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mark williams vs ken doherty: 11-5 overnight.

so i decide to go and watch some improv on this wonderful may bank holiday afternoon and miss the third session. i come back and its 12-12!!!! (damn can't believe i didn't tape it).

talk abt it.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 5 May 2003 17:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

i got sucked in too, switched on to see williams polish him off but no! ugly ken is fucking him up, forcing sloppy errors etc, classic stuff

dud is the commentators trying to attribute doherty with the "man utd influence"

is that the conway hall thing you went to?

Chip Morningstar (bob), Monday, 5 May 2003 17:54 (11 years ago) Permalink

Is there anyone in the county cheering Mark Williams on? I can't think of a less appealing sportsman. And what's with the doublechin he's developing? Is he on the Stephen Lee diet or something?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 5 May 2003 18:49 (11 years ago) Permalink

i find snooker strangely nice to watch on TV when there's nothing else on...i am such an old man its a little scary

stevem (blueski), Monday, 5 May 2003 18:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

nah, steve, when you start watching bowls, that's when you'll feel old!

jel -- (jel), Monday, 5 May 2003 19:23 (11 years ago) Permalink

come on Ken!

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 5 May 2003 20:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

I got really sucked into a couple of games earlier this week. It's the same with darts and bowls. Give me an unathletic game for two hours and I'll watch it forever.

RickyT (RickyT), Monday, 5 May 2003 20:23 (11 years ago) Permalink

Come on Ken! F'ing Mark Williams: "oh, he's a character". I swear if Steve Davis talks about 'characters' one more time, Hazel Irvine about Man Utd's influence on Ken or (f'ing) SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY or John Parrot BREATHES once more. I swear!!!

COME ON KEN!

Cozen (Cozen), Monday, 5 May 2003 20:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

Tha guy who has been talking to Steve (Davis) and Ken (as a panel) about SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY (ie body language etc) is REALLY annoying (like me).

I just asked my li'l bro why he keeps saying "oooh, Ken's missed... come on Mark..." - apparently, he is "bamming me up". Fair do's.

Cozen (Cozen), Monday, 5 May 2003 20:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

< /mucker>

Cozen (Cozen), Monday, 5 May 2003 20:28 (11 years ago) Permalink

What happened to the Sunday Night Final Climax? That was an INSTITUTION.

Starry (Cozen), Monday, 5 May 2003 20:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

nothing must be allowed to run over 24...they actually cancelled 24 for one week because of the fucking golf a month or so ago, that was bad enough

stevem (blueski), Monday, 5 May 2003 20:37 (11 years ago) Permalink

What happened to the Sunday Night Final Climax? That was an INSTITUTION.

Surely it's finished on a May Day BH Monday for ages?

Cor, 17-16... must watch exciting finish in bed. (Last year Pam fell asleep midway through 35th frame...)

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 5 May 2003 21:05 (11 years ago) Permalink

just finished. mark 18-16

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 5 May 2003 21:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

shame, feel sorry for Ken, but Williams seems a funny chap and pretty decent.

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 5 May 2003 21:17 (11 years ago) Permalink

great match: i wished ken won really. Mark has been the best player. he trashed everybody on the way to the final and is world no1. and he knocked stephen hendry out so he's fine with me.

''is that the conway hall thing you went to?''

yup.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 5 May 2003 21:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

I always liked him. < /back-track>. haha, no, yeah, he did come off as a nice guy... More power to him and all that...

Cozen (Cozen), Monday, 5 May 2003 21:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

yeah, after his comeback in the semis i thought his name was on the trophy. oh well, it was a good game, and i quite like williams, too.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Monday, 5 May 2003 21:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

I'm a right tool when it comes to snooker though (like most things, I suppose) in that I really like Stephen Hendry and really hate (HATE!) Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Cozen (Cozen), Monday, 5 May 2003 21:23 (11 years ago) Permalink

I like ronnie and i don't hate stephen (though many do) BUT i don't want him to win more world titles.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 5 May 2003 21:36 (11 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie O'Sullivan makes me think of the pig's head, goading me, making me stupid.

RickyT (RickyT), Monday, 5 May 2003 21:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

wah! ronnie is great and should win more world titles. you are just jealous of his talent. bunch of hataz!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 5 May 2003 21:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

ppl hate ronnie cos he's an arrogant prick, but yes, he is entertaining.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Monday, 5 May 2003 22:17 (11 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie O'Sullivan is like a modern day Michael Corleone.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 5 May 2003 22:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

come on Jimmy!

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 01:05 (11 years ago) Permalink

Reserve your hatred for John Parrott. Supposed to be funny, but just comes across as self-absorbed, unnatural on TV and, dare I say it, blown away by Steve Davis in terms of TV presentation.

Daniel (dancity), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 16:59 (11 years ago) Permalink

We need better snooker coverage here in the states. The kids don't even know how it works here.

teeny (teeny), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 17:03 (11 years ago) Permalink

Wot no Cabbage?

I enjoyed 'Frame Academy' very much indeed. It put the 'OO' back into snooker for a few minutes, especially Steve Davis's elasticated balls.

I also enjoyed the odd glimpse of Terry Griffiths.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Wednesday, 7 May 2003 08:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

R O'Sullivan is signing his books in Borders round the corner from me tonight, and his lingerie emporium is v.near where I work. It's Ronnie's world, I just live in it.

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Wednesday, 7 May 2003 09:06 (11 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie O'Sullivan is everything.

Alex K (Alex K), Wednesday, 7 May 2003 09:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...
bum-di-bum-bum-bump!

o'sullivan vs hunter 8:7 ...and 4 more to go, eh? or less, meh?
(it is live on eurosport, innit?)

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:32 (10 years ago) Permalink

...the masters...

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:33 (10 years ago) Permalink

what is with these dudes' hair??

teeny (teeny), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:37 (10 years ago) Permalink

like, long?

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:38 (10 years ago) Permalink

they saw me and thought 'heeey!'

stevem (blueski), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:39 (10 years ago) Permalink

teeny (teeny), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:40 (10 years ago) Permalink

and o'sullivan kinda looks like nick cave.

teeny (teeny), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:41 (10 years ago) Permalink

uuu-mmm... not quite

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:43 (10 years ago) Permalink

sorry, I'm just peeved they don't carry this in america.

teeny (teeny), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

oh, it's now 9:7 to o'mullivann...

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:47 (10 years ago) Permalink

I've not watched snooker for a while. What's happened to O'Sullivan's bowlcut?

Also these are a couple of sexy shits, eh?

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:54 (10 years ago) Permalink

I mean, I imagine someone making smartass comments, esp about the blond one...

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:56 (10 years ago) Permalink

But if it was a foul leading to a free-ball in some dim alleyway, I bet you'd force him to play again, eh?

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

Whatever.

They're both pretty great.

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

Ew. Hunter looks about twelve and has one of David Beckhams's old haircuts. This does not sexy make :(

(xpost)

O'Sullivan's post-therapy interviews are a mind-boggling wonder of pop-psychology-speak (well, the only one I saw this week anyway).

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 8 February 2004 22:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

...9:8 now, with 18th under way

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:00 (10 years ago) Permalink

Ain't that entertainment -- 9:9, uhhhhh!

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:29 (10 years ago) Permalink

That was some red, eh?

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:42 (10 years ago) Permalink

This could be Hunter's chance now, I reckon.

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

We should commentate. You be Willie Thorne.

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

I'm thingy from the Jim Davidson show. With the beard.

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:45 (10 years ago) Permalink

I don't think Hunter can win the frame at this visit.

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:45 (10 years ago) Permalink

What will he do here?

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:45 (10 years ago) Permalink

Not bad. Nothing left on here.

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

Lots of balls near the cushions (I'm plagiarising here).

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

What does that mean, Willie?

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:47 (10 years ago) Permalink

WHAT A MISS!

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:47 (10 years ago) Permalink

HE'S LEFT IT!

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:47 (10 years ago) Permalink

MATCH-WINNING CHANCE!

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:47 (10 years ago) Permalink

THE BLONDE GIRL COVERS EYES!

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

NEEDS A KISS! HE'S GOT THE KISS!

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

Well done that kid :)

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

paul wins.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

IT'S OVER!

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

RONNIE'S "BIT HIS TIP OFF"!

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:49 (10 years ago) Permalink

SEXY SHITS!

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:50 (10 years ago) Permalink

Is Paul Hunter the guy who always goes on about shagging his girlfriend in the mid-session breaks?

(xpost - that "biting off his tip" made me laugh a bit. New relaxed therapied Ronnie seemed to not care at all that he lost)

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:50 (10 years ago) Permalink

a helluva mutha of a match

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:52 (10 years ago) Permalink

He looks like N. had N. been at the peroxide.

(he has just made a reference to shagging his woman)

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:53 (10 years ago) Permalink

haha well the first time he won this (against fergal o'brien) he was 6-2 behind in the break and he did let out post-match interview that his manager allowed his gf in the dressing room in the break (he won that match 10-9). I'm not sure whether they did it again today, think he was joking this time because he didn't play badly, just that ronnie was perfect in that first session (paul hunter won those two frames with century breaks).

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 8 February 2004 23:58 (10 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...
revive!

Go on ronnie!!! He's just won the first four frames of the second session in 42 mins (he so totally deserves to be called 'the rocket').

two eighty breaks and a century and he's 10-2 up.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 30 April 2004 13:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

I wish i was at home watching this :(

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 30 April 2004 13:45 (10 years ago) Permalink

I wish I was home tomorrow to keep watching this.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Friday, 30 April 2004 20:54 (10 years ago) Permalink

Real pleasures of watching snooker revealed:

Heh heh heh.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Friday, 30 April 2004 21:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

john parrot gets bitterer every year! i'm lovin dott's spoiler style, a final with him and ronnie might be fascinating. alternatively dott might get utterly blown away but hey

prima fassy (mwah), Friday, 30 April 2004 21:36 (10 years ago) Permalink

Dott'd be that much of an outsider that maybe... just, maybe...

And why has Dominic Dale suddenly vanished from the commentary team? Dennis Taylor is starting to irk me a bit...

Worst thing about Parrott - his tips segment, where he teaches Stan Boardman to play snooker. Fucking hell.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Friday, 30 April 2004 21:40 (10 years ago) Permalink

dott has a small throat.

'when I won the championship back in 1991...'

come on hendry.

YEAH I SAID IT.

cozen (Cozen), Saturday, 1 May 2004 06:18 (10 years ago) Permalink

dennis taylor + john parrott are ok.

john virgo must die. he'd whinge even if he goes to heaven "ooh that's not that cloud i'd put myself on.."

ian mccolloch should have won, or david gray.

ken c (ken c), Saturday, 1 May 2004 07:25 (10 years ago) Permalink

o'sullivan just finished hendry off 17-4. I quite like to see Dott in the final but it may not matter who gets there.

O'sullivan has rarely got it consistently together, playing to his full potential as he has in the last two rounds, blowing away anthony hamilton and hendry with a session to spare.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 1 May 2004 10:02 (10 years ago) Permalink

: (

this boy's good.

cozen (Cozen), Saturday, 1 May 2004 11:25 (10 years ago) Permalink

Does anyone else think Hazel Irvine the finest woman on Earth?

Not Steve Davis, Saturday, 1 May 2004 13:02 (10 years ago) Permalink

Oh, for crying out loud, Dott-Stevens just went off the air at 16-15 with just four balls left on the table and an immense safety battle developing in frame 32. I was watching the live coverage on BBCi (ch701 on Freeview) when a message appeared "This interactive service is coming to an end, press [TEXT] to exit." WTF?! They'd never do this on a main analogue channel. I note the BBC website also appears to be down.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Saturday, 1 May 2004 15:51 (10 years ago) Permalink

The BBC website isn't down any more.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Saturday, 1 May 2004 15:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

Apparently Dott won 17-15 - after "an exchange of unbelievably tense safety" according to the now-reachable BBC website.

After a laborious registration procedure I'm about to leave a Why Oh Why complaints on the Points Of View messageboard - in that curly electric typewriter font.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Saturday, 1 May 2004 16:05 (10 years ago) Permalink

It's on Eurosport. But it must be on some time delay thing, as it's just at the start of the 32nd frame.

(x-post cheers Mike, I'm watching on Europsport)

ailsa (ailsa), Saturday, 1 May 2004 16:06 (10 years ago) Permalink

(I'm sorry, Ailsa, it didn't occur to me that anyone other than the BBC was covering this.)

I was jumping the gun by claiming I was registered on the BBC website - despite doing precisely what they required I'm not registered. I requested a resend of their confirmation email and didn't get it. This is a very good way of intensifying but broadening miffed viewers' rage and ultimately getting them to give up. What a waste of 20 minutes of my life.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Saturday, 1 May 2004 16:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

I keep reading this thread as "smoker world championship final" and that does not compute.

stephen morris (stephen morris), Saturday, 1 May 2004 16:17 (10 years ago) Permalink

Microdott is 3-0 up! Ronnie does not look happy.

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 14:01 (10 years ago) Permalink

4-0!

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 14:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

!!!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 2 May 2004 14:19 (10 years ago) Permalink

Apparently that scoreline was 66-1 yesterday evening...

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Sunday, 2 May 2004 14:35 (10 years ago) Permalink

This is rapidly acquiring an aura of unreality. Dott has now scored 300 points with no reply from Ronnie.

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 14:53 (10 years ago) Permalink

5-0! Ronnie just failed to return to the table in a one snooker required situation.

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 14:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

Horrid thought - he's not trying to give him a head start, is he?

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Sunday, 2 May 2004 15:00 (10 years ago) Permalink

Well, normal service has suddenly resumed. Solid 100, and he is doing a lot of left handed stuff. 5-1.

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 15:06 (10 years ago) Permalink

AAARGH I need to get digital telly! Bloody Young Musician Of The Year, grrr.

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 15:13 (10 years ago) Permalink

5-3, last time I heard. :( come on dott!!!!

cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 2 May 2004 17:11 (10 years ago) Permalink

5-4 now. Dott's at the table, looking a little twitchy, but holding it together nicely.

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 18:32 (10 years ago) Permalink

I'm starting to feel one of the great embassy emotions: anguish.

come on dott!

cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 2 May 2004 19:21 (10 years ago) Permalink

I don't think Dott believes he can win. *I* don't believe he can, Ronnie looks that much more comfortable at the table. Every significant break Dott's made has been so painstakingly constructed, whereas O'Sullivan's been almost casual at times. And yet we're still at seven all.

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 20:30 (10 years ago) Permalink

7-8 now, to O'Sullivan. Bollocks.

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 20:37 (10 years ago) Permalink

*curses below breath; wonders whether it's live on eurosport right now*

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 2 May 2004 20:42 (10 years ago) Permalink

...mwoah, man o'mullivann maketh it 9-7 now. dang.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 2 May 2004 20:49 (10 years ago) Permalink

End of session. 7-9 to O'Sullivan the pantsmonger.

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 20:51 (10 years ago) Permalink

Why are the BBC showing me Nicky Campbell and that c#nt from Fame Academy?

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 2 May 2004 20:53 (10 years ago) Permalink

Are you sure it's not the Spice Channel?

El Diablo Robotico (Nicole), Sunday, 2 May 2004 20:55 (10 years ago) Permalink

Peeps, get ready, frame seventeen to commence soonish!

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Monday, 3 May 2004 13:04 (10 years ago) Permalink

12-8 to pantsmonger. Start of the second half of the afternoon session. Would have been 11-9, if it weren't for a bit of atrocious luck in the last frame before the midsession break. Dott got a bad contact while belting a pivotal black, which then shuddered in the jaws, leapt out, travelled a good two feet along the top of the cushion and fell to the floor.

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 14:50 (10 years ago) Permalink

Yeh, that black was a bad mofunk-up-ah. And it wasn't, unfortunately, the only one of those crucial mistakes after which O'Mullivann came to the table and won the frame.

13-8 looks a bit grim for Dott.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Monday, 3 May 2004 15:09 (10 years ago) Permalink

Dott really has to get this one, or he's looking at having to win 2/3rds of the remaining frames. O'Sullivan's just had a bastard kick, so Dott's got a chance.

Which he's fluffed.

Bugger.

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 15:11 (10 years ago) Permalink

Yep. Almost a pattern there.

Aargh... Dott didn't get that red now, either!

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Monday, 3 May 2004 15:13 (10 years ago) Permalink

He got THAT one though!

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 15:13 (10 years ago) Permalink

Vow. Now that Dott-black was a goodie! :)

And then... ...

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Monday, 3 May 2004 15:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

... it's O'Mullivann time again.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Monday, 3 May 2004 15:18 (10 years ago) Permalink

Dott's century to win his only frame of the day was heroic in the circumstances. 8-14, though...Hendry beat White from this position in '92. Worth a fiver, surely.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 3 May 2004 15:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

8-15 now. No way back, surely?

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 15:51 (10 years ago) Permalink

Dott looks exhausted, like he just wants it to end.

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 15:55 (10 years ago) Permalink

Well, I'd rather dote on Dott, but it's the hairy one who plays damn well :(

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Monday, 3 May 2004 15:58 (10 years ago) Permalink

8-16. It looks like we're in for a very short evening session.

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 16:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

: (

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 3 May 2004 17:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

I like the Rocket because he wears a plastic tiara.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 3 May 2004 17:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

What happened at 11-8 was unfortunate but even at 12-8 I thought that the mid-session came in at the right time, maybe he could have won that 3-1 but when he came out his safety game just fell to bits.

Hope to see Dott winning a few frames tonight.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 3 May 2004 17:33 (10 years ago) Permalink

O'Sullivan in control of the 25th frame already.

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 18:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

Will someone PLEASE tell John Parrot he's not funny.

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 18:19 (10 years ago) Permalink

17-8. The end is nigh.

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 18:20 (10 years ago) Permalink

Dott's just missed. Here we go.

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 18:22 (10 years ago) Permalink

18-8. Ronnie's won.

Ricardo (RickyT), Monday, 3 May 2004 18:38 (10 years ago) Permalink

Deserved. Fair play to the underdog and all that, but nobody on the planet could have beaten O'Sullivan at that form.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 3 May 2004 18:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

Yeah second that. I think Mark Williams at his best has the temperament and could've pushed him, could have pushed ronnie into making mistakes but given some of the stuff he played this week he deserved a second title.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 3 May 2004 19:58 (10 years ago) Permalink

Hey, was that nudie episode, that occured just prior to the evening session, 'a first evah' for the Snooker World Championships?

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Monday, 3 May 2004 19:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

Who'd have thought that Ray Reardon would have an impact on the Embassy in this day and age, though?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 3 May 2004 20:01 (10 years ago) Permalink

There was a streaker at the Embassy before. Can't remember when.

And Ronnie... goodness me, but he was magic. You never believed he'd miss. Even when he did, you always felt he'd get back in. He's on an entirely different level to everyone.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 3 May 2004 20:07 (10 years ago) Permalink

the pocket-rocket vs. the rocket indeed.

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 3 May 2004 21:34 (10 years ago) Permalink

Who'd have thought that Ray Reardon would have an impact on the Embassy in this day and age, though?

i liked the fact that ronnie at the trophie ceremony described Ray Reardon as his "Plan B". Term used in some previous snooker tournaments to insinuate how paul hunter played better after the intervals having had sex with his bird in between. oh man.

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 12:30 (10 years ago) Permalink

If snooker was ambrosia, Ronnie was eating it all week. Untouchable. He's so hardcore, he wears an alice band. Take that you fuxors.

Dave B (daveb), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 14:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

added bonus he has almost exactly the same voice as david beckham

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 14:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

As demonstrated rather smugly by Alistair McGowan.

Ally C (Ally C), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 15:38 (10 years ago) Permalink

He's so hardcore, he wears an alice band

Egotistical Italian sportsman in wearing alice band non-shock.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 17:43 (10 years ago) Permalink

In Italy, it is what you do; in snooker. v. hardcore.

Did i dream it, or did ronnie go through an Islamic phase recently? I have a memory that Prince Naseem Hamed instructed him in the ways of the prophet. This is either true, or the greatest slash story never told.

Dave B (daveb), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 20:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

Yeah there was a story that he converted to Islam but I think a denial came a few days later. i think he had just visited a mosque.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 4 May 2004 20:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...
revive: hendry vs o'sullivan (3-1 at the break) at the welsh open final (on interactive).

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 23 January 2005 14:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...
And reviving for the '05, cos this year's set is looking kind of intriguing, i.e. Steve Davis is in the quarter-final having come from 8-2 down to win 13-10 against Michael Holt. Ronnie's there too but apparently not quite firing on all cylinders (I've not been watching as yet), cult hero Graham Dott got taken out 10-9 by Ian McCulloch, Mark Williams took his first round match 10-1, with a maximum break in the final frame, Alan McManus is playing well for the first time in, like, ever, and Stephen Lee is hopefully going to lose to Peter Ebdon. I really don't like Stephen Lee very much.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Saturday, 23 April 2005 18:22 (9 years ago) Permalink

Oh, and for UK peeps, every single match is being broadcast on the internet. Only for the UK though. Dunno why.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Saturday, 23 April 2005 18:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

Did anyone else have that "Hah, yes!" reaction when Paul Hunter got knocked out so early, only to be tempered with a "Oh, wait, he's dying of cancer isn't he?" moment?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 23 April 2005 18:52 (9 years ago) Permalink

Is Jimmy White still in it?

