The Sporting Chameleon

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Sporting Chameleon end-of-year awards 2009

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WHEN December rolls around many newspapers, magazines, television shows, etc produce a list of who sank or swam in that year.

The Sporting Chameleon, far from producing any original content, will do the same.

The Previously Being Rubbish But in 2009 Being Really Good Award.

Jenson Button.

Needed the car but when, for the first time in his career, it arrived, Button produced a series of flawless drives to effectively secure the Formula 1 title half-way into the season.

Honourable mentions: Tom Watson (technically was not always rubbish, but had been for many years), Stoke City.

The Always Being Really Good And Continuing To Be So in 2009 Award.

Usain Bolt.

Continued to astound with superhuman achievements and a casual persona. In any other era Tyson Gay would be a sprinting great, but Bolt reduces him to another also-ran.

Honourable mentions: Valentino Rossi, Roger Federer, Manchester United.

The Always Being Really Good But Being Rubbish in 2009 Award.

The Ferrari Formula 1 team.

Only one race win in 2009 for the most successful team of all time. Have splashed the big bucks to bring Fernando Alonso to the team and ensure 2010 is much improved.

Honourable mentions: Liverpool FC, Tiger Woods, Australian cricket team.

The Always Being Rubbish And Continuing To Be So in 2009 Award.

Scottish football team.

Failing to overcome Norway and Macedonia saw them miss out on a sixth consecutive major tournament.

Honourable mentions: Audley Harrison, Great Britain Davis Cup team.

Game/Match/etc of the Year.

Carl Froch v Jermain Taylor, WBC Super-Middleweight title, Mashantucket, Connecticut, April 25.

When boxing is good, it is very, very good and Froch’s phenomenal final round knockout should sway even non-boxing fans.

Honourable mentions: Federer v Nadal Australian Open final, Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City (the only classic of the 09-10 season so far)

Footballer of the Year.

Wayne Rooney.

Admirably filled the giant hole left by Cristiano Ronaldo to ensure that the Premier League misses Ronaldo more than Manchester United do.

Honourable mentions: Didier Drogba, Ryan Giggs, Lionel Messi.

Cricketer of the Year.

Andrew Strauss.

Rightly or wrongly the Ashes dominate the English cricket agenda and more than any other player Strauss ensured England lifted the tiny trophy.

Honourable mentions: Stuart Broad, Monty Panesar, Graeme Swann.

Newcomer of the Year.

Eoin Morgan.

Seemingly made England good at one-day cricket on his own with a staggering array of unorthodox shots and big hits.

Honourable mentions: Berlino the Bear, Brawn GP, Thomas Vermaelen.

The “Salvador Dali Award” for 2009’s best moustache.

Ryan Giggs’ manager.

Stole the show at the BBC Sport’s Personality of the Year awards.

see 7 minutes in for proof.

Honourale mention: Almost Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

The Sporting Chameleon Sports Personality of the Year Award, which for legal reasons is nothing like the BBC version.

Sea The Stars.

An equine victor may be a controversial choice, but no horse had ever won the 2000 Guineas, the Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same year and it will be a long, long time before anyone does so again. Here he is capturing the Arc:

Honourable mentions: Bolt, Federer, Button.

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    Lucia Sparks

    February 3, 2010 at 2:57 am

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