Soon the talking will, thank goodness, be over and we can actually get on with the 888.com World Championship.
The build up in the newspapers this year has been low key to say the least.
This may reflect a decline in interest from the British media in general but I expect coverage to pick up once the tournament begins. It tends to be that all the people and publications that ignore snooker throughout the season suddenly decide it’s worth covering after all.
Let’s hope it’s covered properly.
The BBC website has a large section on the event. It’s a shame, then, that they have the draw in the wrong order and Ali Carter and Barry Hawkins playing three sessions in their first round match (do they know something we don’t?).
The BBC also has an extremely late nightly highlights programme (midnight most nights and contrary to their own listings) during the first week having come off air at 8pm with the evening session just getting interesting.
They are showing it all live on their interactive service but this doesn’t include a presenter or interviews with players.
Eurosport will be showing pretty much every session live and there is a full coverage on their website.
However you are following the tournament – at the Crucible, on TV or via live scoring – I hope you enjoy it.