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extremely talented. already gone from 40/1 to 14/1, so clearly a popular choice.
However, it perhaps needs to be pointed out that the list also includes 2 golfers, a jockey, and a woman on a sledge.
Then if list-making was a sport, whoever put that together would be the Real Madrid of it.
i'll decide on the night
It's just a shame it's Phil, as he doesn't have a personailty. Still, good to see him getting props though!
1. amy williams
3. Phil Taylor
Or, colossal drunkenness.
THIS IS AN INTERVENTION
yeah, aside from that argument, is there not the issue that Phil Taylor is a massive arse? Or is the competition title a bit of a misnomer and it's not actually about their personality at all?
Being a mardy twat?
Otherwise people wouldn't be nominated for their achievements!
...more than any other British sportsman I can think of in the last 20 years.
The only LOLsome thing about it is that hasn't happened sooner.
Anyone out of Swann/Taylor/McDowell for me please.
down to 8/1 on ladbrokes..
in a non ashes year, when he's also been done for drink driving. I know the 'personality' aspect of the award has gone, but still
He recovered in the TDF well, but I can't help but think he got it wrong at times - sitting up several times when points were still there to be won - and he's going to have better seasons than this one. Also arguably to blame for a couple of le Tour's more controversial moments this year.
thats exactly what you want in a sportsman.
S'not all about France.
Unfair but true
As Harru says about Swann and a non-ashes year, or a short/middle distance athlete in a non-olympics year. If you haven't done it at the pinnacle of your sport then it's questionable if you should be winning this as it's set up these days.
In anycase, I don't disagree that Cavendish has had a good year, but I do think he should have had a better one.
if a pretty great season isnt as good as he can be?
or produce a performance that truely makes the world sit up and watch (Bolt last year). Cav's not done either this year - I actually think his argument for the award was stronger for both 2008 and 2009 and it's not like there's aren't other strong contenders there.
I don't really mind if he wins or not.
dont think so.
if only because he cycles on the roads and not the pavement which seems to be something that is impossible for 99% of cyclists
Champion Jockey 09/10, 195 winners so far this year, the Grand National and a mile ahead in the Jump Jockey race for 2010
i'd forgotten about the national. maybe i'd give him 3rd then.
Bear in mind that David Beckham won it in 2001 for his goal against Greece, Michael Owen won it in 1998 for scoring "that" goal against Argentina and Greg Rusedski won in 1997 for losing in a tennis final. None of these sportsmen won anything of note yet received the award (and in the case of owen and Rusedski there is not an abundance of personality neither).
Phil Taylor is a consumate professional and a born winner who has dominated a sport which has only increased in popularity and exposure throughout the world (partly down to his excellence) for over a decade. I beleive i also saw him once compare the lack of respect that darts received, the respect which he has fought for in his sport, to that of the "coloured football players" in the 1970s. Lovely stuff.
Phil Taylor gets my vote.
and misses out on SPOTY as a result. She’s as cute as a button.
Re. Phil Taylor: However good he might be, there’s still the caveat in my mind that the bulk of his titles came when he was the only player of any real merit in the Sky camp.
That's interesting because since the split anyone who has won the BDO World Championship has, seemingly to me, had the devaluing caveat of "but all of the best players are in the PDC..."
For a European golfer to win the US Open is a big achievement (even the likes of Faldo and Ballesteros couldn't do it) and the Ryder Cup thing capped it off.
First European golfer to win the US open in 40 years, the first British golfer to win a major since Lawrie at Carnoustie 11 years ago.
Won a couple other tournaments as well as doing well in the other majors and was fucking outstanding in reclaiming the ryder cup, what a fucking putt on the 16th.
Also from what i've heard he is a fucking good guy.
...the more I want it to be McDowell.
Fuck 'weighing up all of the contenders rationally and by merit'; just go with your personal preference ennit.
Can I just add my usual 'thing to remember' about BBC Sports Personality of the Year...
...Damon Hill has won the award twice. Damon Hill.
WTF? For being exceptionally good over a one-month period? AHAHAHAHAHA
So deserves it after that farce in any event.
Horse jumping? a sport? pah!