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Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 21:46
by sweepingthenation
Though obviously if he starts messing with the convention of studio pundits doing the last session of the world championship final in full evening dress there'll be green baize hell to pay.

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:14
by Wheatabeat
How about some Battle Royale type thing, where every frame lost results in a finger getting chopped off? 'Live' snooker balls which explode randomly taking the face off one of them. Y'know, jazz it up a bit, like.

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 19:26
by mkgleeds
sweepingthenation wrote:Partly perception - less "characters" (because god knows Neal Foulds and Willie Thorne were lives and souls of any party), less viewers (even though it got more than the cup final one year in the 00s), all that - and partly the aftereffects of the cigarette advertising ban and the down slope from snooker's 80s popularity. It's factual to say there's currently fewer top ranking events than ever, which is a big part of what Hearn's plans revolve around. Basically he wants to make it a big television spectacle again, which I'm not sure is going to work without compromise. Even so, it's not a sport with the worldwide foundations and current press image that would easily survive its leading player being banned for years and years.
I suspect the down-turn is also due to things like the advent of ceefax and the Internet - meaning you no longer have to watch it on tele and learn the result.

More than once during the World Champs the tele coverage didnt start til long after the match had started (or only showed one of 2 tables) so i simply looked for the score elsewhere and didnt watch the tele. Given the time a game takes unless you can devote huge amounts of live screen time to it, you are unlikely to hook an impatient generation.

I guess that's why Hearn is looking at shorter matches, and a mystery exploding ball and a rottweiler in one pocket...

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 12:56
by caramarydaisy
any more news on the whole higgins scandal? i thought they were going to tie it all up within a few weeks but ive not heard anything in ages..

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 13:06
by caramarydaisy

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 15:49
by sweepingthenation
There were claims just after the story broke that the frames Higgins had vowed to throw were in exhibition matches.

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 21:56
by andyroo
RIP Alex Higgins

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 22:16
by caramarydaisy
what?????

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 13:03
by andyroo

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 18:59
by moopind

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 15:52
by moopind
Look out for Sheffield Anoraks in the final session of O'Sullivan/Higgins this evening! Perhaps I'll wear something easy to pick out...

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 15:54
by humblebee
moopind wrote:Look out for Sheffield Anoraks in the final session of O'Sullivan/Higgins this evening! Perhaps I'll wear something easy to pick out...
Oooh, is that tonight? Wahey!

Just seen the afternoon session on the telly. O'S is looking good.

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 17:57
by moopind
I've plumped for ridiculously-bright orange. That way I can't be mistaken for one of the balls (it's not Snooker Plus).

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 20:06
by Wheatabeat
moopind wrote:I've plumped for ridiculously-bright orange. That way I can't be mistaken for one of the balls (it's not Snooker Plus).
Are you near Jarvis? I saw him on the tellybox just then.

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 20:31
by humblebee
Wheatabeat wrote:
moopind wrote:I've plumped for ridiculously-bright orange. That way I can't be mistaken for one of the balls (it's not Snooker Plus).
Are you near Jarvis? I saw him on the tellybox just then.
Cara texted me during the mid-session interval - apparently they're at the back, but just a few rows behind Jarv.

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 23:48
by moopind
I can confirm this. Two ace matches, Jarvis (and apparently someone from a band called 'Kasabian').

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 14:31
by andyroo
Nobody's doing the Len Ganley stance.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/snooker/14704328.stm

RIP

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:00
by humblebee
You definitely need to watch The Rack Pack on the red button thing or iPlayer or whatever. It's ace.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03bv0t5

Re: The snooker thread

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 22:01
by Wheatabeat
humblebee wrote:You definitely need to watch The Rack Pack on the red button thing or iPlayer or whatever. It's ace.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03bv0t5
Yeah I love that Pete. They were cast really well weren't they? Jimmy White was really close to the mark.