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G-CPTN
17th Dec 2017, 20:07
SPOTY . . .

treadigraph
17th Dec 2017, 20:09
Better get him Clearasil for Christmas then.

Ogre
17th Dec 2017, 20:49
I thought for a minute there he'd been caught upsetting someone, nice to see some good news for a change. Well done

glad rag
17th Dec 2017, 20:52
How can he sports personality of the year if he no longer "sports"?

wiggy
17th Dec 2017, 21:33
How can he sports personality of the year if he no longer "sports"?

He does still “sport”, he retired from track earlier in the year to concentrate on road.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/30/eliud-kipchoge-mo-farah-2018-london-marathon

In any event it would seem the result caught some of the bookies and pundits by surprise.

Training Risky
17th Dec 2017, 21:45
Doesn't he live in the USA now.

Shouldn't this meaningless gong go to someone who lives and works here??

wiggy
17th Dec 2017, 21:54
Doesn't he live in the USA now.

Shouldn't this meaningless gong go to someone who lives and works here??

Meaningless...inclined to agree.

Given the above I don’t really care about eligibility that much but I’d just point out that If SPOTY was restricted to those who live or base their training here (?UK) then one look at where a lot of the high end sports lot live and train would show that you are going to rule out a fair percentage of the British contenders (but on the bright side you would at least be left with the Premiership footballers to vote for).

...If by “work” you mean only those who only or mainly compete/train in the U.K. then again that is really to narrow things down.....

Uncle Fred
17th Dec 2017, 23:47
Have always enjoyed athletics and Sir Mo.'s accomplishments on the oval. An Olympic double-double is quite the feat plus his defending, this year, his title.

I admire his hard work and his carrying on the great tradition of British running. As far as his nationality I remember a reporter pressing him on this point and his reply was to tell him he was British and to put a sock in it.

I know many disagree with me, but he is a joy to watch.

EGLD
18th Dec 2017, 06:17
How very BBC to give this pointless award to someone in a glorified amateur sport when we have world champions in boxing and formula 1 :D

wowzz
18th Dec 2017, 06:25
How very BBC to give this pointless award to someone in a glorified amateur sport when we have world champions in boxing and formula 1 :D

Blame the public, as they voted for him, not the BBC.

KelvinD
18th Dec 2017, 06:34
I am sure I read somewhere recently that Farrah is to re-locate to London (maybe he already has). However, regardless of where he lives, he is still the UK's most decorated athlete so why shouldn't Joe Public vote for him as a worthy winner.

Sir Niall Dementia
18th Dec 2017, 07:49
And a thoroughly nice, funny, self deprecating gentleman.

Met him through work once, he made my day an absolute hoot, and took far more time inspiring youngsters than we had available. We were horrendously late at the end, but it was worth it to see the effect he had.

SND

Nemrytter
18th Dec 2017, 07:54
Geez, there's some miserable people in here. Farrah seems like a decent chap, surely it's good if he won something.

jindabyne
18th Dec 2017, 10:50
Well done Farrah - seems a nice chap.

Very unlike that crisp-promoting presenter.

goudie
18th Dec 2017, 11:22
Good news. Sometimes the voting public gets it wrong but this time they're bang on the money.
Well deserved and we'll done Sir Mo.

wiggy
18th Dec 2017, 11:25
How very BBC to give this pointless award to someone in a glorified amateur sport when we have world champions in boxing and formula 1

Does anybody who follows sport seriously consider athletics an amateur sport at the top level anymore? The amateur days (in the U.K.) really ended around the time Coe and Ovett stopped competing, and I think most top UK athletes are quite happy to admit/thank the Lottery for fact they can train as required and don’t need a proper job....I’m fairly sure boxing at the top end isn’t amateur either, as for F1...then there’s tennis (pro)...cycling (pro)...you name it, the folks at the top are probably paid or subsidised to do it, so if you want SPOTY to go for amateur only sport it’s going to be tough..

Personally I reckon SPOTY is past it’s sell by date, there’s too much scope now in this internet day for people to running targeted campaigns......

That said given previous events I am surprised Sir MF won.....maybe the athletics websites/blogs/publications got a campaign going....I don’t know.

clareprop
18th Dec 2017, 11:42
That said given previous events I am surprised Sir MF won

Given that since last September, Froome was bookies bet to come second, a reason may be that a lot of votes switched as a result of last weeks revelations.

BehindBlueEyes
18th Dec 2017, 12:40
I lost interest in SPOTY after Princess Anne won - nothing to do with her closeness to the Throne of course.

The most ironic winner had to be Nigel Mansell; particularly with the award mentioning “personality” :rolleyes:

StAn gelo
18th Dec 2017, 14:32
Blame the public, as they voted for him, not the BBC.

Hmmmm....with the telephone voting scams that have taken place during other programmes over the years,there's always the possibility that he may not have got the most votes.......just sayin' like......

piperboy84
18th Dec 2017, 15:12
I have a newfound respect for the the BBC sports awards and do not see them as "pointless" as they recognise someone who has performed something that is demonstrably better than others in a verifiable and benchmarkable way. As opposed to those other big award shows that dominate the telly all night like the Oscars etc. which would now appear to be selecting individuals who may be the best at what they do but could also be mediocre performers but still qualified for a prize due to their willingness to perform fellatio or buggery which at the end of the day is not the stated reason the award is given unlike the porn industry awards categories.

chevvron
18th Dec 2017, 15:40
I lost interest in SPOTY after Princess Anne won - nothing to do with her closeness to the Throne of course.

The most ironic winner had to be Nigel Mansell; particularly with the award mentioning “personality” :rolleyes:

I won't have that.
David Beckham won it and he has far less 'personality' than Mansell.

G-CPTN
18th Dec 2017, 16:39
Much puzzlement in the Joshua camp (and BBC pundits).

Ancient Observer
18th Dec 2017, 17:03
It's easy to figure out.
He's an Arsenal fan. He got all the UK based Arsenal fans to vote for him.

Anyway, he deserves it.

wiggy
19th Dec 2017, 13:27
He's an Arsenal fan. He got all the UK based Arsenal fans to vote for him

Ahhhhh.....

Mo Farah reveals he wanted his son to have Arsenal as a middle name - but wasn't allowed | The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/mo-farah-reveals-he-wanted-his-son-to-have-arsenal-as-a-middle-name-but-wasnt-allowed-a6730111.html)

flash8
19th Dec 2017, 22:41
I like him, always comes across as decent, in my opinion that means people usually are, you can't hide decency.