Rocket Ronnie has more theater than the melting pot, more originality than Bill Bailey, who played Metallica anthem Enter Sandman on Strictly Come Dancing and more balls than Banksy’s latest public paint job A genius? In any case, maybe

What does it mean to give such an award in the professional sport environment? Does the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton have the best car in Formula 1? Or does the undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury end up with the best range? There is no doubt about the calculating class of such famous figures, but genius conjures up other images than just being a top athlete

The official definition of genius is an “extraordinary intellectual or creative force or other natural ability” Ronnie O’Sullivan is a creative force with a calm sense of invention that has never been seen in professional snooker since the 1977 World Cup This marked the start of the black and white to full color television era – and six decades in full bloom in a slightly angry battle with the Hairy Bikers and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave Em that perhaps sums up SPOTY’s years of rejection

In contrast to Banksy’s “Aachoo !!” In Bristol, it seems confusing about the roots of snooker in the working class among judges who denied O’Sullivan access to public ballots, but ultimately a select committee was still deliberating clearly in the year of the pandemic, Snookers Square Top is long overdue since Stephen Hendry finished second behind Gazza in 1990. It’s absurd that such a number has been overlooked for so long, considering he spent a year of sabbatical between his world title successes in 2012 and 2013

At 44 years and 254 days old, O’Sullivan became the second oldest world champion ever after six-time champion Ray Reardon, who was 45 years and 203 days old in 1978, with an 18-8 fillet from Kyren Wilson in August Sein Work is beyond question

If he washes himself up at the Masters in January – an event he has won seven records in – he’ll be 29 Starting your year as a professional at the height of a sport that he practices and not just plays. Garry Kasparov off the green bait? Possibly with a canvas full of color, an awareness of possibility, and a curious predilection for how he sees it based on commitment, raw talent, and real instinct

His eccentric and elegant sprint on the line in his 17:16 win over his archenemy Mark Selby in the World Cup semi-finals was the last to see with breaks of 138, 71 and 64 raging against the dying of light three images at the speed of light

Over the past four decades there have been countless examples of his signature pieces spread throughout the snooker scene The most recent was the breathtaking view from Upper Table Mountain at the recent Scottish Open, when the spectators received a rare glimpse into the method of taking a break in the madness that boils down to digging through chaos theory in one cue

The accelerated version at just over two minutes is only marginally faster than O’Sullivan’s normal pace, 23 years after putting together the fastest and most fabulous 147 of all time at five minutes and eight seconds, than a wonky clock held it slower for 12 seconds. He can play with both hands while shaping the table to his liking, before the balls gradually greet the pockets with more pleasure than Oliver’s Fagin

The seventh frame of the 2012 World Cup final was just another frame from the O’Sullivan cannon when he scored a 92 with commentator Willie Thorne – the great WT who tragically passed away in June, which is another Worth looking at YouTube if you want to experience the true genius at work that you got through Essex

Or what about the 147 against the odds in the last frame of his 9-3 win over Ding Junhui in the final of the 2014 Welsh Open? A formidable, offensive approach to tidying up a messy table with as much attention to detail as the Savoy

This viewer’s personal favorite was the 6-0 win against poor Ricky Walden in the 2014 Masters quarter-finals when his opponent scored 38 of his 39 points in the first frame of a 58-minute game. He collected 556 points with no response in a display – 1997 World Champion, Ken Doherty, who has been described as “probably the best performance I’ve seen anyone in all my years attending the Masters”

When he was 1000 Celebrated career century in his 10: 4 win against Neil Robertson in the Final of the Players Championship in March 2019, the writer, actor, comedian and racing driver Stephen Fry quickly paid tribute to O’Sullivan

“I know you must be tired of hearing this, Mozart, genius at work and all that, you are probably rigidly bored, but I wish you knew, maybe you know how much pleasure you millions of We have those who love snooker and who see that they are playing one of the most exciting sights in the entire sport, ”said Fry

“It was a privilege to be alive at the same time as you, Ronnie It’s a wonderful thing, so thank you and congratulations “

O’Sullivan admits his calling is an acquired taste at a time when attention spans are shrinking in the technological morass of modern life.Snooker feels like a throwback to a more innocent time than taking pictures with your friends were commonplace at the club Like Fry, his friend, contemporary artist Damien Hirst, can see the beauty of his approach to snooker as a modern art form

“It’s a different sport,” explains O’Sullivan. “A lot of people, like Stephen Fry and Damien Hirst, appreciate the skill, level and precision of snooker

“Would you catch her at a soccer game? Probably not We bring another kind of lover into the sport Stephen Fry is a genius, Damien Hirst is a genius, but they see the genius in what we do by playing snooker

“If you mentioned football to them, they probably can’t relate to it that much

“Different sports relate to different people in different ways. Is snooker a sport? It’s like chess with balls. In many ways we accept it as a sport, so you have to say it is a sport, but then there are people who argue against it ”

While some will advocate Hamilton, Fury, Liverpool Premier League winner Jordan Henderson, English cricketer Stuart Broad, or even jockey Hollie Doyle for exercising more in the physical sense, it can also be argued that O’Sullivan is playing the thinking man’s game

“Snooker is not a physical sport, but rather a mental sport,” comments O’Sullivan like golf

“Golf is sporty, but actually more of a mental than a physical sport

“Snooker is a stillball sport, just like golf is similar to darts. If you throw an arrow and it doesn’t hit the target, it’s not the arrow’s fault, it’s your fault

“In soccer, a ball can hit a player and land on you. When that ball falls off your knee, you think,” Wow, you scored a goal”

“You have to be precise in snooker and golf. In golf, you can’t hit the ground, take a big divot and get a hole in you or do a 147

“It’s all hitting the ball and technical and being able to connect the mind with the perfect technique. That’s not easy”

Snooker provided O’Sullivan with a constant and cathartic ally as he battled the demons that affect all geniuses.He can work harder than some of the breaks he takes, but he’s also extremely easy to work with when the mood is up It can be difficult to improve mood music

“That’s why I always call it snooker depression, because you can quickly walk into this hole looking for something and then forget,” he says, “Golf, snooker, darts, there are probably many other sports that do can be classified in this category ”

A few days after winning the six of his seven record UK championships in 2017, I asked him what he thought of Lionel Messi’s reckoning as a genius in Barcelona after seeing him during a pre-match game at West Ham on It are similarities in the way of thinking

“I think you have to play the game the way you can,” O’Sullivan said “I don’t think Messi could really play the game any other way, you just have to express yourself I’m not going out to see it do it’s just the way I’ve always played ”

If you get yourself into the sports personality of the year on Sunday night, there are six worthy nominees, but only one genius. He’s the guy who wields a snooker cue

Ronnie O’Sullivan

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