Roy The Boy looks at the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award and believes that in a World Championship year, there is plenty of value in the Usain Bolt & Novak Djokovic prices.
Take a look at the following list and see if you can guess what it represents:
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Football
2013 Sebastian Vettel F1
2012 Usain Bolt Athletics
2011 Novak Djokovic Tennis
2010 Rafael Nadal Tennis
2009 Usain Bolt Athletics
2008 Usain Bolt Athletics
2007 Roger Federer Tennis
2006 Roger Federer Tennis
2005 Shayne Warne Cricket
2004 Roger Federer Tennis
OK, I’ll spill… this is a list of previous ‘Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Award’ winners which, in total, has been given to Tennis players 16 times, Athletes from track & field have received it 11 times, Golfers 8 times and Boxers on 5 occasions.
A panel of 30 ‘sporting journalists’ are responsible for the destination of the award and clearly they like ‘bat & ball’!
On stats alone you are probably not alone in thinking the current 2/1 favourite for Wimbledon glory, Novak Djokovic, who has already won the Australian Open, has to head the betting. Wrong! He is 6/1 with Betfair who have opened a book on the contest.
They do have another tennis player shorter in the betting, the legendary Serena Williams’ at 9/2. Let me tell you there has not been a woman recipient of this award since Steffi Graf in 1988!
Amazingly Betfair make Jordan Spieth their market leader at 2/1. I’ve underlined before how out-of-fashion golf, as a spectator sport, is amongst the general public and all-important sports editors.
Additionally plenty of stats are against him such as it is 15 years since the last American recipient of this award (and last winning golfer), that being Tiger Woods in 2000. One must ask how 18-time Olympic Gold Medal winning swimmer Michael Phelps has never been given it? Ah, he’s American!
Then there is Ole Einar Bjørndalen, the greatest Winter Olympian of all time. A veteran of six Olympic Games (eight Golds, four Silvers and a Bronze) with 39 World Championship medals (19 gold) and 94 World Cup race wins. He is one of the world’s greatest ever athletes of any sport.
Of course being a winter sports athlete I doubt any of the esteemed 30 panellists will have ever heard of Ole Einar Bjørndalen, or considered his merits.
Anyway… I’ve come up with a heap of facts to make all the principles opposable yet I can see no good reason to oppose athlete Usain Bolt who, in this World Athletics Championships year, is trading at a remarkable 18/1 to collect the trophy for a fourth time.
Athletics is hot right now and Bolt is the person responsible for its popularity. You have to take the 18/1 about him with a saver on Djokovic at 6/1.
1.5 points win Usain Bolt at 18/1 with Betfair Sports
1 point win Novak Djokovic at 6/1 with Betfair Sports