BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017

This entry was posted on Monday, December 4th, 2017

Not you James Vince

In three of the past four years, this overhyped bauble has been lifted by Andy Murray. Tennis and the Beeb go together like Mary Berry and the Beeb; inoffensive, middle-class and old. And that is the clue as to how this vote will be decided. Think BBC heartlands, the shires, the soft Brexiteers. Above all, don’t think of big black men smashing each other up.

Thus the 1/4 on Anthony Joshua looks slightly ridiculous. Boxing hasn’t been on the corporation (outside the Olympics) since the days of Des and Sportsnight, plus Joshua’s greatest moment of the year, the bout with Klitschko, took place in April.

The second favourite is Lewis Hamilton, a man who won this prize before in 2014, but that was a year in which he won the title against a German (always goes down well with the casual sports fan) in the last race of the season. There was no such narrative drama this time. Plus he is now associated with tax dodging, taking over that particular ‘chair’ from Jimmy Carr, the one used by lazy comedians on shows such as Mock the Week.

Third favourite Chris Froome has not exactly tugged at the nation’s heartstrings either, and he hasn’t been rewarded with even a top three space in this award, despite equally successful years previously.

All of which leaves us with Mo at 25/1 with Paddy Power. The perfect retirement present for the Beeb’s favourite immigrant. He too hasn’t fared well here in the past, but quite frankly, I’ve never even heard of the next cab on the rank, Jonathan Rea.

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