mick745 wrote:The trouble is a myth has arisen (perpetrated by the main broadcasters) that the point of the sport is to pot and make big breaks as that is apparently more 'entertaining' to watch. Those of us that understand the sport realise that this is only an element of competence of the sport which is a multi-layered tactical game.
Yest he current crop are good at potting and break building but this doesn't do you any good unless your tactical acumen is good enough to enable you to create chances for yourself. The players of old would have tied the current lot of players up in tactical knots. I would love to see a peak Steve D or Ray Reardon competing now.
Mick!,especially this bit,...
"Yest he current crop are good at potting and break building but this doesn't do you any good unless your tactical acumen is good enough to enable you to create chances for yourself. The players of old would have tied the current lot of players up in tactical knots. I would love to see a peak Steve D or Ray Reardon competing now.[/quote]"
No doubt,there are more BIG breaks,centuries bein made theses days,but what many forget,is that even eg a century+ <only> wins you 1 frame.
THE STANDARD OF BREAKBUILDING has improved,but theres way more to breakbuilding in snooker.
Many players in the 80,s/90,s played like what Foulds mentioned just the other day,he said along the lines,"that many players shot a break of 30+,40+,50+,then played safe,the nip n tuck method",that was mainly cause they ran outta position and did,nt even have a pot to go fot,or to keep the break goin,it would of meant that they would of had to take on a risky pot,pots they,d highly likely miss,more than they,d get them.
So instead of goin for a silly/risky pot,they chose more often than not to play safe,playin safe of course,you could even put your opponent in deep trouble,all dependin on the situation,you could even lay a very tricky snooker.
Many players in the 80,s/90s,especially in the 80,s,would,nt go for risky pots,they grab a good few points,then play a good saftey,be patient and wait till they got another chance (es) and add another good few points.
Many,many players of the 80,s/90,s were far more patient than many/most players are of last and these days.
Many players these days,especially many of the young guns,would throw there toys outta there prams if they had to play players of the 80,s/90,s,the style of play was so diffrent,there was much more emphasis on the saftey part of the game,especially in the 80,s.
Another point is why many waffle about the so called "the standards so high these days",is so that if they lose,they can blame,or at least try n blame it,due to the so called super high standards,the truth is,more often than not,they just were,nt bl**dy good enough on the day,but yeah,they can always try n blame it on the standards these days.
Also,any match(es),title(es) they win/achieve these days,they like to make it out as if they are of higher value than in other eras,again,bcause the standards so high these days,it obviously makes them sound that its a much better achievement winnin them these days than if they,d of won it in other eras.
And last but not least,many,especially the BBC like to hype up the standards so it makes the sport sound more attractive,to promote it better,they do it to sell the sport,to make it sound/appear more intrestin,especially to many young guns,who are really only intrested if they can watch a BIG break,see a century+ being made.
They and certain players might try n fool or indeed fool many people,especially the younger spectators that the standards so buckin high theeeese days,but they aint foolin me and many others who have been watchin the sport as far as way back as the 80,s/mid 80,s or for a lonnnnnnng time.