December 03, 2003


Join the Jonny Wilkinson conspiracy and undermine the BBC:

Saboteurs from Down Under have begun a campaign to deny Jonny Wilkinson the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The fly-half, whose last-minute drop-goal clinched glory for England in Sydney, was expected to win the coveted award with ease. But, in an extraordinary case of sour grapes, an "anti-Jonny" e-mail drive is urging Australians to vote for British tennis star Tim Henman, in order to scupper Wilkinson's chances.

Vote for Henman here.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 3, 2003 04:25 PM

BBC Sports "Personality", eh?

Would have thought that would have disqualifed both Wilkinson and Henman from the start.

Posted by: LD at December 3, 2003 at 04:46 PM

BBC - the mother of all lies - if they give an award it is an insult.

I have no dog in this hunt, but it seems petty to me to saddle an Aussie tennis player, that has done me no wrong, with an insult. Give me reason to hate the man then I might vote.

Posted by: papertiger at December 3, 2003 at 05:17 PM

Henman is British. Please excuse the behaviour of the English, they have not won something for so long they are a little unsure as to how to deal with it.

Posted by: Fadzil at December 3, 2003 at 06:45 PM

Come on guys - it's the BBC. The person that gets the most votes does not necessarily win (as us shooters tend to find out when we vote on mass for one of "our guys"). The BBC use this as a kind of nomination round and then pick who they want to appear on the show.

Do your worst, it makes no difference.

Posted by: JohnJo at December 3, 2003 at 06:58 PM

Don't you guys think all this will just make you Aussies like more pathetic and bitter losers than you already were?! This kind of ankle-biting behaviour won't do you any favours...

Go Johnny!!! Bwahahahahahahahaha!

Posted by: Wilko's Fanclub at December 3, 2003 at 07:42 PM

So when the Poms fiddle with the Sydney Morning Herald poll on their style of Rugby that's just a bit of fun, but when we Aussies play them at their own game it's "sour grapes." English double standards. Who would have thought?

Posted by: Simon at December 3, 2003 at 08:26 PM

It's "BBC" Sports Personality of the Year. So it's just their choice - one assumes that an Englishman would be looked upon more favourably. Take our own ABC Sports Personality of the Year. Who but an Australian gets a leg in.

And yes, it would seem that much of the publicity on JW was predicated on his lack of personality. So ... that never stopped little-johnny-turdface.

Posted by: Julie at December 3, 2003 at 09:14 PM

It costs 25p (60c) to vote, so if you want to increase the BBC's revenue, go ahead.

Posted by: Peggy Sue at December 3, 2003 at 09:15 PM

I just wanna know who the mole is who fucking let the Beeb in on the scam!!!

Posted by: Murph at December 3, 2003 at 09:57 PM

Costs nothing to vote by email, and Henman is as dull as the whole England rugby team- the quinella so to speak.

Posted by: Habib at December 3, 2003 at 10:08 PM

By the way, can we have our ball back please?

Posted by: JohnJo at December 3, 2003 at 10:11 PM

Why can I not get the term "fucking bunch of tosers" out of my head? Well the BBC can solve this problem by banning Aussie IP addresses.

I suggest these idiots go play in traffic or something.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at December 4, 2003 at 02:42 AM

So what was the score in the final again?

Posted by: Davy Boy at December 4, 2003 at 03:02 AM

Will someone explain to the BBC the meaning of the term "shitstir".

Posted by: fidens at December 4, 2003 at 09:50 AM