SPOTY 2017

Discussion in 'general sports' started by Lord Camomile, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017: Shortlist of 12 revealed

    Commence your griping now.

    Elise Christie - Short Track Speed Skating
    Sir Mo Farah - Athletics
    Chris Froome - Cycling
    Lewis Hamilton - F1
    Anthony Joshua - Boxing
    Harry Kane - Football
    Johanna Konta - Tennis
    Jonnie Peacock - Para-athletics
    Adam Peaty - Swimming
    Jonathan Rea - Motorcycling
    Anya Shrubsole - Cricket
    Bianca Walkden - Taekwondo
  2. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    I'm happy that Jonathan Rea has been recognised for his achievements, I also would have liked to see Sam Sunderland, the first British winner of the Dakar.
  3. S☼I

    S☼I I don't want your poxy mint

    Award title still rankles, because I'm a pedant. Should be Farah really given his (again) monumental achievements on the track in the summer.
  4. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I've always been surprised when Farah hasn't featured even in the top three previously. However, I reckon Peaty deserves it this year.

    Neither Hamilton nor Froome should be anywhere near the list. One deserted the UK as soon as he could to avoid tax, and the other also lives in Monaco, having been born in Kenya before growing up in South Africa. As far as I've been able to tell, he has never lived in the UK.
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  5. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    At least some of them have personalities
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  6. Silas Loom

    Silas Loom The people have spoken, the bastards.

    Sports personalities only reveal themselves in later life, when they resort to punditry or, like Steve Davies, turn out to have extraordinary hidden depths.

    I'd prefer Harry Kane not to win, it's a late night ceremony and he might stumble on a table or something. When he's not playing or training, he should be kept gently hypnotised in a vat of rejuvenating gel.
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  7. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Kane definitely shouldn't win. Although he gets the majority of the goals for his team, apart from late 80s Maradona possibly, every football player is massively dependent on their teammates. The only exception I can see being made is for goalies.
  8. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    So then, the ceremony tonight. The bookies put Joshua at odds-on. Hopefully the odds on Hamilton being asked about his private jet are even shorter.
  9. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    The big news tonight...Nobody could be arsed to vote.. Middle England stayed at home.. with no Andy Murray to vote for.

    Farah won it on a fraction of the vote compared to previous years.

    Well deserved though.
  10. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I was surprised, expecting Joshua to be the winner. I'd never heard of Jonathan Rea, so I was surprised he got second.

    I'd have liked the men's 4x100m to have got the team award, because that was probably the highlight of the sporting year for me, reminiscent of the 4x400m in 1991.

    Failing that, Farah's son should've got Lifetime Achievement just for his adventures last night.
  11. Wilf

    Wilf Meeting few of his KPIs

    I saw a preview and they did 5 minutes on Bianca Walkden. I'm not particularly a fan of combat sports, but it was nice to see a non-MMA person getting some exposure. She was doing some kind of kick in the clip, a sort of close range side kick (there must be some technical name for it ;)). The speed she moved was astonishing.
  12. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I quite enjoyed Taekwondo in the Olympics last year, having not watched it before. I wouldn't mind seeing more of it on a regular basis, although I suspect a lot of the top competitions may not be at good times for Western Europe.

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