Only 34 shopping days until the Sports Personality of the Year is chosen. The lobbying has already started. Mandrake in today's Telegraph reports that wonderful swimmer and home town girl, Rebecca Adlington is none too impressed by the claims of Lewis Hamilton. She thinks that some of the Olympian gold medallists have a stronger case. I'm definitely with Rebecca on this.
Lewis Hamilton is indeed a world champion - but he wouldn't have won if he'd been driving anything other than a Maclaren or a Ferrari. Also, he made plenty of mistakes through the season, and needed the most incredible stroke of luck in the form of heavy rain on the last lap to win it. Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington and others won through the exertions and skillful deployment of their own bodies, in competition with everyone else in the world. OK, I suppose Chris could have been riding a more aerodynamic bike, or Rebecca could have been wearing a more aerodynamic swimsuit. Whatever, my vote goes to Nicole Cooke, who won the first UK gold medal and set the tone of UK victory for the games. She wins my vote because of her longer record of world beating performances. I thought she should have won it last year. So its 34 shopping days to go. Lets hear it for Nicole. And best of luck tonight Joe Calzhage, last year's winner. Just keep up with the Jones for the first few rounds, and use your fantastic hand speed and relentlessness to drive forward to legendary status. Then retire - please.