The Horse of Babylon's Butler (the pirate king), Saturday, 23 April 2005 18:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

I thought paul hunter was on 'playing it straight'.

cozen (Cozen), Saturday, 23 April 2005 19:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

Stephen Lee is hopefully going to lose to Peter Ebdon. I really don't like Stephen Lee very much

Hmm, but wanting Stephen Lee to lose would mean wanting Crazy Eyes Edbon to win.

Alan McManus should have "nearly man" on his waistcoat. Umpteen years in the top 16 despite being Not Very Good.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 23 April 2005 19:05 (9 years ago) Permalink

Jimmy's still in but 5-3 down against Matthew Stevens. Currently on the baize, Ken Doherty and Alan McManus are at 10-apiece, while John Higgins leads Shaun Murphy 4-2.

Hmm, but wanting Stephen Lee to lose would mean wanting Crazy Eyes Edbon to win.

Yeah, but I really, really don't like Stephen Lee very much. I'm not quite sure why, he just seems like such a stunningly joyless man. This impression may have been augmented by the 'Stephen Lee Snooker Skills Challenge' video on the BBC website, though.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Saturday, 23 April 2005 19:09 (9 years ago) Permalink

shaun murphy's hit some pretty beautiful pots tonight!!!

ken c (ken c), Saturday, 23 April 2005 19:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

Oh, and for UK peeps, every single match is being broadcast on the internet. Only for the UK though. Dunno why.

This is pissing me off! I want to watch this! How do they determine UK users, by IP address?

Curious George (1/6 Scale Model) (Rock Hardy), Saturday, 23 April 2005 19:48 (9 years ago) Permalink

I think it must be done by ip address. You could always fake it.

John Virgo just said that McManus has potted 26 out of 26 rest shots so far, which is very impressive. McManus 11-11 Doherty, Higgins 4-4 Murphy.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 23 April 2005 19:52 (9 years ago) Permalink

Presumably the broadcast rights are sold outside the UK which is why they don't want live feeds available.

Failin Huxley (noodle vague), Saturday, 23 April 2005 19:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

Probably the case - snooker's becoming very big in Asia, for instance, particularly China.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Saturday, 23 April 2005 20:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

If they could exclude non-UK ip addresses, they could include addresses from countries that don't broadcast the sport. (And if any US cable channels are carrying snooker, I'll eat my hat.)

How do I fake a UK ip address?

Curious George (1/6 Scale Model) (Rock Hardy), Saturday, 23 April 2005 20:22 (9 years ago) Permalink

It's not so much that they could let countries where it isn't on TV see the streams, George, as that the BBC probably don't have the right to broadcast it outside of the UK and would be in trouble for doing so.

Failin Huxley (noodle vague), Saturday, 23 April 2005 20:24 (9 years ago) Permalink

Nice couple of frames there from McManus to take it 13-11.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 23 April 2005 20:26 (9 years ago) Permalink

There are loads of fake ip utilities around. I have no idea how good they are as I've never used one. Googling will give you a million hits.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 23 April 2005 20:27 (9 years ago) Permalink

Steve Davis' mic is making a noise like a lightsaber.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Saturday, 23 April 2005 20:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

Couldn't believe how bad Ken was last night - such a complete contrast to his first round display.

some good matches so far but nothing quite close enough to the drama of ronnie vs maguire in the first round...

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 24 April 2005 12:19 (9 years ago) Permalink

Stephen Lee has had a sodding awful peroxide job done on his hair. He now looks like Lee Trundle except even fatter. That said, he's also 5-1 up on Ebdon.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Sunday, 24 April 2005 15:20 (9 years ago) Permalink

Lee leads Ebdon 6-2 in a match that the Beeb describes as 'desperately slow'. Williams 5-3 up on McCulloch.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Sunday, 24 April 2005 17:16 (9 years ago) Permalink

Ooh, it's all kicking off again. Shaun Murphy has disposed of John Higgins 13-8 and apparently looked very, very handy in the process. Matthew Stevens beat Jimmy 13-5. Ebdon and Lee are 9-9 and Mark Williams leads Ian McCulloch 11-9 having been 9-7 down.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 25 April 2005 18:47 (9 years ago) Permalink

The last two spots in the quarters go to Peter Ebdon, who ground out a 13-9 win over Stephen Lee, and Ian McCulloch, who came back to beat Mark Williams 13-12. The Draw:

Ronnie O'Sullivan - Peter Ebdon
Shaun Murphy - Steve Davis
Stephen Hendry - Matthew Stevens
Alan McManus - Ian McCulloch

You suspect it's gonna be a Ronnie-Hendry final, but the way things have gone so far this does actually look a bit open...

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 25 April 2005 21:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

Steve Davis has been eating red meat. I think he could go all the way.

Failin Huxley (noodle vague), Monday, 25 April 2005 21:31 (9 years ago) Permalink

Was a good show by Ian McCulloch... The rest of the Bunnymen must be proud. Maybe it will be a Joe Johnson-style year.

I would love it if Steve Davis went all the way, but I've been eating red meat too and I'm not likely to; however, Shaun Murphy looks pretty handy too. Could be quite exciting.

KeefW (kmw), Monday, 25 April 2005 21:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

i'm totally supporting shaun murphy now, despite being a big fan of the nugget

ken c (ken c), Monday, 25 April 2005 21:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

so yesterday wz the best day since the first -- mcculloch-williams being the pick.

hoping for a stevens-sullivan final: wouldn't know who I'd want to win if that happened.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 26 April 2005 09:39 (9 years ago) Permalink

That's a pretty good 1/4 final line up. I wouldn't bet against McCulloch at the moment - he looked excellent against Williams(some superb long pots under pressure).

Most of my heart is with Davis (for old times sake), but my head says O'Sullivan or Stevens.

Guilty Boksen (Bro_Danielson), Tuesday, 26 April 2005 11:49 (9 years ago) Permalink

Yes, I'm gonna post the odds:

O'Sullivan: 4/5
Stevens: 5/1
Hendry: 9/1
Murphy: 11/1
McCulloch: 18/1
Ebdon: 25/1
McManus: 45/1
Davis: 200/1

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 26 April 2005 11:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

The Nugget is getting munched - Murphy 7-1 up after the first session. Stevens leads Hendry 5-3.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Tuesday, 26 April 2005 12:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

Watching McCulloch-McManus now - there's something very unsettling about Ian McCulloch. He looks like he's constantly on the verge of chinning someone. He leads 6-5, though, but this twelfth frame looks like continuing for bloody ages...

Elsewhere, Murphy beat Davis 13-4, and Stevens beat Hendry 13-11.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 14:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

and as I say that, McCulloch takes it to lead 7-5 at the mid-session interval, coming back from 5-3 down at the start of play. McManus is reverting to type, it appears.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 14:25 (9 years ago) Permalink

omg peter ebdon what a dick!

ken c (ken c), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 20:03 (9 years ago) Permalink

Too right...

KeefW (kmw), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 20:11 (9 years ago) Permalink

What's he done?

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

He's only just knocked the rocket out.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:40 (9 years ago) Permalink

And the crowd go mild.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:41 (9 years ago) Permalink

And, yes, watching this interview, Peter Ebdon may be one of the biggest cunts in sport.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:42 (9 years ago) Permalink

he kept taking minutes and minutes for shots and put ronnie off

ken c (ken c), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:42 (9 years ago) Permalink

Right, Stevens-Murphy for the final, I'm reckoning. Because Ebdon-McCulloch would be a bit much to bear.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:42 (9 years ago) Permalink

he kept taking minutes and minutes for shots and put ronnie off

Five minutes for a break of 12.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:43 (9 years ago) Permalink

i felt like i was taking dirty money - when ebdon got to 13-11 i put in £5 for ebdon to win. £1.30 isn't worth the guilt.

ken c (ken c), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:44 (9 years ago) Permalink

Predictions for what O'Sullivan's gonna do now? Retirement? Suicide bid? Some Bobby Fischer kinda ish?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:45 (9 years ago) Permalink

he's going to start learning to play with his left leg

ken c (ken c), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:46 (9 years ago) Permalink

He's got to go through that awkward period of growing your barnet out after shaving it now, though. The "monkey hair" period.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:48 (9 years ago) Permalink

he's taking a year off to grow his hair back

ken c (ken c), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:53 (9 years ago) Permalink

You notice the two cuts on his forehead?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

yup! from his FINGERNAILS!

ken c (ken c), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

oh wait.. what i meant to say is

RONNIE'S BUSTED WIDE OPEN!

ken c (ken c), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 21:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

Bloody hell. Murphy's one frame away from the final (16-12 up), and is playing like... well, like Ronnie. he's just put away a 123 break, and he was just flowing. If the final involves him, my weekend plans have just been sorted.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Saturday, 30 April 2005 14:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

ronnie is bad for the game.

cozen (Cozen), Saturday, 30 April 2005 16:04 (9 years ago) Permalink

i thought he's the only thing good about the game for years.

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 1 May 2005 08:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

I didn't catch ebdon-o'sullivan. maybe that worked out ok...the thing with o'sullivan is that you never know when he's doing self-deprecation or playing mind-games, as I thought he was when talking to the BBC after the maguire match: an 'interview' that looked more like a counselling session. But after this something might not have been quite right and Ebdon, who has won the title by playing great snooker before, exploited a weakness when he saw it; that's what great match players do, and args like people weren't given the fast game that they want don't hold up. you do what you have to. and could the referee, by using the rules that effectively would've compelled him to tell ebdon to hurry up have saved him? If O'sullivan had kept his cool like Murphy it would have been a diff story but he may not have been in the right frame of mind. And I say this as someone who really likes o'sullivan and watched in awe as he killed stephen hendry in the UK final when he was what, 17? 19? all those years ago...

but anyway, I thought the last frame of the mcculloch-stevens semi-final is a gd indication as to how the final might go. stevens playing tight and forcing his opponent into mistakes, with stevens potting the long red offered, and potting every single time. Murphy is a great potter but his tactical game isn't quite good enough right now. Stevens has been a great match player and as long as his nerve holds he'll win.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 1 May 2005 08:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

First frame of the final lasted over 30 minutes. Murphy thought he'd wrapped it up early, but Stevens chose to return to the table with two snookers required. Stevens duly got both snookers, which set up a very tense safety battle, which only ended when Murphy snookered Stevens back. Next frame Stevens cleaned up in a businesslike fashion. Currently 43-20 to Stevens in the third frame.

RickyT (RickyT), Sunday, 1 May 2005 14:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

Have to agree with Clive Everton (for once) – tensest opening frame to a World Final I've seen. Murphy looks in good touch, but tactically I'd favour Stevens over a long match – he's just gone 2-1 up.

Tom B (Tom B), Sunday, 1 May 2005 14:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

This is best of how many frames?

This is bringing back the only enjoyable part of high school, playing snooker every weekend at my friend David's house.

Curious George (Bat Chain Puller) (Rock Hardy), Sunday, 1 May 2005 14:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

It's good to see that Murphy took to snooker so well after that trip to the chocolate factory ended so embarassingly for him.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 1 May 2005 14:24 (9 years ago) Permalink

Best of 35. Played over two days and four sessions.

Murphy is at least considerably more appealing than Stephen sodding Lee.

Tom B (Tom B), Sunday, 1 May 2005 14:26 (9 years ago) Permalink

"considerably"

Venga (Venga), Sunday, 1 May 2005 15:36 (9 years ago) Permalink

25 frames done, Murphy takes the lead for the first time since the opening frame (13-12 up). Stevens has conceded two free-ball fouls this match, Murphy's taken frames off them both. The Noise Next Door is starting to look edgy.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 18:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

Obviously, this is the cue for Stevens to take the next with a break of 95.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 18:19 (9 years ago) Permalink

the cue! :-D

ken c (ken c), Monday, 2 May 2005 18:38 (9 years ago) Permalink

The Texan trickshot guy: classic or dud?

I'm saying dud.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 2 May 2005 18:40 (9 years ago) Permalink

Tony Drago: Classic. Quinten Hann: Dud.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 18:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

Stevens clangs pink off the middle left jaws when 35 up, Murphy subsequently clears for 15-13.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 19:13 (9 years ago) Permalink

Shaun has won 9 of the last 12.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 2 May 2005 19:22 (9 years ago) Permalink

Murphy's turn to miss - black off the spot lets Stevens in, Murphy's next chance comes with the white in the jaws and he can't do anything. 15-14.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 19:25 (9 years ago) Permalink

We were due a tense one. Stevens looking cosy then drops a clanger on a soft red to bottom right. Murphy gets to the point where Stevens needs a snooker and misses the black. Cue snookering and counter-snookering, but Stevens can't take advantage and it's 16-14.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 19:50 (9 years ago) Permalink

Stevens is pulling some interesting faces.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 2 May 2005 19:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

Stevens is not about making it look easy, but he's got his first century - 124 break, 16-15.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

Tense opening, but Stevens eventually eases himself away, 16-16. Murphy's potted one ball in the past half-hour.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

Great clearance from Stevens. Surely going down to a decider.

Tom B (Tom B), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:24 (9 years ago) Permalink

Murphy's turn to pull a break out of a hat - gorgeous rest shot three shots or so in sets up a 97, and the world #48's one frame away.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:36 (9 years ago) Permalink

Unbelievable play from Murphy!

Tom B (Tom B), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

He's gonna win this 18-16.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:52 (9 years ago) Permalink

He gets the cannon!

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

28 ahead, 51 remaining.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

poor ian mccolloch

ken c (ken c), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

what a fucking great break to finish though

ken c (ken c), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

HE'S DONE IT!

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

STILL GOING

ken c (ken c), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

ALL THE PARTY SHOTS NOW!

ken c (ken c), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

DANIEL-SAN: CLEAN THE TABLE

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

He's certainly dated-up with his girlfriend.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

Bloody hell.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:58 (9 years ago) Permalink

"he's rewritten murphy's law - everything that can go right, will go right if you believe in yourself"

omg i love hazel

ken c (ken c), Monday, 2 May 2005 20:59 (9 years ago) Permalink

Shaun Murphy did a drive-by at Pontins!

Da Murphy and his pops in training.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 2 May 2005 21:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

Truly, a fitting representative for Northamptonshire.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 21:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

aw matthew

ken c (ken c), Monday, 2 May 2005 21:04 (9 years ago) Permalink

Dear me, Davis is on the verge of tears.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 2 May 2005 21:08 (9 years ago) Permalink

183 hours of broadcasting!

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 2 May 2005 21:08 (9 years ago) Permalink

and here's the bastard who bastardised the snooker themetune

http://www.diffusiononline.net/tvthemes.htm

ken c (ken c), Monday, 2 May 2005 21:16 (9 years ago) Permalink

Len Ganley.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 09:05 (9 years ago) Permalink

1. The £250,000 World Championship first prize is more than 16 times bigger than Murphy's previous best pay day.

2. The 22-year-old plans to spend some of the money on a Mercedes and on his forthcoming wedding.

3. He met his fiancee on the internet in a Christian chatroom.

4. Murphy was 150-1 to win the World Championship before the tournament started.

5. He turned professional when he was just 14.

6. Murphy was born in the same week that Dexy's Midnight Runners' smash hit Come On Eileen reached number one in the charts.

7. His dad bought him his first cue from a jumble sale when he was eight years old - by the age of ten he had knocked in a century break.

8. As a budding 13-year-old player, he picked up a £5,000-a-year sponsorship deal with the Doc Martens shoe company.

9. By then he had made two 147 breaks - and had beaten Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry in one-frame exhibition matches.

10. Even at that young age, his aim was to beat the record of Hendry who at 21, became the youngest-ever world champion. Murphy missed out by a year.

11. His run to the final earned him the nickname "Magician".

12. His father Tony is a World Snooker board member.

13. Murphy had never won a match at the Crucible until this year's World Championship.

14. He won using an adapted 1930s cue once owned by Ray Reardon. Cue maker Rodney Hinde fitted the new tip just two weeks before the tournament started.

15. Murphy is a single-figure handicap golfer.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 15:24 (9 years ago) Permalink

i'm totally supporting shaun murphy now, despite being a big fan of the nugget
-- ken c (pykachu10...), April 25th, 2005 10:37 PM. (ken c)

yay my predictions rock

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 15:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...
wow what a great century from ding just then

meaningless but great

cozen (Cozen), Saturday, 17 December 2005 15:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

Yeah ws gonna revive at some point - what a week! I'm quite happy for Davis.

Ding won 9-4 - this final will be quite interesting cuz Ding doesn't really have much of a tactical game and he'll need if he shows nerves or Davis is scoring heavy.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 17 December 2005 21:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

(Also its been awesome how Davis has kept commentating on the other matches while competing professionally - can't remember this happening in any sport.)

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 17 December 2005 21:45 (8 years ago) Permalink

He's quite a decent poker commentator too.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Saturday, 17 December 2005 22:25 (8 years ago) Permalink

It's going to be like a greyhound race the final: Davis needs to come bursting straight out of the traps and get a clear lead on Ding to hope that his later rally won't be enough to catch up.

It's gonna be a classic, either way.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 17 December 2005 22:42 (8 years ago) Permalink

Well who's going to win, the old gaurd in Steve Davies or the upcoming whippersnapper Ding. Have you noticed since Ronnie got beat the UK has been wide open. I remember watching Steve in the 80's (showing my age) so I'll be rooting for him. Mind you, there'll probably be 100 million chinese rooting for Ding. I reckon there'll be a lot more competition from China in the future

Steve

www.snookerbilliardspool.co.uk

Steve Porter, Sunday, 18 December 2005 14:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ding just needs one more frame to win. Davis just hasn't quite got going - he's never scored heavily as he has done throughout the week to get to this stage, and its not surprising its not like he gets into finals every week like he used to.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 18 December 2005 22:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

Looks like Davis is going to pull one back here though. He doesn't look confident at all, I think momentum has helped him a _lot_ this week, and he's lost it now.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 18 December 2005 22:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

The end of that frame just now was great. 9-6 - come on steve :)

Teh HoBB (the pirate king), Sunday, 18 December 2005 22:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

Thoughts on Ding- as darts players get thinner, snooker players get fatter. Why?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 18 December 2005 22:48 (8 years ago) Permalink

"A star is born"?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 18 December 2005 23:22 (8 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
Higgins/O'Sullivan in the final - let's watch.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 22 January 2006 15:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

I am watching - but it's the break right now. Higgins is winning 5-4, and gambling dude John Parrott wouldn't pick a winner.

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 22 January 2006 20:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

Sorry, I'm talking pish, it's 5-5. As you were...

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 22 January 2006 20:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

The tactical play has been just as remarkable as the miraculous breakbuling under pressure. Higgins comeback from 3-0 to 5-3 took immense nerve and skill. Ronnie winning the first two kind of the evening session suggests we're in for a last frame but we'll see.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 22 January 2006 20:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

silly ronnie

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 21:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

Do all tournaments have their own specific number of frames to be won in the final? Or is it always best of 19 except in the world championship? (where it's best of 35 (best of 19 = first round), right?)

StanM (StanM), Sunday, 22 January 2006 22:08 (8 years ago) Permalink

Jeez! Ronnie had an outside chance to level at 8-8, missed the black, set it up for Higgins with a really easy shot, Higgins missed it and Ronnie levelled!

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

silly john

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

Sorry, that was the worst summary ever. Ronnie was out of the frame, but he pulled it back, clearing up to the black, then was left with an impossible angle to pot the black for the frame, he tried the safety, arsed it up, left the black on for John to pot, and John arsed it up.

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

ronnie's throwing it away at the moment

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:09 (8 years ago) Permalink

although he's in again after some flukiness

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:14 (8 years ago) Permalink

9-8 to the sullivan

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

great break with just the blues

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

timefor a bit of higgins flukiness and he's now in

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:27 (8 years ago) Permalink

but missed a black off the spot

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:28 (8 years ago) Permalink

but ronnie couldn't capitalise and john back in

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

ooh, nice double and now is a chance

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

9-9

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

This is fantastic.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:41 (8 years ago) Permalink

I honestly don't think there's a more watchable sportsman on this planet than O'Sullivan.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:41 (8 years ago) Permalink

Woah, missed a reasonably easy red to let Higgins back in...

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

And Higgins chokes AGAIN! BEST! FINAL! EVER!

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

And, yet, right back atcha! Higgins in again...

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

omg.

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

And he's done it! Wow, really, that was so exciting! Even with all the colours spotted, I sort of thought Higgins would still contrive to cock it up.

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

i wish i placed my bet on higgins when he was 12-1 rather than 2.3-1 lol still, profit

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

Incredible 64 clearance. That double! Was that better than his namesake Alex's 69 vs Jimmy White in '82 (the gold standard in awkward frame-winning clearances)? Maybe, maybe not.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

I like how this is sponsored by Saga (insurance for old gits) yet at 33 I think I'm the oldest person on ILE watching this :)

(xpost, or maybe not!)

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

Poor Ronnie.

Teh HoBB (the pirate king), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ha, Ailsa! 37.

