I'm really pleased at the enthusiasm and support to try and get decent
billiard sports shows for US viewers. I'm appalled that the criticism is
minimal and so mild on this newsgroup. I suspect that it was so much more
pleasant than the ESPN ***and that has influenced you folks. Here I go and
I hope the flames don't get too close.
1. No commercials!
2. No shots skipped!
3. Attractive production (aside from the rack girls and referee) :-)
4. Personal interviews with the two finalists was a plus, altho Mike Sigel's
efforts were a joke. He even had the gall to wish Ralf would win! OTOH, I got
a feeling for Alex's personality and outlook that I , and most of us,
certainly were unaware of before. If they had cut these shorter, the
presentation ceremonies would've been nice.
1. Mike Sigel's ego - dump him.
2. Terrible camera work. I can't recall ever seeing a player's grip hand
position and only 2-3 views of the cuetip aim on the cueball (other than the
obvious draw shots, seen from afar).
3. No rules of contest mentioned beforehand or during-except for that
horrendous change to a time clock at about 10-10.
4. Altho the image quality of the surroundings was great, it seemed that the
balls had a fuzzy outline on the overhead view. I didn't like the color
changes of the balls, either. (Traditionalist?)
5. Was the play affected by the seemingly excessive lighting which was likely
different from that during all the elimination rounds? Alex was wearing a
visor to deal with it.
6. The time crunch that didn't let us see the awards and Alex's personable
It was enjoyable as an important event. I strongly agree with one poster's
thought to have the entire six days available. It's fun to see *everyone* in
the event. Some of those guys could be lighting up the screen in the years to
come and I'm sure some of the earlier matches were exciting.