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We'll take some Calzaghe credit.

Byline: By Ian Carbis South Wales Echo

It was 1992 when a certain newspaper claimed "It Was The Sun Wot Won It" after John Major's Tories won the General Election.

Now the Boot Room is not claiming sole credit, but we would like to think we played our part in Joe Calzaghe collecting the BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy last night.

Our revelation that it was 16 years since a Celt of any description won the award seemed to touch a raw nerve (judging by the e-mail response), and hopefully inspired readers who wouldn't normally vote in these things to pick up the phone.

Calzaghe seemed as surprised as the rest of us, though you wonder if he would have agreed to be interviewed if he hadn't won it this time.

All the early indications were that Lewis Hamilton would drive away with the crown, but as soon as dad Enzo won coach of the year you knew Joe would win.

So, sanity prevailed in the end, and just as well for the Beeb.

Another loser (to go with the team award for England's Rugby World Cup runners-up) and the programme - however slick and well produced - would have been a laughing stock.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 10, 2007
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