SnookerFan wrote: Cloud Strife wrote: SnookerFan wrote:
Roland wrote:I never understood why Stevens got more fans than Williams
Why did Jimmy have more than Hendry?
Britain loves a loser.
This is bullocks.
Why does Ronnie have the most fans then?
I have no idea. I'm not a fan of his.
Seriously, you tell me.
Why are people a fan?
They weren't of Hendry when he was winning everything.
It must be more than just his, admittedly awesome, talent.
I'll admit I find it him less annoying than I did five years ago. I wasn't upset he won on Sunday.
Even now after working with Steve Peters, Ronnie is still unpredictable, that adds a level of excitement and intrigue. Though that aspect has greatly reduced after the last 5 or so years, it's still there. This is something he has in common with Jimmy and Alex Higgins.
He plays with a fluidity that no one else can or has matched (at least in my opinion) and it's just "prettier" for want of a better word than other players, meaning it's more attractive to the casual fans.
And because he does have longish periods where he doesn't win anything, it doesn't feel like you're watching a machine. With Hendy, there was an expectation (rightly or wrongly) that he would always be there or thereabouts. Ronnie has enough barren patches and a long enough history of implosion, without a period of extended dominance, that a similar expectation has never had a chance to fully set in. Which also explains why so many of his fans, including me at times get progessively more nervous as he makes his way through a tournament.)
Or maybe that's all bullocks and he just has an ineffable X Factor that some people are lucky enough to have.