (A-Z: maybe)
I get excited with his beautiful passes and shots.
I get excited when I see his beautiful passes and shots.
My brother was always amusing himself with playing the tennis video game.
My brother was always amusing himself with a tennis video game.
Thank you for letting us know the interesting article.
Thank you for letting us know about the interesting article.
>I can only say “and about time too.”
This expression is used when you want to say that you think something has taken too long and should have happened sooner.
I guess “author” can be used not just for 作者・作家 but also in the same way as “writer・執筆者”.
These two words can be used in the same way, but in this context, you would have to say “a good writer” or “a creative writer.”
How about “I suppose it’s no wonder he writes so well when you consider that writing is what he does for a living.”
That’s it for today. As you know, Monday is a holiday, so I’ll do the new entry on Tuesday.
Have a great weekend.