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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #225 on: October 28, 2012, 09:02 PM »
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The Express, in my opinion, is just being stupid. By their definition, anyone who doesn't appear in person can't win. So what about the people nominated in the overseas category? Andy will also be unlikely to be the only athlete who will be training abroad when the SPOTY is announced. It seems to me that they have a specific agenda in singling Andy out here, and it's pathetic.
To be fair, they weren't having a go at him.  They were simply stating the fact that the betting odds for him winning had lengthened since it became known he wasn't turning up.  This is true according to at least one betting site.  Andy is one of the front-runners for the award, and his name gets mentioned whenever the award gets mentioned.  If they are singling him out by naming him, it's because he's one of the favourites.

It isn't a judgement on him, more an observation on what factors affect a person's decision to vote.   Some people will know in advance exactly who they think deserves it.  Many will decide on the night, and I bet there will be a few who never intended to vote who end up voting for around five different athletes because they've had a glass of wine and all the positive memories from the Summer have come flooding back.  Those are the people who are more likely to pick up the phone and vote for someone they've seen sitting in the audience looking keen or wearing a nice frock.

The international award is irrelevant, because it's decided in advance by a panel, which is probably because the voting public are too easily influenced by things like who turns up, or who has done the most UK chat shows saying how much they love the UK etc.

Wiggins odds have also lengthened, supposedly because they think the public will be put off cycling with all of the scandals, while Mo Farrah is holding strong.

I've no idea how voting will pan out.  Andy and Bradley do have a massive advantage in having achieved something huge away from the Olympics and getting the media attention that goes with that all to themselves, but I get the feeling a lot of people loved the Olympics so much they will want to reward the athletes whose sports are mainly associated with the Olympics.  They might think that Jess Ennis will benefit more from the accolade, and they'd probably be right!
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #226 on: October 28, 2012, 09:42 PM »
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If Andy doesn't win would love an Olympian such as Mo Farrah to win.  Quite something for a Somali refugee to win eh.
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #227 on: October 28, 2012, 11:24 PM »
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Sparkle @ Reply #213 and Reply #225

Well said - some Andy fans are way too sensitive! It's a one night only TV popularity contest and "It has always been reflected in the voting if personalities are not there in person".

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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #228 on: October 29, 2012, 12:03 AM »
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I would have been very surprised if Andy had changed his schedule to attend this event.  I've no doubt he will get some criticism from those people who really don't understand how important it is for Andy to get ready for the new season.  The fact that he is away from family and friends during the Christmas holidays is proof of just how dedicated he is to his sport.

I watched numerous interviews with athletes after the olympics and so many of them were saying that they were looking forward to taking 2, 3 or sometimes even 6 months off from training.  There were a few that were really surprised that Andy had to fly to Canada just after winning gold and silver. I think some people forget that tennis is 11 months a year and that tournaments are all over the world.

I think Andy would be a very worthy winner and I still hope he wins but I'm more concerned with tennis tournaments than SPOTY. I think we all agree.
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #229 on: October 29, 2012, 01:19 PM »
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What you have to bear in mind that this is a “popularity” contest above anything else and everyone has their own individual feelings and we all know there are various factors which have affected people’s opinion on Andy.  Firstly I think his nationality still has a bearing on it, also he is perceived as a typical “dour” scot with no sense of humour and personality, which of course is dispelled if you are a regular follower of the guy.  Also a lot of people voting will be “two week tennis watchers” which this year could work in Andy’s favour as he gained a lot of support following his public display of emotions at Wimbledon.   I can understand people who are not really into tennis etc. having this wrong perception of him however, I cannot understand the so called professional pundits who continually slate his behaviours etc.  That is just wrong.

Getting back to SPOTY, I think the euphoria from the Olympics is a dim and distant memory now, recession has hit, benefits are being cut, the cost of living is going up and people right across the social and economic divide are finding life very hard just now, could this affect the vote for the Olympians? 

Look back at some of the previous winners and you can see it sometimes has nothing to do with sporting prowess and world achievements etc.   I truly feel Andy deserves this not only for his outstanding achievements this year but also for how long he has single handedly flown the flag for British men’s tennis.  He was 17 when he entered the tour and he has never looked back, he steadily rose through the rankings and has been in the top four players in the work for the past few years this alone without the Grand Slam and Olympic Gold is a magnificent achievement.  There are no 17 or 18 year olds looking likely to do this in the near future.

One thing I would feel confident in having a wee bet on is that he will win the Scottish Sports Personality of the Year, he won it last year and think he is probably odds on along with Chris Hoy to win it again.






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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #230 on: October 29, 2012, 04:47 PM »
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I think the euphoria from the Olympics is a dim and distant memory now, could this affect the vote for the Olympians? 

It'll all come flooding back on the night when they start showing all the video highlights.
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #231 on: November 04, 2012, 10:11 PM »
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Just read online that Djokovic,while being interviewed by-I think it was BBC-urged people to vote for Andy for SPOTY.Not sure if it was an on-camera moment,or if it'll make it into the final cut or whatever,but still very sweet!
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #232 on: November 04, 2012, 10:15 PM »
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Just read online that Djokovic,while being interviewed by-I think it was BBC-urged people to vote for Andy for SPOTY.Not sure if it was an on-camera moment,or if it'll make it into the final cut or whatever,but still very sweet!
Ah that's very nice.  Can't see Fed saying that somehow  Whistle
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #233 on: November 05, 2012, 04:35 AM »
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Andy Murray plans to break with habit and attend Sports Personality of the Year next month, partly because it fits in with his training schedule and doubtless because he actually has a chance of winning the main award.


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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #234 on: November 05, 2012, 08:12 AM »
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If that is true, I wonder if it means Andy is going to get some treatment on his back in the UK and then leave for Miami after SPOTY.  But I'm not convinced until we get official confirmation and it doesn't tally with him playing in the Miami exhibition match.  It would presumably delay his serious training quite badly as SPOTY isn't till a week before xmas I think?
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #235 on: November 05, 2012, 10:21 AM »
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Nah I'm sure SPOTY is in November.
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #236 on: November 05, 2012, 11:06 AM »
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No I'm pretty sure it's weekend before xmas prodigeng - seem to recall dec 16th.  But perhaps they've moved it in which case would fit with Andy's training and seeing a back specialist here.
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #237 on: November 05, 2012, 12:55 PM »
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From the BBC:  It's Sunday 16 December.

I reckon if he wins the WTF this week, he's got a really good chance of winning.
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #238 on: November 05, 2012, 01:09 PM »
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as I thought and difficult to see how that fits in with his training schedule
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Re: Will Andy be BBC Sports Personality this Year? « Reply #239 on: November 05, 2012, 01:37 PM »
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From the BBC:  It's Sunday 16 December.

I reckon if he wins the WTF this week, he's got a really good chance of winning.

I should think it will be more than a chance. Were he to win next Monday, just watch the show and enjoy
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