Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sport's Personality 2012


Pos  Athlete         Ach   Pers  Prof  Total
1 Bradly Wiggins 4.75 2 2.75 9.5 2 Mo Farah 4.25 2 3 9.25 3 Andy Murray 4.25 2 2.75 9 = Jessica Ennis 4 2 3 9 5 Chris Hoy 4.5 1.5 2.5 8.5 = Ben Ainslie 5 1 2.5 8.5 = Ellie Symonds 4.5 2 2 8.5 8 David Wier 5 1 2 8 9 Sarah Stoey 5 0.5 2 7.5 = Rory McIlroy 4 1.5 2 7.5 = Nicola Adams 4 1 2.5 7.5 12 Kath Granger 4 0.5 2.5 7


Achievement (out of 5) - What did they achieve in their sport this year.
5 – Domination
4 – Winning highest award
3 – Winning at a lower level / Performing well at highest level
2 – Overall Notable performances
1 – One or two outstanding performances not consistent
+ 0.5 for unique achievement (e.g. Rebecca Romero)
+ 0.5 for outstanding contribution to a poor team (e.g. Kevin Pietersen).

Personality (out of 2) - How well known they are to the British public.
2 – Known by everyone
1 – Known by sports fans only
0 – Known by fans of specific sport

Profile of Sport (out of 3) - How highly is the sport regarded in the country.
3 – Football, Cricket, Athletics (Olympics)
2.5 – Rugby Union, Tennis, Formula 1, Road Cycling, Other Olympics
2 – Boxing, Golf, Snooker
1.5 – Horse Racing, Gymnastics
0.5 – Women’s Cricket, Diving

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Fun Games To Play #403

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sport's Personality 2010

This years contest is wide open as there is not any one obvious choice. Swann has helped England to become really good at cricket and is regarded as the best spinner in the world, Ennis won the world indoor and European outdoor setting Britsh records in individual events. AP McCoy finally won the Grand National and Mark Cavendish has nice eyes.

For the second year running Tom Daley received the same number of nominations as the 11th placed athlete and this year double European champion runner Mo Farah misses out.

The overseas award will probably go to Rafa Nadal but contenders include Seb Vettel and David Villa.

Team of the year is likely to go to England's Twenty20 Cricket World Cup winners but contenders include Red Bull F1 or the European Ryder Cup Team.

Pos Athlete             Ach     Pers    Prof    Total
1 Jessica Ennis 4.5 1.5 2.5 8.5
2 Graeme Swann 3.5 1.5 3 8
3 Phil Taylor 5 1.75 1 7.75
4 Mo Farah 3.5 1 2.5 7
5 David Haye 3 1.5 2 6.5
= Tom Daley 3 2 1.5 6.5
= AP McCoy 4 1 1.5 6.5
= Lee Westwood 3 1.5 2 6.5
= Amy Williams 4 0.5 2 6.5
= Graeme McDowell 3.5 1 2 6.5
11 Mark Cavendish 3 1.5 1.5 6


Achievement (out of 5) - What did they achieve in their sport this year.
5 – Domination
4 – Winning highest award
3 – Winning at a lower level / Performing well at highest level
2 – Overall Notable performances
1 – One or two outstanding performances not consistent
+ 0.5 for unique achievement (e.g. Rebecca Romero)
+ 0.5 for outstanding contribution to a poor team (e.g. Kevin Pietersen).

Personality (out of 2) - How well known they are to the British public.
2 – Known by everyone
1 – Known by sports fans only
0 – Known by fans of specific sport

Profile of Sport (out of 3) - How highly is the sport regarded in the country.
3 – Football, Cricket
2.5 – Rugby Union, Tennis, Formula 1
2 – Boxing, Golf, Snooker
1.5 – Horse Racing, Road Cycling, Gymnastics
0.5 – Women’s Cricket, Diving

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Friday, August 20, 2010

My Day On A Seven Seater (Single Geared) Conference Bike

www.cobiuk.com

After a car journey, a brief train ride to Long Buckby (no, I’d never heard of it either) and a lift in the van (which was in the exact state I expected it to be in after almost 3 weeks of things being bundled in and out) I arrived at the Barceló Daventry Hotel (4*). Immediately I was warmly welcomed into the CoBi family by fellow riders, Sarah and Harry. This was a pleasant surprise as I had come fully equipped to camp.

Dinner was delayed due to the fascination of the coach tour that were seduced by the seven seat bike sitting in the foyer, one of whom was 84 year old Walter, a former Cancer Research scientist and avid cyclist. He didn’t need much encouragement to climb aboard for a photo.

