BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2017

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BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2017

Postby LustForLeith » Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:10 pm

The dust has barely settled on last years award meaning there's no better time to guess who'll win this years event!

There's a couple that catch my eye early on. Lewis Hamilton went close to winning the F1 title last season. If he can go one better will he be the one to beat?

Another is tennis star Johanna Konta. The British number one and Woman's number ten could have a big year ahead of her.

Early favourite is Anthony Joshua but as I'm sure Stereoman pointed out boxers doint usually do that well.

When I get a minute I'm going to see if there's any trends!

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Re: BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2017

Postby Gman84 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:00 am

This is an award that doesn't always go to the best sports person of the year, I appreciate it's called the "personality" award but that might even be less true. Basically, it's a popularity context and there have been some strange winners in the past but some deserving ones too.

I wouldn't touch Anthony Joshua at 3/1, as mentioned, boxers don't have a brilliant record in this (5 winners in 64 comps, two by the same person, Henry Cooper) but also his career defining fight is quite early in the year (April) and is a tough task but even should he win, lets say he fights David Haye near years end - he could lose that. Way too risky and short a price for a long te3rm bet.

Hard to argue against Andy Murray at a best priced 5/1 especially if he adds any more Grand Slams to the trophy cabinet but Wimbledon will be the key one, it sticks more in the public's mind and it would be a successful title defense which would be huge. However, there could also be an appetite for change and to give it to someone else.

Ben Ainslie could benefit a bit from the "Ryan Giggs" factor in that his past achievements grouped with his America's Cup attempt might gain him some traction. He sits on 12/1 and at least that's a price that seems a bit more value. He looks to have a good chance in his event having taken the World Series last year but frankly, I know next to nothing about boats/sailing and I dare say plenty of people don't get capatured by it unless we hear of a Brit we've never heard of winning a medal at the Olympics.

Speaking of Olympics there is none this year, summer or winter, but there is the Athletics World Championships and the punt I like at this point is (Sir) Mo Farah. Again, his past achievements help his cause but if he could defend his two titles at the WC's which are in London so will gain good publicity, I think he has an outstanding chance. His opening run of the year up in Scotland didn't go well but he said himself his training is a little behind and once he gets into it he'll be fine. He is 33 though now and this is the end of his athletics career after the WC's and he's going to concentrate on marathon. 14/1 looks ok to me.

One more at a bigger price, Chris Froome at 33/1. If he took a third Tour De France...
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Re: BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2017

Postby LustForLeith » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:44 pm

This is an award that doesn't always go to the best sports person of the year, I appreciate it's called the "personality" award but that might even be less true. Basically, it's a popularity context and there have been some strange winners in the past but some deserving ones too.

I wouldn't touch Anthony Joshua at 3/1, as mentioned, boxers don't have a brilliant record in this (5 winners in 64 comps, two by the same person, Henry Cooper) but also his career defining fight is quite early in the year (April) and is a tough task but even should he win, lets say he fights David Haye near years end - he could lose that. Way too risky and short a price for a long te3rm bet.

Hard to argue against Andy Murray at a best priced 5/1 especially if he adds any more Grand Slams to the trophy cabinet but Wimbledon will be the key one, it sticks more in the public's mind and it would be a successful title defense which would be huge. However, there could also be an appetite for change and to give it to someone else.

Ben Ainslie could benefit a bit from the "Ryan Giggs" factor in that his past achievements grouped with his America's Cup attempt might gain him some traction. He sits on 12/1 and at least that's a price that seems a bit more value. He looks to have a good chance in his event having taken the World Series last year but frankly, I know next to nothing about boats/sailing and I dare say plenty of people don't get capatured by it unless we hear of a Brit we've never heard of winning a medal at the Olympics.

Speaking of Olympics there is none this year, summer or winter, but there is the Athletics World Championships and the punt I like at this point is (Sir) Mo Farah. Again, his past achievements help his cause but if he could defend his two titles at the WC's which are in London so will gain good publicity, I think he has an outstanding chance. His opening run of the year up in Scotland didn't go well but he said himself his training is a little behind and once he gets into it he'll be fine. He is 33 though now and this is the end of his athletics career after the WC's and he's going to concentrate on marathon. 14/1 looks ok to me.

One more at a bigger price, Chris Froome at 33/1. If he took a third Tour De France...
Great insight Gman. Still early days but would love to see the likes of Ronnie O Sullivan make the cut.

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Re: BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2017

Postby jaydubs » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:11 pm

I think Konta has a big chance at 14s... if she beats Serena then it's not a difficult tournament to win....

She is getting better and has a chance in the majors.. .

There have been plenty of female winners and Wade won it in 77 when she won Wimbledon. The last Brit winner of a grand slam event.

It could be a poor year and a ranking in top 5 plus a final or 2 could be the answer

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