From Champs to Chumps: Leicester aren’t the worst defending champions yet…
The Beeb have crowned their latest Sports Personality of The Year amidst the usual pomp and ceremony that has become a hallmark of all Clare Balding-brand sports programming.
This year’s winner embodied everything the show itself stands for – safe, grandmother-approved, blandness that occasionally offers gimmicks in an attempt to crowbar wit into proceedings (David “The Weir Wolf” Weir literally being wheeled out on stage to Michael Jackson’s Thriller ,anyone?).
It’s a tried and tested formula designed to make fans of Strictly Come Dancing fans clap along like a pantomime audience and cause the rest of us to gnaw our fingers off at the sheer cringyness of it all. Andy Murray was the victor for a third time and whilst his endeavours on the Tennis court are unquestionable, his lack of any recognisable ‘Sports Personality’ certainly is.
Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester City team were in attendance, only serving to further highlight the farcical nature of the evening, but they were duly recognised for their incredible year as well.
Personality is a word synonymous with the current Premier League champions and for one evening, at least, they were able to briefly bask in their personal glory once again. Of course, football is a fickle beast and barely seven months on from their unparalleled triumph, the Foxes find themselves in all sorts of bother. The season is still relatively young but we can safely presume that Jamie Vardy lookalike won’t be charging as much for his services come May. But are Leicester the worst defending Champions in football history? Not yet.
We’ve taken a look at which teams fell from grace so far they makes Leicester’s look like a mere trip over an upturned rug…