I actually only watched it from 0-60 in the last frame; this thread dragged me away from half-watching Bourne Identity on ITV2 with the missus. (Pam & I once spent three consecutive 65-hour weeks at work coordinating subtitles in 40+ languages for the 13 elements of the Supremacy DVD; it was so stressful we started to feel like we were Jason Bourne. So we've always meant to watch the original. But not at the expense of the snooker.)

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

The thing about O'Sullivan is that you're not watching him play his opponent, you're watching him play himself. It's just one man's battles against his own mind, it's like sports psychology writ large.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

I was actually just waiting for MOTD2 (and avoiding Blade 2 on in the other room), and thought I would give the snooker a cursory glance, having paid no attention to the entire tournament thus far. I'm so glad I watched it though, it was top entertainment.

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 23 January 2006 00:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

er, no Dom, not in this game (though when he took that long comfort brake against Ebdon there was a 'will he come back' thought) - O'Sullivan is probably the best player ever but Higgins is up there too. Ronnie has to battle his own boredom but if he gets to the final of a tournament it takes a lot to beat him. You probably have to take certain chances and that double in the last just illustrated that perfectly.

wotta a game, easily up there w/some other masters finals over the years (hendry-williams finished on the black too, hendry-mcmanus a decade ago) - apparently these two will be scheduled to meet in the QFs of the world championships and that is a total shame.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 23 January 2006 11:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...
Dramatic exit for Hendry today. 9-9 with Bond, it went to the final frame, which dragged on for more than half an hour. Nobody could get a decent break going, loads of snookers and fouls. It went right to the final black. Bond potted it, the crowd cheered, he'd won it, and then the white trickled across the table and into the middle pocket. Doh. I thought that meant Hendry had won, but instead they had some kind of tense play-off with just the black.

Teh HoBBler (the pirate king), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 18:42 (8 years ago) Permalink

Were the scores really level? bcz that is when a re-spotted black situation occurs. If Hendry went ahead by getting the 7 points would he have automatically won instead?

Anyway, awesome n'all - totally happy Hendry is gone.

Apart from Higgins going out its all been predictable and one-sided so it ws good to see a thriller that finally get this championship on the move, so to speak.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 19:28 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie off to a great start with the 10-4, I reiterate my desire to call my firstborn male Ronnie O'Sullivan Passantino. What a hero.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 19:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

9-7 down against Day, who is playing some gd stuff and has really evil-looking eyes. Ronnie's long potting hasn't been as good as usual, however its made more of a diff more in the 1st session than in the 2nd. wonder what's going with his wrist, he is handshaking with his left hand - maybe its a new custom you just never know w/Ronnie.

The other really gd game is Doherty-Stevens (8-8), playing to a conclusion later on.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 24 April 2006 10:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

Were the scores really level? bcz that is when a re-spotted black situation occurs. If Hendry went ahead by getting the 7 points would he have automatically won instead?

yeah but this is different because the white went in-off. so the black technically wasn't potted and hence it is respotted.


what i didn't get was another one, the ken doherty game last night(?) - it was 55-55 on points with a black to play. ken doherty missed the black altogether and the other guy was awarded the frame (matthew stevens?) and i didn't understand why.. or maybe ken conceded? surely they can still play for a re-spot.

ken c (ken c), Monday, 24 April 2006 11:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

btw guys, it's not the final yet! there's a general snooker championships thread...

the rolling towards the pocket snooker championship thread

ken c (ken c), Monday, 24 April 2006 11:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't there once a "Ronnie is a Muslim" story when he befriended Prince Naseem Hamed? Maybe he's worked out that it's ruder to use your left hand.

(the in-off in the Hendry game resulted in level points, that's why it was respotted - otherwise the black can only be scored once, whether potted or fouled)

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 24 April 2006 11:09 (8 years ago) Permalink

o rly i didn't know that! that makes sense then for both instances

ken c (ken c), Monday, 24 April 2006 11:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

(oh well didn't see that other thread - even if this thread ws started in response to what ws happening in the final this has turned out to be the snooker thread with revivals for all sorts of matches in any tournaments.)

As for what happened last night: from the commentator's explanation its in the rules that if you don't hit the black in that situation the frame is automatically lost. xp = ok so yeah level points.

There ws a story a cpl of years that he converted but apparently he just went to a mosque and the story snowballed.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 24 April 2006 11:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

The best thing about that rumour was that he was supposed to have converted in a kebab shop. You couldn't make it etc etc.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 24 April 2006 11:21 (8 years ago) Permalink

Doherty smashed Stevens to win 13-8, he really played well, and might not play as well again.

Here we go: O'sullivan-Day final session..

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 24 April 2006 17:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

I forgot this was available on the BBC web feed. John Virgo just said "It's a funny old game" - Ronnie doesn't seem to agree.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 24 April 2006 17:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

Cracking yellow from Ronnie on the way to nicking that frame. Poor shot selection from Day cost him.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 24 April 2006 17:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

what a first frame!! Day has a naive-ish tactical game, gave a free ball too easily.

love this game..xp

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 24 April 2006 17:24 (8 years ago) Permalink

onto the next - Ronnie w/a 46 break but he missed position when potting the blue (apparently he replaced his tip just this week), Day is currently on and could steal..

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 24 April 2006 17:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

omg...Day about to win, then fatally miscues and Ronnie clears up! 9-9.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 24 April 2006 17:41 (8 years ago) Permalink

11-9 for Ronnie. Although if Day had taken his chance it could've been v different.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 24 April 2006 18:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie was 12-9 up, but Day has nicked it back to 12-10.

Teh HoBBler (the pirate king), Monday, 24 April 2006 19:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

Day seems to be having horrendous luck. Ronnie's playing well but it seems that Day gets a bad contact or an unfortunate kiss or something every time he gets a chance. With a bit of a run of the balls he could be at least even in this match. He needs to work on his shot selection, Ronnie's benn getting in too easily for the entire session.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 24 April 2006 19:39 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie wraps it up. Good match.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 24 April 2006 19:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

yes, very tense..and that is how it is so far w/Williams 4-4 after the first sesh.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 17:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

Chubby Boy got taken out 13-7 by Wellingborough's finest. Semi-finals see Ebdon vs Fu, and the champion elect vs Graham Dott. Ronnie = god.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 26 April 2006 20:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

walked through the square outside the crucible today and it was full of (mostly men) people watching the matches on a big outside screen! drinking beer having a bbq.... couldnt quite get it. do you go down the pub to watch the snooker, really>?

ambrose (ambrose), Wednesday, 26 April 2006 21:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

fucking hell. neil robertson what were you thinking.

ken c (ken c), Thursday, 27 April 2006 00:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

do you go down the pub to watch the snooker, really?

Last night, in the pub, as soon as the Barcelona v AC Milan game was finished, some bloke was haranguing the bar staff to turn over to the BBC interactive service so he could watch the snooker. So I guess someone does.

ailsa (ailsa), Thursday, 27 April 2006 06:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

If it's on in the pub I'll watch. Then again I watch any sport if it's on in the pub. Pub + sport = good. Even horse racing.

Anyway, Graeme's off his dot early this morning and has opened up an 11-8 lead over the Rocket. Ronnie's missing sitters. his "change your tip every time you play a shot" strategy seems to be backfiring.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 09:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

12-8. 5 frames in a row for Dott.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 09:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'll watch *anything at all* if it's on in the pub. Rugby, bad R'n'B videos, horse-racing, rolling Sky News reports about the same thing over and over again. Pub TVs = magnets for the eyes.

ailsa (ailsa), Saturday, 29 April 2006 09:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

I got a 16 break last night.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 09:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'd have watched that too, if it had been on the telly.

ailsa (ailsa), Saturday, 29 April 2006 09:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

13-8.

Ronnie's finally knocked a long red in, the comeback starts here maybe...

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:17 (8 years ago) Permalink

Haha I'm the biggest jinx ever. He just missed the easiest pot of the tournament.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

14-8. Ronnie's head's as bad as his cueing arm now. He refused an easy snooker to attempt a stupidly hard brown then conceded a frame when he only needed one snooker. I think he's given up (cue Ronnie knocking in 3 maxi breaks in a row).

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:28 (8 years ago) Permalink

4 reds, 3 blacks, misses a black off the spot. I double jinxed it by jinxing my jinx.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

Yeah - he's given up.

He's long potting has been somewhat lacking throughout the tournament and it was only a matter of time before that spread to the rest of his game. xp

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

Commentator "We've witnessed something akin to a psychological collapse here" - what a cunt.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

39 behind with a red on the table and he concedes again. I think he just wants out of there now.

8 frames in a row for Dott.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

yeah...its a horror show but its not the first time this has happened and he has come back from it. xp

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

When I say 'its only a matter of time..' what I meant was I thought he might've had a bad session but would keep enough of a focus to win at least a couple of frames to still have a chance of sorts.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

16-8.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

8-0 session.

I wonder how much it costs to go to a session, as there may only be 3 frames left to play today. They'll have to wheel out Dennis Taylor to do trick shots and tell jokes about simple minded Irishmen.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 10:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

Interesting seeing Ronnie's pre-match comments about never having any confidence whatsoever. But, as he says, he's done alright.

Ally C (Ally C), Saturday, 29 April 2006 11:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

4 in a row for Fu on the comeback trail, still trailing 15-13. I don't think anyone would have predicted a Dott v Fu final after last night but it's a definite possibilty now.

(onimo jinx, sorry Marcu)

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 14:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

15-14. Very strange day so far, with neither of the favourites winning a frame yet.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 14:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

15-15 - now the pressure shifts. This is a great match.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Saturday, 29 April 2006 15:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ebdon looks like a thin version of my husband. It's somewhat disconcerting. (I haven't just noticed this, by the way)

ailsa (ailsa), Saturday, 29 April 2006 15:08 (8 years ago) Permalink

16-16!!!!!!

ken c (ken c), Saturday, 29 April 2006 15:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

come on Hong Kong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ken c (ken c), Saturday, 29 April 2006 15:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

Bah, I have to go out!!! oh noes!!!

ailsa (ailsa), Saturday, 29 April 2006 15:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ebdon constructed a fanstastic break to win.

Ronnie came out and put some big breaks to win the first 3 but it ended on the black 17-11. Gave his cue at the end to some kid.

----

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 29 April 2006 18:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

got some good snooker at al c's today

sterling

cozen (Cozen), Saturday, 29 April 2006 19:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

Gave his cue at the end to some kid

has that ever happened before? that was kinda cool.

Amazing final frame from Ebdon, can't wait for the final now.

Ste (Fuzzy), Saturday, 29 April 2006 20:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

poor kid though. gonna end up with a cue with a crap tip!!!!

ken c (ken c), Saturday, 29 April 2006 21:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

haha yeah i reckon that case is CURSED i tells ya! he'll never make it!!!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 30 April 2006 12:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

I didn't see all of it but that was some boring crap today.

I'd rather watch a 3rd place play-off with Marcu Fu and Ronnie (using a bent pub cue with a rattle and a shiny tip).

Onimo (GerryNemo), Sunday, 30 April 2006 17:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

11:40pm and we've still got three frames to go tonight. It's like Harold Solomon and Eddie Dibbs playing 85-stroke rallies at Roland Garros in the '70s.

Someone just invoked the 3:51am finish between Thorburn and Griffiths in '83. Come on lads, beat that.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Sunday, 30 April 2006 21:41 (8 years ago) Permalink

yeah come on match of the day on the graveyard slot - not a bad result given that its bloody spurs getting OUR champions league place!!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 30 April 2006 21:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

Dott just cracked the most enormous yawn on camera. I know how he feels. Last frame of the day, only eighteen points on the board, reds clinging to the top cushion - this could go until 1:15am easily.

N-night.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Sunday, 30 April 2006 22:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

If it goes to the final frame then god knows what day it will finish. And I doubt as many people will stay up as what happened in the Davis V Taylor final. I think most people in my school stayed up for that.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Sunday, 30 April 2006 22:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

That last frame resolved itself pretty quickly, as it happens :-) but yeah, lets have it less 'hardcore', plz!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 1 May 2006 12:10 (8 years ago) Permalink

Peter Ebdon will kill any chance of snooker ever getting 85-style rating figures ever again.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 1 May 2006 12:45 (8 years ago) Permalink

I feel a bit sorry for Dott. He demolished Ronnie O'Sullivan and everyone talked about cue tips and mental breakdowns (despite him humping Ronnie 5-0 only a few weeks ago).

Now if he wins it'll be all "Well done Graeme, you won the worst final of the modern era. We didn't think it possible to bore Ebdon of all people into submission but you did it! Can you fuck off now?"

Ronnie's the only seat in town these days, and he's frankly not good enough. With his talent he should have dominated the last decade as Hendry and Davis did before him.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 12:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

O'Sullivan _is_ good enough though, this is the point. I don't think I've seen a competitor who had a greater skill level than all his competitors since Jahangir Khan was holding it down in the squash world 20 years prior. The only problem is him, he's got so many problems I get the feeling we're gonna be dealing with this decade's Bobby Fischer.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 1 May 2006 13:08 (8 years ago) Permalink

Having the skills doesn't make you good enough. Match winning is about mental strength as much as an ability to hit great shots. Ronnie's shown time and time again that he struggles when *anything* doesn't go according to plan. On a good day he can steamroller anyone in the game. His problem is that unlike Hendry and Davis, he can't win on a bad day.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 13:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

Hahah crappy slow-mo shots with Dennis Taylor claiming they'd never realised until now that when you skelp a ball it bounces about a bit. Isn't technology wonderful?

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 13:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

A 66 and a 78 in the first two frames today. Looking a bit more promising.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 13:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

The trouble with snooker is that there are only about 4 personalities left, and they're all in Ronnie O'Sullivan's head.

Dave B (daveb), Monday, 1 May 2006 14:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

true

:)

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 14:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

The BBC frame-by-frame guy must be bored shitless:

Frame 20: Like a couple of chimps in London Zoo, Ebdon and Dott continue to scratch about as the match approaches the mid-session interval. Yet again, both men have chances. Dott breaks down after a 62 break before Ebdon misses a straight-forward yellow when overstretching. Dott then fluffs a snooker, leaving Ebdon to pot the yellow and lay a snooker of his own. Dott is unable to escape, but then flukes a snooker of his own and manages to flop over the line. A big psychological frame for Dott.
Ebdon 7-13 Dott

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 15:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I support Ronnie by default these days, since I finally accepted that Jimmy White's never going to win the thing. Boreathon safety slugging, technical stuff, pah. Give me a maverick risk-taker any day of the week.

Ebdon and Dott can fuck off (except that I like when Scottish people win stuff, with the exception of Stephen Hendry)

xpost, that's brilliant. I wish he'd said "scratch their arses" though.

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 1 May 2006 15:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

Random ex-international cricketers painting in the studio!

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 1 May 2006 15:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

Three games in a row for Ebdon. There could be life in this yet. He was 15-7 down, now 15-10, with 18 needed to win it.

Teh HoBBler (the pirate king), Monday, 1 May 2006 19:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

27min/frame average yesterday so, if it does go all the way tonight (thanks to another truncated six-frame session this afternoon), we're looking at a 1:30am finish with viewing figures that make Nathan Barley look like The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show.

I don't think I've seen a competitor who had a greater skill level than all his competitors since Jahangir Khan was holding it down in the squash world 20 years prior

Hmm, odd comparison. I thought the thing about JK was his astonishing mental toughness; he wasn't the most audacious shot-maker, he just used to out-last his opponents. 555 consecutive wins, wasn't it? Ronnie can rarely manage 5. Perhaps a better comparison is with Roger Federer or - better - John McEnroe. McEnroe was more or less the best in the world for about four years but genuinely untouchable for a 15-month spell in the middle (i.e. what Federer's been doing to everyone for the last 2.5 years) - but then imploded. McEnroe annihilating Connors for the loss of four games in the '84 Wimbledon final and then shambling to a similarly humbling defeat vs Curren twelve months later was very Ronnie.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 19:21 (8 years ago) Permalink

Unbiased and not-at-all-bored frame-by-frame dude on teh beeb about Ebdon:

He will fancy this now - and I might stick a bet on him to win.

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 1 May 2006 19:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

Hahaha. How can I get this job?

Frame eight: Peter Ebdon must have walked in front of several black cats, while smashing a mirror or two for good measure, during the interval. To say he is not getting the run of the balls would be an understatement.

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 1 May 2006 19:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

I am losing the will to live.

Teh HoBBler (the pirate king), Monday, 1 May 2006 20:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

You, me, the bloke doing the updates on the BBC website...(not that he's had anything to write since this frame's been going for about 18 years)

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 1 May 2006 20:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

I started pushing pins under my fingernails and pulling my teeth about 30 minutes ago.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

Jesus Christ. An hour and fifteen minutes. And there could still be another seven frames or so.

Teh HoBBler (the pirate king), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

Frame 27: The combatants go into the trenches for this one - an absolute 'grueller'. Dott moves 40 ahead but, once again, breaks down. A tense safety exchange commences, during which Ebdon misses a number of long reds. Dott then lays a snooker behind the brown which Ebdon misses twice. Dott, with the frame at his mercy, then misses opportunities to wrap up the frame, rattling the jaws with a couple of reds. Ebdon and Dott then take turns missing the green before Ebdon, heart bursting through his waist-coat, mops up. The frame, at 74 minutes, is the longest in Crucible history.
Ebdon 12-15 Dott

hahah i love this guy

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

Peter wins the next in one visit!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:17 (8 years ago) Permalink

Despite its almost heroic dullness, this match has now taken on such epic proportions that it might be misremembered as some sort of classic in years to come. No-one remembers that the first 86min of Arsenal-ManU in '79 was crap or that McEnroe-Borg in '80 was a bit duff for the first two and a half hours.

15-13.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

I can't stay up for this - I have to get up early in the morning! Perhaps they'll still be playing.

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:28 (8 years ago) Permalink

Peter Ebdon is bringing shame upon the town of Wellingborough.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

As far as the whole O'sullivan thing I mean yeah, he has that much more skill than almost anybody, except from perharps Mark Williams and John Higgins being the only ones capable of running him close. And bcz of that it might've been harder to dominate the game than when Hendry was around (only Jimmy White and no-one else). The other thing is the kind of ppl that *dominate* really have a very ice-like personality; it ususally goes hand-in-hand, and the reason that O'sullivan is compelling is how his emotions are laid bare on the table - its probably just me but whenever someone is really too dominant (Sampras, Hendry) I'm always cheering on the opponent.

Dott has just won, amazingly enough - 16-13.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

It has a momentum now, this match - a sort of slow accumulation of interest in its sheer sprawl. But its badness was summed up in the last frame when Ebdon cockily asked the ref what the highest break of the tournament was before missing a pink by several feet at 84.

Ebdon goes in off when threatening to overhaul a huge deficit in frame 29. Concedes. 16-13.

(Pam is asleep on the couch and has been for about two hours).

I worry just what Ebbo might do if he wins this, prone as he is to embarrassing outbursts. I can see the shirt coming off and some random punter getting punched out in his frenzy.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm crashing. This might go on past two in the morning at this rate.

Teh HoBBler (the pirate king), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm taking the laptop to bed and turning the portable telly on. I, too, have to be up early tomorrow but first day back after a bank holiday weekend is always a doddle, isn't it? Isn't it?

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

the last sesh hasn't been so bad - Ebdon has looked is at his most fluent, it was just "funny" how, in this very same sesh, the longest of the match/tournament played out. xp - think'll beat the record for the longest finish to a final.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

I think the only solution is to put all Chinese snooker players in evil-looking masks to give a kind of pro-wrestling razzmatazz appeal to the sport.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 1 May 2006 21:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

I missed this one from earlier:

Ebdon, who usually wears the look of a man about to be blasted into outer space, does a nifty pirouette and mops up brown, blue and pink. Game on.
Ebdon 9-15 Dott

BC guy/gal is better than the match (which is admittedly picking up after the 75 minute marathon).

Dott looks shattered.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

BC=BBC

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

They need to up the piss-taking quotient if they're going to push past the Thorburn-Griffiths mark and into Tuesday daylight. 4am and they could deliver the trophy on a milk float.

16-14.

(I think the Beeb are copping the Guardian Unlimited style of irreverent reportage, which reached some kind of zenith with USA-Mexico in the 2002 World Cup..."top-bodied the sphere into the score bag" or somesuch).

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

The match passes the thirteen hour mark. The people in the studio may well realise how much they're fighting a losing battle - Parrott just came out with "I don't mind watching snooker like this."

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:13 (8 years ago) Permalink

Clive Everton comes up with quote of the championship:

"Dott resting his eyes - it's pretty bright under those lights."

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:14 (8 years ago) Permalink

Helluva clearance from Dott. I think we may get a decent night's sleep after all. Or at least this will be over before my laptop battery gives out.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

(17-14, btw)

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:24 (8 years ago) Permalink

And here's a sports psychologist to offer virtually no insight whatsoever.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:24 (8 years ago) Permalink

That was a fantastic frame. Dott looked fucked when he missed that black off the spot then he comes back with a ballsy clearance and gives it an old-skool Ebdon "COME ON!"

I'm starting to enjoy this.

17-14. Dormy.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:25 (8 years ago) Permalink

There's something aesthetically displeasing about the b and the d in Ebdon.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:26 (8 years ago) Permalink

Now officially the latest finish to a Crucible final ever.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

He's not "dormy"! You can't halve the world snooker final! That would be a fitting climax though.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

The BBC site isn't updating. I think the guys finally fallen asleep.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:42 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ebdon makes utter pie of the reds with the scores at 31-all. Dott is on, and this could be it.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

Dott blows it!

