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anyone watching? Got back into snooker recently, and started playing too.
ding looks pretty special.
good player though..
i love snooker. Tactical sports ftw
Third-favourite sport after cricket and footy - can't get enough of the stuff. Ding is God. Neil Robertson is also God. Ronnie is Lucifer but that's ok coz Lucifer is cooler anyway.
Have irrational hatred of Higgins and utterly rational disdain for Murphy.
Peter Ebdon is Lot (or Job)
I think it's the way his chin moves when he's cueing.
the grim inevitability of him gritting his way to yet another crushing victory over a more talented or charismatic player - he does it all the goddamn time and it really pains me
Caught Hendry getting out of jail the other night, great game and he showed great nerve to get back into it and win.
Will he break? Will he break? Will he succumb?
Ronnie is my SPOTD 00's fwiw
last night they showed king v davis on bbc2 and on the red button and didn't show williams v campbell at all
Ive always loved a bit of snooker. Probs after footy and cricket as said before. Ive got my money on Robertson this year. Also like Maguire, Ron obv., and for some bizzare reason i like Fu.
Ding is a good player but his shot selection leaves alot to be admired. Hes sometimes TOO aggressive. Fair enough he pots em, but when he doesnt against a top player he gets punished.
Ebdon is a pleb. Simple.
Murphy is from Rotherham and im from Sheffield so i think we would have a mutual hatred.
I want to pat Steve Davis on the head when he wins.
Is he? When did this happen?
I may not have followed snooker as closely as i thought...
I generally support him too. Not quite the same aura of genius as Ding, if we're talking the New Chinese Brigade, but a better smile
Taking every pot on, never played a safety shot, brilliant snooker.
And just before Williams got his act back together, he looked like he was coming down from a 3 year crack binge.
I shall check this out now and be more vigilant in future, fair play to him though, nowt like being on the take at work eh?
definately spotted a chink in his armour.
there's something very intimidating about Gould's appearance. probably the glasses.
What the fuck is Ronnie playing at?
Didn't think Robertson getting walloped could cheer me but this guy is flaming incredible - most unlikely-looking sports star ever! Mr Ventham just got game.
that Martin Gould looks like murderer? Probably of prostitutes
of seemingly unassailable leads ;_;
also, steve Davis you LEGEND
i reckon he could win the tournament
Come on Ali.
At the risk of sounding like a Daily Mail reader, this is absolutely disgraceful. The video looks pretty damning... got to be a permanent ban, surely? So disappointing.
that's terrible. ban for sure.
shame he's not made it to the final, that'll be some TV!
at least, not yet anyway
i do now, but!
also, you know when Ant and Dec used to dress up as old ladies and stuff to rumble celebrities? Well this is the sort of thing they should be doing. It would be MUCH better telly
in falling for NOTW stings. "there's no camera's are there?"
Barry Hearn is probably going to rip his balls off
all the abuse i've thrown at him down the years, for relentlessly overhauling players I like in that uncharismatic, hard as nails way of his...all that abuse seems tame now
The standard of snooker is the tournament is the worst I've ever seen.
the cream of that top aren't anywhere near as good as Stephen Hendry is his prime, Ronnie on his day.
The fact that Ronnie got to the Quarter finals of this tournament playing pretty 'pathetic snooker' shows this. Wouldnt have got past round one in some previous years...
Just seen Hearn speaking about the Higgins thing, quite like him now. I'm pretty sure it will go through Ronnie supports it and he pretty much IS snooker. There's very few purists oldies in the top 16 or whatever so it'll pretty much go through.
...is speaking out against Hearn's plans then you know they're something to vote for.
As for Higgins, I've been saying he's a cunt for years. This is someone who used to walk out of the arena for interval's before an opponent has finished their break in a hissy fit. Why does no-one remember this? Why does everyone bumrape his "mental strength" when he was a big time bottler for most of the last decade? This latest revelation doesn't surprise me, he's got the backbone of a baby squid...
Hearn's impressed me very much indeed so far.
The general meeting is in a few days' time, I believe, and there's quite a bit of opposition to some of Hearn's plans for players from significant managers and key players - he's basically said either it all needs ratifying or he's out and snooker can fend for itself.
claiming he was scared of the mafia and had to say those things to get out of there is mental. what a dick - if that was really what happened then why not go to the snooker authorities straight away nobhead
What circumstances led him out to Kiev anyway?
"in kiev, something dodgy going on" text to barry hearn?
Oh, I dunno.
and Parrott and Davis acting as if the entire sport is gonna have to change because of it all. Wtf? Just because one player did something very naughty?
it's going to affect the snooker world far more than, say, tiger woods libido affected golf
and the entire appeal of your profession, doesn't rest on the notion that it's a completely open and fair sport though, does it?
Snooker's not like wrestling - supporters and spectators like it because they think that the best player will out, and that the champions are worthy of their trophies.
it's more like someone saying "I'll give you £200 if you nick the boss' laptop and give it to me"
A bit of a pointless line of argument if he's already well off.
i'd probably prefer Robertson to win though
What a horrible newspaper.
finals like this will. I particularly like how the BBC2 schedule has the afternoon session ending for 5.55, and the mid-session interval started at 5.18.
A sort of time limit on your shots. Well OK they probably do already...
Gripping stuff. Robertson's got another three gears, though, so I kinda expect him to cruise the rest. Dodgy positional play will always be his weak-spot, though...
emphasised cruelly by the vagaries of formatting ;_;
Sure he can dig his heels in a bit too much on occasion but he's always been brilliant to watch amongst the balls and not as slow as people rip him for...
but I think it'll be better for snooker if Robertson won for some reason...
Because Robertson's a better potter and is a bit more of a character? Ain't following...
Don't get me wrong, I like Robertson but the saviour of snooker he ain't...
His Mum's worth a crack though eh?
and get described as an 'all-time great' despite being little more than tenacity on legs
haha that's underselling him but ya know what I mean eh right
Don't get me wrong, the idea of Dott winning as many world titles as A. Higgins and Mark J. Simpson, I mean, Williams is rather unsettling but... I like him.
a place where snooker isn't that big and will help snooker by more of a worldwide sport.
is the best thing.
I want that to be the shortest frame of this second part of the session. I want BBC2 to start having to worry about the Open University programming at 4am.
Robertson on course for the worst winning performance ever. But he sorta deserves it. Somehow. He has about 7 more gears, now.
Dennis Taylor just made a remark about how people in Australia are currently waking up and will be able to watch this match with their breakfast instead of watching the news... I was thinking I might be doing exactly the same thing in 8 hours. In England.
and the audience laugh.
see also: dennis taylor perving over robertson's mum and making her laugh a little uncomfortably.
That's what them red things are hanging from the sides of the heads of many audience members.
Fuck knows why anyone would want to pay money to listen to John Virgo mind...
can those with bronchitis leave the arena?
and it's still the same score as it was at about 9:12pm
Virgo has a dramatic growl in his locker when anything crucial happens
Have long rooted for this dude - cool that he's played so badly and won...mark of a great
oh my god
both of them are fucking bottle jobs though. One of the past greats would have nailed Robertson's sheepish balls to the mast