It involves John Virgo, and Mark Williams. I don't recall who was commentating alonside Virgo, nor do I recall who Williams was playing. I'm pretty sure it was a while before audience earpieces were introduced. As a very rough guess, it could be 15 years ago, and likely in one of the 'big three' tournaments.
So, here's what happened.
Mark Williams is at the table, and finds himself overstretching on a shot. He gets up from the shot and strolls towards his chair, bending down to pick up his small, screw-in cue extension.
Once he picks up the extension, it's clear to Mark that there's something on it, maybe a residue, something sticky. The obviously bemused Williams wipes down the cue extension, before gingerly giving it a sniff and reacting with a soured, shocked expression.
Right at this point John Virgo says...
"I don't want to know where THAT'S been!!!"
Commentary immediately fell tellingly silent for a good few minutes, while I imagine Virgo and his co-commentator cried in hysteria, as I (and no doubt anyone else watching at home) did at the time.
Truly, genuinely funny.
Yet, I can't find it anywhere. I can't remember the match, the tournament, or even the decade.
If anyone remembers it, or better still has a link to the footage, please share.
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