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

Well, sort of. He left nothing on for Ebdon = SAFETY BATTLE MCMXXXVIII

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

Are people leaving the audience yet? I happen to know the last bus up Ecclesall Road left fifty minutes ago.

caek (caek), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

EBDON LEAVES THE LAST RED IN THE JAWS!

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

ebdon blows it!

ken c (ken c), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

Dott gets it, gets on the black, nearly explodes with joy, and he pots that... it's over.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

dott has gone through the value of doubts and emerged the other side.

kisses the trophy before the game is finished. don't like that

ken c (ken c), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

Dott's going dotty.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

You've got to admire Dotts mental toughness at the end.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

"2006 is the year Dott". Oh, good one, whatshername.

Good night.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

also: got to love that tobacco sponsorship is not allowed, so snooker gets sponsored by gambling instead! yay!

ken c (ken c), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

And the second twee-est snooker player in the world is the champion (twee-est being Pinches, obv.)

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

(Pam earlier tonight: "Can we move to wherever Dott is from so Ava can acquire that accent?")

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

i thought david gray was a bit twee

ken c (ken c), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

Congratulations to Graham Dott and all of his supporters on a tremendous achievement.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 1 May 2006 22:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

It was worth staying up for in the end. Great comeback by Ebdon and great clearances at the end by Dott. Last session was fairly exciting as the game was always in the balance.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Monday, 1 May 2006 23:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

Imagine how good he'll be when he grows up!

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 1 May 2006 23:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

I have now turned off the stream, so tragically I'll never know if they greeted the victory by showing highlights of his play intercut with the video to "Nothing Compares 2 U".

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 1 May 2006 23:09 (8 years ago) Permalink

Please don't give Ava that voice. Horrific. Well done, anyway, Graeme. After a Hearts fan and a Celtic fan, finally a Rangers fan wins the world championship.

Ally C (Ally C), Monday, 1 May 2006 23:11 (8 years ago) Permalink

WBS, they cut straight to a Doug Mountjoy trick-shot comp soundtracked by a breakbeat-hampered version of Russ Conway's "Side Saddle".

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 1 May 2006 23:16 (8 years ago) Permalink

After a Hearts fan and a Celtic fan,

Two Celtic fans, if the publicity machine at Celtic Park is to be believed, i.e. drape a Celtic flag round Ken Doherty's neck, send him out to do the half-time raffle, hurrah, we have another celebrity fan.

I did stay up and watch it, but my laptop is knackered so I went off to bed and watched it on the portable. I never want to see an hour-plus frame of snooker again as long as I live (though the will to live may well desert me and leave me with little choice should that ever come up again). Well done Graeme. Not a bad first tournament to start your trophy haul with.

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 2 May 2006 06:16 (8 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...
not quite the right thread but.. masters final. 8-3 to ronnie, ding looks to be giving up, shook ronnie's hand at the midsession interval looking like he's about to cry, ronnie puts arm around ding and they both went back to ronnie's dressing room.

this is surely staged to compete with big brother?

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

:(

I thought Ding would be favourite. He's the new god of sport.

to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

Poor little guy! I think he's having a right panic, and just needs a hug.

However, he can at least console himself with that £35,000 he got from making a 147.

Suedey (John Cei Douglas), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

Louis - your boy's got no heart.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:11 (7 years ago) Permalink

that 147 was truly brilliant, and I saw it live! :D

hmm, this kinda thing was probably always going to happen eventually. he keeps his emotions so cooped up, so hidden, that such an outpouring was practically inevitable were things to go really, really badly.

to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

apparently he may have got upset by something the crowd has said

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

jade's in the crowd

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

probably finally had enough of 'ding' puns.

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:18 (7 years ago) Permalink

poor ding

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

lol at ronnie's "If ya feelin' me MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!" hand gestures.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

that was pretty comprehensive, then.

to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

O'Sullivan's on another level, man. The only man that can beat him is himself. Unfortunately he does that quite a lot.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

I reckon Ding will be at that level pretty soon, personally. He'll be, as Ronnie says, a World Champion, and probably within 3 or 4 years.

to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Sunday, 21 January 2007 21:43 (7 years ago) Permalink

O'Sullivan's on another level, man. The only man that can beat him is himself. Unfortunately he does that quite a lot.

that's how he practices his cue action innit, beating himself and that.

ken c (ken c), Monday, 22 January 2007 00:49 (7 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...
IT'S HERE

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 22 April 2007 11:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

Graeme Dott (Sco) 7-10 Ian McCulloch (Eng)
Anthony Hamilton (Eng) v Marco Fu (HK)
Stephen Maguire (Sco) v Joe Perry (Eng)
Mark Williams (Wal) v Joe Swail (NI)
John Higgins (Sco) v Michael Holt (Eng)
Barry Hawkins (Eng) v Fergal O'Brien (Ire)
Neil Robertson (Aus) v Ryan Day (Wal)
Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) v Ding Junhui (Chn)
Ken Doherty (Ire) v Mark Allen (NI)
Matthew Stevens (Wal) v Joe Delaney (Ire)
Steve Davis (Eng) v John Parrott (Eng)
Shaun Murphy (Eng) v Judd Trump (Eng)
Peter Ebdon (Eng) v Nigel Bond (Eng)
Stephen Lee (Eng) v Mark Selby (Eng)
Ali Carter (Eng) v Andy Hicks (Eng)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) v David Gilbert (Eng)

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 22 April 2007 11:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, Dott is out, so at least we're guaranteed a mildly interesting final. Although blah blah blah final in the first round blah blah blah. S'a shame L***s J****r is too busy trying to rebuild family bridges to post here anymore, it'd be nice to hear him try and defend his boy as O'Sullivan guts him again.

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 22 April 2007 11:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

Can't wait for Ronnie-Ding re-match!

Hoping Hendry gets knocked out early..

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 22 April 2007 11:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

A decent run for Judd Trump would be interesting as well, considering he's snooker's great white hope.

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 22 April 2007 11:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

Wow, this is an evenly matched and balanced encounter.

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 22 April 2007 15:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

Great sense of timing ;-) Ding has just gone on to make a 100 break.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 22 April 2007 15:35 (7 years ago) Permalink

I can't predict shit.

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 22 April 2007 15:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

nah you were doing ok - looked like 5-2, but Ronnie got the last, I think he's moving in for the kill now.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

Ding's not playing badly, but on form O'Sullivan is always gonna be >>> on form Ding.

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

I dunno I don't get the impression Ding ws up for this today...but now that O'Sullivan has got going that is probably that.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:07 (7 years ago) Permalink

We saw this in December though, he's mentally weak. I suppose that's what happens when you're a superstar with 200 million cheering you on in your home country, and then you turn up as a stranger in a strange land and you're on your own.

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

Eight frames in, and O'Sullivan has a 98% pot percentage.

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

Not sure about that - he is really young, and has coped really well with the pressure so far, as in he has won a few tournaments and not disappeared.

I wonder how much the crucible venue plays into it.

I think at the Masters O'Sullivan gave an awesome display but also Ding doesn't appear to have a plan B if things are going wrong. The way he plays suits Ronnie just fine.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

Davis vs Parrott, paradoxically, is a cracker of a match. More sports need old guys hanging around for ages refusing to retire.

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:49 (7 years ago) Permalink

How did that end-ah!? Davis vs Parrott?

t**t, Monday, 23 April 2007 17:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

Parrot beat him 10-9

Dom Passantino, Monday, 23 April 2007 17:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that ws a gd game.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 23 April 2007 17:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

10-9 !?
o'o'o-boy.

t**t, Monday, 23 April 2007 17:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

A decent run for Judd Trump would be interesting as well, considering he's snooker's great white hope.

He lost 10-6 to Murphy in the 1st round.

I suppose he can go back to being in McFly.

onimo, Monday, 23 April 2007 22:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

my god, would you look at the state of that, Steady Eddie will be turning in his grave.

CarsmileSteve, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 09:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

has anybody cried yet?

ken c, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 10:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

I saw Trump/Murphy, I get the feeling that Trump didn't hang around with kids like Murphy at school. Still, now Hunter's dead we need a new pretty boy I suppose.

Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 11:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

Hendry is currently losing 5-1 to David Gilbert (who?).

Stephen Maguire brushed Joe Perry aside, maybe he'll finally reach the level I thought he was capable of a couple of years ago (i.e. Teh New Rocket).

onimo, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

Hendry came back from 5-1 to win 10-7. Might be a good bet at 10/1 if Ronnie's going to blow up/retire/play with a tea towel on his head.

onimo, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 14:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

Well done Carter on the nice demolition job: 12-4 against Hendry.

Higgins looking GOOD!! BAFFLING and WRONG to me how he's only won this thing once.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 29 April 2007 21:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

OMG one of the referees is a female woman! What about tradition and stuff? Shocking!

StanM, Monday, 30 April 2007 12:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

how can you understand and apply the miss rule if you don't even know how to drive?

ken c, Monday, 30 April 2007 14:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

oh man i thought my <21.5 frame game bet for o'sullivan v robertson was safe except now it's 8-8.

bastards.

ken c, Monday, 30 April 2007 14:11 (7 years ago) Permalink

Selby's three centuries in a row were v good.

Gukbe, Monday, 30 April 2007 14:24 (7 years ago) Permalink

How awesome is Robertson - O' Sullivan? On the 20th frame, and some of the shots Ronnie played to get to 30 (made 80-odd) - just fantastic.

10-10 at the break.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 30 April 2007 19:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

Robertson's comeback from 8-3 down was great.

Gukbe, Monday, 30 April 2007 19:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

11-10 robertson vs the rocket and the commentators are making comments 'bout lucky aussies and the cricket- let it go people!

optimus, Monday, 30 April 2007 20:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

Looks like its Ronnie after Robertson missed a straight pink.

Selby made six centuries to knock out Ebdon!!

xyzzzz__, Monday, 30 April 2007 20:11 (7 years ago) Permalink

Ebdon's unwillingness to concede was great, even though he needed to pot all the balls AND get two snookers. The fact that he managed one was fantastic. Selby's excellent shot on the green was worthy of a winning pot.

Gukbe, Monday, 30 April 2007 20:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

omg - I don't watch for one hour and Stevens is out? (also: come on Ronnie!)

StanM, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 13:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

Stephen Maguire brushed Joe Perry aside, maybe he'll finally reach the level I thought he was capable of a couple of years ago (i.e. Teh New Rocket).

He's just won 6 out of 7 frames to breeze past Hamilton and into the semis. I should have got some cash on him early on.

onimo, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

Drinking game suggestion: anytime the BBC commentators say "a little bit unlucky" or make a comment about how the Crucible crowd is knowledgeable: drink!

StanM, Thursday, 3 May 2007 18:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

Also "In the modern game you need to win the frame at a single visit."

onimo, Thursday, 3 May 2007 19:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

holy fucking shit @ maguire-Higgins! that 18th frame ws...just...

xyzzzz__, Friday, 4 May 2007 18:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

k, Maguire has won the next - really kept himself together, terrific stuff!

xyzzzz__, Friday, 4 May 2007 19:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

Quite a session, plenty of tactical with just enough breaks to aid the flow. Looks like Higgins is gonna miss out again; Maguire producing championship winning resilience to go 14-10 ahead.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 4 May 2007 21:26 (7 years ago) Permalink

holy fucking shit @ maguire-Higgins! that 18th frame ws...just...

Aye, frame of the tourney.

onimo, Friday, 4 May 2007 22:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

More terrific stuff today - Murphy-Selby are neck and neck, Murphy using the session break to re-compose - 12-12 as we go to the final session.

Maguire misses an easy pink and John capitalizes to win the first three frames - 14-13.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 5 May 2007 14:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

15-13. Maguire wisely went for safety on 42. might be the crucial frame if he goes on to win.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 5 May 2007 15:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

By the way, where are they going to hold the finals next year? And in 2009?

( The Crucible will be closing for a refurbishment between May 2008 and Autumn 2009. - and this new thing won't be ready yet: During the 2005 Championship it was announced that the Championship would remain at the Crucible for at least another five years. Plans to build a purpose-built billiardrome in the city are in their early stages. It is anticipated that the World Championships will be switched to the new venue once the current Crucible contract ends.)

StanM, Saturday, 5 May 2007 15:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

Holy crap! Teh Wizard of Wishaw does it!

StanM, Saturday, 5 May 2007 16:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

now all we need is for that murphy arsehole to win and i won't have anyone to support in the final :(

well, it'll have to be higgins, i guess.

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 16:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

I want Selby to win, but I will go for Higgins if he doesn't make it. Higgins was really on fire this afternoon.

Gukbe, Saturday, 5 May 2007 17:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

Like Higgins to win again - really played off his skin to get that.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 5 May 2007 17:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

15-14 and Murphy lets Selby back into the next frame. Extremely tense. C'mon Selby!

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 20:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

Selby's really grabbed this frame by the knackers, I hope he wins it. Some excellent tactical play here.

(lol at really loud bloke who keeps saying "great shot" every time Selby does something)

ailsa, Saturday, 5 May 2007 20:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

oh no! :(((

misses blue to far corner

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 20:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

Poor soul, he really deserved that :-/

ailsa, Saturday, 5 May 2007 20:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

it just shows how an initial positional error can snowball into disaster. he was a bit thin on the green, then even thinner on the brown, and finally too thin on the blue :(

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 20:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

Why is Shaun Murphy so unlikable? I feel really bad about hating him, because I know he got bullied a lot as a child because of his appearance, but... it is quite an annoying appearance.

Dom Passantino, Saturday, 5 May 2007 20:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

he comes across as quite arrogant and unapproachable. he doesn't seem to have a friendly rapport with the players or the referee, and he plays up the religious angle a touch too much for most people's liking.

selby gets a kick on (effectively) frame ball :(

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 20:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

equally, one might ask: Why is Michaela Tabb so foxy?

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 21:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

I don't like many snooker players, really. I have a ridiculous amount of affection for Jimmy White, and have a love-hate thing about Ronnie O'Sullivan. I actively dislike Stephen Hendry, Shaun Murphy and Mark Williams. I'm pretty meh about the rest of them. Oh, Peter Ebdon gets on my tits as well, the boring bastard even though he looks like my husband

ailsa, Saturday, 5 May 2007 21:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

snooker? i hardly know her!

Wrinklepaws, Saturday, 5 May 2007 21:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

mark selby that is a magnificent shot (yellow w/deep screw)

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 21:18 (7 years ago) Permalink

Down to the final frame. First classic match of the tournament/year.

Dom Passantino, Saturday, 5 May 2007 21:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

selby has won a nation's hearts etc.

if he wins this and the final, SPOTY? only phil nixon has seriously challenged him so far, and he lost his final.

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 21:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

actually, calzaghe this year SURELY

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 21:42 (7 years ago) Permalink

there have been some really good matches already. I would actually say murphy's comeback from a ludicrous amount down in the last round was very good. even though i don't like murphy.

Gukbe, Saturday, 5 May 2007 21:43 (7 years ago) Permalink

I wonder if they ever do "Unlikable: The Shaun Murphy Story" whether they'll get David Mitchell to play him?

Dom Passantino, Saturday, 5 May 2007 22:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

yes! (to match and Mitchell)

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 22:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

Mark Selby is YOUR 888 World Snooker Championship finalist.

Dom Passantino, Saturday, 5 May 2007 22:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

And he makes a joke about Parkinson's Disease in his post-match interview. WINNER.

Dom Passantino, Saturday, 5 May 2007 22:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

suddenly (and especially after the warm hug for selby) i don't hate murphy that much any more...

the final already looks like another good'un, between two of the tournament's form players (i think they're 1 and 2 for most centuries, correct me if i'm wrong), but i'd like to add to the list of great games the 13-12 midnight thriller between selby and carter.

Just got offed, Saturday, 5 May 2007 22:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

"And he makes a joke about Parkinson's Disease in his post-match interview. WINNER."

Thought you'd like that, Dom :-)

That hug ws great!! Two amazing semi-finals, though its the (at first) least promising of them that ws best in the end.

I've watched 10 hours of snooker today and have enjoyed every second of it!

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 5 May 2007 22:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

only shame about Selby getting through is we'll get the 'oh I've been so impressed w/him' guff from the commentators from now till monday night.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 5 May 2007 22:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

Right, 2 - 2. Reasonable, since they're both not quite awake yet.

But "Higgins is the more experienced player when it comes to world championship finals, he's been here three times before" sounds like a useful comment until you remember that he won his first final, winning over Ken Doherty, the reigning world champion! Du-uh.

StanM, Sunday, 6 May 2007 16:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

Selby's getting bitchslapped out there right now.

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 6 May 2007 20:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

Will this all be over with a session to spare?

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2007 06:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

Not that Higgins wouldn't deserve it, but it's nicer when there's actual competition - let's hope Selby slept well and can pull back a couple of frames.

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2007 06:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

Thanks, guys! (they're reading our threads!)

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2007 15:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'm not unconvinced that Selby can't actually do this.

ailsa, Monday, 7 May 2007 16:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

Also, yeah, Parkinson's joke in his post-match interview on Saturday = guilty lolz.

I like him. I want him to win (this usually leads to kiss of death, so I apologise profusely in advance)

(re. SPOTY, surely Lewis Hamilton for teh win, regardless of what Selby achieves here, though best wait until Wimbledon out of the way just in case there's a surge of Andy MurrayMania befire tootling off to the bookies. Snooker players just don't register any more)

ailsa, Monday, 7 May 2007 17:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'm not unconvinced that he could do it either. The amazing thing is that it wasn't Higgins' fault - just that Selby got a start and he played as incredibly as Higgins has for many years. Selby will be gutted by that kick on the last frame, putting an extra half an hour on it so that only six frames could be completed.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 7 May 2007 17:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

WOAH -- I thought Selby would go down this afternoon based on last night, or I would have stayed in to watch the tv, but blimey, tonight might be a cracker!

byebyepride, Monday, 7 May 2007 18:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

I ws thinking of going to see a movie but going all fluey last night prevented me from (probably) repeating the v same mistake I talked about at the start of this thread.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 7 May 2007 18:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

Dom Passantino, Monday, 7 May 2007 18:52 (7 years ago) Permalink

I can't work out if Higgins was actually genuinely amused there or whether he was all "yeah, yeah, you're funny, now fuck off" at Selby. I'm enjoying this hugely anyway, though Higgins has been utterly rotten all day today.

ailsa, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

So, only six frames this afternoon - what was all that about? Just ran out of time? I've never known a session to be truncated by two before.

13-11 at 9:15pm - it's gonna be a late one.

Michael Jones, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they explained it during the last frame - the players need a chance to rest/refresh/compose themselves, and that's more important than the 8/8 thing. Especially after having played at this level for 16 days already.

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:18 (7 years ago) Permalink

Won't they continue on Tuesday if it's still not over by, say, midnight?

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

No, it'll be one of these epic "where were you when..." Dennis Taylor v Steve Davis in 1985 corkers with everyone sleeping in for work tomorrow morning.

They actually explained it away earlier on the BBC as due to other telly needing to be shown because I for one really REALLY needed to watch Eggheads and the Great British Menu rather than any more snooker, erm, hang on a sec...

ailsa, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

LOL at 1 person clapping 1 time before realising they're the only one and stopping - "Great shot! ... oh, it wasn't, I R pwnd"

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

Selby was 100-1 at the bookmakers after last night!

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

go on mark

ken c, Monday, 7 May 2007 21:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

Go on both of them! It's midnight over here and there's still a possible 9 frames to go (if it's going to be 17-18 or 18-17) - 9 x 45 minutes is going to finish, like, next week or something! OMG!

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

I might have to revise my answer on the hours-of-sleep thread after this. Seriously, I might just nick off to bed and they'll proably still be playing this yellow when I get back up at 6.30.

ailsa, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:18 (7 years ago) Permalink

This is insane - 21min on one ball. They've already cited the Griffiths-Thorburn match from '83 - the one that finished at 3:51am (see also: Pernfors-Wilander at the US Open) despite The Grinder knocking in a 147.

I'm going to say Higgins 18-15 around 2am. I know I won't see the end. Of this frame.

Michael Jones, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

epic.

the misses on the brown, the flukey pot, then snookered on the blue...

Jarlrmai, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

Aye, I'm loving this. Anything involving Griffiths/Thorburn/Charlton or whatever = yawnsville, not to mention that tedious Dott/Ebdon final last year. This, however = total stone cold classic. Expect to find me slumped over my desk in a big yawning heap some time tomorrow (if I'm not still watching this!)

ailsa, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh well, I'm off to bed. My bedside portable has a sleep function on it (which I used to great effect during the '94 World Cup), so I might just turn the sound right down and have it set for another three hours.

I think Higgins would streak away with frame 28 but it's another safety battle...

Michael Jones, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

They're playing like they don't have to go to work tomorrow, these two.

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

next frame, more safety..

i'd love a sleep function on my radio.

I need a new clock radio

I want DAB and Alarm and Sleep function.

Jarlrmai, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

think > thought

I bet Ava comes into our bed if it gets to 17-17.

Michael Jones, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

bugger, higgins goes 2 head again...

