the rolling towards the pocket snooker championship thread

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stephen lee has done something atrocious to his hair! and also is 8-8 after having lost 5 frames in a row to ally carter. but looks set to win one back here.

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 16 April 2006 15:33 (fifteen years ago) link

John Higgins first seed to go, out 10-4 to Mark Selby.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Sunday, 16 April 2006 21:16 (fifteen years ago) link

davis vs hicks seems to be who can miss the most pots contest i think

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 16 April 2006 21:24 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

this Cope fella looks like the business, he's arguably better than either Robertson or Day, maybe even Selby

Just got offed, Monday, 10 December 2007 17:30 (thirteen years ago) link

currently wasting John Higgins, with some absolutely superb, creative snooker

Just got offed, Monday, 10 December 2007 17:30 (thirteen years ago) link

really tense frame here between dave harold and graeme dott, 70-70 on pink and black, some great safety from both players

Just got offed, Monday, 10 December 2007 18:19 (thirteen years ago) link

ding versus murphy, this is IMPORTANT. Come on future god of sport!

Just got offed, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:16 (thirteen years ago) link

Why do I still think Ronnie's going to hash this up?

Dom Passantino, Sunday, 16 December 2007 16:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Even if he does a Martin Adams and lets Maguire pull level, I'd still back him to win the deciding frame(s). In this form he's overwhelming. I don't think he's as mentally fragile as many people make out, either. It's almost as if he decides when to lose. He doesn't tend to miss pressure pots; when he loses, he lets the opponent rack up huge scores while he plays safeties. This isn't mental fragility, this is him 'just not feeling it'.

Just got offed, Sunday, 16 December 2007 18:22 (thirteen years ago) link

He is feeling it today.

Just got offed, Sunday, 16 December 2007 18:22 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

The boy done good!
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44369000/jpg/_44369053_selby_203.jpg

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 21 January 2008 09:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Watching him roll slow balls in in the last two frames was just beautiful.

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 21 January 2008 09:52 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AUJUEgRZBMY

"Anyone want to give me a nosh? Suck my dick"

Dom Passantino, Friday, 28 March 2008 13:54 (thirteen years ago) link

six months pass...

lol peter ebdon

100 tons of hardrofl beyond zings (Just got offed), Thursday, 16 October 2008 23:22 (thirteen years ago) link

God, why did you create a second Higgins, but make him the most *boring* player ever? I hate you, God.

100 tons of hardrofl beyond zings (Just got offed), Sunday, 19 October 2008 14:22 (thirteen years ago) link

If he's not careful he's getting a capital-letter-filled swear thread of his own. Christ.

100 tons of hardrofl beyond zings (Just got offed), Sunday, 19 October 2008 21:28 (thirteen years ago) link

boring fucking tosser

100 tons of hardrofl beyond zings (Just got offed), Sunday, 19 October 2008 21:59 (thirteen years ago) link

That frame was Day's to win you cunt. At least we deserved a decider

100 tons of hardrofl beyond zings (Just got offed), Sunday, 19 October 2008 21:59 (thirteen years ago) link

What a gobshite

Carrie Bradshaw Layfield (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Sunday, 19 October 2008 22:03 (thirteen years ago) link

'mon Higgins.

what U cry 4 (jim), Sunday, 19 October 2008 22:07 (thirteen years ago) link

He's not all that bad.

what U cry 4 (jim), Sunday, 19 October 2008 22:09 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Tournaments That Are So Gonna Be Won By Higgins: A Compendium

country matters, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 22:03 (twelve years ago) link

Well, he didn't.

Marco-Murphy spent half an hour chasing the pink ball around. Classic!

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 21 December 2008 21:15 (twelve years ago) link

this is great TV

Timezilla vs Mechadistance (blueski), Monday, 22 December 2008 00:21 (twelve years ago) link

if indeed not great snooker

Timezilla vs Mechadistance (blueski), Monday, 22 December 2008 00:22 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Dude's had more farewell tour(nament)s than The Damned.

Francisco Javier Sánchez Brot (onimo), Monday, 12 January 2009 01:21 (twelve years ago) link

Ding takes the fundie!

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Monday, 12 January 2009 17:56 (twelve years ago) link

Selby versus the vague lookalike of a certain Beardsleyesque ILXor is turning into something of a humdinger

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Monday, 12 January 2009 23:44 (twelve years ago) link

comment by supersubag (U7126766)
posted 3 Hours Ago
There is a simple way of bringing snooker popularity to the masses: BRING BACK BIG BREAK!

