BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014
This entry was posted on Saturday, December 13th, 2014
The Big One
Never mind your Wimbledon titles. Forget about the Formula One Drivers’ Championship (not a bad idea actually.) As all Middle Britain will tell you, the bauble that every sportsman in the country really wants is BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The prominence with which this award is promoted in the media, has often baffled many. The only worse question after Andy Murray had won Wimbledon than, “How much money will he stand to make?” was surely, “Can anybody stop him from winning SPOTY?” The idea that either of those two were going through his mind when trying to serve out against Djokovic is depressing or laughable respectively.
Nevertheless, betting is always frantic on it. So who will fulfil a lifetime’s dream, and lift the Helen Rollason trophy or whatever its called. Let us start by ruling out the no-hopers. The horsey woman is too posh, as is Yarnold. Carl Froch too violent and the Paralympic skiiers not quite disabled enough to receive patronising votes (where is their chair??) Peaty and Whitlock are too anonymous. Lewis Hamilton is too tax-avoidy, and Rory McIlroy too dump-your-fiance-a-week-before-the-weddingy.
All of which for us leaves just two standout contenders; Gareth Bale and Jo Pavey. Bale is a genuine household name, never played for a big English club therefore remains well-liked, plus has the all-important Welsh vote. The latter helped Leigh Halfpenny to runner-up slot last year, and we back Bale to do the same.
Which leaves Pavey at 44/1. Get right on it!