Jarlrmai, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

maybe not...

Jarlrmai, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

he has.

Jarlrmai, Monday, 7 May 2007 23:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

cor century

ken c, Monday, 7 May 2007 23:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

12 hours later

ken c, Monday, 7 May 2007 23:53 (7 years ago) Permalink

After 12 hours and 3 minutes, stick a fork in it.

xp

Dom Passantino, Monday, 7 May 2007 23:53 (7 years ago) Permalink

Poor Mark :-/

ailsa, Monday, 7 May 2007 23:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

Let's not take away from Higgins though, eh?

ailsa, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

Excellent stuff. Higgins showed class in those last few frames. Where did he pull that out from? I was so sure this was going to the final frame and a 3am finish.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

Well played John Higgins. Poor bastard had to give up booze and Celtic to win it! Those last three clearances were astonishing under the circumstances. He's a class act and having only one world title was never a fair reflection on how good he's been for the last 10 or 12 years.

Selby looks like a future winner, but then so do half of these young scamps who keep knocking stupid shots in for fun. He needs to sort out all this 1min48sec thinking time shite though - unless it's a stupid bastard hard snooker every player knows what shot he has to play within seconds. If he keeps that up I'm going to call him Edbon II and hate him.

That yellow ball. Fucking hell someone just pot the fucking thing then play safe on the green for five weeks!

onimo, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that yellow was like watching arsenal. SOMEONE FUCKING SHOOT.

ken c, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

Selby looks like a future winner, but then so do half of these young scamps who keep knocking stupid shots in for fun. He needs to sort out all this 1min48sec thinking time shite though - unless it's a stupid bastard hard snooker every player knows what shot he has to play within seconds.

That's because he's still basically a pool player trying to be a snooker player - does the daft/spectacular shots so well, but still learning on the tactics front. I think.

ailsa, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yes, pool players are noted for fucking around all day picking shots out.

onimo, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:26 (7 years ago) Permalink

No, that's not what I meant. I meant when he realises that the knocking-shots-in pool-player tactics aren't going to work in a a situation, and he actually has to think about the long game, he's not quite so good at that yet, because it's a different skill. I may be wrong. Hence the "I think" tagged on the end.

ailsa, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

I think he was just trying to keep Higgins out of his stride. It's ok thinking about the odds shot but if you look at something like that yellow ball borefest I reckon Selby had >70% of the table time. On a lot of occasions I'd named his shot for him 2 minutes before he played it.

onimo, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

give selby a break. he's 23 years old and had to qualify to get into the competition. he's never played a match like that in his life, and he had to come back from 12-4 down. I think there is something to breaking Higgins' stride, especially because I'm pretty sure that had they not stopped the afternoon session 2 frames early he would have gone into the final session 11-13 or maybe even 12-12.

Despite his love of the trick shot and his over-reliance on pulling shots off with the rest, I think he proved himself to be quite excellent in the tactical area.

I wanted him to win, but I was pleased with Higgins, especially those last few frames. Selby took the loss well and Higgins took the win well. I'm just mourning the loss of daily snooker. I'll have to do something else with my time now, seeing as I don't have the comfort of watching a green table with a bunch of balls rolling around. Le sigh.

Gukbe, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm just mourning the loss of snooker in my life in general. Is it shown (or heard of) in the U.S.?

Gukbe, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

I am giving him a break - I just touted him as a future winner. I am also moaning about the time taken over his shots. It's a fair criticism, he did keep me up to stupid o'clock despite losing by 5 frames.

onimo, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:49 (7 years ago) Permalink

Well done Johnny Higgins! A good Celtic man!

Tom D., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 09:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

As one Leicester fellow to another - sigh. If only he'd won we could have added him to our statue...

Ned Trifle II, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 09:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

Is it shown (or heard of) in the U.S.?

no.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 10:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

No, they prefer pool there (snigger)

Tom D., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 10:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

Selby is last year's pool world champion, hence his surprising plants sometimes.

StanM, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 10:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

And that female referee who did the semi final between Murphy & Selby has been a well known pool referee for a while now too. So stop sniggering.

StanM, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 10:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

No, I like pool but it's kids stuff really

Tom D., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 10:24 (7 years ago) Permalink

I loved the yellow ball contest! Those safety exchanges were great! (and I say this when watching it with a fever last night).

I think Selby did the 1m40secs thinking time on his semi-final too.

He has adapted a bit of pool to snooker. I saw him make a century with 3 plants, then another with two. So his knowledge of pool plays a part.

This wz def one of my favourite finals. Hope that Selby does go on and win it but it remains to be seen, he could become another Matthew Stevens - does seem to be 'tougher', tho'.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yes, 19 minutes on the yellow ball! Brilliant!

Tom D., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

Snooker players have been playing plants since forever, it's not a concept in any way exclusive to pool.

Also, Selby's been well known in snooker circles since his junior days, he's not some Johnny-Come-Lately pool player who thought he'd give snooker a bash.

onimo, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

Why did they change his nickname for the final session? (all tournament, it had been "the jester from leicester" and for the final session of the final, it was "marvellous mark selby") Maybe changing nicknames is bad luck and that's why he lost!

StanM, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

"Snooker players have been playing plants since forever, it's not a concept in any way exclusive to pool."

I know that! But there ws one or two that he picked out that other players might not have, I don't think. Don't remember a someone picking them out and getting that many plants in a championship. But yes obv I could be reading way too much into the pool connection (have only played pool on a computer :-)), how maybe a few maybe pick on the fact that Roger Fed played a lot of squash when younger.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:26 (7 years ago) Permalink

I don't associate plants with pool anymore than snooker

Tom D., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

Why did they change his nickname for the final session? (all tournament, it had been "the jester from leicester" and for the final session of the final, it was "marvellous mark selby") Maybe changing nicknames is bad luck and that's why he lost!

-- StanM, Tuesday, May 8, 2007 11:25 AM (12 minutes ago)


Anti-Leicester bias.

Ned Trifle II, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

Must have been tough for Willie Thorne to try stay impartial!

Tom D., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

The concept of being the most jester-like snooker player just makes me think of Lee and Herring's "Britain's Jauntiest Shepherd"

Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:43 (7 years ago) Permalink

"No, I like pool but it's kids stuff really

-- Tom D., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 10:24"

you say that to his face

Frogman Henry, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

It turns out that me bird's ma loves snooker. Or rather, she loves Ronnie O'Sullivan. Is snooker generally popular with older women?

The Real Dirty Vicar, Sunday, 21 October 2007 21:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie is.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 21 October 2007 21:11 (7 years ago) Permalink

well done marco! :)

Just got offed, Sunday, 21 October 2007 22:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

As Oriental snooker talents go, though, I'm more excited by DING JUNHUI, FUTURE GOD OF SPORT. I think I started an ILX thread about him somewhere. With precisely those words.

Just got offed, Sunday, 21 October 2007 22:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

I find it hard to care about sports where there are so many tournaments that include the same competitors. Ronnie O'Sullivan is looking old though.

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 22 October 2007 00:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

ah, fuck, snooker world championship RIP :-(

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 25 April 2009 11:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

i used to not know the rules and was sort of fascinated by it (daytime television) but now i know how it works and it's boring.

Ludo, Saturday, 25 April 2009 11:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

Its OK, Ronnie's out :-(

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 25 April 2009 11:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

:( a sad day

sorry for british (country matters), Saturday, 25 April 2009 11:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

damnit :-((

Gerard (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 25 April 2009 12:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

awesome!!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 25 April 2009 12:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

poor Marco, got a good beatin'

not_goodwin, Saturday, 25 April 2009 13:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

Sadfaced about Ronnie :-(

ailsa, Saturday, 25 April 2009 13:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

SERIOUSLY FUCK OFF HIGGINS

sorry for british (country matters), Monday, 27 April 2009 16:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH WHY DID I WASTE MY AFTERNOON WATCHING THIS

sorry for british (country matters), Monday, 27 April 2009 16:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

better than wasting the afternoon on ilx tbh

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Monday, 27 April 2009 17:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

I quite like Higgins - way better than 'Hendry the 8th' (I really hope that never happens)

Like Selby or Higgins to win now.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 27 April 2009 21:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

That was a terrific 147

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 12:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

Is there such a thing as a bad 147?

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 13:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ay, 147? (Damn, must switch on da telly!) Who dunnit then, the 147?

t**t, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 13:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

wasn't ronnie

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 13:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

hendry, it's on the bbc snooker page.
was ok as far as potting every ball in the right order to get the max break and look cool with the added bonus of a bonus in the shape of a check in your name with lots of money above it.

not_goodwin, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 13:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

I went on the BBC site to watch this and spotted the video was only 4:28 long and thought "Quicker than Ronnie? WTF!" then pressed play and he was already on 89.

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 13:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

now we just need someone to beat the score by a free ball + 147 break combo.

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 13:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

cmon selbs

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 14:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh fuck off higgins

go away

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 15:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

go the fuck away

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 15:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

louis seems to hate scottish snooker players

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 15:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

nah just the dull uncharismatic ones

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 15:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh wait

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 15:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

I thought you preferred quality over charisma Mr J

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 15:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

I prefer talent and inspiration to efficiency, at least on the snooker table...it's a game that ought to reward the sublime rather than the functional

...and besides, I prefer players with individual styles, with facets to their game which separate them from the cluster. Otherwise what is there to follow?

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 15:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's not a game that "ought" to reward the sublime. I agree that Scottish snooker players tend to be on the nice-but-dull side though.

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

I mean, if you're lucky it is, but that applies to any sport really.

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think i understand why The Lex gets mad when people say they stopped watching tennis if Agassi* was knocked out.

*insert any peoples fave in there

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

I prefer talent and inspiration to efficiency, at least on the snooker table...it's a game that ought to reward the sublime rather than the functional

if you're truly sublime then surely you'd beat the merely functional?

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

Tennis is different; tennis openly and flagrantly rewards inspirational, dominant play because it places the two opponents in direct confrontation. Snooker places each opponent alone, and so they always have a choice as to what level of shot to play. I love the game, but I love it more when it's played by people who constantly reveal their personality, their talents, and their changing approach to the game depending on circumstances, i.e. Ronnie O'Sullivan or Neil Robertson or Mark Selby. Or players who play flat-out insane, occasionally self-destructive snooker in search of perfection, i.e. Ding Junhui. Or headcases, i.e. Peter Ebdon

Ken this is true but many players capable of the sublime are also capable of error, and also you can never fully legislate for the run of the balls

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

Grinders and those who are very good safety players have traditionally dominated though: Davis, Reardon, Hendry etc. have won far more titles than the very best sublimely gifted players (O'Sullivan, Alex Higgins, Jimmy White etc.)

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

Let me dream!

Am trying to work out where Shaun Murphy fits on the scale, and whether his extravagant and often inspiring talents are sufficient to resist the demerits of his occasionally somewhat offputting personality...I certainly dislike him less than I did circa 2005

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

As much as I love Ronnie's sublime skills I'm getting really tired of these "I don't know if I can go on" bullshit interviews every time someone has the temerity to beat him.

I know what you mean about the attraction of the unexpected LJ but with Higgins I think it's simply that he always knows the "correct" shot to play and sees no reason to play what he sees in his head as the wrong shot. That doesn't mean he won't go for his shots, but it does mean he'll be less likely to scatter balls all over the table in a ridiculous attempt at an impossible red that he's convinced himself is a shot to nothing. Boring as that is (particularly if he's not scoring heavily) I still admire his resilience under pressure - he's won a fair few very tense close matches.

I've warmed to Ebdon over the years as his madness has grown, I can still picture the mad grin on his face as Hendry won something like 7 frames out of 8 against him in a world final - somewhere between "Ach I'll just try to enjoy myself" and "I'm gonna eat your children!"

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

Grinders and those who are very good safety players have traditionally dominated though: Davis, Reardon, Hendry etc. have won far more titles than the very best sublimely gifted players (O'Sullivan, Alex Higgins, Jimmy White etc.)

Hendry doesn't belong in that list. Boring as he might be off the table be basically took the "go for everything" attitude of Higgins and White but did it properly (i.e. by not missing the balls). His safety game isn't great, he doesn't even like playing safety shots. I remember when he first came to prominence everyone was amazed at the shots he was taking on, particularly into middle pockets.

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

before Ronnie, Hendry was regarded as the most natural potter anyone had seen.
He did have to develop a safety game though(not as good as steve davis safety game was), and it made him and even better player.
ffs the guy won a world championship with a fractured arm. You gotta admit that takes something special.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

peter ebdon is about 10x more boring to watch than john higgins

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

and as boring as those guys may be, they aren't in cliff thorburns league!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

funnily enough, Terry Griffiths was a boring slow player, but I did like him.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

also, i don't see how potting stupidly ridiculous shots take more inspiration than a brilliant safety shot

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ken OTM

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

peter ebdon is about 10x more boring to watch than john higgins

yes but he is on the edge of complete nervous breakdown every time he misses a pot do you not see

and there's something to be said for his almost hypnotically self-denying style, especially in the context of the barely-suppressed wailing hair-tearing beast within...he is a man on the edge

WHOA

I got no problem with brilliant safety shots, amazing snookers etc...this is all part of the "inspiration" I referred to. I love 'em. What I was complaining about were functional potters who resort to good, often very good, "classic safety", when others might go for something inspirational or at least original.

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

If only you could take Ken Doherty's personality and Stephen Hendry's game and fuse them into one...I do like Hendry, because he's great and plays the game in a superb manner, but he makes peak-era Davis look like Quinton Hann

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

and miss and lose
xpost

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

But the game is cruel upon the mentally mercurial. Take Matthew Stevens. Now a wreck, now on the scrapheap. Once within touching distance of greatness. Bright talent, burnt out. At least he list to Mark Williams, who is/was a truly brilliant player and a fine personality.

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

*lost

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

Not always, Kerr! Not always!

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

i never rated mark williams. he can pot long balls and that seems to be the extent of his game

in other news
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/snooker/7661707.stm

this is my favourite live feed so far. you just get to listen to 'drag racer' in a continuous loop

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

omg Graeme Dott's voice

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

stop hating on scottishes

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 17:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

what is there to hate about his bonny lilt? even though it can probably only be heard properly by dogs

sorry for british (country matters), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 17:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

btw

fuck off john higgins

sorry for british (country matters), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

resilience

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

resilience can fuck itself

sorry for british (country matters), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

When Higgins wins a match 13-7, 13-5, by completely outplaying his opponent, rather than hanging in with his utterly, unspeakably efficient, charismaless game, maybe then I might root for him, but this is sheer unrelenting cuntery of the highest order and bad for the game

sorry for british (country matters), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

(n.b. I am drunk but still, argh)

sorry for british (country matters), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

maybe he should mouth "never in doubt" at the camera after every final frame clincher.

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 23:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

andrei_higgins.jpg

sorry for british (country matters), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 23:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

why bother watching any game if you just want to watch predictable 13-5 drubbings?

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Thursday, 30 April 2009 00:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

I don't! I just don't want a game to be inevitably and heartbreakingly gritted out by a player I dislike...this sort of result was equally predictable, and more infuriating

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 30 April 2009 00:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

I mean, if he's gonna go 2 down with 3 to play or 1 down with 2 to play, I wanna see some opponents NOT bending over and taking his "resilience" right where it hurts, and getting over the line themselves...if he gets to the winning line first then fair enough

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 30 April 2009 00:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

but clearly this isn't the case because he hasn't won every single tournament there is to win..

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Thursday, 30 April 2009 00:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

Hey you guys, am I the only one who remembers this?

ailsa, Thursday, 30 April 2009 00:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

I have no recollection of that whatsoever.

In today's news, Higgins races into an excitingly racy early charismatic lead thanks to playing mostly shite and resiliently asking for new balls.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/snooker/8027621.stm

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Thursday, 30 April 2009 17:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

Mark Allen played *so badly* in that opening session. All Higgins had to do was wait for an opportunity; there was one in every frame. Even when Allen seemed in the balls, you knew he'd find a way to screw up. The two frames he won, he only did so because Higgins returned the compliment.

If there's any justice in the world, Neil Robertson will murk his way to the title

Instead, we'll have a Murphy-Higgins final, and I'll be sorely tempted to not watch it.

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 30 April 2009 17:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

This match is more like it.

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 30 April 2009 19:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

A pal of mine applied for a ticket on a whim about two weeks ago, was somehow successful, and is right now sitting in the front row two along from Robertson. It makes for disconcerting viewing to see him in every other low-level shot.

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 30 April 2009 19:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

text him

not_goodwin, Thursday, 30 April 2009 20:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

nah dial his number during an important shot

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 30 April 2009 20:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

Nice idea. I would get him to flick us the v's, but he's also the one person in Britain who doesn't have a mobile

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 30 April 2009 20:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

Red button interactive TV my arse

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 30 April 2009 20:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

tell him to keep making the buzzing noise

not_goodwin, Thursday, 30 April 2009 20:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

The balls just made a perfect S shape!

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 30 April 2009 20:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

ffs

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 1 May 2009 14:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

I can't imagine getting so worked up about snooker LJ!

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Friday, 1 May 2009 14:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

dude, the final that is looming is looming between the two players in the entire tournament i like the least

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 1 May 2009 14:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

haha I haven't been following the scores today but I guessed 12-4 from that 'ffs' - so near!

At least it's not heading for one of those 16-16 nail-biting last frame Higgins wins you so detest (cue (sorry) Higgins collapse).

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Friday, 1 May 2009 14:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

This is like me and my mate playing :-/

not_goodwin, Friday, 1 May 2009 14:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

except less skilled

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Friday, 1 May 2009 14:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

actually that ffs was for robertson throwing a frame away when it was actually in both of his hands

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 1 May 2009 15:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

The tourney could use at least one of the nu guys reaching the final. Murphy bores the tits off himself never mind anyone else.

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Friday, 1 May 2009 15:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

So tempted to open this in a sneaky window at work but I'd likely get caught.

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Friday, 1 May 2009 15:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

Murphy plays fairly charismatic snooker, but he truly is a manhole of likeability. Needs a Robertson win.

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 1 May 2009 15:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

Why thnk you ken.
what happened to murphy wife coming in while he's playing and handing him divorce papers?

not_goodwin, Friday, 1 May 2009 15:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wee Graeme Dott for the win of least interesting player IMO.

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Friday, 1 May 2009 15:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

But he has the voice of an angel (whose balls are being squeezed)

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 1 May 2009 15:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

omg neil robertson just did the arshavin pose on his way out of the arena

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 1 May 2009 17:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

qeu (get it) PS

not_goodwin, Friday, 1 May 2009 17:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

Allen's still in it, innit?

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 1 May 2009 20:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

if Allen wins I will throw some sort of party, and you're all invited

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 1 May 2009 20:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

Sweet. Still, winning tomorrow's session 6-2 won't even be enough will it? Tough stuff.

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 1 May 2009 20:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

i can't believe you guys get to watch snooker on TV over there--so awesome

Mr. Que, Friday, 1 May 2009 20:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

Well, I'm rather annoyed by the BBC cutting coverage into these very short pieces. I somehow have this memory of the BBC showing games in this stage for hours on end. I had to switch from the Beeb to Eurosport to catch the end of tonight's session. It was totally worth it though, what that last frame being like 45 minutes, with some brilliant safety play.

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 1 May 2009 21:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

mr que you are a man of fine taste, if only you could be made to understand good british pizza

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 1 May 2009 21:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

i'm going to need you to think carefully about those two separate statements lj

Mr. Que, Friday, 1 May 2009 21:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

I had to switch from the Beeb to Eurosport to catch the end of tonight's session.

Red button on satellite or cable to watch the full session on the bbc.

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Friday, 1 May 2009 21:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

Joining in late into this mess, but Higgins is fantastic - pretty unique, I think Nadal is a good recent-ish example of the kind of rare sports person that is able to simply do the right thing (decisions, shots, whatever) EVERY SINGLE TIME at a very young age, and in a way that is pretty fucking scary. Except that John couldn't enjoy any dominance as Williams, O'Sullivan and a bunch of other talents were also around at the same time. So it somehow took him 10 years to win a 2nd world title...that 100 break to finally knock the stuffing out of Selby in the final two years ago is what I get up to watch this game for.

This year he has been way stronger as it gotten to the wire - I'm a Selby fan, but it was disappointing how his game fell off at the end.

Higgins winning three, maybe four, world titles...would turn out to be a good reflection of how good I think he is/was.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 1 May 2009 22:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

Red button on satellite or cable to watch the full session on the bbc.

― the innermost wee guy (onimo), Friday, May 1, 2009 9:31 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

Yeah, I get that red button stuff, but I'm not in the UK, so it's worthless for me.

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 1 May 2009 23:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

The 'nicer' haircuts have failed pretty badly in their semi-finals, huh? I mean I know its their first, but Allen and Robertson have shown zilch..

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 2 May 2009 12:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

apart from the ability to storm back when all looks lost

sorry for british (country matters), Saturday, 2 May 2009 12:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh he's got a better chance than Allen has -- although World Championsip snooker has usually provided some amazing comebacks -- but a four frame lead is fine for Murphy.

