They - and by 'they' I mean newspaper columnists who write about snooker once a year - say there are no 'characters' in the game.
I disagree, mainly because I know the players and I know who the characters are.
However, I would agree that many of them have not emerged fully and do not come across to the public at large.
But this is a vicious circle. Last night, BBC1's Inside Sport interviewed Jimmy White as a Betfred.com World Championship preview.
I think Jimmy's a great guy but he's not at the Crucible.
Why not interview someone who actually is?
Ronnie O'Sullivan is profiled in today's Guardian. The interview is interesting enough but follows exactly the same pattern as all his other interviews: the tortured genius, the father in prison, the bad behaviour, the charm, the contradiction etc etc...
Ronnie and Jimmy are modern day versions of Macbeth which, back in the day, used to be by far Shakespeare's most popular play. If a theatre was staging it all the other theatres would know it was in trouble and having to rely on something established to get the punters in.
This is how even saying the name Macbeth became to be regarded as unlucky.
I know Ronnie is popular and fascinating, but there are 32 players at the Crucible this year and many TV viewers will know next to nothing about many of them.
This does not mean they are not 'characters'.
But if nobody ever bothers to interview them then they will remain largely anonymous.
This is snooker's biggest problem. It can only be solved by encouraging players to speak their minds and reveal their personalities.
Jimmy White isn't in the World Championship. Ronnie O'Sullivan could lose on the opening day.
If he does, there are 31 other players taking part.
It would be nice if some of them could get some recognition.