Snookered

When I was little I quite enjoyed snooker. In my tv region, it was on on Sunday afternoons. We only had a black and white tv but you could still follow it.

Snooker always had a reputation as a disreputable sport, all sleazy clubs and gambling, and so the professional players wear bow ties and waistcoats to make it seem nicer somehow.

In the early days there were the legendary players, full of character and humour. Ray Riordon, John Spencer, Jackie Rae, Fred and Joe Davis and my favourite, for some reason now lost, John Pulman.

Sport

Sport is coming back to the world, and to TV.

Oh joy.

We have football, horse racing, snooker, formula 1 cars, darts and much more.

For some sports, on tv, not having an audience/crowd makes little difference. F1, for eaxmple, you can barely hear the crowd if they are cheering and they are mostly just a blur filling the stands in the background. As I have mentioned before, I believe, tickets cost hundreds of pounds.

For football, they add on fake crowd noise. As the seating is empty and covered, it is totally weird. Cricket don’t so much, just add a sort of ambient background.

I know there are people who do like watching sport, but I just wanted to record how wonderful it has been for all these weeks with sport missing.

Monaco

I rarely watch any sport, and have no interest in it, but found myself watching the F1 race in Monaco yesterday. This is always hyped up as being the best race of the year, as they drive through the streets rather than on a track.

Now, I’m not a driver of anything. I don’t much understand cars. I have no interest in tyre strategy. And it seems to be that a course where it is almost impossible to overtake does not make a good race.

For various reasons I did not understand, restrictions and rules about what was allowed I think, this was as uncompetitive a race as you could see. It was basically a procession around a course. I think they finished in the same order they qualified (sorry if I am wrong, but it was something like that). I fell asleep for a good while, woke up and nothing had happened.

I was not the only person who thought that. Even Lewis Hamilton thought it was pretty boring: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/44274950

There’s another kind of car racing where they use cars with electric engines. The batteries don’t last half the race, so I think they swap cars half way through.

I knew someone who went to the British grand prix every year. Years ago she was paying upwards of £100 ticket. Current prices seem to go into the thousands. Sitting in a stand, she said, you could watch the cars zoom by once every couple of minutes, but it was hard to tell who was who. They have big tv screens, she said, so we watch it on that.

Boring stuff.