From: some Monaco tax haven
Hobbies: sitting on his helmet
Greatest moment: refusing to be interviewed by his sponsors (ITV) following his first World Championship
Least likely to say: “I’m gonna pass that guy on the bend or die trying!”
From: Free Dutch Afrikaans
Hobbies: reading about asphalt
Description: strong, silent type (see also: concrete bollard)
Frae: Bonny Scotland
Hobbies: compiled anthology of best ever out-takes of minutes taken at Dunblane Council strategic planning meetings 1976-83 (unpublished)
Adjectives: broody, morose, cross
Redeeming feature: not Tim Henman
From: the distant past (2000 Olympics)
Hobbies: closing eyes, rocking to and fro whilst humming loudly
Likes: Buckaroo, Worthing
Most likely to say: “as I was saying to Audley the other day...”
From: Eton (via Anna Scher’s)
Hobbies: compulsive competitive onanism
Quote: “the lads was brilliant tonight.”
From: genus Meercat
Hobbies: being injured
Interesting factoid: Jonny has refused to speak since taking a Trappist vow of silence after the World Cup in 2003
with Mark Liam Piggott
Home Defence UK
A Symptom of a Greater Malaise
The BBC’s Sporting Non-Personality 2008 Shortlist Announced
The lack of tension was palpable today as the BBC announced its shortlist for the much-coveted title of “sporting non-personality 2008”.
“Listless” Lewis Hamilton
The “Crashing Bore” accelerates into poll position courtesy of his deadly dull quotes, interminable conversational cul-de-sacs and engine-like drone.
Cricket’s answer to mogadon slogs his way into contention with his straight-bat answers, defensive word-play and all-round unlikeability.
Andy “Hand Shandy” Murray
Audley “Boredly” Harrison
Scotland “the Grave” overcomes fierce opposition from across the tennis world to be seeded top for surliness, scowling and anti-English whingeing.
Poet, raconteur and zany dinner date are some of the many things of which Audley Harrison couldn’t be accused, even by his many imaginary friends.
Johnny “Wordsmith” Wilkinson
Wannabe-Cockney Frank mesmerises opponents and interviewers alike with his garbled repertoire of truisms, clichés and insincere platitudes.
Prior to having to pull out due to injury, Wilkinson was a sure-fire punt for pundits who like their sporting icons silent but deadly - dull.
Erm... who are they again?
Forgotten who the short-listed sportsmen are already? Simply print out and shred this guide to Britain’s Blandest, Boring-est Ball Boys...
All the votes are now in, and your fitting hosts Clare Balding and Sue Barker are delighted to announce that the award for most ditchwater-dull sporting non-entity 2008 goes to...