i have been a huge fan of watching snooker on TV for as long as i can remember.
I grew up in the 80s when snooker was a big ratings draw on TV in the UK and Ireland.
I was a sick fan of the game. I remember once consciously making a decision that exhaustively viewing the 1986 world snooker championship – every single frame – was more important than passing my college exams. which were rather inconveniently scheduled for the same month. and I stuck with it. sheer insanity.
Snooker is the ideal TV sport.
It’s indoors and played with all the violence of butterfly-netting.
It’s played at a leisurely pace. So it’s effortless to film and edit on the fly.
And it’s a great use of the medium of TV.
Or at least it was.
It’s struggled a bit lately to get viewers.
Like all sports, it helps to have personalities to help put bums on seats.
And Ronnie is a great one.
He is (i would say undeniably) arguably the best player in the game ever.
He is playing in the world final today.
This is his fourth world final appearance.
He won the other three.
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Here is the best ever doing his best ever.
Come on Ronnie.