Three more cyclists joined us before bedtime and we spend the final hour of the day debating whether or not crocodiles make good pets* and was CoBi a fitness or social thing – the second pint of San Miguel confirmed it was more likely the latter.

After a cosy night sleep (6 beds, 9 people) and a hearty breakfast, we set off, not before wrestling the bike from the members of the coach tour who were threatening to abandon their previous days transportation for Miss CoBi.

On the bike to begin with were Ed (Can I tell you a story?), Amy (Scream if you want to go slower), Laura (the extra weight of that hoodie will slow us down), Martin (I enjoy a good poke), Harry (it’s all about the lycra), Stewart (I could start my own business but I’d rather ride a single gear seven seater bike) and myself (I don’t want this to be too easy), while in the van were Sarah (get you butts up this hill now), Jack (Whatever stories Ed told you, they’re completely made up) and Ian (I think I’ve cracked this driving lark now).

Our first stop came after only 1.5 miles when we were stopped by the man from BBC Radio Northampton for an interview. Over the next few hours we seemed to pick up people at every turn. Paul (I’m going to build my own conference bike) joined us at Towcester after driving 5 hours from Essex that morning, Chris (who needs shoes anyway) and Emily (from Norway) joined at Milton Keynes.

We made good time, completing a marathon distance in under 3 and a half hours, and we were delighted to see an actual buzzard hovering over Leyton Buzzard. There a real life rock band (Spring Offensive) joined the journey taking the total number of riders for the day to 16. They entertained us by playing most of their back catalogue both on the way out of Leyton Buzzard and back into it again. The 40 minute detour was a slight set back but once back on the road it was time to cruise into Hemel just after 7PM, our final destination.

An amazing and motivating day with really interesting people who'd joined in for all kinds of reasons, taking part in something both bonkers and worthy and as I laid my head on my pillow I could still feel my legs spinning round top speed.

If you see this big purple machine in your area in the next week, give them a honk or a cheerful wave and please give generously!

* we decided not as it might eat the cat.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mascots

The Mascots for the London 2012 Olympics have been announced...

There are several Facebook groups suggesting other mascots.

1 Victoria Beckham (139 members)
2 The Gollywogs (79 members)
3 Londino (Berlino Bear from the 2009 World Championships) (42 members)
4 William Shakespuss (38 members)
5 Paddington Bear (22 members)
6 Boris Johnson (7 members)
7 Springy The Springfield Spring (Simpsons) (2 members)
8 The Tellitubbies (1 member)

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Eyjafjallajökull

What does the erupting Icelandic Volcano look like?
It looks like Chelsea's old tangerine and granite away kit.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Sport's Personality Of The Year 2009 - My Verdict

On Sunday, we get to decide on who the biggest British Sport’s Personality of 2009 is. So who should we vote for? Here is my opinion based on a well researched algorithm combining sporting achievement, personality and notoriety. Please feel free to comment.

I think there are 4 main contenders (Ennis, Strauss, Button and Idowu) with Ennis just edging it, though Giggs, Murray or Haye could all sneak in based on their high profile. I have added 4 more names to the list (Wiggins, Rooney, Taylor and Flintoff – who should have been included anyway due to receiving the same number of nominations as Daley).

The overseas award can only go to Usain Bolt, no question.
The team award, I think, should go to Brawn GP, unless you can think of anyone else.

Pos Athlete             Ach     Pers    Prof    Total
1 Jessica Ennis 4.25 1.5 2.5 8.25
2 Jenson Button 3.75 1.75 2.5 8
Phillips Idowu 4 1.5 2.5 8
Andrew Strauss 3.5 1.5 3 8
5 Ryan Giggs 2.75 2 3 7.75
Andy Murray 3.25 2 2.5 7.75
Wayne Rooney 2.75 2 3 7.75
8 Andrew Flintoff 2.5 2 3 7.5
9 David Haye 4 1.25 2 7.25
10 Beth Tweddle 4 1.5 1.5 7
11 Mark Cavendish 3.5 1 1.5 6
Tom Daley 4 1.5 0.5 6
13 Claire Taylor 4.75 0.5 0.5 5.75
Bradley Wiggins 3 1.25 1.5 5.75

Achievement (out of 5) - What did they achieve in their sport this year.
5 – Domination
4 – Winning highest award
3 – Winning at a lower level / Performing well at highest level
2 – Overall Notable performances
1 – One or two outstanding performances not consistent
+ 0.5 for unique achievement (e.g. Rebecca Romero)
+ 0.5 for outstanding contribution to a poor team (e.g. Kevin Pietersen).

