Andre147 wrote:Snooker though wouldn't be what it is today if it wasn't for Alex Higgins, then followed by White and then of course Ronnie.
None of the above three player would have been THAT popular without a certain...Steve Davis OBE. Especially Alex and Jimmy. But snooker is what it is today because of these three??? A so called hero is not really a hero without an enemy. And Davis, without even wanting it, embraced that role with grace and brought snooker to a whole new dimension. He was the one who carried all the frustration of trying to bring the highest level of professionalism to an amateur sport, not Higgins and White. They were bothered drinking, doing coke and hookers. Without Davis and Hearn snooker would never be what it is today. Higgins and White got rich because of Steve and not the other way around.Hence young Ronnie NEVER copied anything from those two and focused exclusively on Steve, by his own admission. Not even on Hendry who also admitted that trying to copy White as a youngster would never work and changed his attitude and based his game and general attitude on Davis. Hell, even Hearn owns more to Steve's brilliance than Steve owns to Hearn's managing skills.
Davis is still today everything that defines the game of snooker.
Yes I agree, Higgins made the start, but what we see today is a direct product of what Davis used to be: professional, dedicated.
yes Ronnie tried to copy every single thing Steve made, early on in his career Ronnie even used to wear the same waistcoats Steve did. He was his role model, and to so many other players. Also Ronnie's father helped him a lot maintain that discipline, even if he was too straight at times with him...
Davis is and will always be the perfect role model, and even today not playing anymore he's the greatest embassador the game, promoting it everywhere he goes.