Thursday 22 February 2018

Tall poppies shouldn't be chopped down

Sports stars do not need to be anything they're not but please let them keep it real

Simon Zebo shows his trademark ‘Z’ celebration
Simon Zebo shows his trademark ‘Z’ celebration
Sinead Kissane

Sinead Kissane

Christmas must be a pretty good time to be popular. There must be countless Christmas e-cards. And countless invites to parties which promise more than just one glass of stale cava and even staler finger-food. And there must be endless praise for being, well, just yourself really.

Lewis Hamilton knows all about it. When Britain's most popular sportsman for 2014 sat in his lush private jet last Sunday night, he was able to luxuriate in the 209,920 votes which easily nailed him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. He said he didn't realise he was so popular. Well, um, we didn't either Lewis.

He got the love from his fans. But he also probably spotted some of the mock outrage on social media from folk who were quick to spit out their incredulity that Rory McIlroy didn't win. This would be the same folk who would just as quickly forget their faux anger by the time they had downed their bedtime cup of hot cocoa.

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