I suspect it is Murray's to lose, with Farah and Froome making up the rest of the top three. A few women that should be on the short list include Christine Ohurougu and Non Stanford, although I suspect the nominating journo's will barely of heard of Stanford and some golfer will get the nod instead.
Who else should be on the list? Not sure if it is 10 or 12 this year.
Not at all, it is a given that Murray will be on the list and more than likely win it, but who else should be on the list? I expect that you have heard of at least a dozen sports people. Who do you think has achieved something significant in British sport this year, in addition to Murray, Farah and Froome.
I haven't given the name of anyone obscure, all three ladies are world champions in major sports.
> Can't see anyone else getting it especially after the last few years cycling overload.
It is interesting how the perception of a sport is so key in this. My Dutch friends were always amazed that Cavendish didn't win SPOTY the years he won 5 and 6 stages on the Tour (of course he eventually did win it).
I suspect this year the Dutch award will go to Bauke Mollema for coming 6th in the Tour and the concept of NOT giving this award to someone who actually won the thing would be completely bizarre to a Dutch audience. This is the ultimate individual sport prize as far as they are concerned (perhaps a hatrick in the World Cup final might beat it).
But it will be Murray easily, and he does deserve it. Froome can aim for next year.
In a year where a Briton hadn't won Wimbledon and the Tour de France, you'd expect Leigh Halfpenny to be up there - British and Irish Lions player of the series on a successful tour, 6N player of the year and nominated for IRB player of the year.
Yep, who is going to win isn't very interesting, who will be nominated much more so. I correctly guessed 11 out of 12 last year, my natural disdain for golf let me down, but this year is much more open in terms of nominations, if not the winner.
My understanding is that athletes now take the system far more seriously as a result of the example that was made of her. For example, put down where you are going to be first thing in the morning rather than mid-day.
Also, weren't UK athletics well ahead of the curve in their strictness, not to mention the frequency of out-of-comp testing. Didn't I read that only 1 of the 9 Jamaicans who recently failed tests was caught out of comp. Or as someone put it, 8 of them didn't just fail drugs tests, they failed IQ tests as well.
Ian bell and Hannah Cockcroft probably the most surprising names on the list, though it's good to see a disabled athlete getting recognition in a non-Olympic year, and Bell was the most consistent player in the ashes winning side
The rules were the same for everyone and presumably well publicised. His petulance implied that he thought he'd been victimised. I didn't like him, not the biased "hero worship" of the documentary (it painted the successful racer, who happened to be financially more comfortable than Guy, as some sort of "rich-kid villain", rather like how Prost was demonised in the Senna documentary for having had the temerity to use tactics instead of luck and instinct, to win races )
> It is interesting how the perception of a sport is so key in this. My Dutch friends were always amazed that Cavendish didn't win SPOTY the years he won 5 and 6 stages on the Tour (of course he eventually did win it).
> I suspect this year the Dutch award will go to Bauke Mollema for coming 6th in the Tour and the concept of NOT giving this award to someone who actually won the thing would be completely bizarre to a Dutch audience. This is the ultimate individual sport prize as far as they are concerned (perhaps a hatrick in the World Cup final might beat it).
shouldn't they be giving it to vos then - given 3 Giro stages - a points jersey and a world champions jersey
It should be Murray by a mile, but lots of people seem to hate him for being Scottish, so it could get political. Mind you, those sort of people are unlikely to vote for Farah, or Ohurughu, or even Halfpenny.