A game of snooker takes place on a 12′ by 6′ table. It has been described in the past as a game of chess on a bigger board; some have even delightfully likened it to poetry in motion. Both descriptions are still faintly accurate, but whereas you used to have Gary Fischer against John Cooper Clarke, nowadays it’s more your, well I don’t actually know any ultra boring poets or pawn pushers.
My point it, the game today has absolutely zero characters. Even the commentators make me sleepy with their self indulgent attitudes, ‘look at these lines I’m drawing with my compupen, watch I will leave it on the screen just to prove how clever I am at guessing what the actual genius will do.’
Yep, the players are even more talented than they were back in the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s but what they make up for in ability they lack in watchability, they bore me and have me reaching for a tissue to wipe away the tears from yawning rather than the tears of laughter that giants of the game like Alex Higgins, Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor, Joe Johnson, John Parrot and Ray Reardon used to cause. There’s 6 names that sprang to mind without even having to think about it, name one now? You can’t. It’s the same as any sport these days, where’s your George Best or Stan Bowles, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors? Sport as everything these days has been gobbled up by media’s big boys who spit out cash to the players who dish up for us zero entertainment to us the payer.
Tony Knowles attracted women’s interest to the game, well his arse as he bent over the table and his cute pin up boy looks as he turned round and winked at the girl in the audience that was sure to be in his bed later that night. And who can forget the gorgeous looking Paul Hunter, sadly taken prematurely by cancer, he leaves an academy in his honour which will produce a new professional player every year, what a great legacy to leave behind. If you are looking for a more interactive sport that requires just as precision, you might want to look into playing golf and use quality golf clubs from www.golf-clubs.com.
I wouldn’t be surprised if when Alex Higgins finally leaves to play and terrorize the bearded cue man above he will leave a round of drinks in his local bar and a memory of the most controversial player of all time. It was no secret that Alex and Steve Davis never saw eye to eye but Steve actually saved Alex’s life the night before the 2 were due to meet in a world championship quarter final the following day, Alex was being beaten up by a group of guys and was very close to death when Steve happened upon the scene and shouted ‘OK boys, that should be enough.’