Awards can be divisive

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 09/02/2012

Sporting award evenings are a wonderful celebration, but on the other hand can be nasty and an almost pointless beast.

Tonight the Halberg Awards will take place, where we get the chance to cast our minds back over the past year and honour those in New Zealand who have succeeded on the sporting stage.

What I love about these types of events is all our sporting codes unite in one place and we are able to celebrate sport as a whole.

What I hate about them, though, is that in double-quick time those sporting codes often divide.

Not always the case, but more than often it is the aftermath of these sort of functions.

Comparing sporting success is an almost pointless exercise and is basically lining up apples next to pears.

The All Blacks will likely win team of the year tonight. However, if you wanted you could put a pretty good case forward that the New Zealand men's pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray should win the gong.

Cue the groans from some rugby folk.

But let's put a case forward for argument's sake.

The All Blacks are being hailed as odds-on winners for team of the year because they have broken a 24-year drought at the Rugby World Cup.

The glass-half-full type person would suggest the only reason the All Blacks have had the chance to break a 24-year drought is because they have been so awful at previous World Cups. The 2011 success has been showered with glitter because of the failings of All Black teams before them.

On the other side of the fence sit Murray and Bond, who last year won their third world title in a row. To hammer home just how dominant they have been, they haven't lost a race at any level for the past three years.

They physically couldn't do any better than what they have managed to do. How could you argue against that CV if you were a judge.

Now, I am not saying Bond and Murray should win tonight, I am simply highlighting how stupid it is to try to compare the success of two different sports.

Ranking achievements from one sport to another is a mythical-type scenario, like playing fantasy baseball.

All it ends up doing is fuelling hostility between one sporting code and another.

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