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Sports Personality of the Year 2013

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The Shortlist is:

  • Ben Ainslie (sailing): possibly a top three, in a lifetime achievement stylee.
  • Ian Bell (cricket): depends on how well/badly the current Ashes are going when people come to vote.
  • Hannah Cockroft (wheelchair racing): probably not. 2012 Paralympics notwithstanding, not high-profile enough to garner sufficient votes.
  • Mo Farah (athletics): a popular guy, and a good chance of placing in the top three.
  • Chris Froome (cycling): to the uncommitted public, somewhat in Wiggin's shadow.
  • Leigh Halfpenny (rugby union): I think he'll miss out, but the BBC are very likely to give the Team award to the Lions.
  • Tony McCoy (horse racing): plenty of fans for this one. A good chance.
  • Andy Murray (tennis): yes, he won Wimbledon, but some people still swallow that poisonous Kelvin McKenzie story about him hating England. Still probably the front-runner.
  • Christine Ohuruogu (athletics): some people still really really want to believe the worst of her.
  • Justin Rose (a good walk spoilt): if we are accepting golf as a sport then winning that game  what he won is apparently a very big deal with the leather elbow patch and driving gloves mob. And if he doesn't win, we'll probably get another amusing whinge from Ian Woosnam.

 

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Not necessarily how I'd vote but I'd go with it being: 1st Murray; 2nd Farah; 3rd Ainslie.

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Halfpenny

Murray

Farah

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Halfpenny

:rofl: 

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I honestly though Sam Burgess would be in the mix bit I suppose they have to make room for the token Union plodder!

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I honestly though Sam Burgess would be in the mix bit I suppose they have to make room for the token Union plodder!

 

I wouldn't call Halfpenny a plodder, but I get where you're coming from. 

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I honestly though Sam Burgess would be in the mix bit I suppose they have to make room for the token Union plodder!

 

Halfpenny was a key player in the Welsh 6 Nations winning side and the Lions side who won the series down in Australia. I appreciate this will mean little to most RL fans but for many this is considered a pretty successful sporting season and quite an achievement.

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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

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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

 

Yes, as we have established.  Life is awful and then you die.

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I think Tony McCoy with be in the top 2 as i expect the racing media to get behind it: 2 racing TV channels, weekly on CH4, bookies that are on every ad break will no doubt try to attach their name to a 'vote AP' campaign so will plaster that everywhere.

 

That said i think the miserable jock will get it. All hes done is win a tournament that has not been not won by a Brit for.....Ok he deserves to be up there.

 

Murry long odds on:

http://www.oddschecker.com/awards/sports-personality-of-the-year/winner

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They might have well just given the Award to Murray when he lifted the Wimbledon crown.. Would have saved time,energy,effort and all the pretense that its not a one horse race.

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If Gareth Bale had been nominated, he'd have walked it. he is the most expensive footballer in the world.

 

Ronnie O'Sullivan would have done pretty well ... winning the World Championship after sitting out most of the season in a stand off with Barry Hearn.

 

Carl Froch is an outstanding battler and a world champion.

 

Froome should win it; Murray or Farah will.

 

The BBC is, as usual, being politically correct.

 

Needless to say, I won't be watching or give two hoots about the result.

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I honestly though Sam Burgess would be in the mix bit I suppose they have to make room for the token Union plodder!

If you were drawing up a shortlist, titles, trophies and world records count heavily. Sam is an awesome talent, but short of silverware.

 

I'd have put Marc Marquez in there, but the BBC rarely acknowledged the existence of MotoGP when they had the rights, so they're definitely not giving the trophy to a sport that's just decamped to BT.

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I'd have put Marc Marquez in there, but the BBC rarely acknowledged the existence of MotoGP when they had the rights, so they're definitely not giving the trophy to a sport that's just decamped to BT.

 

He's not British.

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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

 

I think you;ll find that Mo IS British.

 

I think Andy Murray will win.  

 

Here's the panel that decides the shortlist

  • Director of BBC Sport - Barbara Slater(Chair)
  • BBC head of TV Sport - Philip Bernie
  • Executive editor of BBC Sports Personality of the Year - Carl Doran
  • From BBC Radio 5 live - Eleanor Oldroyd(presenter, 5 live Sport)
  • Three newspaper sports editors (to be rotated annually) - in 2012, Mike Dunn (sports editor, the Sun), Lee Clayton (head of sport, Daily Mail), Matthew Hancock (sports editor, the Observer)
  • A pan sports broadcaster/journalist - Sue Mott
  • Three former SPOTY nominees (to be appointed annually) - in 2012, Sir Steve Redgrave, Baroness Grey-Thompson andDenise Lewis
  • Baroness Campbell, chair of UK Sport

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He's not British.

Sorry, thinking of the World Sportsperson award.

 

Which will be won by Sebastian Vettel.

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Wigan Team of the year anyone....!!??

Oh..........

Only if the team award was opened up to a public vote. If it was, however, we would probably read articles complaining of "sinister voting patterns emanating from the North of England".

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Only if the team award was opened up to a public vote. If it was, however, we would probably read articles complaining of "sinister voting patterns emanating from the North of England".

 

To be fair, it probably would go to the RU Lions even on a public vote.  As it's journos voting for what they 'know' though it's definitely going to be the Lions.

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Disappointing not to see Ben Watson in there after providing one of the most memorable bits of FA Cup history since the crazy gang waltzed off with the cup!  :ph34r:

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Murray will win by a country mile.  At least he's British - for the moment!

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To be fair, it probably would go to the RU Lions even on a public vote.  As it's journos voting for what they 'know' though it's definitely going to be the Lions.

It doesn't matter who wins it, the golfists will be furious.

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It doesn't matter who wins it, the golfists will be furious.

 

Which is odd, considering golf is a pastime not a sport.

 

<dons tin hat and runs for cover> :D

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