Marcus Tandy wrote: The increasing number of centuries made is down to easier playing conditions
That is true.
Marcus Tandy wrote:...and unless it changes the game will be killed as a spectator sport, like billiards
You have no idea what u are talking about.
Just like in any other sport, the audience wants to be entertained. They want to see flashy pots and high breaks, so the snooker authorities took measures in that direction.
Apart from some purists, most people are bored to death with slow meticulous play, safety and tactical games.
In the past decades, in almost all sports, the rules have been altered to favor the offense at the expense of defense, cause audiences love that. More people tuning in means more money for the sport. For example, football and basketball, who are probably the 2 biggest sports out there, have enforced rules that help the offense and limit the defense.
Marcus Tandy wrote: Alex Higgins didn’t lose the 1980 world final through crowd-pleasing shots. Cliff Thorburn played better than him.
Alex Higgins was a much better player and a million times more exciting to watch. Thorburn was a slow boring grinder and nobody gives a rat's bottom about him anymore. Alex has delighted millions of fans with his shots and will be remembered forever.
Marcus Tandy wrote: Dennis Taylor is a good commentator but people won’t realise this until he’s retired.
Taylor bucking sucks, the BBC should have hot rid of him a long time ago.
Clive Everton is the best. Hendry, Hendon, Dale and pretty much everybody else is better than Taylor.