Rishi Persad, presenting the Betfred.com World Championship for the BBC, made a particularly pertinent comment on his blog for the corporation’s website.
“Despite what some marketing people may say, the very essence of what makes a sport attractive is the action it provides and the men and women who provide it.”
Rishi’s absolutely right. In snooker, as in all sports, PR types obsess about everything on the periphery without realising that what really matters to people is what happens on the field of play, especially when the big guns are in action.
Tonight, two legends of snooker will cross cues. Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams have appeared in 12 world finals between them. Theirs is a match to relish.
It started yesterday and Hendry looked sharp early on, building a 4-1 lead before letting things slip a little. Williams came back to lead 5-4 and set up what should be a fascinating finish.
Barring a very strange set of results both Hendry and Williams will be safe for the elite top 16 next season.
But they are both proud men and great champions and defeat will be a bitter disappointment for whoever fails to make it to ten frames.
The whole session is live tonight on British Eurosport2 and the BBC red button and I for one can’t wait.
This is an authentic clash of the titans and one not to be missed.