As it is a quiet week, at least on the official World Snooker front anyway, I thought I’d flag up something that’s been ongoing on Twitter since I asked the question during the English Open Final, namely, would a player or a fan who has not won the World Championship rather do so or win the million pound bonus for the Home Nations events.
Almost unanimously the fans who responded opted for World Champion status, many were incredulous that anyone who played snooker for a living would not agree.
@snookerbacker World Championship. How is this even a question?
— Dom Cullen (@DomCullenFFC) 17 October 2016
as one eloquent if a little melancholic tweeter put it…
@snookerbacker Championship. Looks leave you, money leaves you, women leave you (usually when the money does), but that title is forever
— PaulTheGame (@Paulthegame) 16 October 2016
Then one of the players in the question’s target bracket intervened to back what the fans were saying in their droves with:
@snookerbacker if any player was to not say they’d prefer to be world champion I’d be in total shock.
— Alfie Burden (@ABOFLONDON) 16 October 2016
So, it’s a done deal surely? Well apparently not Alfie, prepare to be shocked. First of all Mark Williams, who totally ignored that the question was aimed at people who hadn’t been a world champion waded in with his contribution, he even spelled most of it right this time he felt so strongly (I’m being picky on ‘Trophies’):
— Mark Williams MBE (@markwil147) 16 October 2016
He was then joined by a couple of others who did fit the brief and came down on the side of dosh over glory:
Rather have the lump sum than have to work for the next 10yrs for it
— Michael Holt (@hitmanholt) 16 October 2016
No brainer for me, 4 home nations events and million bonus. Not as many rewards for being WC as you’d think https://t.co/JKAMQQzM3U
— Mark Allen (@pistol147) 17 October 2016
So is it that straightforward? Personally I thought the players would opt for being World Champion but it’s not that cut and dried and plenty out there would prefer to be rewarded with a huge lump sum as a trade off for their dream. So is this a sign that the mantle of world champion for some has lost its allure or that some players these days are simply realists over dreamers? I much prefer the dreamer approach when it comes to a question like this but I stand accused and guilty of being an old fashioned, stick in the mud traditionalist when it comes to snooker.
What do you think then? Tweet me @snookerbacker if you feel the urge.