So, I have a few questions!
Obviously, the broadest definition of a journeyman is a player who pootles along in the mid to low ranking positions, generally doing enough to stay on the tour but not threatening qualifying for/winning big events.
Based on that, here are my questions.
1. How many seasons as a pro does it take to earn the journeyman label? For example, the likes of Lawler have been a pro for years and have this tag. I wondered whether it'd be too soon for the likes of Wenbo to be classed as a journeyman.
2. Once a journeyman, always a journeyman? I'm baffled that people still call Stuart Bingham a journeyman. Admittedly, it might have been apt for a long time but over the past couple of seasons he's won a mid ranking event and a couple of smaller ones and got to the last 8 of a number of tournaments. He's got himself into top 10 (will get up to 9th if he wins a match at the weekend) and of course won the PL. I saw him on the night he won 2 matches 6-0 and it was up there with some of the best snooker I've seen. If you consider him to still be a journeyman, is there anything he can do to change your mind?
3. Is journeyman sometimes used as a perjorative term to belittle a player you don't particularly like? Either personally or their style of play rather than being based on objective criteria?
4. Is journeyman ever used to describe a mid ranking player who plays attractive snooker? For example, Drago - or is it only to be used for grinders/inconsistent break builders.
I'll stop waffling now!
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