The boy with the Arab money (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Monday, 12 January 2009 23:47 (twelve years ago) link

Q to someone who actually saw Big Break: was it actually any good?

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Monday, 12 January 2009 23:48 (twelve years ago) link

POT AS MANY BALLS AS YOU CAN

The boy with the Arab money (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Monday, 12 January 2009 23:48 (twelve years ago) link

And no, it was shit.

The boy with the Arab money (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Monday, 12 January 2009 23:48 (twelve years ago) link

comment by Meazza (U7140124)
posted 2 Hours Ago

It's about time World Snooker had a long hard introspective and asked themselves what they've actually done to help snooker over the last 10 years. If they wrote it all down they'd be lucky to get half a side of A4; and that's including a heading in size 18 font. World Snooker strikes me as an organisation lacking in ideas or direction and their rudderless approach has steered snooker on to the rocks.

An easy win would be to drop the dress code restrictions; especially the bow tie. I mean who wears bow ties these days apart from Chubby Brown? There should still be guidelines as you couldn't have a player wearing a dayglo Agassi circa '92 effort and putting other players off. But within reason why not?

The other thing they could do is expand the number of ranking tournaments. If you had a situation like tennis where there are dozens of events, but the ranking points differ drastically for each. It would mean more interest throughout the year, more lower ranked players getting the chance to play in front of an audience instead of the grind of qualifying school all the time and the rankings would be less of a closed shop. As I understand it there are non-ranking tournaments taking place in Europe currently, there are probably quite a few in Asia and maybe even some in Canada. Wherever there’s a tournament allocate some ranking points. More tournaments in more locations would help expand snooker. Of course the bigger tournaments would have the higher ratings and all the big names would be there for them. Obviously tennis is a much bigger sport globally and perhaps the format wouldn’t transfer favourably to snooker, but I think something has to be done about a season that consists of a mere 8 ranking tournaments.

Maybe these ideas would be the death of snooker, maybe not, but something needs done and the tubes in charge at World Snooker don’t look like the ones to do it.

^^^this is pretty much dead on

The boy with the Arab money (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Monday, 12 January 2009 23:48 (twelve years ago) link

I suspected as much (re: Big Break)

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Monday, 12 January 2009 23:49 (twelve years ago) link

And yeah, OTM. I think they should also relax the smoking ban for snooker venues, bring the audience closer to the table, and permit heckling.

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Monday, 12 January 2009 23:52 (twelve years ago) link

ALSO, wherever there's a snooker tournament, there should also (in a separate room at the same arena) be a parallel three-cushion billiards tournament (or some other under-exposed cue sport other than trickshot competition), which could briefly capture the TV audience's imagination when flicking onto it via interactive, much like the doubles at Wimbledon, and introduce them to bona fide sports geniuses such as Torbjorn Blomdahl.

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Monday, 12 January 2009 23:55 (twelve years ago) link

Day/Night Snooker games with Floodlights & Pyjamas.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 13 January 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

btw i am a stated non-believer in "would smash" but in 2009 i will relax that principle just the once, for Michaela Tabb

http://www.virginmedia.com/images/tabb5.jpghttp://www.virginmedia.com/images/tabb2.jpg

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Tuesday, 13 January 2009 00:04 (twelve years ago) link

Why does Hendry go on? Why? The man is a shell and has been for about three or four years now.

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 14:29 (twelve years ago) link

This really is a heroically, compellingly bad game, with 100% long pot success on both sides O_o

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 15:14 (twelve years ago) link

Also unsure about Michaela's ponytail

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 15:18 (twelve years ago) link

Glad your would smash policy has been clarified.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 15:21 (twelve years ago) link

And yes, Hendry should give up, he always looks so miserable doesn't he?

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 15:31 (twelve years ago) link

His youthful vigour has truly departed now.

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 15:33 (twelve years ago) link

Big Break was no worse than any early Saturday night game show nonsense. probably not as good as Bullseye tho.

Timezilla vs Mechadistance (blueski), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 15:34 (twelve years ago) link

Epically scrappy, often awful snooker, the right winner but christ Hendry has lost it

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 17:56 (twelve years ago) link

lol peter ebdon

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Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 21:02 (twelve years ago) link

I HATE JOHN HIGGINS

single-issue white nonhipster (country matters), Thursday, 15 January 2009 19:57 (twelve years ago) link

SO MUCH

single-issue white nonhipster (country matters), Thursday, 15 January 2009 19:57 (twelve years ago) link

That was fab! "We're live, aren't we Hazel?"

