Trumpster wrote:Should Ronnie even have to play the rounds at the Worlds? When Joe Davis was King, players had to fight for the right to play the defending champion. Given that Ronnie is the greatest ever, I believe that the other 127 players should compete for the right to challenge Ronnie in the final. Why does the King have to compete in rounds? Blatantly wrong.
I don't agree with this. This is the modern era of snooker, not the old era.
Joe Davis is a legend of course, he was a pioneer of the game, but he didn't have a lot of competition and he even had a say in who could become pro and therefore the multiple world champions of the modern era (starting with the likes of Ray Reardon, John Spencer,etc...) are greater champions than Joe Davis in my eyes.
Ronnie is the best player in the world right now, but he still has to prove himself like all the other players. You have the earn the title of "the king". Right now Hendry is still the king of the crucible. Ronnie has every chance of stealing that title but he will have to do it the hard way.