Sports Personality of Year 2011

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Five Things To Watch For. 

1.      Count out anyone who plays a high-profile sport:

In the past five years, only Ryan Giggs has won playing a sport that would regularly feature on the back-page of a tabloid newspaper. For the record, the roll-call since 06 (omitting Giggsy) reads Zara Phillips (Eventing), Joe Calzaghe (Boxing), Chris Hoy (Cycling), and last year’s winner Tony McCoy (horse racing). Little surprise then that cycling’s Mark Cavendish is the 1.36 favourite on Betfair.

2.      Nobody English will win:

The other noteworthy trend amongst recent winners has been the absence of an English winner. Calzaghe and Giggs are Welsh, Hoy is a Scot and AP McCoy from Northern Ireland. Could that work in the favour of the Ulster pair McIlroy and Clarke, or perhaps help leek-lover Dai Greene – our tip in the ‘without Cavendish’ market at 50? (Mo Farah is of course Somalian, but I don’t think they get a vote.)

3.      They wont show much sport:

The Beeb don’t even have the rights to the Paralympics anymore, and with dozens of awards to go round these days, expect there to be more sport on show in last week’s Comedy Awards than in SPOTY 2011.

4.      The spirit of Emily Davison will return:

The big story in the run-up to the event was of course the complete absence of females from the shortlist. Whilst many expected the BBC to do a u-turn and add a token woman, their refusal to do so has at least exposed an unusual prevalence of Auntie’s spine.

5.      Viewing figures will be desperately poor:

Equation of the day: Weeknight before Xmas + clashing with Chelsea vs Spurs = audience under 5million.

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