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 6 May 2013 19:43 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

12 year ban for Stephen Lee for match fixing - BBC reporting that he avoided a life time ban but when you're 38 and already on the slide, 12 years out of the game should just about do it. Great cueist, could've been a contender.

I'd forgotten about the existence of Quentin Hann. Apparently he was banned for 8 years in 2006 for match fixing. I have no recollection of that at all.

Are you a horse? (onimo), Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:02 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

just watched final frame of selby - higgins. one of the great frames

lovely cuddly fluffy dope (imago), Thursday, 16 January 2014 23:49 (seven years ago) link

Awful portrait.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 January 2014 13:09 (seven years ago) link

yet it is probably the best painted portrait of a female professional snooker referee ever created :(

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 17 January 2014 13:14 (seven years ago) link

Jan Verhaas doesn't get objectified like this. Or does he...

lovely cuddly fluffy dope (imago), Friday, 17 January 2014 15:26 (seven years ago) link

Haha that's even worse! Why is her head just floating there? It looks less than the real woman than the first one did.

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 17 January 2014 15:30 (seven years ago) link

Ronnie in Jesus mode last night...

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 January 2014 12:19 (seven years ago) link

Amazed Walden didn't join the crowd after O'Sullivan knocked off that century.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 January 2014 12:21 (seven years ago) link

to clap although he could just sat in the arena too.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 January 2014 12:22 (seven years ago) link

That was one glorious bit of snooker yesterday afternoon, also enjoyed the presenter dude shiting it about how they were going to fill about three hours of remaining airtime.

ailsa, Saturday, 18 January 2014 12:28 (seven years ago) link

Just spent an hour watching Ronnie's exhibition match in China with Pan Xiaoting in pool (9-ball I think) from Christmas-time. He's not playing his hardest, but still fun to see.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PgyAbL02ZA

Eyeball Kicks, Sunday, 19 January 2014 03:57 (seven years ago) link

do I wanna read the comments on that

lovely cuddly fluffy dope (imago), Sunday, 19 January 2014 14:26 (seven years ago) link

hmm, weirdly civil. there is hope for you yet, youtube

lovely cuddly fluffy dope (imago), Sunday, 19 January 2014 14:29 (seven years ago) link

haha, comments for video 2, where they play each other at snooker, much more what I was expecting

lovely cuddly fluffy dope (imago), Sunday, 19 January 2014 14:36 (seven years ago) link

When he first displayed this left-handed ability in the 1996 World Championship against Alain Robidoux, the Canadian accused him of disrespect. O'Sullivan responded that he played better with his left hand than Robidoux could with his right.[243] He was summoned to a disciplinary hearing in response to Robidoux's formal complaint, where he had to prove that he could play to a high level with his left hand. He played three frames of snooker against former world championship runner-up Rex Williams, winning all three. The charge of bringing the game into disrepute was subsequently dropped.[244]

lovely cuddly fluffy dope (imago), Monday, 20 January 2014 00:56 (seven years ago) link

Haha that is great. So is this, also from Robidoux's wikipedia page:

Robidoux reached the semi-finals of the 1997 World Snooker Championship, but subsequently slid rapidly down the rankings.[2] He blamed his decline on the destruction of his favourite cue,[2] which he referred to as "the Eel". The incident occurred after Robidoux returned the handmade cue to its maker – an elderly craftsman in Canada – for repairs. But when the cuemaker saw that the cue's butt had been adorned with the logo of Riley, a leading UK cue manufacturer, he took such grave offence he smashed the cue into pieces and sent the remains back to Robidoux.[2] Several years later, Robidoux was asked whether the passage of time may have eased his anger towards the cue maker; "I want to kill him," was his heartfelt response.

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 20 January 2014 09:57 (seven years ago) link

hahaha I found that exact bit & strongly considered putting it here

lovely cuddly fluffy dope (imago), Monday, 20 January 2014 11:21 (seven years ago) link

more from snookipedia

In 1996, Ebdon recorded a version of the David Cassidy song "I Am A Clown"

cis het boy (onimo), Monday, 20 January 2014 12:00 (seven years ago) link

He does not have to wear a bow tie in professional snooker matches due to medical problems, for which he has a doctor's letter.

