Masterful Masters Snooker Overview…

This year watching The Masters I really enjoyed it, was the first time i had properly watched Snooker again in a long, long while. The last 16, or rather the first 16 it should be called as there are only 16 people in the tournament, right through to the final was all quite gripping. Disappointing not to see Ronnie O’Sullivan in this years Masters though, hopefully he will make an appearance at the World Championships to defend his title.

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Mark Allen I believe played an amazing game, in his quarter-final match against Neil Robertson he was pipped to the winning post by a lucky pot, which yeah was intended but by Robertson’s own admission it was a one in 30 chance of potting it. The final frame decider put Allen out of a tournament he definitely had a chance to win, at least he managed to win the high break prize of £8,000, now that’s not bad.

Many people believe that Neil Robertson was very unsporting in his first round match against Ding where he shouted out “You Beautay!” after potting a tricky red. This outburst of emotion is simply that, it’s not unsporting, different players act in different ways, you can be offended but you can’t make it so that you’re no longer offended, the world would not work.

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There has been of course a spattering of exciting little things, Judd Trumps spiky shoes, Balls flying of the tables, many, many fluke shots, and of course if you were watching Mark Allen’s first round match his rest problems. Mark Selby laughing along with the crowd at jokes he couldn’t even hear was great, just goes to show how great the sport can be. And on the other side of the coin the frustrating moments, Stephen Maguire conceding in the middle of a frame, clearly very angry at his play. And John Higgins getting just as frustrated and leaving the snooker table as soon as he could after he got knocked out by an on form Shaun Murphy.

Another disappointment though for people was seeing Judd Trump leave the tournament earlier than expected after only the quarter finals, losing 6-1 to Graeme Dott who was playing his own game brilliantly it has to be said. Look forward to seeing Judd appearing at the World Championship there though.

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The grand final though, was set up to be exciting with Robertson and Selby both being previous winners of the coveted Masters trophy, and both being world number 1’s at some point in their career, in fact Mark Selby is currently the number 1 ranked snooker player in the world. He stormed ahead 5-3 after the afternoons session. He carried the momentum on through to the evening session and managed to beat Robertson 10 frames to 6. Even though it looked to be close on the cards, it was more of a one-sided affair, Selby was ahead the whole time and Robertson was struggling to make big breaks.

Anyway, bring on the World Championship…


Only 2 weeks tops….

It seems we have recently become inundated with new household names over this past summer of sport. When i say ‘we’ i’m referring to us Brits, i have no idea what it’s like in other countries, i guess it would just be the equivalent kind of thing. But it just seems like sport is the big thing to be writing about now, it will get the papers selling and it will get scepticism at the other end of the scale. I know even writing this i feel incredibly hypocritical but it just annoys me the amount of stuff about the Olympics there is, and now even I am using it, but partly because i can’t think of anything else and it’s about time to do another post. It makes me feel ashamed but the Olympics sell. Well, you would have thought so, but many business in the UK are flailing due to the London Games, but that’s a whole other story, all I’ll say is if you want to know about that and can be bothered listening to a radio thing, then here‘s a link to the Jeremy Vine show in which he covered the topic quickly, don’t knwo if it’s available everywhere though, if not then sorry about that. I digress…

Anyway, back to my point, how long will these new household names will last? Will we forget about them by next year or will they continue to be well known and stay in the limelight. Well I guess a lot of that depends on what happens in the media…again!

Here are some of the new names which i have heard being used a lot more than they should be, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Victoria Pendleton, Bradley Wiggins, and not so much Rebecca Adlington. Fair enough it’s the Olympics and it’s only every 4 years, and yes fair enough Bradley Wiggins was the first Brit to win the Tour de France for 1000 years, and i don’t mind the media picking up on it either, maybe a little annoyed, but it’s their job and if they didn’t do that then I don’t think people would be overly happy. But then again thinking on the opposite end of the scale there probably are lots of people who aren’t getting a look into just because their sport isn’t popular and they aren’t winning even though they have made it to compete in the Olympics. But then again, if the media focussed on everything it would just be too much for us, so it’s just the way the world works really. So yeah it’s not that which annoys me, what does annoy me is that everyone wants to talk about it now (being hypocritical again, kind of).

I see on social media sites every night people showing their – what they call – support for the athletes. How posting a status update containing an athletes name is support i have no idea. The thing is doing these updates doesn’t make a single god damn difference, nothing is going to come of it…what?…you say your socialising?…oh i’m sorry i must have accidentally mistaken it for arseholery. Not everybody cares what you think about sport on the TV, some people might even want to watch it later and you ruined it for them. “MO FAHAR YOU LEG-END!!” That seriously is quote from one of my “friends” on facebook, their need to tell the world of what most people who care already know is so great that they clearly forgot that the caps lock key was on, and that his name is clearly not Fahar.

Jessica Ennis, New household name, how long will it last? Well how long do the Olympics last?

At this moment in time these people are the big names, and i can forsee many a breakfast TV show appearance and guest appearances for the next 2 weeks tops, before they are quickly swept under the carpet, and the next big event sweeps over the top. So what i guess i’m saying is, actually i have no idea what i’m saying, maybe something along the lines of people pretend they care about it just to show that they do, when really they will just forget about them in a couple of weeks and carry on with their normal lives, i dunno, it’s difficult to get my brain on paper. You try and figure it out. I reckon this enigma will be harder to crack than ‘The’ Enigma code.