Saturday, July 13, 2013

Also, James Bond would report to Alex Salmond

Good New York Times article about Rory McIlroy's technical and personal struggles, but marred by a strange analogy --

The trap on this path could also ensnare the new Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, a Scotsman who won a gold medal for Britain at the London Games because his homeland does not field an Olympic team. A movement in Scotland to gain independence from Britain, if successful, would make Murray the McIlroy of tennis.

An independent Scotland would be, er, independent and therefore it would have an Olympic team that Murray could represent. Northern Ireland is part of the UK which competes in the Olympics as "Team GB" which doesn't map well to Ireland's mixed identities. That's the problem. Did an editor want an Andy Murray reference for enhanced news topicality?