Personality (out of 2) - How well known they are to the British public.
2 – Known by everyone
1 – Known by sports fans only
0 – Known by fans of specific sport

Profile of Sport (out of 3) - How highly is the sport regarded in the country.
3 – Football, Cricket
2.5 – Rugby Union, Tennis, Formula 1
2 – Boxing, Golf, Snooker
1.5 – Horse Racing, Road Cycling, Gymnastics
0.5 – Women’s Cricket, Diving

Jessica Ennis (Athletics)
After returning from injury which kept her out of the Olympics, Ennis produced a personal best by winning at the combined events challenge in Italy in May and won two events at the UK national championships in July. After the first 4 events of the World Championships, Ennis had scored the third highest 1st day points total ever and won 4 of the 7 events to take the gold medal.

Jenson Button (Formula 1)
In 2008, Button managed just 3 world championship points. His team, Honda pulled out of Formula One in December and Jenson was left without a drive for the new season. Brawn GP took over from Honda less than a month before the opening race of the season however Button won 6 of the first 7 races effectively tying up the world championships by June.

Phillips Idowu (Athletics)
Phillips finally fulfilled his potential by becoming the triple jump world champion with a personal best jump of 7.73 metres in the third round. This distance was the furthest anyone jumped in the whole of 2009.

Andrew Strauss (Cricket)
Took over as England captain from Kevin Pietersen in January and made three centuries against the West Indies. He then led England to victory over Australia in the Ashes, being named England’s man of the series, making the highest innings score (161 at Lords) and scoring more runs than anyone else in the series.
He also led England to their first one day series victory in South Africa.

Ryan Giggs (Football)
Giggs helped Manchester United to the league title and his 11th title and was voted the PFA Player of the Year despite having only started in 12 games. He remains the only player to score a goal in every season of the Premier League since it began in 1992 and this year he has reached the milestones of 800 games and 150 goals for Manchester United and became the 17th player to score 100 Premier League goals.

Andy Murray (Tennis)
In 2009, Murray won 6 ATP titles, including the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club, 2 Masters titles and briefly reached world number 2 while Nadal was injured. His best performance in a grand slam was at Wimbledon where he lost to an inspired Andy Roddick in the semi-final.

Wayne Rooney (Football)
Rooney is England’s most important player and his 9 goals in 10 qualifying games helped his country reach the 2010 World Cup finals as group winners. He also helped Manchester United win the 2008-9 Premier League title (his third) scoring 20 goals and reaching 100 Manchester United goals, the 20th player to achieve this feat.

Andrew Flintoff (Cricket)
Flintoff became the highest rated IPL player ever but had to come home early due to a knee injury. In June Flintoff announced he would retire from test cricket after the Ashes. His best performance came in the 2nd test at Lords, taking 5 vital wickets on the last day to secure victory. In the deciding test, he superbly ran out Ricky Ponting to help secure a 2-1 series win.

David Haye (Boxing)
In May 2008, Haye relinquished his cruiserweight world titles and moved up a division to heavyweight. He was scheduled to fight the WBC champion, Vitali Klitschko in June but pulled out with a back injury. Instead he lined up a fight with 7 foot tall, WBA champion, Nikolay Valuev, who he defeated in Germany on a close points decision to become Britain’s fifth heavyweight champion ever.

Beth Tweddle (Gymnastics)
In qualifying at the World Championships in London, Beth fell off the uneven bars and landed on the floor, where she won the gold medal, helped in part by the following gymnast bouncing on her head during a tumble. In 2009, she also won two gold medals at the European championships and the Glasgow Grand Prix on the uneven bars and the floor.

Mark Cavendish (Cycling)
Mark is regarded as the world’s fast sprinter in road cycling, and proved that by winning 6 stages of this years Tour de France and finishing second in the points classification (green jersey). This, added to his 4 stage wins in 2008 put him top of the British stage wins list.

Tom Daley (Diving)
In February, Tom retained his British 10 metre title by over 100 points but he was unable to defend his synchronised title as his partner, Blake Aldridge, was injured the week before in a nightclub brawl. Daley continued to finish high up in world series events and in the world championships took the gold medal despite scoring much lower than his best.

Claire Taylor (Cricket)
In March, Taylor helped England win their third world cup and was leading run scorer and named player of the tournament. In June, at the Women’s World Twenty/20 Competition was again named player of the tournament, scoring a vital 76 to defeat Australia in the semi final. Her vital contribution saw England retain the Ashes and she is the first Woman to be listed in Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year.

Bradley Wiggins (Cycling)
Wiggins finished fourth in his first Tour de France, equalling the Robert Millar’s 1984 position as the best place British rider. he also won the British National Time Trial Championships and the Herald Sun Tour held in Melbourne.

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