I love watching tennis and I was gutted to see Andy Murray lose at the final hurdle…but it’s not Newcastle United is it?

I also love watching England playing cricket and football, when the Olympics is on I’ll be happy to see the Union Jack win anything from dancing horses to dancing lasses in the swimming pool…but it’s not Newcastle United.

I’ve got the odd(!) friend who have another sporting passion that can get to them just as bad as Newcastle and I don’t know whether to feel envious or sorry for them.

Maybe it would be nice to have something that diluted the pain you feel when Newcastle get beat, plus of course there is always the chance that this other sporting passion might lead to some kind of success…unless it happens to be the England football team!

On the other hand imagine if you still took Newcastle United to heart just as bad BUT you also had another sport that hit you just as hard, that must really do your head in.

I really wanted Murray to win but once it was over I could switch off, same as when England eventually brought their Euro bid to its usual tortuous end.

I woke up the next morning and I don’t know how long it took me to remember that England had got beat the night before and then it was ‘oh well never mind’, whereas one Newcastle fan once put it…with Newcastle United you wake up in a bad mood even before you recall Newcastle’s latest knockback.

Is it good that it matters so much? I don’t think I want to think about that one too much.

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