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Bring back Alcohol?

Postby Andy Spark

As Alex Higgins "goes out in a complete blaze of glory" by constructing the title clinching 130+ break in 1982, Ray Reardon calmly exhales his frustrations by inhaling a fag, the fag-hand splayed and displayed with a delicate control that is the very antithesis of the Higgins twitch. While Big Bill Werbeniuk glugs the amber nectar on tax exemption he smiles inwardly with the knowledge that snooker is a far more enjoyable way of spending your working day than Canadian lumberjacking or office politicking.

What has snooker come to where the players now sup mineral water like choir boys? No solace after that unfortunate fluke by their opponent, no looking forward to that blissful alcoholic state of serene self-knowledge, no philisophical murmer of encouragement in a chemical consolation whatsoever. Instead, the ashen face of reality; sitting down while your opponent piles on point after point in slow monotony, knowing you can do nothing at all about it...it's enough to drive you to drink.

I say let the players have a proper drink! :party:

Re: Bring back Alcohol?

Postby Dan-cat

Was alcohol actually banned at some point?

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Postby SnookerFan

I don't see the point. These are serious competitions, not hitting a few balls around with your mates down the pub.

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Postby Badsnookerplayer

You should remove that in case Barry Hearn hears of it. The thought of McGill bashing one out with 5 seconds left on the 'cum' clock is simply too much to bear.

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Postby vodkadiet

Badsnookerplayer wrote:You should remove that in case Barry Hearn hears of it. The thought of McGill bashing one out with 5 seconds left on the 'cum' clock is simply too much to bear.


rofl


I believe there should be a 'Magic Mushroom' event.

Chilled snooker................

Re: Bring back Alcohol?

Postby Andy Spark

Dan-cat wrote:Was alcohol actually banned at some point?
I'm hoping it was because the alternative is some unexpected mass addiction to mineral water.

Re: Bring back Alcohol?

Postby PoolBoy

Even if there was a mini-bar at each player's table - the modern player wouldn't touch it!

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Postby vodkadiet

The last player I can recall drinking during a match was Mark Bennett in the 1996 Grand Prix semi against Euan Henderson.

I remember Clive Everton saying right near the end of the match, "Bennett enjoying another pint, he's enjoyed quite a few this evening!"

Bennett lost 6-3.

Re: Bring back Alcohol?

Postby Scooper

They should allow ecigs. Do any players smoke these days? I know Ronnie does when he's not going through a quitting phase, but everyone else seems to be a non- or secretive-smoker.

I don't see why they shouldn't drink if they want to.

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Postby Pink Ball

Scooper wrote:They should allow ecigs. Do any players smoke these days? I know Ronnie does when he's not going through a quitting phase, but everyone else seems to be a non- or secretive-smoker.

I don't see why they shouldn't drink if they want to.

Andrew Higginson and Matthew Stevens do, as did Stephen Lee and Paul Hunter

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Postby The Herminator

Can't wait to watch Stephen Maguire with has can of Tennant's vs Shaun Murphy with his white wine spritzer.

Re: Bring back Alcohol?

Postby Andy Spark

Thank you for all your comments on my thread. :) For me, this is an important issue. It may seem trivial, but if we had always had this ban on alcohol then would we have enjoyed the rejuvenating presence to snooker that was a certain Mr Alex Hurricane Higgins? People ask: "where is the new Alex?" Well, IMO that kind of temperament cannot exist under a non-alcohol situation, because even the former "Hurricane" barely existed under the old rules!

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Postby Johnny Bravo

I reckon this would be ok, as long as players don't abuse and get drunk.
A whisky to calm the nerves or maybe a beer seems like a good idea to me.

Re: Bring back Alcohol?

Postby vodkadiet

Players have all become teetotal bores now. No more heroes any more.