Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby stereoman » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:07 pm

A lot of snooker fans were not pleased when Ronnie O'Sullivan was snubbed in 2017. Win a sixth world title and then launch a campaign for him to win BBC SPOTY then! :lol:
Ali Carter has put paid to that. Anthony Joshua may be fighting Deontay Wilder later on in the year and if he wins then he may be very silly odds-on to win BBC SPotY but there's always a spanner or two waiting to be thrown into the works as some left-field gamble always seemingly comes barging through.

The BBC may feel they want to wait until Anthony Joshua beats Tyson Fury when they finally award him. Who's the next best candidate? I feel it's still Lizzy Yarnold but it's Harry Kane who's second favourite right now.

Lewis Hamilton, Rory McIlroy, Andy Murray and even Johanna Konta stalk in the wings but it's probably only Lewis who is likely to win something major.

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby stereoman » Sat May 26, 2018 11:52 pm

Chris Froome throws his hat into the ring as he looks likely to be the first British cyclist ever to win all three of the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España and now the Giro d’Italia.

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Feel he very likely won't win BBC SPotY though as the tide of popularity has seemingly turned against cycling.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/ ... m-dumoulin

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby otbc canary » Sun May 27, 2018 3:21 pm

After his performance in last night's Champions League Final, I believe Gareth Bale at 66/1 maybe worth a shout. He has consistently outperformed Ronaldo in the last couple of months even though he has not been a regular starter and if he returns to the Premier League next season as seems increasingly likely, an explosive start to the new season may see him force his way into the list of contenders. Just a thought.

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby stereoman » Mon May 28, 2018 12:53 am

Being trimmed all the way down to 25/1 and less. Has won the Champions League three years running and this year, scored a stunner of a goal as well. If the year ended now, only Scousers wouldn't vote for him...probably.

Gareth Bale jumps to the head of the queue and between him and Harry Kane RIGHT NOW, it's Gareth Bale but can he pull the votes in!?

If British cycling wasn't tainted by ifs, buts and maybes then Chris Froome may be the default winner as superficially he is 'due' but it will take another Tour de France win and nothing else to happen between now and December in a very lacklustre year for British sporting success elsewhere for Chris Froome to finally win.

Mark Williams and snooker fans react to being as low as 16/1.

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby otbc canary » Mon May 28, 2018 7:35 am

Gareth Bale still 66/1 with bet365 this morning but I agree a good England display in Russia could see Harry kane move ahead in the favourites stakes. How about doing a double with Jacob Rees-Mogg to be next Tory leader. He's just bought a £5m property a stone's throw from Downing Street but denied any wish to be PM so it must be true!

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby stereoman » Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:02 pm

Harry Kane jumps to the top of the odds after getting a hattirck against Panama as he's as low as 8/11 (!?) with Boylesports but it seems almost absurd if England don't win the World Cup yet he wins BBC SPotY.

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby stereoman » Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:44 pm

Chris Froome has apparently been banned from having a go in this year's Tour de France. :unlucky:

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cyc ... 25301.html

EDIT: Chris has been cleared to ride but with this cloud over him, still very likely won't win BBC SPotY.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cyc ... 26361.html

Andy Murray has pulled out of Wimbledon so unless he wins the US Open then this year is over.

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby stereoman » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:24 pm

Harry Kane into odds-on as barring the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kylian Mbappe-Lottin, Junior Neymar or even Antoine Grizemann getting their scoring boots on, it seems pretty damn good that Harry Kane gets the Golden Boot award at the World Cup.

Historical perspective!?

* Gary Lineker didn't win BBC SPotY back in 1986 as Nigel Mansell did. Fatima Whitbread was second and Kenny Dalgliesh was third.
* Bobby Moore won in 1966 with Barry Briggs second (speedway) and Geoff Hurst third.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Sport ... Year_Award

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby stereoman » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:57 am

With opinion of cycling seemingly at a very low ebb, Geraint Thomas has proved popular as an alternative winner for the Tour de France as he's favourite to win it with five stages left narrowly ahread of Chris "I can't go anywhere in France without someone throwing bags of liquid at me" Froome.

Some shrewdies have took a bite out of him winning BBC SPotY as Geraint Thomas is now third favourite at around 10/1. The general taint of cycling means that it will take a well-coordinated session of phone ringing to see this gamble through.

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby stereoman » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:13 pm

Harry Kane remains favourite just ahead of Geraint Thomas. 10/1 bar generally.

Meanwhile, I've had a look at Paddy Power and what odds they're offering on RTE's Sports Team of the Year.

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I feel this is priced up slightly wrong in thinking that there will blindly be a convenient gender bias. There will be the strong temptation to give it to the Irish women's hockey team but there are some compelling stories:

1. Limerick winning the All-Ireland hurling after 45 years which cost Paddy Power nearly a million Euros.
2. Ireland winning the Grand Slam in the Six Nations.
3. Ireland women's team reaching the final of the Women's Hockey World Cup.
4. Leinster beating Racing 92 in the European Rugby Champions Cup.

If Paddy Power price up Limerick at reasonable odds, it may be worth a punt. Ireland Men's rugby team won RTE's TotY title back in 2009 and Leinster won it back in 2011 so the rugby union vote may cancel each other out.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT%C3%89_ ... Year_Award

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Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2018

Postby stereoman » Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:08 pm

Alastair Cook into third/fourth favourite at around 10s (as low as 7/1 with Betway and as high as 14/1 with Betfred right now).

https://www.oddschecker.com/insight/cri ... ning-spoty

I wouldn't put it past a deterined enough bloc vote for this to happen but it has to be a really rotten year and there have been other moments of British sporting success here and there.

There aren't any outstanding candidates really and even Lewis Hamilton winning a fifth world title probably doesn't press the buttons for petrolheads any more. Anthony Joshua seems groomed to win BBC SPotY this year and if he can defeat Alexander Povetkin handily then if not now then when!?

Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder might not happen this year but I think the BBC will nobble Tyson Fury's votes whenever he is on the shortlist.

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