Still, not much so far, they've both managed to look badly spent.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 2 May 2009 12:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

I know Michaela Tabb is going to referee the final tomorrow & Monday, but where's Hazel? :-(

StanM, Saturday, 2 May 2009 13:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

(don't get me wrong, I don't only watch snooker for the women ;-) )

StanM, Saturday, 2 May 2009 13:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

Lol @ teen final identical terrible hairstyles

StanM, Saturday, 2 May 2009 13:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

I miss Hazel as well!

Allen really hanging in here!

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 2 May 2009 14:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

Not anymore... But what a semi final!

StanM, Saturday, 2 May 2009 15:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

How many of these expressions they keep repeating every ten minutes are actually official snooker terms?

A shot to nothing?

A little bit unlucky?

The knowledgeable Crucible crowd?

:-)

StanM, Saturday, 2 May 2009 18:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

That's probably all John Virgo, StanM. The man cannot give commentary without using every cliché in the book.

Robertson is playing absolutely brilliant right now. I really, really hope he beats Murphy tonight. 'Top quality stuff, StanM, top quality stuff' ;-)

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 2 May 2009 18:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

I want to see him do the Arshavin pose again

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 2 May 2009 18:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

He also uses that strange inversion thing, does John Virgo.

StanM, Saturday, 2 May 2009 18:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

I don't know who I want to win here, Robertson has some of the most awesome WTF shots sometimes, but he misses some easy ones as well. Murphy's the more consistent player. Great but boring, a bit like John Higgins I suppose.

I don't like the shape of Murphy's head, so that's it, I'm rooting for Robertson. (not the Ozzy meaning of rooting)

StanM, Saturday, 2 May 2009 19:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

Aren't they allowed to say "Hawk-eye" anymore? I seem to remember they couldn't shut up about it last time and now I haven't heard it once.

StanM, Saturday, 2 May 2009 19:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

What's Robertson up to here?

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 2 May 2009 19:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

this is great

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 2 May 2009 19:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

o
m
g

StanM, Saturday, 2 May 2009 19:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

I don't like the shape of Murphy's head

otm

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 2 May 2009 19:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Robertson is on fire! I'm particularly impressed by his safety game. I knew he was a great, daring attacker, but his safety play, the choices he made, is so great tonight. It's what got him to this tie again, as far as I'm concerned. I want him to wrap this up and then send Higgins' poor ass home.

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 2 May 2009 20:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm liking this artist guy, but he obviously can't do eyes

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 2 May 2009 20:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ach, this is slipping away now.

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 2 May 2009 20:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

Murphy is a jammy bastid.

Trust (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 2 May 2009 20:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 2 May 2009 21:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

Murphy's quite personable, to be fair

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 2 May 2009 21:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

reminds me a bit of Adrian Chiles

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 2 May 2009 21:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

Still, my dream of Higgins' being beaten by Bizarro Higgins is in shatters :-(

xp

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 2 May 2009 21:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

I expect the final is going to be great but boring.

StanM, Saturday, 2 May 2009 21:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

"I know Michaela Tabb is going to referee the final tomorrow & Monday, but where's Hazel? :-("

She's had a kid. Hazel look ok but she never asks v interesting questions really.

Was just wondering whether Michaela would referee the final...

Well done Murphy - fair play to both Robertson and Allen for pushing them all the way. That red that started Murphy's break in the penultimate frame was classic semi-final stuff. xxp = there is not going to be a lot of contrast in the final, true.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 2 May 2009 21:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

Murphy's quite personable, to be fair

Oh no I hate all that I'm just an ordinary blokey snooker fan who got lucky faux humility bullshit.

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Sunday, 3 May 2009 10:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

He also uses that strange inversion thing, does John Virgo.

― StanM, Saturday, May 2, 2009 8:58 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

But not as much as Dennis Taylor. :-/

StanM, Sunday, 3 May 2009 14:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

no chat on tonights session?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 3 May 2009 22:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

Can't see someone as solid as Higgins losing this, he wasn't even at his best tonight and still won the session 7 - 1 and got a couple of centuries.

StanM, Sunday, 3 May 2009 22:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

It was watchable, but then snooker is always watchable - both looked shattered tho', it might have easily slided into Dott-Ebdon levels. As it didn't go to that extreme there wasn't a great deal to talk about. No final has been lost from 11-5 but Murphy could mount the ultimate comeback...the comebacks are what makes for a really great snooker final.

Michaela has been the star! :-)

xyzzzz__, Monday, 4 May 2009 08:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

Michaela has been the star! :-)

― xyzzzz__, Monday, May 4, 2009 10:19 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark

I'm not so sure about today's miniskirt...

StanM, Monday, 4 May 2009 14:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

I really wish Dennis Taylor would stop going on about how "professional" Shaun Murphy is.

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Monday, 4 May 2009 15:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

OTM. Anyone who doesn't completely surrender and concede the match is "courageous" and "professional" , I guess.

StanM, Monday, 4 May 2009 16:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

"I'm not so sure about today's miniskirt..."

Oh no I missed this afternoon's session - went to see a film instead!

xyzzzz__, Monday, 4 May 2009 18:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

worst world championship ever

sorry for british (country matters), Monday, 4 May 2009 19:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

This is just like the finals the last couple of finals involving Ronnie where he walked it...

I actually didn't watch as much of this tournament as I wanted to (no 8 hour session for me unfortunately) but it has had the most centuries ever (80-something, obliterating the prev records of 68) plus Michaela in the final so I can't complain too much.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 4 May 2009 19:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

does louis like snooker or just ronnie?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 4 May 2009 19:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

well done Higgins for his 3rd world title.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 4 May 2009 19:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

at 34 he's the oldest world champion ever.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 4 May 2009 19:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

Totally, yeah - thing is, two of his three titles actually came when he arguably wasn't playing at his very (late 90s) best (in terms of sheer break building). A couple of his wins this year came down to the wire. Total strength of mind to get stronger at the very end of those matches.

Also, in the most centuries ever championship, the player who does show the best tactical play won.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 4 May 2009 19:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

2009: STAT-ATTACK - Higgins has a 92% success rate for his potting for the whole tournament.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 4 May 2009 20:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

When did they get rid of those blown-up fake prize-money cardboards? Whoever's behind that deserves the Nobel prize.

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 May 2009 20:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

Miniskirt was just a joke, sorry. :-)

Murphy never played like he did in earlier matches, but still, you have to admire Higgins for the way he mercilessly punished him for every mistake.

Also, a ridiculous amount of commentator jinxing all through the match: "so this is it, the first shot of his thousandth frame at the Cruci-and he misses!" / "He's improved so much over the last couple of - and he misses!" :-)

StanM, Monday, 4 May 2009 20:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

:-) A comeback of Murphy would've been great alone because of the commentary.

"Could this be his final time at the table?"
"Is this miss his last bid in this final?"

I must say though that I've been without a tv set for three years, and finally was able to catch up this year on the BBC snooker coverage. I think Doherty is a valuable addition to the commentary team. My only hope now is that Virgo quits the bizz, can't stand the guy.

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 May 2009 20:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

bbc changed it

But he had done more than enough and is now the oldest Crucible champion since Dennis Taylor triumphed at the age of 36 in 1985 against Steve Davis, with Higgins turning 34 on 18 May.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 4 May 2009 21:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

i once walked by Higgins on Sauchiehall street outside Greggs.

Suggesteban Cambiasso (jim), Monday, 4 May 2009 21:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

Better than Paddy McGuinness I suppose

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 5 May 2009 16:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

Good Celtic fan, the Higgins

Sacco, Vanzetti, Passantino... (Tom D.), Tuesday, 5 May 2009 16:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

so the bbc stats guy kept reminding everyone.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 5 May 2009 16:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

do you think Paddy McGuinness might like Celtic?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 5 May 2009 16:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

Hazel's on maternity leave, btw.

Venga, Tuesday, 5 May 2009 17:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

IN-CRUCIBLE
ILX mole bHigs up live snooker experience

not using capitals in email for some reason

1. it was an excellent experience. i loved it. it was amazing to see people doing something they are really good at up close. one gets a great view of the table from the front 3 rows. the last frame i attended on friday night i went up the back before sneaking out to get my train and the view was fine from there too/ id say the front was better though. id definitely be up for going back next year - this time for the final

2. i had headphones with bbc commentary. that's the reason why the commentators always say that "the crowd here at the crucible are so knowledgeable" when they are clapping as they are all following the same expert commentary the crowd at home are!

3. the only time i was distracted was in the afternoon and evening sessions on the friday when an absolute beauty of a girl was in my line of vision. it must have been very distracting for allen - that's probably why he crumbled as the girl was also in his line of vision.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 5 May 2009 22:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

ah, that's nice reporting there - its actually the one sporting venue (apart from Wimbledon, which I went to a couple of years ago) that I would really really love to visit. Must try to do it next year.

As to point 2. - actually having watched loads of snooker pre-headphone era the crowd would applaud and recognize 95% of what the commentary did recognize as great tactical shots. What has changed is that now, if the commentators say something funny the crowd will laugh and this can provoke the ref to tell the crowd to 'settle down'.

3. So that's how Higgins did it! That's also one of the delights of watching snooker, the same cute girl coming up again and again in a particular line of vision/angle.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 6 May 2009 22:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

World Series Of Snooker (Portugal) :

Jimmy White just lost to Luca Brecel (14 years old)

http://www.theworldseriesofsnooker.com/default.asp

Jimmy White 3 Luca Brecel 4

StanM, Friday, 8 May 2009 20:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

waht

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 8 May 2009 20:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

White'll still win his "Group 2" probably, next round he's playing Ken Doherty (I think. Don't quite understand this tournament yet)

StanM, Friday, 8 May 2009 20:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

One of the BBC pundits had Brecel in his "who'll be in the top 10 in 5 years" prediction too, IIRC

StanM, Friday, 8 May 2009 20:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

(it's on Eurosport, but I can't bear to watch it, their main camera position has the table looking like a perfect square instead of a snooker table)

StanM, Friday, 8 May 2009 20:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

o_O

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 8 May 2009 20:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

He'll be disappointed about that, Louis. I just looked up the lad, and google rewarded me with the magnificent sentence: 'Belgisch forum voor snookerfreaks'

Ismael Klata, Friday, 8 May 2009 21:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

He's the current under 19 European champion, but that's not on his Wikipedia page yet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luca_Brecel

StanM, Friday, 8 May 2009 21:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

LOL @ link to "Belgian Snooker Players" - but he's not on that list of 2

StanM, Friday, 8 May 2009 21:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

obvious choker imo

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 8 May 2009 21:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is just until he discovers girls. :-)

StanM, Friday, 8 May 2009 21:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

Alain Robidoux slid rapidly down the rankings in subsequent years, partly as a result of losing his favourite cue, which he referred to as the "Eel"; he returned it to its maker - an elderly craftsman in Canada - for repairs, but the craftsman smashed the cue into pieces and sent the remains back to Robidoux, reportedly taking offence because both the cue and the cue-case had a logo for 'Riley', a leading UK cue manufacturer

Ismael Klata, Friday, 8 May 2009 21:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

looooooooooool thats some kill bill shit

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 8 May 2009 21:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

also, the fukin sauce of it:

sorry for british (country matters), Friday, 8 May 2009 21:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

Luca Brecel just beat Ken Doherty, to play against Graeme Dott next

StanM, Saturday, 9 May 2009 12:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

"just" = yesterday (don't know where to get real time info about this, only found out from a Belgian news site)

StanM, Saturday, 9 May 2009 12:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

StanM, Saturday, 9 May 2009 13:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

Lost to Dott 5-4

StanM, Saturday, 9 May 2009 19:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

The Crusher of Dreams

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 9 May 2009 19:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

i bet his voice is lower-pitched than dott's

sorry for british (country matters), Saturday, 9 May 2009 19:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

watching the nugget hold on.

Times New Excels At (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 13:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

robertson will win this whole thing. i hope.

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 13:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

pourquoi?

Times New Excels At (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 13:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

i like the way he plays! plus to have beaten gould the way he did...the winner of that match needs to win, to placate me

o'sullivan-selby is a great match, by the looks of it. two other players i wouldn't begrudge this year's title.

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 13:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah idk why i'm watching steve davis tbh. well other than it will probably end soon and i can change over.

Times New Excels At (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 14:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

robertson used to be fat

naglian dialectics 101 (cozen), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 14:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

ronnie doing a bit of referee-bullying

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 14:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

nagl but still <3 him

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 14:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

I quite want Mark "the Jester" Selby to win, because he's the only snooker player with anything approaching O'Sullivan's charisma levels.

Neil S, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 15:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie - Mark: 11 - 13

StanM, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 21:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

selby-carter final would be nice.

not_goodwin, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 22:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

Selby got stronger and stronger. Ronnie's shot selection was non-existent at the end. Sometimes it amazes me as to how he has managed to win a hat-trick of world titles.

I think Dott might provide a tougher test but I reckon it'll be Robertson - Selby in the final.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

^^^^^yes please

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

I want dott to win

g.w.f.nagl (cozen), Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

not again! cmon let a flashy first-timer win it

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wouldn't mind if Dott won -- great to see him back, and I reckon he is playing better than he has ever done.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

given the quality of this second semi so far, robertson is gonna walk this

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Thursday, 29 April 2010 20:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

selby to win please

not_goodwin, Thursday, 29 April 2010 21:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol carter is one boring wee dude

the poster below this is an A-voter (cozen), Saturday, 1 May 2010 14:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol carter will make me a few quid if he keeps this up

tomofthenest, Saturday, 1 May 2010 14:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

blimey

a fucking stove just fell on my foot. (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 2 May 2010 00:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

but even then, i'm kinda lost for words now

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Sunday, 2 May 2010 00:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

hes been the one banging the drum for barry hearn to takeover so he can earn more money.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 2 May 2010 00:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

I have somehow avoided watching a single Dott match so far.

a fucking stove just fell on my foot. (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 2 May 2010 00:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

Was rooting for Selby tbh.

a fucking stove just fell on my foot. (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 2 May 2010 00:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

dott is a local lad (so is higgins i suppose)

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 2 May 2010 00:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

I enjoyed the last frame of the dott match, some good snooker in that.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 2 May 2010 00:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

graeme dott's 47 break was incredible

the poster below this is an A-voter (cozen), Sunday, 2 May 2010 08:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

LOL @ Paul's comment:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/article7113896.ece

paul lynch wrote:
Extraordinary story. Does it ever get around to naming the sport?

StanM, Sunday, 2 May 2010 08:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

A collision of two tough players, each with a remarkable story, will take place today and tomorrow in the final of the world snooker championship.

the poster below this is an A-voter (cozen), Sunday, 2 May 2010 09:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Indeed!

StanM, Sunday, 2 May 2010 09:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

ok what have i always said about this guy

Didn't you always say he was boring? Well, now he isn't - just like Tiger Woods.

That 47 break was phenomenal. Exhibition snooker on acid or what? For two of the three frames that he needed to win it was until the 40 break on the final one that had any control of the cue ball for the basic bread-and-butter shots.

Anyone see Robertson's interview yesterday after the game...got all tearful after saying that on what might have been his final go at the sport he arrived in the UK and was down to his last 500 quid.

Can see Robertson leading after the first day but Dott coming back and this being quite close...we'll see.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 2 May 2010 10:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

BBC News breaking news ticker: "Suspended snooker champion John Higgins denies being involved in match-fixing"

StanM, Sunday, 2 May 2010 14:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

He said he was scared and just went along with it.
"I'm 100% guilt free" he said in statement just before snooker started.

not_goodwin, Sunday, 2 May 2010 15:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

9-7 will be an amazing feat for dott

cozen, Sunday, 2 May 2010 21:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

... and he gets it. What a scrappy affair, this match. Exciting, but let's hope they both get a good night's sleep, eh?

StanM, Sunday, 2 May 2010 22:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Never seen someone looking so exhausted as Dott in that second session.

Here is hoping for more fluidity today.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2010 09:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

who has the more embarrassing hair here. dott with the plugs or the feathered bondi barnet of robbo?

Times New Excels At (jim in glasgow), Monday, 3 May 2010 14:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

are they plugs?

Michael B, Monday, 3 May 2010 15:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

At this pace they're not going to have a very long break between the sessions, if there's going to be one at all.

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 16:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

are they plugs?

don't think so.

nice century there by dott.

Times New Excels At (jim in glasgow), Monday, 3 May 2010 17:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

not plugs, just thinning hair with gel.

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 17:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Er, only 6 frames in this session then?

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 17:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, originally eight frames but last session has to start by 8pm so it can be cut short to allow enough for a break.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2010 17:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ah. Thanks, did not know that.

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 17:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Didn't really want these 2 in the final, but if Dott's had a mini siesta, it could be interesting.
Will go with bed-head to win though.
Whoever wins, will cry i'm guessing?

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 18:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Dott's crying already (I know, I know, it's just his face, he can't help it)

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

Robertson's got another three gears, so I kinda expect him to cruise the rest. Dodgy positional play will always be his weak-spot, though...

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 19:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

Think 60-40 chance on Robertson winning...but I thought Selby would beat Dott and he didn't.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

who's actually supporting Dott

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 19:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

We need a new boring resilient dogged Scotsman now that Higgins is mildly interesting.

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Monday, 3 May 2010 19:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

we definitely don't

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 19:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

especially not one who's already boringed his way to one world title

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 19:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wonder how many titles Higgins threw at O'Sullivan for cash pounds...

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Monday, 3 May 2010 19:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Also wonder if Steve Davis is questioning the value of his recent giant killing...

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Monday, 3 May 2010 19:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

who's actually supporting Dott
he's getting a few cheers and c'mons!

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

from british nationalists

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 19:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

I was just going to hint at how suspicious the lack of centuries was in the final, as if they didn't dare score one because they knew the world's mafia was betting on it and the snooker police was watching their every move, and then Dott made one. :-/

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

also, no lady ref for final?
too busy pissing about with silly quiz's with old snooker players.

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

awesome self-snooker there from the dottster

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 19:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Right, that's a spanking. xpost

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

i wish!

also
i like Robertsons foundation, really brings his eyes out ;)

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

What a RILF, eh?

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

She's no Len Ganley.

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Monday, 3 May 2010 19:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

Cozen is supporting Dott..

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

also, no lady ref for final?

Very disappointed Michaela only refereed the SF.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

RILF indeed :)
She has had a bit of favouritism, tis unfair to the guys who were here before her.

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

So far it looks like the match carries on in a similar pattern: neither play really putting on any sustained fluency.

Looks like all is going to depend on how well Robertson can hold himself together in the final frames.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

What a strange succession of great and then terrible moments from both of them, all throughout this final.

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Funnily enough I think if Dott was not going for almost everything and playing more tactical stuff he'd get this. In the last frame he went for this stupid red instead of playing safe.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Just out of interest, how many of you actually play the game?
I do and love it!

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

I dabble now and then. Want to get back into it. My friend's a new convert so who knows...

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 20:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Never touched a snookerbat in my life.

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

These guys make it look pretty easy though.

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

Dabbler too (snooker and pool), would def like to get more into it..

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm actually supporting dott

the other dude's a haircut

cozen, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

I wish Dott'd be a little more stoic and stop making faces at his fans. :-/

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

british nationalists lmbo

robertson used to be fat

cozen, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

how plush was snooker world championship finalist neil robertson's dressing room lmbo

cozen, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

Snookerbat?

I think you'll find it's a stick!

I play about 6-8 hours a week, wish it was more.

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

I enjoy knocking balls around from time to time, but any time I find myself on a full-length table always turns into a very disheartening experience

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

best break, 38 :(

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

I play almost never and mine's 32 :P

Played a LOT of pool at uni mind

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 20:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ah, that's okay, mine's in the twenties - you were setting yourself up as some kind of hustler there

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

Do you think they're deliberately not talking/official embargo about Robbo's baby that was due yesterday?

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

i shit it, when i get near 20, the pressure's too much :-/
these guys on tv have it easy.

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

What is up with Robertson?

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

to my defence, there were no black or pinks involved.
used to play on pub pool team, got ridiculous with rules, so i quit. was told i'd get a smack in the face if i didn't come to next game.
never happened :)

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

Do you all have snooker nicknames? Not "the wizard" Goodwin?

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

i'm getting that on a t-shirt :)

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

Incredible couple of shots here from Dotty

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

sweet snooker from dotty

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

if Dott wins this thread I'm putting my fist through the screen

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 20:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

lucky there's a vacancy for a 'wizard' at the top level at the moment too xp

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

you know you've been on ILX too long when

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 20:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

not noticed any of dotts comments on thread yet ;)

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ding Junhui's wikipedia says: "A 26-episode cartoon series Dragon Ball No.1 by Beijing-based D5 Studio, based on Ding's growth from a shy boy to a snooker star, is expected to be broadcast on TV in 2010"

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 May 2010 20:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hope it's more uplifting than John Parrott's effort

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

Was this John Parrott film directed by Terence Davies?

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

Jeez, how depressing, this.

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ding Junhui's wikipedia says: "A 26-episode cartoon series Dragon Ball No.1 by Beijing-based D5 Studio, based on Ding's growth from a shy boy to a snooker star, is expected to be broadcast on TV in 2010"

I am not going to let this pass w/out comment so I'll just press *submit post* button now

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

he's 8 years older than me & he's basically said he may as well be dead :(

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that Parrott thing was some bleak shit.

ailsa, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

Dotts got some fun bags to keep him happy if he loses.

i bet he's really rough in the sack but still has 11 year old voice!

