Andy Murray for SPOTY

He did it!!!

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11/09/2012 at 10:25

I think Murray is in with a shout, as is Farah and Wiggins - in GB terms what all three have done is historic and in a major competitive sport.    Weir, Storey, Hoy, Simmonds, Ennis and McIlroy just unlucky it's been the most competitive year ever.  

11/09/2012 at 10:48

I'm coming out as an Andy Murray fan. I like his grumpiness. Really tough to choose who will win sports personality but will probably be Wiggins or Farah. If I was a betting man I would bet on Farah at moment - just think he has a higher profile than Wiggins, is more media friendly etc. But - so many top achievements maybe there'll be a massive load of joint firsts!

11/09/2012 at 10:49
Ahh thanks shouty I forgot it was the public who vote. Makes it all a bit more "top of the popsy"
11/09/2012 at 10:53
I think public votes are bit shit anyway. It's a bit like when Robbie William's Angels was voted the best record of the past thousand years. Will be a popularity contest and whatever is the freshest in the dear old public short memories.
11/09/2012 at 11:02
My father in law thinks the beeb should extend the number of categories this year to include 'sports woman', 'sports man' and 'sport Paralympic athlete'. I disagree but what are the thoughts here?

I still think it should be the one overall winner and I'd vote for Wiggins.

What about coach and team? Coach would be Brailsford but not sure how the 'team' will be sorted out. 'Team GB' is too big - will it be subdivided some how?
11/09/2012 at 11:12

And you'd have to choose Team GB vs Paralympic GB unless you combined them.  For a team performing as a team Team Sky takes some beating.

No one's mentioned Phil 'the Power' Taylor this year.

11/09/2012 at 11:26
Clean sweep for cycling maybe?
- Wiggins as SPOTY
- Brailsford as coach
- Team SKY as team
11/09/2012 at 11:32

Wiggo, Jess, Mo.

11/09/2012 at 11:37

I will vote for Wiggo

However the impressive thing with Murray (over the other Barlist listed) is he was competing not as the favourite.

The performance that gave me most pleasure to watch was Simmonds winning the 400. When she lost a metre on every turn and continually kept having to close the gap was amazing.

11/09/2012 at 12:46

It will be a tough job for the journalists to put the list of top 10 together before the public start to get a say.  If you look at previous winners they tend to be from the best supported sports which is why footballers, e.g. Ryan Giggs, would win it before Jenson Button though Jenson's achievements that year probably far outweighed those of Giggs.  So I think remove the swimmers and triathletes straight off (Ellie Simmons??? could spoil the rationale of my point).  Running/athletics vs golf vs tennis vs cycling.  All are quite niche in terms of TV audiences because they are events rather than every week but I would guess that tennis commands the biggest TV exposure in this country.

Nope not got a clue who will win 

11/09/2012 at 13:25

Surely Sarah Storey is ahead of most, having won her amazing 11 gold medals across two sports?

11/09/2012 at 13:33
Big_G wrote (see)
Clean sweep for cycling maybe?
- Wiggins as SPOTY
- Brailsford as coach
- Team SKY as team

or will they count TeamGB as the team in an attempt to keep everyone happy?

11/09/2012 at 13:35
Big_G wrote (see)
My father in law thinks the beeb should extend the number of categories this year to include 'sports woman', 'sports man' and 'sport Paralympic athlete'. I disagree but what are the thoughts here? 

if they'd go that far why not paralympic sportsman and paralympic sportswoman?


although after last year's row over nominations they might well do something similar or else they'll have quotas in the shortlist?

11/09/2012 at 13:41

For me it should either be Mo, Jess, Greg Rutherford or Dave Weir - but that is looking at it from a purely athletic fan point of view,  all of the people mentioned would deserve it - I suppose as long as it isn't a darts player or someone who rides a horse or drives a racing car (or David Beckham)

11/09/2012 at 14:48

Humm Mo, Wiggins or Murray.

But What Mo and Wiggins did has never been done before by anyone from the UK.  Yes it's been 70 odd years for tennis but that's ain't as good as never being done before.

So Mo, and Wiggins, oh, and I think Weir... Honestly.... The individual winner should just be TeamGB just accept TeamGB as a Team were bloody awesome and they all deserve it.  Or give it to the olympic volunteers

11/09/2012 at 16:15

as it stands the programme will have to be about 5 hours long to adequately cover all the great sporting moments of the year.

11/09/2012 at 16:59

I hope Wiggins gets it, but no matter who wins I will actually care enough about the athletes featured this year to watch it - no more boring litany of footballers, cricketers and rugby players. (Though was v happy that Cav got it last year!)

11/09/2012 at 18:09
I think someone mentioned Greg Rutherford earlier. Brilliant that he got the gold but I think he was the "Ryan Giggs" of the long jump. Just lucky to be there when there was no serious competition.
11/09/2012 at 18:16

So many possibles to chose from - I'd almost rule out Rutherford as it was "only" a single gold - then again that goes for Jess too.  I think it'll probably be decided by who gets the most exposure in the lead up.


I can see a surprise winner because the athletics and cycling vote will be split between several candidates


I'd struggle to come up with a list of ten without leaving out someone I felt had done something that in another year made them a potential winner

11/09/2012 at 21:16

Wiggo all the way - with unprecedented tour win AND olympic gold AND he is such a big personality too. could be pelnty of people though

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