If it's really about sport, Murray should have prevailed over Wiggins
You could easily have made a case for half a dozen different winners. And that’s just among those who didn’t make the top 12.
It is inevitable, then, that last night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year victory for Bradley Wiggins will not represent the end of the debate.
Ah, how glorious it is to argue over which of Britain’s multi-talented, honour-laden, phenomenally successful sporting ambassadors should be named first among equals in a public poll.
Anyone who knows athletics understands how impossible it should have been for Mo Farah to do the distance double. Or how about Jess Ennis, THE face of London 2012, having missed Beijing through injury?
Chris Hoy, Britain’s greatest ever Olympian. The Paralympians who changed attitudes about disability in Britain — and beyond. All held a claim on the crown.
But, if it’s really about the sport, the prize should have gone to Andy Murray.
Put bluntly, he didn’t just succeed when it mattered — he also triumphed with the weight of history on his shoulders.
That is not something you could say about even Wiggins, as remarkable achievement it was being the first British winner of the Tour de France.
While that historic victory will stand for the ages, it is not as if Wiggo has had to deal with years and years of endless questioning over when one of ‘our boys’ might finally end the wait for a Continent-conquering road warrior to emerge.
As much as we all celebrated the win by a fantastic athlete and all-round geezer, if he had finished runner-up or even ninth, the nation would have shrugged and moved on.
Murray? Every time he has ‘squandered’ a Grand Slam opportunity, the wailing and gnashing of teeth has been heard around the world. Oh, how could that serial Scottish loser possibly let Britain down again? He alone had lived with the ghost of Fred Perry, British angst, 1936 and all that.
And he’d failed in four Slam finals. No one had ever lost their first five. No other nominee can understand what it’s like to have lived under that kind of expectation for more than just a couple of weeks during one glorious sporting summer.
Let the debate continue, then. Enjoy it. We may never get the chance to argue like this again.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2249314/SPOTY-2012-Andy-Murray-won-Bradley-Wiggins.html