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

"it's great to see you're getting on so well" (graeme's wife and Neil's mother) - yeah, well, you put them next to each other on a couch on live tv, what did you think was going to happen?

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

you know the snooker's shit when people start speculating about the players' shagging prowess.

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Monday, 3 May 2010 21:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

and his son's got trendy specs!

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

About that short compilation they just showed: were Maguire and Lee here this year? I thought they were suspected of match fixing and irregular betting, respectively?

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

I can't take much more of this. Dott will still be inching his way to the title when I get up tomorrow morning.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm giving up too. Nearly midnight here, there's still at least a couple of hours in this. Good luck everyone!

StanM, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

Dott's playing quite well but Robertson is playing terrible

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

I guess it's nerves, his 1st final and all?

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

i thought StanM was english?

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Belgisch snookerfreak I believe - don't know if he's from Blighty originally

Ismael Klata, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

Belgian iirc

Helluva long frame there followed by lots of crappy 'COME ON' air punching.

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Monday, 3 May 2010 22:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

tht whole frame was excruciating

lmbo slice (cozen), Monday, 3 May 2010 22:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

^^^^

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 22:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ahhh Belgian, was wondering where his nearly midnight come from.

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 22:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

this fucking match

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 22:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

i know, i may retire, keep checking iplayer while watching the road.

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 22:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Like the great champion he is, Ray Reardon has spotted that Rishi is tiring and is proceeding to grind him down.

William Bloody Swygart, Monday, 3 May 2010 22:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

not_goodwin are you driving while watching the snooker world championship final and posting to ilx

lmbo slice (cozen), Monday, 3 May 2010 22:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

They should do a retro tournament special where these new young players drink pints and smoke while playing 30 odd frames.

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 22:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

xpost, ha!

no, the film "the road"

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 22:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

looooooool

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 22:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

Tactfully avoiding mentioning Quinten Hann there, well done Dennis.

William Bloody Swygart, Monday, 3 May 2010 22:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

When did the Ebdon-Dott nightmare finish? Cos I think that was later than 1985's final, and as such the latest ever. But this will surely go roaring past that...

William Bloody Swygart, Monday, 3 May 2010 22:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

guh

lmbo slice (cozen), Monday, 3 May 2010 22:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

on for a 6am finish at this rate

lmbo slice (cozen), Monday, 3 May 2010 22:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

dott's just chanking them now

cba by the looks of it

lmbo slice (cozen), Monday, 3 May 2010 22:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

This could finally be the cure for my ongoing insomnia...

ailsa, Monday, 3 May 2010 22:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Whose game is affected most under the pressure?" = my new favourite euphemism for "Whose fault is this?"

William Bloody Swygart, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

This could finally be the cure for my ongoing insomnia...

i know what you mean, the soothing sound of virgo and the clunk of the balls is kinda hypnotic

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

xpost
even the clapping sounds tired

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

I actually feel I could go to sleep for an hour or so, and wake up and they'd still be on this frame.

ailsa, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

does anyone think dott can still win this?

lmbo slice (cozen), Monday, 3 May 2010 23:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

no

Dastardly & Müttley Crüe (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 3 May 2010 23:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

When did the Ebdon-Dott nightmare finish? Cos I think that was later than 1985's final, and as such the latest ever. But this will surely go roaring past that...

Latest one was Selby v Higgins in 2007, according to the bloke propping his eyes open with matchsticks on the Beeb's text commentary site.

ailsa, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

Cliff Thorburn's moustache - still got it.

William Bloody Swygart, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

Mistakes galore!

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Cliff look damn sharp, bet he's got some stories to tell?

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

this will not go on much longer - the extra gear has been found

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 23:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

gd is tiring a little?

he's fucked

totally out of this w/no way back in

bobby vajazzler (cozen), Monday, 3 May 2010 23:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

Come on, slow down or this won't even be the latest finish ever!

ailsa, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

well done sir

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Monday, 3 May 2010 23:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

kinda feel sorry for dott, he looked real sad then :(

not_goodwin, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

weird trophy presentation there :/

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Monday, 3 May 2010 23:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

well played big fat neil robertson

what an actually garbage final

bobby vajazzler (cozen), Monday, 3 May 2010 23:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh noes, they have burst out "Down Under" at the Crucible :-/

ailsa, Monday, 3 May 2010 23:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

dott 'the pride of scotland' - good higgins zing

sausage s4rgent (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

fucking Men at Work what a soundtrack to realising your dreams

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

is he gay?

not_goodwin, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh they've given him his trophy properly now, think the first guy fucked up just handing it to him before the interviews.

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

His girlfriend is duty to give birth any day

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

(Robertson's that is, so probably not gay)

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

how much did he win?

not_goodwin, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Quarter of a million. Nice.

ailsa, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

JP pointed out he should use some of it to reimburse his mum's airfare, in case he hadn't thought of it himself, and to make him sound like a right bastard if he didn't do it.

ailsa, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

Very nice indeed!

not_goodwin, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

£700 tops she paid, i'm sure he can manage that!

not_goodwin, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

David Icke o_O

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ted Lowe is 90!!

ailsa, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 00:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

wish i'd bet on robertson before the semis :( making a cool tenner from a fiver bet isn't the best.

Times New Excels At (jim in glasgow), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 01:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

Well done, Australia!

Re: me: yes, I'm in and from belgium. I try not to miss the top matches on tv but don't actively follow it much otherwise.

StanM, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 06:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fabrique Belgique!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 14:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

(some random wiki-ing later) - Alex Higgins isn't dead? Well blow me down.

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 22:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

He was in one of the papers the other week, in a sorry state. His teeth all fell out (as a result of his chemo or something iirc) and he can't eat properly and weighs something like 6st. He's living on benefits and is trying to somehow raise £20k to get his mouth fixed.

mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 23:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

I have him in my dead pool, which tends to bestow immortality on folk (except last year's lot)

ailsa, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 23:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Wasn't this big investigation into John Higgins and co supposed to be over in "weeks not months" about 3 weeks ago so the whole of Snooker's name could be cleared once and for all?
What's the latest news re: that?

StanM, Thursday, 20 May 2010 16:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks = weeks, not months

this skit is ba-na-nas (onimo), Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

*impatient*

StanM, Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

:-)

StanM, Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Luca Brecel, 15, is the youngest Belgian national champion ever (not the under-16 championship, the adult thing)

StanM, Monday, 24 May 2010 17:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

Always more talent if John Higgins is banned.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 24 May 2010 17:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

that Brecel guy thrills and scares me. Check out his Youtube videos; dude's legit poised to take the fuck over

acoleuthic, Monday, 24 May 2010 18:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

Your chance to get in on the ground floor by updating his wikipedia entry. Typically, the one defeat mentioned is to Graeme Dott. Peter Ebdon's probably limbering up to piss on his world championship dreams.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 24 May 2010 21:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

2010 ILE poetry CONTEST! unleash the narwhals

acoleuthic, Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

15 year old Brecel just won the final of the european championship (the adult competition, he won the -19 championship last year). I don't think any British players competed (no prize money and rivalling organisations like in boxing, I guess).

Another Belgian, Wendy Jans, is the european women's champion again (I believe it's her fifth title) as well.

StanM, Saturday, 5 June 2010 12:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

How DOES this whole snooker world work re: rivalling organisations, btw? Nothing about this on the BBC's news-sport-snooker site.

StanM, Saturday, 5 June 2010 12:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

there was a picture of the nugget with will arnett and david cross on that will arnett tweeted the other day, major lols. Haud on and I shall find it ...

http://tweetphoto.com/25520717

No disre but maryanne hobbs is peng trust me (jim in glasgow), Saturday, 5 June 2010 12:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

on?

No disre but maryanne hobbs is peng trust me (jim in glasgow), Saturday, 5 June 2010 12:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Are the BBC interviews in a greenhouse? Strange.

Also, Ronnie O' wanted to pull out and then changed his mind a day later :-/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/snooker/9457992.stm

StanM, Sunday, 17 April 2011 15:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

So yeah, it's on again! Sheffield! Crucible! That bloke who fuzzily talks through his beard going "lidl bit unlucky" all the time! etc etc! Woohoo!

StanM, Sunday, 17 April 2011 15:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

They make it look so easy.

not_goodwin, Sunday, 17 April 2011 16:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wow, were those posts about Ding upthread really six years ago already?

StanM, Sunday, 17 April 2011 16:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie not doing too badly against Tommy Cooper there

StanM, Monday, 18 April 2011 15:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

He looked good in the three frames I saw, though it looked as if his opponent was doing his best to set him up for a maxi at the start of every frame.

Maguire having a 'mare. Proper wasted talent that guy.

THE MAN (onimo), Monday, 18 April 2011 19:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

9-9 Higgins - O'Sullivan. This is great. Guess everyone is gonna watch Barca - Madrid

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 18:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Expecting Judd Trump to falter at some point. Not happening so far.

7-4 ahead of Ding.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 29 April 2011 10:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Only half watching - I keep seeing Ding in winning positions then go back to find he's lost another frame. Both players look to be struggling to find form

every day I'm (onimo), Friday, 29 April 2011 12:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Both were not morning persons. The evening session was blow-for-blow high breaks.

Now Higgins - Williams is also a tad scrappy this morning, but they share the first four frames: 11-9 Williams

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

11-11. Incredible fight back by John - on yesterday's session Mark was so good but John is so resilient.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 April 2011 11:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol

btw

fuck off john higgins

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resilience

― the innermost wee guy (onimo), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 23:48 Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

resilience can fuck itself

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every day I'm (onimo), Saturday, 30 April 2011 11:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's crazy. Williams launched an assault yesterday - the tables can turn but he needed to steal a frame or two. Now its Williams who is taking on tough pots instead of playing safe when required.

12-11 John. Betting this will go all the way. Won't bet against World title no4 for Higgins.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 April 2011 11:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Higgins about to steal the final frame of the session..

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 April 2011 11:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

No doubts about that: 13-11

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 April 2011 11:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Who's this Trump kid, he's doing well.

not_goodwin, Saturday, 30 April 2011 14:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Judd's done it!

StanM, Saturday, 30 April 2011 16:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Poor Ding

StanM, Saturday, 30 April 2011 16:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah,wanted ding to win.
All in all, great snooker from the both of them.

not_goodwin, Saturday, 30 April 2011 17:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

Trump is great. People mentioned Jimmy White because of some of the huge cue power (and exuberance by putting it on show often) and I'd agree.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 April 2011 19:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

i liked that he couldn't quite keep from smiling towards the end of the colours on the final frame. and then saying in the interview afterwards that his legs were giving way on him. i hope he can ride the wave to the title.

nultybutnice (whatever), Saturday, 30 April 2011 19:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Higgins through after a cagey final session.

Love Trump to do this but Higgins is a killer of dreams -- can see him getting Trump into tactical battles and sinking him. Its just whether Trump could find the big breaks from 14 - 9 down.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 April 2011 20:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

I missed the heckler - apparently the guy shouted "How did you swallow that £300,000 John? You're a disgrace to snooker!"

Higgins was lucky to stay in the match yesterday. He played much better today and Williams just kept letting him in. I think if Trump maintains his form he'll be strong enough to win. Higgins has had three long gruelling matches in a row and I think he'll run out of steam. I think I'll have a flutter on Trump to win by 3 or more frames.

every day I'm (onimo), Saturday, 30 April 2011 20:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

They will both have a bad session is all I predict.

StanM, Saturday, 30 April 2011 20:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

I didn't catch what the heckler said. Was wondering why the commentators weren't saying anything...and why was Williams smiling to himself after he was evicted?

I was also gonna say that Higgins has got a lot to prove after all that has happened. He has been through many tough matches but Trump has never been to this stage. xp

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 April 2011 20:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Scrappy stuff, but I can't see either of them suddenly taking off - I predict a decider

StanM, Sunday, 1 May 2011 18:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Rapidly becoming a fan of Trump's spectacular style, though.

StanM, Sunday, 1 May 2011 19:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, he's good, but a little too cocky.

not_goodwin, Sunday, 1 May 2011 20:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

So this Trump guy...

xyzzzz__, Monday, 2 May 2011 11:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Onimo otm based on last night's session - Higgins looks spent really.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 2 May 2011 11:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

First time I've watched more than 10 minutes of snooker for about 10 years.

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 2 May 2011 12:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Watched a bit of this last night, I was struck by how many of Trump's ridic long pots go right into the centre of the pockets. I ended up just betting Trump to win as my bookie didn't have a "more than 3 frames" thing, only had correct score books.

Higgins is twitching on long pots - beginning of the end of his career.

abbottabadass (onimo), Monday, 2 May 2011 13:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

BBC filler guy being sent to knock the players' dressing room doors wtf. This "let's get the boys on the baize" thing is no "ready to rumble" is it?

abbottabadass (onimo), Monday, 2 May 2011 13:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

BBC filler guy manages to be more inane than Hazel's 'what is going through your mind' - type questions.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 2 May 2011 13:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh for fuck's sake don't resurrect this Snooker Loopy shite!

abbottabadass (onimo), Monday, 2 May 2011 14:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Don't want to use the dreaded r-word again but it's frankly amazing that Higgins has levelled this match. I've never seen him miss so many balls but he keeps coming back with these frame winning breaks. Trump's giving him lots of chances, of course - if he could tighten his safety up and resist at least some of the higher risk shots I think he'd be out of sight.

abbottabadass (onimo), Monday, 2 May 2011 15:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, trump needs to try to curb something he's not had to curb before in this situation.

that blue in an early frame this afternoon, he thought for 3 minutes what to do, and he still went with the high risk shot. sounds like it's been downhill since then.

if he can play percentages then he'll have higgins working a lot harder to win.

nultybutnice (whatever), Monday, 2 May 2011 15:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

What a roaring crowd! Amazing!

StanM, Monday, 2 May 2011 18:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

C'mon Higgins :)

not_goodwin, Monday, 2 May 2011 18:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

If Trump loses this it'll be by his own doing but if he plays his cards right next year he'll be sure to get there eventually.

StanM, Monday, 2 May 2011 20:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

He's too busy whacking them in (which he does well), he's not focusing on the longer game.

not_goodwin, Monday, 2 May 2011 20:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

up the trump

nultybutnice (whatever), Monday, 2 May 2011 20:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's slipping away for the youngster.

not_goodwin, Monday, 2 May 2011 20:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

needs to turn the adrenaline tap down

nultybutnice (whatever), Monday, 2 May 2011 20:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, he's not a great safety player yet by a long way. Great pots are great, but this is the world championship final, you need to be the best at multiple things at once.

StanM, Monday, 2 May 2011 20:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, he's smacking shots all over.
to be fair, he is only 21 and he is handling it pretty well considering.

When he calms down and learns more safety play, maybe over the next couple of years, he'll be untouchable.

not_goodwin, Monday, 2 May 2011 20:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Higgins' steady perfection can be boring compared to the Trumps and Ronnies of this world, but boy does it get him frames you'd think were long gone

StanM, Monday, 2 May 2011 20:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not often you see Higgins pick the wrong shot - wtf was he thinking with that cut? He's been watching too much of that Trump fella.

abbottabadass (onimo), Monday, 2 May 2011 20:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't see Higgins losing this now, not anymore.

StanM, Monday, 2 May 2011 21:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

No pressure at all here for Higgins!

not_goodwin, Monday, 2 May 2011 21:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

From BBC i player

From Russell, on text: "You probably won't publish this as it's not pro-Trump, but he's anti-snooker. He's a glorified pool player going for every shot without a thought for positioning. It's just thump thump thump in the hope the balls go in. Comparisons to O'Sullivan are an insult given his cue control. Unsurprisingly I'm very much in Higgins' camp."

not_goodwin, Monday, 2 May 2011 21:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

What a finish! Cost me a few quid but well done John Higgins.

abbottabadass (onimo), Monday, 2 May 2011 21:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Worthy winner, but the end of a generation, possibly? That Ding/Trump match was some taster of what's to come, imho.

StanM, Monday, 2 May 2011 21:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fuvk you, Hazel. You got him to cry by dragging his dad into this again. Hope you're happy.

StanM, Monday, 2 May 2011 21:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

What poor sod has to hoover all that up :(

not_goodwin, Monday, 2 May 2011 21:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fuvk you, Hazel.

Seriously.

abbottabadass (onimo), Monday, 2 May 2011 21:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Crewcible cru will. Xpost

StanM, Monday, 2 May 2011 21:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol typo, but you know what I mean. This whole "tears = zoom in = emotion = good TV" formula pisses me off every damn time.

StanM, Monday, 2 May 2011 21:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

cheat came good, we're all happy.

nultybutnice (whatever), Monday, 2 May 2011 21:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

That Hazel Irvine shit was some shameless tear-chasing bullshit.

ailsa, Monday, 2 May 2011 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Awesome finish! It was really nice of John to say that Judd was the better player (in a convincing manner n'all). He knows that this victory was due in a large part to more complete matchplay and experience to get him over the line.

Wouldn't say 'glorified pool player' but his cue control gets rough at points (why he needs those long pots!), which lapses into pressure that lead to that pink missed off the spot. But Judd's cue control, shot selection and safety (cause they all need 'em) will get better.

I'd say Murphy's run of potting to win the title unexpectedly a few years ago was far more underrated just as Judd's run to become runner-up is overrated. And to just compare to past players he is certainly not as exciting as Ronnie or Mark. The former had amazing cue control (and was just so fast! and then we found out he could play left handed!), the latter was just a revelation as a long potter (and had an even better temperament). And when John first arrived, his shot selection and safety were incredible, too.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 2 May 2011 21:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

300k pays for a lot of tears

nultybutnice (whatever), Monday, 2 May 2011 21:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

twat bastard bollocks twat bastard

bell hops (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 May 2011 23:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Lu Ning looks like a possible One To Watch. The 18-year-old wildcard entry to China Open just knocked in back to back centuries vs Murphy to lead 4-2.

A BIG JOE JORDAN TYPE OF POSTER (onimo), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

He's "Lu Ning" ("learning") the game fast!

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Luca Brecel just beat Mark King 10-8 and has now qualified for the final. He will be the youngest player ever at 17 and one and a half months old (Hendry was 17 and three months) - and the first Belgian ever too, obv.

StanM, Sunday, 15 April 2012 18:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Heard of Brecel before Trump.

Can't wait to see him.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 15 April 2012 18:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

so yeah, here's some infographics to explain snooker to Belgians: http://www.standaard.be/extra/snooker

StanM, Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is Hendry suddenly back to his best?

Don't want.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

John Higgins must have made a fortune this week eh?

we are not bemused (onimo), Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not even as joke please - you'd send Steve Davis on suicide watch.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Beyond seeds crashing the erm, 'culture clash' has been of interest.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

I liked Hearn's quote about Mark Allen's "cheating Chinese" tweets:

"Now is a very good time to be a snooker player, it's not a good time to be an idiot."

we are not bemused (onimo), Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Terry Griffiths has been a bit mental in his commentary - he said something yesterday about a player (either Higgins or Cao, can't remember) losing confidence after a run of needlessly lost frames that went something like "you lose faith in yourself... you question your value... you feel utterly worthless inside... and that's being kind..."

He also said a player should "open the doors in his mind to positive thoughts".

we are not bemused (onimo), Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish John Virgo would stop going WHERE'S THE CUE BALL GOING all the time when it's clearly not going to go in.

StanM, Monday, 30 April 2012 15:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anyone watching this Trump/Carter final frame nailbiter stuff? I think I'm gonna just look at something else now, this isn't healthy

StanM, Monday, 30 April 2012 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually thought Trump was going to, er, trump Carter there with all those snookers. Carter v lucky not to give a free ball away.

I know people love an underdog but it kind of annoys me when guys who can't win the tournament beat guys who can - especially when it's someone like Trump who goes for all sorts of shots.

Carter seems a good guy though, bit of a geezer in' 'e

we are not bemused (onimo), Monday, 30 April 2012 16:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think we'll ever see him do a fist pump like that again until he's 120% certain it's really really REALLY in the bag.

StanM, Monday, 30 April 2012 16:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Man. This sport. First that Carter/Trump stuff, now THIS from Ronnio:

Foul and a miss, Mark Williams four.

StanM, Monday, 30 April 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish John Virgo would stop going WHERE'S THE CUE BALL GOING all the time when it's clearly not going to go in.

― StanM, Monday, 30 April 2012 16:01 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ronnie just went in-off to the echoes of that very phrase.

we are not bemused (onimo), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

A couple of years ago I visited an old aunt and, noting his portrait on her mantelpiece, asked her why she was such a big fan of John Virgo.

It turned out to be Padre Pio

we are not bemused (onimo), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

What's his maximum break like?

Mark G, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

dunno but he was known to take advantage of the stigmata when faced with an awkward bridge

we are not bemused (onimo), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hendry just lost 13-2 to Maguire and according to the Eurosport guys he told the press conference he's retiring.

StanM, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

snooker players can be so over-dramatic

GoT SPOILER ALERT (Gukbe), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Good way to go I suppose - knock in a 147 and beat the World Champion before giving a fellow Scot a bye into the semis.

we are not bemused (onimo), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/17917326 <- just a short bit at the mo, with "more to follow"

StanM, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I am officially retired now from tournament snooker," he said. "I made the decision about three months ago."

