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21 minutes ago, Shropshire Lad said:

Couldn’t see a snooker thread so will just note in here that Ronnie O’Sullivan has reached 1000 career century breaks. To give that some context, Stephen Hendry has the second highest with 775.

I know snooker isn’t a particularly hotly discussed subject on here and Ronnie is an acquired taste at the best of times, but just thought the achievement was worth acknowledging.

Quality player but an absolute bell!

 

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just me who got  confused by the word "Sport" at the beginning of the thread  ?

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3 hours ago, tonyh29 said:

just me who got  confused by the word "Sport" at the beginning of the thread  ?

Love snooker. But fully agree.

I have a very formative hypothesis on 'sports';

Sport - Football, Rugby, Tennis - physically tiring activity with point/goal reward or speed objective

Games - Snooker, Golf, Chess - mentally challenging or skill based.

Arts - Gymnastics, diving, ice skating - activity that is 'judged' (subjectively)

But I'm sure there are activities that fall in to grey areas...

Back on topic though, O'Sullivan's achievement is outstanding but his personality will prevent him getting the accolades he perhaps deserves. He's so far ahead of anyone else who has ever played the game it's incredible. I can't think of any other 'sport' where that is the case - GOATs can be debated or people talk of eras, with snooker there just isn't a debate.

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18 minutes ago, jackbauer24 said:

I have a very formative hypothesis on 'sports';

Sport - Football, Rugby, Tennis - physically tiring activity with point/goal reward or speed objective

Games - Snooker, Golf, Chess - mentally challenging or skill based.

Arts - Gymnastics, diving, ice skating - activity that is 'judged' (subjectively)

But I'm sure there are activities that fall in to grey areas...

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This is nearly perfect, though competitive arts might be better

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3 minutes ago, bickster said:

This is nearly perfect, though competitive arts might be better

Mystery ;)

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Great player but complete cockwomble

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On 10/03/2019 at 22:31, Shropshire Lad said:

Title change

You sod. I've got that damn song as an earworm now. :D

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56 minutes ago, rjw63 said:

Bill Werbeniuk

Drunkard magazine:

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Some men are born great drinkers, others have great drinking ability thrust upon them.

Despite looking like one of Harry Enfield’s scousers with his tight curly hair and moustache, Canadian snooker ace Big Bill Werbeniuk was a great drinker—maybe the greatest.

He’d sup eight pints before he even stepped out with his cue, then continue drinking through the frames. They reckon the amiable Werbeniuk, who weighed in at a hefty 280 pounds, was averaging 30 pints of lager a day at his peak. On a good day he cracked 50.

“I’ve had 24 pints of extra-strong lager and eight double vodkas and I’m still not drunk.”

It may seem incredible to TV audiences now, but back in the ‘80s players used to smoke and drink their way through sessions. So you could virtually tally up how many pints were sitting at a table under the sick yellow light, watching the foam slowly crawling back down the glass after a long sup as a player took a heavy draw on a fag and swept his hair back.

They could get through a couple if their opponent had a big break on, stubbing out the tabs in an ashtray and lighting another with a gold plated Zippo while looking bored. The audience were all smoking too, so a low haze would build up at around eye level. With main sponsors such as Embassy, nobody was going to complain.

Big Bill was such a legendary peever that he was given a medical certificate that allowed him to offset the cost of the booze against income tax as a necessary overhead. With other heavy drinkers, like the legendary Alex “The Hurricane” Higgins, in the sport at the time, the bar bills must have been astronomical. And God forbid if you accidentally got in on a round with them.

Big Bill reached number eight in the snooker world rankings and in 1980 caused an uproar of laughter when he reached over the table to play an awkward shot and split the arse of his pants—putting his hairy backside on show. But Big Bill was unperturbed and joked off the tearing sound by asking who had farted in the audience.

Legend has it that he also literally drank Eddie Sinclair under the table as he sank an absolutely awe-inspiring 42 pints during a match. That’s enough to finish off a whole family of polar bears, never mind a hard-supping Scotsman.

