World of Sport: on BBC Sports Personality... congratulations to Rory McIlroy

Red Rum even turned up once and spoke more sense and displayed more charisma in two  minutes than Robbie Savage has managed in his entire broadcast career. Savage had the prettier mane though.
Red Rum even turned up once and spoke more sense and displayed more charisma in two minutes than Robbie Savage has managed in his entire broadcast career. Savage had the prettier mane though.
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Congratulations to Rory McIlroy. He is the real Sports Personality of the Year in the UK, no matter what those idiots who hogged the phonelines to the stupid BBC decided.

McIlroy takes on a field in excess of 100 every time he starts a competition.

Most of them can win, even 150-1 shot YE Yang who won the 2009 US PGA Major, beating Tiger Woods in his pomp, down the stretch.

That’s like Suzie Wolff beating Lewis Hamilton in a Forumula One race, something that could only happen, and probably would, if they switched cars.

Hamilton is a terrible winner of a sports personality award because he competes in an event that demands more of designers and engineers than it does its drivers. And he has no personality.

Those who tell me that the reason why Hamilton gets to drive the best car is that he’s the best driver need to explain why, if that’s really the case, Sebastian Vettel, and not the tax-avoiding Monaco resident, was driving the Renault Red Bull in the four previous seasons?

Put Hamilton in any other car and he isn’t World Champion and he wins no awards. It really is that simple.

Hamilton had just one other serious competitor in every race. There are pretty much 20 no-hopers in every Grand Prix and shock results are impossible to achieve.

Formula One lacks the romance, drama and unpredictability of McIlroy’s sport.

Anyway the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is an outdated concept which delivers bizarre winners. They should have scrapped it when Ryan Giggs won the main award as it then became beyond parody,

Arrogantly the beeb decide which 10 sporting figures we are allowed to vote for, a tactic that allows them to be politically correct and put an undeserving women like that horse-dancing champion to be on the list.

The beeb then give us 35 minutes to vote. All that then proved is that motorsport fanatics were more engaged after two hours of tedium than golf fans.

I watched the show for 20 minutes until Goatee Lineker’s smugness drove me to another channel.

In the days when the BBC cared about live sport, their end-of-season awards show was a highlight of the year.

Red Rum (right) even turned up once and spoke more sense and displayed more charisma in two minutes than Robbie Savage has managed in his entire broadcast career. Savage had the prettier mane though.

Like most of what the BBC now offers Sports Personality of the Year is a dumbed-down show for airheads.

It can only be a matter of time before Russell Brand appears either as a presenter or a candidate based on his support for West Ham.

He’s made disastrous appearances on Match of the Day and Question Time so he may as well ruin another show that used to be good.

Hero of the week: Alastair Cook

As he can’t find the guts to drop himself from England’s one-day international team, fair play to captain Alastair Cook for scoring so few runs, dropping dolly catches and skippering so appallingly he’s made it impossible for the selectors to now take him to the World Cup early next year. I assume that is the case anyway.

The shame of Chelsea’s cheats

Is two yellow cards for simulation and one other blatant diving offence that was ignored by one of our hopeless referees, a record for one team in one match?

Doubtless our tough-talking football overlords will be speaking to Chelsea about their choreographied cheating against mighty Hull last weekend.

I also look forward to an opponent successfully diving against Chelsea and watching Jose Mourinho whinge safe in the knowledge that no football reporter has the guts to challenge him about his own team’s failings. TV and print journalists appear to be in thrall to Mourinho (above), laughing at his pretty lame jokes and treating his babbling nonsense with even more reverance than they treat Russell Brand’s inane ramblings.

Get all football off the BBC

I never thought I’d be celebrating any sports show moving to Channel Five, but I welcome the news that they’ve nicked the Football League highlights from the BBC.

The beeb’s coverage is garbage. It’s on after midnight or not at all if the Championship is on a breather. Channel Five are going to screen their show at 9pm.

The star-struck beeb like to spend ages discussing Bolton’s latest 0-0 draw compared to 30 seconds on the brilliant football played by Bristol City and Swindon. The main presenter Manish Bhasin seems like a decent bloke, but he never manages to hide his basic lack of football knowledge. Mind you he’s not helped by the banal punditry of Steve Claridge (above).

Good luck Channel Five, at least you have nothing to follow.

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