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 on: Yesterday at 08:53 PM 
Started by Bevc - Last post by Aileen
Thanks Bev , I will be voting for Andy as many times that is humanly possible when the phone lines open . Ps Totally agree Ruthie  clap
lol  That'll probably cost you a small fortune!  Mind you I could always use my mobile because for some reason BT gave me unlimited minutes as part of my monthly package with them, so I could use that rather than rack-up my land-line calls.

 52 
 on: Yesterday at 08:26 PM 
Started by Bevc - Last post by Aileen
Seems like being born on March 23 may carry a sporting talisman for lots.  Budding parents, get out your calendars and your 'fertile time' kits!  Very Happy

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2012/aug/12/future-olympian-born-23-march
Interesting coincidences!

 53 
 on: Yesterday at 08:21 PM 
Started by Bevc - Last post by deb
Thanks Bev , I will be voting for Andy as many times that is humanly possible when the phone lines open . Ps Totally agree Ruthie  clap

 54 
 on: Yesterday at 08:10 PM 
Started by Bevc - Last post by marathonarthur
For those who fear we're biased on this website here is how the Times (I don't buy it I hasten to add) summed it up at the end of its article about SPOTY:
"There is one person on the list, however, whose year has been so monumental that should he not win, it would for ever taint the legitimacy of the award.  That man is AM: Wimbledon singles champion, Olympic singles champion, ATP World Tour Finals champion and world no 1.  Yes he won in 2013, yes he won last year - and he probably would not have even been nominated had Britain not won the Davis Cup late on in the year - but forget the agendas, the regional favouritism and the desire for a different face: it has got to be Murray's year again".

I agree with that. There is little the others have done in comparison apart from Mo who has done a double double at the Olympics.  That is more than rare, I think that Lasse Viren did it (later assumed with the help of blood doping) but Mo also did the double at the Worlds in between! 

Some new kids have shown themselves as future contenders. If Max Whitlock goes on in later years he will stand out. Nice guy who just gets on with it!?  If Froome had got a gold at the Olympics to add to his tour victories he would have been a contender too, rather than the Kenny's or Storey from Cycling but nothing as good as the list of achievements given for AM. Strangely now I think he has more support as his success has eclipsed the earlier negative responses from sports followers that did not like some of his early behaviour or statements.

 55 
 on: Yesterday at 08:09 PM 
Started by Bevc - Last post by Aileen
I see there's a vote for Nicola Adams.  Sadly I detest boxing and have never been able to understand why women want to participate.  If I were to go for someone else it would be Mo or perhaps Jason Kenny.


However another journalist on the next page, who agrees, nevertheless doesn't trust the voting public to do the right thing in this year of Trump and Brexit.   Whistle
Hmm.  Well a friend of mine is a bit of a clairvoyant, although he isn't into practising it for a living, and he informed me early this year that we should 'expect the unexpected'.  Well we certainly got it with Brexit and Trump, so perhaps that journalist could be right!

 56 
 on: Yesterday at 07:51 PM 
Started by eira_arian - Last post by Aileen
Thank you PPP. Smile

 57 
 on: Yesterday at 07:18 PM 
Started by Amy - Last post by PompousPitchforkPeasant
omg i'm so happy there's music thread  w00t

This is my fav band Dalriada Very Happy Their name is the name of the Scottish kingdom and a Hungarian word meaning "a song erupted" at the same time.






 58 
 on: Yesterday at 07:15 PM 
Started by Bevc - Last post by Ruthie
For those who fear we're biased on this website here is how the Times (I don't buy it I hasten to add) summed it up at the end of its article about SPOTY:
"There is one person on the list, however, whose year has been so monumental that should he not win, it would for ever taint the legitimacy of the award.  That man is AM: Wimbledon singles champion, Olympic singles champion, ATP World Tour Finals champion and world no 1.  Yes he won in 2013, yes he won last year - and he probably would not have even been nominated had Britain not won the Davis Cup late on in the year - but forget the agendas, the regional favouritism and the desire for a different face: it has got to be Murray's year again".
However another journalist on the next page, who agrees, nevertheless doesn't trust the voting public to do the right thing in this year of Trump and Brexit.   Whistle

 59 
 on: Yesterday at 07:09 PM 
Started by scot-boy - Last post by Ruthie
You know it is and it isn't.  It misses out the fact that off court Andy is a shy gentle and very polite guy . This article makes him sound as if he is a tough guy who doesn't give a toss for anyone  whereas in fact we know that Andy was mentally scarred by the torrent of abuse and hatred directed at him over the football remark. He had death threats while at Wimbledon FGS. We know that it persists to this day. Andy Murray was and still is a victim of racism within the UK  and that is not an exaggeration,  That is why he has been so mistrustful of people and deliberately retreated from the limelight which the teenage Andy was keen to enjoy. That is why he is so awkward and tentative in interviews with a media which has been content to rip him apart in the past and now wants to write glowing but deeply patronising articles like this one. Our man got to number one with sheer talent and hard work and despite a total lack of support from the English media and the home counties.
I take your point neverhurry but I enjoyed the article nevertheless and I suspect it would have appealed to many NS readers who might not be Andy fans.  Just one point - he may still be the subject of anti-Scottish feeling among some English people but that's not racism.  Sorry to be pedantic but I think it's important not to use the term racism in a non-racial context. 

 60 
 on: Yesterday at 07:07 PM 
Started by scot-boy - Last post by Ruthie
The Guardian have a poll on SPOTY.  I did it and so far Andy has 59% of the votes ... ahem not that polls mean much this year ...
and the nearest contender is Mo F at only 10%.  But as you say what confidence can we have in polls this year?  There was a whole article in the Times earlier in the week on the theme of in the year of Trump and Brexit can Andy rely on the voters to do the right thing.

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