...and thankfully the British public got it right. A Mark Cavendish was crowned BBC Sports Personalty of the year with nearly 50% of the vote.
...doesn't matter. Females or no females I've said it before and I'll say it again. There's only one winner. Cav. The Manx Missile. Mark Cavendish.
...changed a country. In his own quiet way Basil D'Oliveira probably changed South Africa and the fortunes of it's people more than anyone else.
...this series thumping. Has there ever been a team to come to these shores and be on the end of such a shellacking in a test match series?
...disguise? England yet again stuff India, this time by an innings and plenty, to take over from the visitors as the number one ranked team in the world.
...again? If you didn't know the test rankings but were told one of these was number one and then watched the first two tests of this series you wouldn't pick India, would you even have them in the top 5?
...for the set. Ian Bell wasn't naive but just slack and stupid to be run out before tea on the fourth day of the second test. But apparently he was only partly to blame.
...right up until they got stuffed. With a full house at Lord's for the final day of the opening Test of the series against India it got a bit screechy until the Indians were put out of their misery.
...my chips why don't you. Thought England would struggle to manage anything but a thrashing at the hands of one day specialist Sri Lanka. Not so.
...a bit of a fluke now. It's only a little over a year ago that England were crowned World Twenty20 Champions and it really looks like a one off after yet another inept limited overs display.
...with a damp meh. Three damp squid test series against Sri Lanka finished appropriately with rain stopping play as England yet again struggled to bowl the visitors out to win the final test.
...not to lose. Andrew Strauss needed a carrot to dangle in front of the Sri Lankan batsmen to get a result at Lords' but chose to bat on and on and on, seemingly scared his bowlers would give it up in extras.
...meh. A drab, rain affected, test match in Wales was no way to hail the returning Ashes heroes and it looked to be ending in a damp squib until Sri Lanka pulled something out of the bag.
...propensity to choke. You can't weigh up England at this World Cup, they tie with and beat tournament favourites while struggling and losing to minnows, so defeat to Bangladesh then?
...of both victory and defeat. Even with a magnificent 158 from Andrew Strauss that surpassed Tendulkar's ton, thanks to more ineptness from Anderson England managed a last ball tie with India.