Well done Mark Selby. Love watching him play, it's very different, and I loved watching his many duels with Ding. Dare I say that wearing down Ding in the 15th frame when Ding was on a roll was the winning of the match.
Those who say that's not talent: buck you. Did you see how good the man is tactically? If you can intimidate your opponent with big breaks, why should you not be able to use your tactical nous (laying snookers, escaping snookers, escaping and laying snookers at the same time) to wear down an opponent if that's what you're good at?
I don't like Selby. Nothing to do with his play, I don't like him as a person (won't divulge any further, some of you will have already figured out) - won't matter to him. But much like Ronnie, love his snooker, but can't get behind him. Just the way it is. Don't shoot me.
That said, though I think his B game is awesome, Selby simply would not have won ten years ago playing that, he wouldn't have made the quarterfinals. People can throw their noses up at that, but I know it's true. Todays players just aren't good enough to regularly take advantage.
Ding, I'm a massive fan. He was the player of the tournament. I'm really proud of the way he fought back from 0-6, and those subtle racists who seem to think they can call an eleven time ranking event winner 'mentally weak' might be put back in their spot. To make a game of it when humiliation beckoned in front of an estimated 200 million people takes character.
He didn't lose this final down to tactical naivety. He's a brilliant tactician and proved it in the final. Selby struggled to shake him off.
I don't think Ding will ever win the world championship now, but I'm happy that he's at least shown that he can be class at the crucible, and I don't think not winning it will define him like it defined Jimmy.
Those getting up on their high horses that people who don' like Selby's play aren't real snooker fans? buck you, and I say that as someone who loves watching Selby. The AC Milan team on the 80's and 90's were boring as buck, brilliant, but boring as buck. Did you have to find them entertaining to be a football fan? I personally enjoy watching Selby, but I don't think I'd look down on anyone who hates his style of play - it's an acquire taste.
Bare in mind that a lot of the people lauding Selby and decrying how much disrespect he's shown don't show any respect towards the best player of the last 20 years, Ronnie O'Sullivan, who is fantastic to watch. If you take offence at how little credit Selby gets, take a look at yourself first when you disrespect and degrade the achievements of a man who will go down in history as far greater than Selby.
I'll be off for the summer, buckers. Don't care if you don't like what I say - I'm just laying down truth bombs and y'all can't handle it.