ImSnookered wrote:I see Jamie Jones has entered Q-School this year, so if he is successful and gets his tour card back, baring in mind what he was suspended & subsequently lost his tour place for, Will he be welcomed back with open arms by fans or will there always be that cloud around him?
I personally believe everyone deserves a second chance and considering he was not directly involved and was actually acquitted, I'm willing to give him that.
He doesn't have any fans, he could walk past me in the street and I wouldn't recognise him, the only players who have genuine fans in the truest sense are Ronnie, Trump, Robertson, Jimmy White, Ding.
That's why I never understand when the commentators say things like "Fans of [Players name] will be worried now" if they are about to get knocked out of a tournament and the player they will be talking about will be Ian Burns or Ross Muir or someone similarly unknown to even people who like snooker! lol
Ronnie does genuinely transcend the sport of snooker, there are a small number of players who have a genuine fan following like Ronnie, Trump, White, Alex Higgins and Steve Davis did also.
The question then becomes what constitutes a Fan of any given player, I guess you could say someone that you go out of your way to watch, I'm the opposite with Selby, John Higgins, as if they are playing it's just too much hard work to watch them, especially if they are in a final, wasn't there that final in china that went to a decider where the match took like 5 or 6 hours or someone and the commentators were trying to put their usual positive spin on it with the usual "what we are watching here is tough match play snooker with no quarter given between two of the toughest players the game has ever seen" blah blah blah, Selby has already proved on numerous occasions that he isn't interested in how long it takes, if the crowd are getting value for money etc, to be fair to Trump he actually says that he makes a concerted effort to actually entertain the people who have paid to come and watch and a fine job he does, that's why people have genuine affection for players like Ronnie or Trump and Alex Higgins before them because they understood that they are there to win but they are also there to entertain the people who are in attendance and watching at home.
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