SPOTY 2017

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by The_Blindside, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. The_Blindside

    The_Blindside Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2013
    Messages:
    3,458
    Country Flag:

    England

    Club or Nation:

    British Irish Lions

    1. Elise Christie - short track speed skating;
    2. Sir Mo Farah - athletics,
    3. Chris Froome - cycling,
    4. Lewis Hamilton - F1,
    5. Anthony Joshua - boxing,
    6. Harry Kane - football,
    7. Johanna Konta - tennis,
    8. Jonnie Peacock - Para-athletics,
    9. Adam Peaty - swimming,
    10. Jonathan Rea - motorcycling,
    11. Anya Shrubsole - cricket,
    12. Bianca Walkden - taekwondo.
    Hmm - no Rugby players included in the shortlist this year, despite being a Lions year? AJ favourite for me.

    • Tom Brady (American football),
    • Roger Federer (tennis),
    • Katie Ledecky (swimming),
    • Tatyana McFadden (Para-athletics),
    • Sally Pearson (athletics) and
    • Michael van Gerwen (darts).

    Overseas - seems odds onto be Federer. Surprised at the shortlist excluded Rafa, who finished world no.1 and also won two grand slams. Bit of a snub, but then suppose Wimbledon is the main reason.
     
  2. Forum Ad Advertisement

  3. Big_Grumper

    Big_Grumper Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2017
    Messages:
    403
    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Country Flag:

    Great Britain

    Club or Nation:

    Gloucester

    Am I the only one who has no interest in this? I mean no offence but it bores the life out of me.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. TRF_Olyy

    TRF_Olyy English Arrogance

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    31,897
    Location:
    Lichfield(ish), UK
    Country Flag:

    England

    Club or Nation:

    Sale

    What the **** has Kane done other than be an overpaid fanny and win literally nothing?


    AJ will probably win, and probably deservedly, though I'd pick Froome.
     
  5. RedruthRFC

    RedruthRFC Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,492
    Country Flag:

    England

    Club or Nation:

    England

    Unless Spurs fans mount an organised campaign, I agree that Joshua is the likely winner, boxing traditionally does well. Personally I'd like to see Chris Froome, whose achievements are working their way into all time lists win it or failing that Adam Peaty who has torn up the record books in his sport. Jonathan Rea's achievements look very impressive too, but I know nothing about his sport so it's hard to assess where he stands. Also, I have a bit of a prejudice against minority sports in these things.
     
  6. RedruthRFC

    RedruthRFC Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,492
    Country Flag:

    England

    Club or Nation:

    England

    I enjoy the speculation / discussion about it, but probably won't bother watching the programme. It's become too BBCified for my tastes and some of the shine was taken off the award the year that Ryan Giggs won for me.

    Going back to the rugby thing, I would say that Owen Farrell (and by the same token Maro Itoje) has been rather hard done by - a draw in New Zealand, European Cup and Six Nations wins and shortlisting for players of the year seem a lot more impressive than a tennisist who has never even made a grand slam final or a footballer who has won nothing to me.
     
  7. The_Blindside

    The_Blindside Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2013
    Messages:
    3,458
    Country Flag:

    England

    Club or Nation:

    British Irish Lions

    For me, I like to looking back on the year that was in sport. Who wins at the end is the nice cherry tree on top.

    But then cricket bores the hell out of me, especially test cricket, but I don’t go on the Ashes thread to voice how disinterested in it I am.
     
  8. Big_Grumper

    Big_Grumper Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2017
    Messages:
    403
    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Country Flag:

    Great Britain

    Club or Nation:

    Gloucester

    I agree the year in pictures is useful, but does anyone know the criteria for winning an award? Is it a personality thing? Is it about contribution to one's sport? Is it simply about sporting achievement?
     
  9. RedruthRFC

    RedruthRFC Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,492
    Country Flag:

    England

    Club or Nation:

    England

    It's a popularity contest (unless the BBC don't like the result in which case they change the rules - think Bob Nudd). AFAIK these days, the shortlist is compiled by a panel selected by the BBC who they trust to select a field that ticks all the minority boxes. The winner is determined by that oh so well informed panel of pundits, the public. Hence my comment that it wouldn't be a massive shock if Harry Kane won. There are criteria for nomination, but as far as I know it's up to voters to pick their own interpretation of what constitutes "SPOTY".
     
Enjoyed this thread? Register to post your reply - click here!

Share This Page