StanM, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hearn: it was the wrong decision. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/17923450

StanM, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 10:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Have they always had this subtle wave effect thingy in the yellow score boxes on BBC TV? I suddenly noticed and now it's, well, almost distracting I suppose.

StanM, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I noticed it last year and it annoyed me (and made me wonder how long they'd had it).

we are not bemused (onimo), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 14:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish I hadn't noticed it. Can't unsee. Grrrrrrrrrrrr

StanM, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 15:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Eurosport guys killin' it at the moment - about a missed red that was replayed a couple of times on screen: "I can't believe he missed it three times"

StanM, Thursday, 3 May 2012 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Didn't the Beeb show all of the one table matches live, completely? I don't remember having to swotch to eurosport for live coverage previously.

StanM, Thursday, 3 May 2012 20:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

swItch, too

StanM, Thursday, 3 May 2012 20:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

BBC live for much of the day or available on the red button - dunno if you get that in your part of Blighty. Final should be shown live in full.

Keith pissed on my chips (onimo), Thursday, 3 May 2012 22:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

No red button, only bbc 1, 2, entertainment and HD here in belgium.

StanM, Friday, 4 May 2012 05:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie killing it this afternoon - breaks of 61, 62, 110, 98 and 90 in five successive frames.

Keith pissed on my chips (onimo), Friday, 4 May 2012 15:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Every time he's in the zone like this, it's almost unbelievable he's only the world number 12 at the moment and he's not in the final of every tournament he competes in.

StanM, Friday, 4 May 2012 16:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fuck work for missing this - but yeah, little like it in all sport when he's like this. Not too surprised he is no12. The WC is IT as far as snooker is concerned (now more than ever). Shame its against Stevens, who I'd love it if he won.

Unless Maguire gets through and is at his absolute attacking best I can't see anyone beating him -- bar himself, that is.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 4 May 2012 18:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fantastic entertainment, these two semi finals. Maybe no sustained brilliance from anyone, but great to watch.

StanM, Saturday, 5 May 2012 12:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie was awesome again last night -- its the most controlled and relaxed I've seen from him since he won in '08. Matthews came out, made a century break in the first frame and Ronnie blew him off anyway.

Reckon four world titles would suit him - quite a way below the somewhat (and this is not a diss) mechanical perfectionism of a Davis or Hendry, not less than Higgins (who he came through with at roughly the same time). More successful than a maverick should be - and, from what I can see, he's worked hard to try and combat the bouts of depression and the expectations placed on him for controlling the cue ball in a way only he can.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 6 May 2012 09:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fear Ali will play slow bullshit - and his potting is better than Edbon's, who is now advising him - to try and get Ronnie off his game. Hope it doesn't work.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 6 May 2012 09:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/17972505

Not this again :-/ (although, Come Dancing? Is he just having a laugh?)

StanM, Sunday, 6 May 2012 12:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Carter's conservative containing shit against Maguire was painful to watch. Turning into Peter Ebdon is not a price worth paying.

Keith pissed on my chips (onimo), Sunday, 6 May 2012 13:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Next to O'Sullivan, everyone looks slow - Carter's still a way off Ebdon's slowest period (that was over 3 minutes for every shot)

StanM, Sunday, 6 May 2012 14:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's not his speed, it's his consistent refusal of mildly risky pots. He had a red to the middle there that every other top player would have rolled in but chose to play safe. He and Ebdon would point out that he won the frame and therefore made the correct decision, I would point out that they're a pair of boring cunts.

Keith pissed on my chips (onimo), Sunday, 6 May 2012 14:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

:-)

StanM, Sunday, 6 May 2012 14:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ali is trying his best to slow and bog the match down but Ronnie coming up with the answers so far - that 90+ break to go 4-3 was **unbelievable**.

He then followed up with a 141.

Expecting something special tonight.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 6 May 2012 17:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Onimo OTM though. This passive/parasitic gameplan of Carter's is pretty shitty - ok, he looks like he's clinging on, but not because of chances he has created himself.

StanM, Sunday, 6 May 2012 20:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would anyone WANT to win like that? Where's the pride in winning only because your opponent let you in a couple of times? Meh.

StanM, Sunday, 6 May 2012 20:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ronnie 10 - 7 at the end of a scrappy session, it could have been quite worse for Ali.

Mind winning ugly? Ronnie is so good but you also know that ppl have gotten into his head so you need to come up with ways to throw his timing off. Its about being World champion only, nothing else.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 6 May 2012 21:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

OK, that's true, but I want to see either a close match or a total walkover, not this let's-try-and-frustrate-the-other-one-into-mistakes kinda stuff.

StanM, Sunday, 6 May 2012 22:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

As it is, whatever plan Carter has is not being executed to any degree.

12-7.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's all smoke and mirrors. He's letting Ronnie have a couple of frames, but then... BAM!

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Could be going home a session early - its that bad: 13-7

xyzzzz__, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

So sick of these cuts away to Peter Ebdon sitting in the dark stroking a cat.

Keith pissed on my chips (onimo), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

LOL'ing at this bit they've been showing now and then:

- bombastic orchestral music
- heroic slo-mo shots of players descending the stairs
- monumental shots of the Crucible
- Ronnie: "meh, it's not that great a venue"

Reminds me of
"camelot! Camelot! CAMELOT!"
"it's only a model"

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2012 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

17 - 11, time for gameplan B

StanM, Monday, 7 May 2012 19:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Today, news sites over here mentioned Ronnie O'Sullivan's win over Allister Carter and I was like, wait, who? But apparently that IS his name. (if only they'd said Ronald O'Sullivan as well)

StanM, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

Dear mr. Virgo, please stop shouting WHERE'S THE CUE BALL GOING between the whispering bits all the time. Thanks!

StanM, Sunday, 5 May 2013 13:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

Moved by Ken Doherty's return...

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:30 (6 months ago) Permalink

damn you, why did you have to draw my attention to the fact the snooker was on? going to be tough getting out of this armchair now.

Fizzles, Saturday, 19 April 2014 11:10 (6 months ago) Permalink

^

imago, Saturday, 19 April 2014 11:22 (6 months ago) Permalink

mind you, while o'sullivan is around every opportunity should be taken to watch him go about his work

imago, Saturday, 19 April 2014 11:23 (6 months ago) Permalink

Trying not to think about going back to work Tues - I don't want to move from my sofa for the next two weeks.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 19 April 2014 11:26 (6 months ago) Permalink

are doherty and bingham both trying to throw the match?

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:30 (6 months ago) Permalink

not sure who is going to succeed

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:31 (6 months ago) Permalink

That was horrible but looks like Ken is getting a grip on this match.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 20 April 2014 10:24 (6 months ago) Permalink

yeah while I've been watching (last two frames) he's been nothing short of excellent

imago, Sunday, 20 April 2014 10:41 (6 months ago) Permalink

two simultaneous last-framers. and some casual sexism from one of the commentators :/ think it might have been Thorne

imago, Sunday, 20 April 2014 21:32 (6 months ago) Permalink

"so nice to see so many women here! of course many of the men will be excellent snooker-players themselves"

imago, Sunday, 20 April 2014 21:32 (6 months ago) Permalink

absolutely breathtaking final frame between wasley and ding there. ding hideously unlucky, almost clawed it back with some phenomenal snookers (three with pink and black only balls remaining)

imago, Monday, 21 April 2014 23:05 (6 months ago) Permalink

david gray, ian mcculloch, and now robbie williams! (and of course neil robertson)

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:26 (6 months ago) Permalink

100 * 100 = no handshake from Trump

StanM, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 21:34 (6 months ago) Permalink

Robertson has been terrific. Trump has hardly breathed from leading 11-9 onwards

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 21:35 (6 months ago) Permalink

Looked like Trump would force a decider after Robertson gets a bad white but he could only force a 35 break.

Robertson makes no mistake -- terrific green to brown -- and dumps Trump out of WC, 13-11

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 21:54 (6 months ago) Permalink

Robertson - Ronnie would be a terrific final. The former is the only that could touch Ronnie.

I said could.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 21:55 (6 months ago) Permalink

playing like that, definitely could

imago, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 22:00 (6 months ago) Permalink

Nobody expects Hawkins or Selby in the final? (I don't either, but they are in the semi final,the can't be that bad)

StanM, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 22:12 (6 months ago) Permalink

Selby has a minor chance against Robertson. The latter is in very good form and can be unstoppable when he gets going. That comeback was v similar to the way Ronnie shifted gears against Joe Perry.

Glad Trump is out - the hype around him when he first 'broke through' was embarrassing.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 1 May 2014 09:22 (5 months ago) Permalink

but they are in the semi final,the can't be that bad)

i dunno have watched a lot of the matches leading to the semi final they've all been pretty shit

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Thursday, 1 May 2014 11:10 (5 months ago) Permalink

neil robertson probably the only one on good form.

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Thursday, 1 May 2014 11:10 (5 months ago) Permalink

Man, I still totally hate that "let's get the boys... on the baize!" guy.

StanM, Thursday, 1 May 2014 12:11 (5 months ago) Permalink

It's like the Sean Murphy game: Ronnio isn't playing at his best, not by a very very long way, but he's 6-2 in front...

StanM, Thursday, 1 May 2014 15:14 (5 months ago) Permalink

lol, Ronnio typo

StanM, Thursday, 1 May 2014 15:15 (5 months ago) Permalink

Man, I still totally hate that "let's get the boys... on the baize!" guy.

I think he's personally responsible for half of these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_snooker_player_nicknames

pick it up for ripple laser (onimo), Thursday, 1 May 2014 15:50 (5 months ago) Permalink

"barry hawkins to break" - he already has, I'd say.

StanM, Friday, 2 May 2014 09:44 (5 months ago) Permalink

Hilarious, he has basically annihilated anybody bar Joe Perry...no traces of a tortured soul at all. He has actually become efficient and frightening to play in the last couple of years, virtually no 'incidents'.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 10:32 (5 months ago) Permalink

Oh, and another thing: headset wearing punters laughing because the BBC pundits are cracking jokes: dud.

StanM, Friday, 2 May 2014 12:27 (5 months ago) Permalink

Snooker player nicknames are the worst. Did we poll some of them once? We should.

ailsa, Friday, 2 May 2014 12:42 (5 months ago) Permalink

Robbo is The Centurion now? Groan.

StanM, Friday, 2 May 2014 13:37 (5 months ago) Permalink

Robertson has lost his way in the match - long potting gone astray.

Selby on the way to 10-6. No biggie, plenty of time to pull it back.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 16:51 (5 months ago) Permalink

Selby has broken down on 53, great chance for Robertson!!

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 16:56 (5 months ago) Permalink

Pinches it: 9-7!

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 16:58 (5 months ago) Permalink

glad Robertson won that; Selby couldn't win 4 frames in a row playing that badly without offending some divine guardian of the game

imago, Friday, 2 May 2014 16:59 (5 months ago) Permalink

How many kicks has Hawkins got in this match? About five?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 18:13 (5 months ago) Permalink

Smoking hot long shots from Ronnie: 13 - 6.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 18:57 (5 months ago) Permalink

jesus mode time.

Century and now "black tied up/pink tied up". 30 secs after and its a frame winning chance

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 19:55 (5 months ago) Permalink

Ronnie when he's in the zone = zen

StanM, Friday, 2 May 2014 20:00 (5 months ago) Permalink

Barry losing heart.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 20:01 (5 months ago) Permalink

Who can blame him?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 20:02 (5 months ago) Permalink

How is O'Sullivan only placed 33rd in the world ranking? Does he only play the tournaments with the highest prize money?

StanM, Friday, 2 May 2014 20:16 (5 months ago) Permalink

I think he selects a few tournaments.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 20:22 (5 months ago) Permalink

Anyway, into the final and a session early again.

His long potting is razor-sharp now.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 20:22 (5 months ago) Permalink

Poor Barry. Still, he did get 7 frames this time.

StanM, Friday, 2 May 2014 20:24 (5 months ago) Permalink

I think the question is will Robertson or Selby be too knackered to play? It seems that Robertson takes a session to warm up and that might not be good enough if he gets through..

xyzzzz__, Friday, 2 May 2014 20:30 (5 months ago) Permalink

The long, scrappy, tactical battle frames in their match are probably doubly exhausting as well+ this one could very easily end in 16-17.

StanM, Friday, 2 May 2014 20:39 (5 months ago) Permalink

How does the ticketing work for snooker tournaments? There'll be people with tickets for the last session of the Ronnie semi I guess. Some disclaimer? We reserve the right to make alteration to the advertised details for the performance and you may get some John Virgo trick shots instead. It must happen all the time.

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 2 May 2014 23:25 (5 months ago) Permalink

Said with the most bored & serious expression ever: "my nickname is The Jester from Leicester"

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 09:04 (5 months ago) Permalink

lol - lets if he has slept off that opportunity to go four up.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 09:13 (5 months ago) Permalink

"he always plays with a smile on his face, that's why we call him the jester" : no, he bloody doesn't, it's just the only thing you could think of that rhymed with Leicester, you knobhead.

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 09:19 (5 months ago) Permalink

Blow for blow at the min: 10-8

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 09:41 (5 months ago) Permalink

Happy? No!

lol

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 10:08 (5 months ago) Permalink

Epic frame - this is the type that Selby would win.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 10:40 (5 months ago) Permalink

ok ok, he is pretty funny, I take back what I said.

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 10:58 (5 months ago) Permalink

In the final against John Higgins Selby did do funny faces and the like, think that's where it comes from.

Another epic - Neil should've won this but missed a blue off the spot.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 11:06 (5 months ago) Permalink

Some fantastic safety play here from both of them.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 11:09 (5 months ago) Permalink

All square at the mid-session.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 11:24 (5 months ago) Permalink

wow, a wewack!

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 11:51 (5 months ago) Permalink

Trump was run over once Robertson got going - not Selby, 70+ break to regain the lead.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 12:06 (5 months ago) Permalink

Are referees paid by the hour?

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 13:01 (5 months ago) Permalink

12 all. Not stellar, but entertaining.

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 13:28 (5 months ago) Permalink

LOL, just rewound a little because I thought I heard it and Willie Thorn actually really just said "it's going to be a real battle of nutrition"

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 18:10 (5 months ago) Permalink

(it's been pointed out to him and he's now corrected himself btw)

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 18:14 (5 months ago) Permalink

This evening session is A+++

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 20:25 (5 months ago) Permalink

Selby is producing some really great form - should be within one off the final in a few moments..

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 20:31 (5 months ago) Permalink

More like 15 mins later (Ronnie must be loving this). Robertson needs to win the remaining frames.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 20:49 (5 months ago) Permalink

On the ropes and Robertson makes a century!

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 21:07 (5 months ago) Permalink

It's like they're doing this on purpose. Are they sponsored by a heart attack clinic?

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 21:11 (5 months ago) Permalink

What a match!

StanM, Saturday, 3 May 2014 21:24 (5 months ago) Permalink

Selby gets through with a 74. Just got stronger at the right time.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 21:26 (5 months ago) Permalink

Selby does play the game that could bog Ronnie down but that was an epic and its just whether he gets a chance to recover. Suspect not.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 3 May 2014 21:28 (5 months ago) Permalink

Missed the start, checked the score online one hour in and it's 3-0 already!?

StanM, Sunday, 4 May 2014 14:11 (5 months ago) Permalink

Selby ws terrific - toughing it out to 5-3 at the end of the first sesh.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 4 May 2014 16:34 (5 months ago) Permalink

oh this is vintage stuff

imago, Sunday, 4 May 2014 21:08 (5 months ago) Permalink

Ronnie only started pushing the gas pedal once he knew he'll be in the lead overnight.

StanM, Sunday, 4 May 2014 21:18 (5 months ago) Permalink

Three reracks in one session? Crazy.

StanM, Sunday, 4 May 2014 21:48 (5 months ago) Permalink

10-10! omg!

StanM, Monday, 5 May 2014 14:42 (5 months ago) Permalink

world class match-fixing by ronnie and mark there at frame 22

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Monday, 5 May 2014 15:33 (5 months ago) Permalink

I've switched over to EuroSport, can't stand JV's endless "where's the cue ball going" anymore

StanM, Monday, 5 May 2014 15:55 (5 months ago) Permalink

They're both knackered, can't they just split the title and go and have a pint?

StanM, Monday, 5 May 2014 16:20 (5 months ago) Permalink

These frames 22 and 23 are the worst but most exciting I've ever seen I think.

StanM, Monday, 5 May 2014 16:21 (5 months ago) Permalink

agreed.
right until the last ball, you could not call frame 23.
brilliant stuff.

mark e, Monday, 5 May 2014 16:43 (5 months ago) Permalink

jesus christ that pink.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 16:52 (5 months ago) Permalink

100 break from Ronnie: 12-12

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 18:16 (5 months ago) Permalink

nicko mcbrain rah rah

damien hirst boo boo

Ward Fowler, Monday, 5 May 2014 18:47 (5 months ago) Permalink

Selby takes the lead again with a couple of 30 breaks.

It might help he breaks down now and again. Gets Ronnie into these tactical battles. The commentators seem to think otherwise -- how much in the tank will he have -- but he is mentally strong, cuts both ways.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 18:49 (5 months ago) Permalink

Stephen bluddy Fry.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 18:50 (5 months ago) Permalink

in frame 23 though he seemed to have lost every single safety exchange but then somehow gets jammy with a snooker and then ronnie fucks up that last pink

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Monday, 5 May 2014 18:56 (5 months ago) Permalink

another exhausting tactical battles in frame 26..

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:01 (5 months ago) Permalink

Selby 14-12. By far the biggest test Ronnie has ever faced in all of his finals here.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:11 (5 months ago) Permalink

Selby is just eeking them out. He does break down but his tactical play is so good he gets another chance. Not seen anything like it in a while.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:26 (5 months ago) Permalink

And Ronnie is out of sorts with all of this, not his rhythm - think Selby will grind it out now.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:29 (5 months ago) Permalink

15-12.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:33 (5 months ago) Permalink

I'd prefer having someone win by making spectacular points and high breaks, but we've had that forever, this is just harder to admire.

StanM, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:47 (5 months ago) Permalink

I have a ton of admiration for it, he is doing it with far more flair than Graeme Dott. Really getting Ronnie in all sorts of bother.

You also know Selby is capable of scoring real heavy, but he hasn't been able to so he has a very strong plan B. Almost as good as a plan A.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:50 (5 months ago) Permalink

Ronnie tried bullying him, century in the first frame of the session and Selby just came back at him real hard. Faultless match play and Ronnie looks defeated already.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 19:52 (5 months ago) Permalink

Quick frame, to Ronnie's tastes: 15 - 13.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 20:03 (5 months ago) Permalink

what a fkn break: 15 - 14

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 20:27 (5 months ago) Permalink

He made up for that missed pink with a top yellow.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 20:27 (5 months ago) Permalink

this is gr8 stuff now

imago, Monday, 5 May 2014 20:29 (5 months ago) Permalink

yeah really enjoying this, I think it will go to the wire

Angkor Waht (Neil S), Monday, 5 May 2014 20:31 (5 months ago) Permalink

Great response from Selby: wins it in one visit. 16 - 14.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 20:36 (5 months ago) Permalink

He's getting stronger: 17 - 14. Incredible!

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 20:52 (5 months ago) Permalink

so much for it going to the wire, Ronnie is looking shot

Angkor Waht (Neil S), Monday, 5 May 2014 20:53 (5 months ago) Permalink

He has since before the break. Just saw that, thought it lost then.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 20:54 (5 months ago) Permalink

Stunning long red from Ronnie, feels like a last hurrah!

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 20:55 (5 months ago) Permalink

Ronnie is getting down quick - terrific 57 break, some genius in despair.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 21:05 (5 months ago) Permalink

where is that cue ball
WHERE IS THAT CUE BALL
WHERE IS THAT CUE BALL

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Monday, 5 May 2014 21:09 (5 months ago) Permalink

jesus shut up

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Monday, 5 May 2014 21:09 (5 months ago) Permalink

it's all over

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Monday, 5 May 2014 21:11 (5 months ago) Permalink

Selby now: yellow to green

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 21:15 (5 months ago) Permalink

Green to brown.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 21:15 (5 months ago) Permalink

Terrific!

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 21:15 (5 months ago) Permalink

Now its blue to pink w/the rest

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 21:16 (5 months ago) Permalink

Settle down now, thank you!

StanM, Monday, 5 May 2014 21:16 (5 months ago) Permalink

wow

Angkor Waht (Neil S), Monday, 5 May 2014 21:17 (5 months ago) Permalink

Awesome clearance.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 21:17 (5 months ago) Permalink

hendry's record's safe

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Monday, 5 May 2014 21:18 (5 months ago) Permalink

It was going to be safe even after today, didn't think he'd ever get near it (thought he'd win four...)

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 21:21 (5 months ago) Permalink

Anyway, he probably should've won this by now. Only Higgins was more 'granite' to deny him, and that clearance was the best to win the final since I think Higgins himself since Trump, but I might be recalling it wrong..

xyzzzz__, Monday, 5 May 2014 21:25 (5 months ago) Permalink

Looking back, match of the tournament, imho: Robertson v Selby

StanM, Monday, 5 May 2014 21:26 (5 months ago) Permalink


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