When England’s cricketers are playing in the Ashes, do all their family get up in the middle of the night to watch them play? That’s before we even consider the ones that have flown out to Australia.
Presumably, if any of England’s cricketers’ partners are lawyers, accountants, hairdressers, waitresses or shop assistants, the England players don’t go and watch them at work, so why would an international sportsman expect their family or partner to watch them perform? I guess that the partners of actors and musicians don’t necessarily observe them practice or record but will watch/listen to the end product. Boyfriends and girlfriends etc probably don’t watch the England cricketers train but do watch an international match.
If you’re the wife or husband of a millionaire sportsperson then you don’t need to work so may be able to put all your attention into watching your spouse “at work”. Of course the partner may want to work regardless, maybe they have their own business, love their job or feel that a person should work.
Is international sport different to other employment? Is it above and beyond ‘normal’ jobs and so merits family members dropping everything to watch ‘you’ perform? Is the emotion of your partner, sibling or child scoring a Test hundred more emotional than them winning a court case, making somebody look good or serving the best brewed cup of tea with the greatest customer service ever that truly makes someone’s day?
When I watch football, I always wonder what family members think when they see their loved one dive or elbow someone. Do they discuss it when they next see them or is it just brushed under the carpet?
This post follows the anti-rules of the original concept of this blog. It’s got more questions than answers. Well, we’ve got to start 2018 somewhere so here’s the new year’s first post!