He was expelled from snooker in 1989 after he tried switching from the grog to the beta-blocker Propranolol in an attempt to stop the tremble that he had in his cueing arm from what he reckoned was a (ahem) hereditary nervous disorder and nothing to do with the shakes from necking all that amber nectar. Unfortunately for Bill, it was a banned substance and he was fined and kicked out of the game.

He made a brief comeback but lost 10-1 to Nigel Bond in his last professional match in the preliminary rounds of the 1990 World Championships. He said afterwards: “I’ve had 24 pints of extra-strong lager and eight double vodkas and I’m still not drunk.”

Bill was declared bankrupt a year later and died from heart problems at 56 in the Ridge Meadows Hospital just outside Vancouver after a 12 month illness in 2003.

So next time you fancy a drink in a dimly lit snooker hall, raise a glass to Big Bill Werbeniuk—they just don’t make sports legends like that anymore.

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Alcohol consumption

Werbeniuk was noted for the copious amounts of alcohol he consumed before and during matches – at least six pints before a match and then one pint for each frame. In total, he drank between 40 and 50 pints of lager per day.[1][3] Doctors advised Werbeniuk to drink alcohol to counteract a familial benign essential tremor.[4] Later in his career he also took propranolol, a beta blocker, to cope with the effects of his alcohol consumption on his heart.[5]

Bill was also famously reported in the UK tabloid press as successfully claiming the cost of 6 pints of lager before every match as a tax deductible expense.[2]

Some of Werbeniuk's most famous feats of drinking include: 76 cans of lager during a game with John Spencer in Australia in the 1970s;[1] 43 pints of lager in a snooker match/drinking contest against Scotsman Eddie Sinclair in which, after Sinclair had passed out following his 42nd pint, Werbeniuk was reported to say "I'm away to the bar now for a proper drink";[6] 28 pints of lager and 16 whiskies over the course of 11 frames during a match against Nigel Bond, in January 1990 – after which Werbeniuk then consumed an entire bottle of Scotch to "drown his sorrows" after losing the match.[1]

 

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Congrats to Judd Trump for playing some of the most amazing snooker I've seen, let alone in a world final. Amazing talent and it seems he has now sorted his matchplay out.

As Stephen Henry said, is the start of a new era of domination of the sport by Judd Trump?

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17 minutes ago, Lichfield Dean said:

Congrats to Judd Trump for playing some of the most amazing snooker I've seen, let alone in a world final. Amazing talent and it seems he has now sorted his matchplay out.

As Stephen Henry said, is the start of a new era of domination of the sport by Judd Trump?

Trump seemed to develop an over-my-dead-body steel to his game that wasn't there before he had that tiff with Kyren Wilson and then beat him in the first round of the Masters.  You're right I suspect Trump will probably dominate, at least the bits that Ronnie doesn't just turn up and win.

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Don’t like it in general and can’t play it. This is not a dig either, but I usually put the snooker on if I’m having an afternoon nap. I find it really relaxing. The sound of the balls hitting other balls is nice, and the quietness of it. 

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4 minutes ago, Rugeley Villa said:

The sound of the balls hitting other balls is nice, and the quietness of it. 

Ruge, if you want someone to upload a Kenneth Williams gif, you just have to ask.

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1 hour ago, Rugeley Villa said:

The sound of the balls hitting other balls is nice

happy kenneth williams GIF

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1 hour ago, Rugeley Villa said:

Don’t like it in general and can’t play it. This is not a dig either, but I usually put the snooker on if I’m having an afternoon nap. I find it really relaxing. The sound of the balls hitting other balls is nice, and the quietness of it. 

I get this 100%

i used to put the highlights on when I was going to sleep. 

I like it just enough to be able to watch it. But don’t care enough to worry about missing it when I fall asleep. 

Great napping material. Would nap again. 13/10

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There's something soothing about John Virgo and Dennis Taylor's voices as well that help me nod off.

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Glad to see Trump win it. Anyone apart from bent Higgins and word removed O'Sullivan

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