I think I went a little snooker loopy
I’ve missed the snooker this week.
I had got into a very pleasing habit during the World Championships in Sheffield, of going about my work while having headphones plugged into the BBC’s internet coverage.
Not all the time obviously – otherwise the phonecalls would have been a bit tricky – but enough to follow the championships with ease.
For me, this year’s efforts maybe lacked the explosive quality of previous years. But there were plenty of highlights.
Undoubtedly Steve Davis rolling back the years was one, along with then being announced as Dennis Taylor for one of his sessions with Neil Robertson.
Then there was referee Michaela Tabb picking up the white from the table without marking it, and Liang Wenbo getting lost back stage - and then behind the curtain - before finally arriving in front of the crowd for his first round match.
The final itself was a tense as it was turgid – and that was the beauty of it. Thousands of people tweeting away at midnight watching the snooker. All saying how they wished it would just end. Most unable to take their eyes off it.
I wonder if the Aussies will fancy dominating snooker now they have a world champion? No, I can't see it either.
Of course, the whole bank holiday weekend was overshadowed by the News of the World’s allegations surrounding John Higgins’ willingness to throw four frames of snooker for £200,000-plus.
It struck me that I’d been trying to get hold of John on the days leading up to the start of the championships so I could do a preview piece with him for the EDP.
I didn’t hear back – which, considering he was away in Kiev, is no longer a surprise.
posted on 06 May 2010 17:05 byMichael Bailey - Sportsdesk