Stephen Maguire also has a letter from his mum excusing him from doing cross-country in short sleeves.

cis het boy (onimo), Monday, 20 January 2014 12:10 (seven years ago) link

ten months pass...

was gonna post about the boy cahill, but he's just fucked up winning in about the most awful way possible. deciding frame now. tbf ding was str8 incredible from 11 foul points needed

imago, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:17 (six years ago) link

cahill wins! good lord

he should have won (with his chances), he should have lost (as part of his educational arc), but has still learnt some almighty lessons, good luck to him

imago, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:41 (six years ago) link

Enjoyed that as well - thought it was some late highlights at first.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:42 (six years ago) link

Yeah that was a great match, from both players - was rooting for Ding for most of his comeback but Cahill's hanging on in the face of all that got me to switch sides for the decider.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 09:30 (six years ago) link

So Ronnie nearly made two 147s in a row today...

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 December 2014 23:39 (six years ago) link

lol @ "I'm like a born again Christian"

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 December 2014 23:47 (six years ago) link

Bingham seems to self destruct atm. 4-4 after him being 4-1 up.

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Saturday, 6 December 2014 15:28 (six years ago) link

Beautiful match.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 6 December 2014 16:10 (six years ago) link

The next frame after 4-1 Bingham gave him a few opportunities but then its 3x60 breaks, a century and the 87 at the end, and that pot on the red (when he could've put Stuart back) was top stuff!

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 6 December 2014 16:12 (six years ago) link

Yes that pot was magnificent. Ronnie v composed and 'with it' in the post match interview too.

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Saturday, 6 December 2014 16:20 (six years ago) link

He's been v with it for a long time now.

Can I say how much I enjoy Hendry's commentary, especially during Ronnie's matches. Never talks too much, just enough and there is nothing too obvious.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 6 December 2014 16:29 (six years ago) link

Absolutely agree on the latter, he's surprised me in a positive way.

That's good to hear about Ronnie, I've not been following snooker for a while so didn't know.

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Saturday, 6 December 2014 16:50 (six years ago) link

Its been a boring final - almost the only way to beat Ronnie is to play tactically and get his timing off (sounds cynical but it isn't), then score heavy when he makes mistakes. In the past Higgins was great at this and Selby beat him at the WC like this.

Ding and the likes of Trump aren't. 8-4 right now.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 7 December 2014 20:20 (six years ago) link

Not so boring now.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 7 December 2014 21:14 (six years ago) link

mad, mad stuff: 9-9 from 9-4! It was lightning too.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 7 December 2014 21:46 (six years ago) link

Incredible last hour - Ronnie pulls out a good safety and then took the points well.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 7 December 2014 22:03 (six years ago) link

Yeah that was good stuff. It was scrappy from both before Trump started getting into gear.

Loved the shots right after the end: Ronnie looked like he'd lost, like he couldn't believe it, whereas Trump was all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ after a couple of minutes.

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Sunday, 7 December 2014 23:05 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

cuddly ken, you cunt! she was supposed to win

PORC EPIC SAVVAGE (imago), Thursday, 9 April 2015 22:25 (six years ago) link

needed a snooker on pink and black to prevent epicke final frame, got it

PORC EPIC SAVVAGE (imago), Thursday, 9 April 2015 22:28 (six years ago) link

you want one loveable ambassador of the game to lose to a woman, proving her right to be in the men's game in the popular opinion, you choose ken, and he fucks it

PORC EPIC SAVVAGE (imago), Thursday, 9 April 2015 22:29 (six years ago) link

lol anyway, she played ok and women should be allowed to attempt to qualify always now, should have always been allowed

PORC EPIC SAVVAGE (imago), Thursday, 9 April 2015 22:29 (six years ago) link

Women should be allowed to qualify/play in all tournaments really. Might take a few years but all that should flow through to the World championships.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 9 April 2015 23:42 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

selby with the eeyore celebration again lol

Dave Plaintive rapper with classical training (imago), Sunday, 4 December 2016 21:53 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

Anyone here bothering with the Crucible this year?

On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 22 April 2017 18:49 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

RIP Ronnie, heaven needed an intensely bored and uninterested snooker player

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 12:45 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

ronnie and ding on the 13th!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 8 January 2021 18:32 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

lol RIP Shaun Murphy's actually-he's-a-decent-guy rep

imago, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 10:13 (one week ago) link


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