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22 December 2011 0 Comments

Cav wins SPOTY

Cav is not everybody’s cup of tea. He’s gobby, he’s loud, he can be downright spiky. But in the world of media trained sports people who can talk for minutes on end without saying anything, Cav is a breath of fresh air. Ask him a straight question and you’ll get a straight answer. It’s true […]

28 November 2011 0 Comments

How many World Championships will it take?

The BBC have just announced the nominations for the 2011 Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY). 10 men (which is interesting in itself). I’ve blogged about the process of arriving at the final 10 before – it’s a group of sports journos voting for their best performances of the year. Here’s how this year’s panel […]

18 July 2011 2 Comments

A rambling post about drugs, cycling and Britain’s greatest sportsperson

The highlight of the sporting year for me is the Tour de France. I’ve written before how I used to read the abysmally short columns that the newspapers used to devote to it and loved watching the bits that you could get on TV. I’ve stuck with the sport through the hard times when it […]

22 November 2010 0 Comments

Normal Service Resumed

Just over a month after her non-start at Kona in the Ironman World Championships, the phenomenal Chrissie Wellington returned to racing, and how! Yesterday she took the start at Ironman Arizona and smashed the record books yet again. Her finishing time of 8:36:13 smashes the Ironman distance world record by over 10 minutes. To put […]

13 December 2009 4 Comments

Ryan Giggs versus the X Factor

So Ryan Giggs is BBC Sports Personality of the Year. I must admit that I’m fairly indifferent about this fact. I’ve watched Giggs perform from the away supporters end at Old Trafford quite a few times over the years, and once even infiltrated the Stretford End to watch the Reds beat Blackburn Rovers on the […]

30 November 2009 4 Comments

6/10 Could Do Better

I’m still cross about the nominations list for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. My original 10 nominations can be found here and I got 6 out of the final 10. The 4 of mine that didn’t get a nomination were Andrew Flintoff, Brad Wiggins, Chrissie Wellington and Alistair Brownlee. When I came up with […]

30 November 2009 0 Comments

Sports Personality of the Year Nominations

The BBC have just announced the nominations for BBC Sports Personality of the Year and… no nomination for Chrissie Wellington. What a disappointment. The nominations are: Andrew Strauss (Cricket) David Haye (Boxer) Andy Murray (Tennis) Tom Daley (Diving) Jessica Ennis (heptathlete) Ryan Giggs (footballer) Jenson Button (Motor racing) Beth Tweddle (gymnastics) Mark Cavendish (cyclist) Philips […]

4 November 2009 0 Comments

The Chrissie Wellington Bandwagon gains momentum

My tiny blog-led campaign to crown Chrissie Wellington BBC Sports Personality of the Year got a shot in the arm at the weekend with the announcement of her as the winner of the Sportswoman of the Year for 2009 at the 22nd Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards ceremony held in association with Brittany […]

17 October 2009 5 Comments

Developing the Sports Personality Theme

For overseas readers of this blog, and I’m pleased to say there are a few, BBC Sports Personality of the Year is a British institution. Every December the great British public get to vote from a shortlist of the year’s pre-eminent sports people. The term “personality” is a bit of an odd one since personality […]

11 October 2009 9 Comments

Chrissie Wellington for SPOTY

Last night I spent the evening watching the Ford Ironman World Championships streamed live over the magic of the internet. My 5 year old daughter viewed the race with me (Context: this week she got her 1st 5 metre swim badge at swimming lessons). The age group start was an incredible sight and as she […]