The issue: the Commonwealth Games is making me feel all warm and gooey towards sports. This is very much out of character.
I guess I felt somewhat the same when the Sydney Olympics were on - I think it's partly a weird parochial pride that our country can organise these things well.
I have to say, the TV coverage by the Seven Network has looked and sounded very professional. It's pretty remarkable, really, that there are any commentators for some esoteric sports who can sound confident and knowledgeable during live commentary. Who'd have thought there was anyone out there who could talk up the excitement of, I don't know, a 10m air gun target competition, for example?
I also have liked the way that the paralympic events have just been mixed in between the (what's the politically correct term?) able bodied(?) events. Makes them seem much more relevant, and it seems to me the Olympics would be wise to copy that, if it was at all possible.
We all know that the Games will have been a mixed economic blessing to businesses on the Gold Coast. Yet the images on TV have looked so good, and the Australian medal tally so impressive (especially for swimming, which looked to be in an incredible funk only a short time ago, but is once again full of charismatic, spectacularly fit and good looking young folk) that it's hard to believe that it will not be viewed as a success. Sure, I understand the Olympics are a gargantuan waste of money for host cities and everyone thinks it needs to be reformed, but a more modest scaled event like this looks, well, just about the right size.
But don't worry, I'm be back to my normal dismissive attitude to each and every sport any day now...