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#41 Bleep1673

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:48 AM

I had hoped for Steve Prescott to win but the award to Ann Williams was very special and totally deserved.

It was sad to see Steve Prescott among the deceased, but as he was last on the video, they lingered on Rugby League personnel after the slide show, with Brian Noble being the focus


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#42 Griff9of13

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:37 AM

From what I know Ann Williams had been chosen before Steve Prescott sadly died. 


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#43 WearyRhino

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:16 AM

How did the trophy, returned last night by Wiggins, manage to get to the USA so quickly. I'm very impressed! Or is there more than one? If so was there another ready to be presented to Farah? They seemed very confident of Murray's win too, with a satelite video link and a Navratilova in place. Was Haile Gebrselassie in place to present to Farah if needed? Ian Botham ready to hand it over to Ian Bell in Perth had he just knocked an unbeaten double century that swayed the vote?

#44 Bob8

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:45 AM

How did the trophy, returned last night by Wiggins, manage to get to the USA so quickly. I'm very impressed! Or is there more than one? If so was there another ready to be presented to Farah? They seemed very confident of Murray's win too, with a satelite video link and a Navratilova in place. Was Haile Gebrselassie in place to present to Farah if needed? Ian Botham ready to hand it over to Ian Bell in Perth had he just knocked an unbeaten double century that swayed the vote?

It does show that the BBC are not conspiring so much as being out of touch.  Most of the people involved with this at the BBC will have played plenty of tennis, as will most of their social group. In their world, tennis is a huge mainstream sport and a Brit winning Wimbledon is enormous.

 

Equally, they might know of someone who is a rugby league fan, which is a little quirky.  



#45 bearman

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:45 AM

How did the trophy, returned last night by Wiggins, manage to get to the USA so quickly. I'm very impressed! Or is there more than one? If so was there another ready to be presented to Farah? They seemed very confident of Murray's win too, with a satelite video link and a Navratilova in place. Was Haile Gebrselassie in place to present to Farah if needed? Ian Botham ready to hand it over to Ian Bell in Perth had he just knocked an unbeaten double century that swayed the vote?

I wondered about that. There must be at least two.
I think it's pretty standard practise to have more than 1 copies of major trophies.
There are 3 Challenge cups, the original never leaves Red Hall as it's pretty worn out. I think the holders have one copy and there is another one that does the rounds.
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#46 Griff9of13

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:51 AM

No problem with Murray winning; first mens Wimbledon title in 77 years is a very big thing indeed.


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#47 Tiny Tim

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:04 AM

Really? GB & I RU, Team of the year, just because they won a test in Australia? and Wales Union's Halfpenny 2nd in the overall SPOTY?

 

The RU Lions actually won a test series in Australia rather than just a one off test.

 

Halfpenny was a key player in the victorious Lions team and the Welsh side who won the 6 Nations. Not a bad season but agree there were greater achievements from other sportsmen.



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#48 Futtocks

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:36 AM

The RU Lions actually won a test series in Australia rather than just a one off test.

 

Halfpenny was a key player in the victorious Lions team and the Welsh side who won the 6 Nations. Not a bad season but agree there were greater achievements from other sportsmen.

At least Halfpenny got to #2 in the awards on a public vote.

 

As for the team of the year and manager of the year awards, I'm not sure that Gatland-style Rugby is something we should celebrate or encourage.


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#49 Saint Billinge

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:17 AM

How did the trophy, returned last night by Wiggins, manage to get to the USA so quickly. I'm very impressed! Or is there more than one? If so was there another ready to be presented to Farah? They seemed very confident of Murray's win too, with a satelite video link and a Navratilova in place. Was Haile Gebrselassie in place to present to Farah if needed? Ian Botham ready to hand it over to Ian Bell in Perth had he just knocked an unbeaten double century that swayed the vote?

 

They did show Murray in the US just before the Awards were announced and in a way gave the show away, but there again it ended up overwhelming in his favour.


Edited by Saint Billinge, 16 December 2013 - 11:18 AM.

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#50 Futtocks

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:33 AM

Sorry, thinking of the World Sportsperson award.

 

Which will be won by Sebastian Vettel.

Ahem.


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#51 markleeds

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:47 AM

At least Halfpenny got to #2 in the awards on a public vote.

As for the team of the year and manager of the year awards, I'm not sure that Gatland-style Rugby is something we should celebrate or encourage.


Halfpenny coming 2nd was a nice bit of spin from the BBC. Murray got over 50% of the vote so there was probably nothing between the runners up.

#52 Futtocks

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:01 PM

Halfpenny coming 2nd was a nice bit of spin from the BBC. Murray got over 50% of the vote so there was probably nothing between the runners up.

Spin or not, he beat McCoy and Farah, which surprised me.


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#53 Tiny Tim

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:07 PM

Halfpenny coming 2nd was a nice bit of spin from the BBC. Murray got over 50% of the vote so there was probably nothing between the runners up.

 

I think the Welsh were doing a lot of voting for their boy.



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#54 ligella nawson

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:11 PM

never heard of halfpenny, mo isn't british , murray will win it give a mumbling dour speech then slide down the rankings like snot down an infants philtrum

j agree mo isnt british but neither is tony mccoy

#55 gingerjon

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:13 PM

j agree mo isnt british but neither is tony mccoy

 

Born in County Antrim according to wiki.  I guess it's up to him whether that makes him British or not.


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#56 Futtocks

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:16 PM



I think the Welsh were doing a lot of voting for their boy.

Sinister voting patterns? © Ian Woosnam


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#57 Methven Hornet

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:00 PM

How on earth can Mo Farah - British citizen, representative of British athletics, Commander of the Order of the British Empire - not be British?


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#58 Bob8

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:14 PM

I think the Welsh were doing a lot of voting for their boy.

Sinister voting patterns?



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:15 PM

Sinister voting patterns? © Ian Woosnam

######.  I am far too slow.



#60 gingerjon

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:16 PM

How on earth can Mo Farah - British citizen, representative of British athletics, Commander of the Order of the British Empire - not be British?

 

Because darkie Muslim-named immigrant training in Oregon.


Edited by gingerjon, 16 December 2013 - 01:16 PM.

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