Sunday, December 10, 2006

what sports personality?

The ten short-listed contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of 2006 must all be hoping they don’t win the coveted trophy tonight. In such a dire year for British sport, the winner would almost certainly go down as the “worst winner” in the history of the award. The shortlist contains a tennis player and a golfer who haven’t won a major title between them; a racing driver who has won just one grand prix race; a darts player and two boxers (hardly top-notch sports); a cricketer who can’t actually get into the national team; a cyclist; a gymnast and a member of the royal family - who’s quite good at riding horses.
What about comedian David Walliams for his channel swim? What about Michael Vaughan for not losing a single test match this year (ok, so he didn’t actually play in any)? What about Matt Dawson for his performances on “Celebrity Come Dancing” and “Question of Sport”? What about David Attenborough (ok, so he’s not a sports personality – but winning this and the “living icon” award would be a brilliant double!)?
Hey, how about just cancelling it altogether this year?

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