Sports personality

Hi all,  Can anyone explain to a simple soul as I, how the powers that be at the good ol' BBC knew to have the award ready to present to Andy Murray who was in Miami? whilst everyone else was in Leeds. 

Okay, he might have been an odds on favourite, (not in my book) but just imagine how much egg on faces had the public voted otherwise, which is how it is supposed to work. It looks to me very much like the Strictly Come Dancing charade (No, I don't watch it) where they pretend the Sunday show is live & have the audience change places & the "stars" change their attire, whilst talking about "last nights show" blah blah blah. What a sham. Or am I seriously missing summat!!!

Cheers (tongue in cheek)




  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    When did the voting stop?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,805

    Well, this is the explanation - I should think that he was odds on to win so they had to have some sort of 'cover all contingency' and it is a live show - I'm constantly amazed at the smooth way these things work, but there's always likely to be a small amount of human error creep in - far better than to go back to the bad old days when everything was stage managed and rehearsed to within an inch of it's life and then pre-recorded 'just in case'. image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,106

    I know I will probably upset some people (as he won the tennis after goodness knows how many years) but I would have thought to win personality of the year you needed oneimage  sorry peeps image

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,106

    Ok, really sorry, bad joke.image

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    I agree with you Star Gaze. As far as tennis goes he's a good player. But he'll never be first in the queue to be a commentator or generic show host that many others get to look forward too when they retire!

  • The "voting" only started after the 10th nominee was introduced & finished minutes before the "decision" was announced. So total voting time was approx. 50mins.

    @Dovefomabove, thanks for the link, mystery sorted. I love the tweet from his, (Murray) sponsors Adidas. They posted a snap of Andy with the caption:  ‘Not bad for a man with no personality.’

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,106

    They must have read my mind!!

    Gsdf, I do like strictly,  but I do agree with you. The voting is not fair, I really hope that Susanna whatshername, doesn't win just because its the bbc.

    Verdun you get my vote image

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,106

    Maybe an elephants foot cake?

    I can imagine you as a boy with catpults and worms in your pockets. Socks round your ankles, a cap back to front, muddy knees and face and grin as if butter wouldn't melt. Am I close image

  • Hey! that also describes me a looooooooooooooooooooong time ago.image

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Lily that woz me, can I have a choux bun as well image

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,106

    Yes Kef course you canimage

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,106

    Play nicely boys and girls image

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,169

    Not remotely interested in who won Sports personality as I don't care but I expect they had all the candidates lined up for a possible presentation wherever they were.     I do watch Strictly and am keen that Susannah gets to the final as she does have personality which she puts in to every dance as opposed to Sophie whose performances seem very reserved - except for her Charleston early on - and Nathalie who seems cold and clinical.

    I'd like to see Abby win as she has made excellent progress from the first show and has turned out to be a very talented dancer and equal to every challenge.

    I'd also like a revamp of Strictly itself as it's current format is getting ever more farcical and the direction of the camera work is appalling and the fancy new lighting effects often mask the dancing even when they do focus on it.   There are an awful lot of keen social and amateur dancers like OH and me out there who want to see the dancing from footwork to hold and topline and not how clever the techies are.

    The Vendée, France
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,106

    I want Abby to win too, as you say she has improved over the weeks Natalie, I think has done dancing in the past, so thats a bit unfair, Sorry to say this but I really don't want Susanna to win, I wanted her to go weeks ago. Also agree with you about seeing footwork etc. Sometimes when the judges say about mistakes etc, I rewind and watch again, but more often than not you don't see it as the camera haven't caught that part. Oh well we shall find out at the weekend image

  • I am a Strictly fan too but going back to the original post, apparently the term 'Sports Personality' was created to avoid 'Sportsman' or 'Sportswoman' of the year, as the BBC obviously couldn't be seen to be biased towards one gender or the other. So 'personality' is simply a substitute term and they actually aren't looking for personalities as such, but rather, sports achievers.

    I agree that Andy seems very boring, as he admitted himself in his acceptance speech, but he occasionally shows a great, dry sense of humour and his sporting prowess is now unquestionable, having won Wimbledon. He won me over a little with his reaction in 2012 when he cried during the post match interview having lost to Federer.

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