Friday, 19 October 2012

Episode 12: The Snookerbacker Classic

Back on home soil, Matt takes Valerie to the current (for now) home of the PTCs in Gloucester to participate in one of the great hopes for amateurs in the UK these days - catching up with old baize friends and new internet friends, while trying some Canadian grinding on the best tables in the world.

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The Snookerbacker Blog
SB Classic 2013
South West Snooker Academy
OnQ Promotions
Andrew Norman Bio @ Pro Snooker Blog

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Episode 10: Snow In July

With all the crap summer weather on both sides of the pond, we go back to February and a tournament in the frozen North(ish) with some very warm people. With a cameo by 1990 British Open champ Bob Chaperon.

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Sudbury Tourism
Snow Tournament Results @ Snookerline
Sudbury Photo Gallery @ Baizeality

It's worth noting that for more than a few years, this tournament has been dedicated to the memory of Gabe Tarini, who was a very important part of the snooker community in that region, and helped make it what so impresses us today.

Here's Chaperon after winning the 1990 British Open, along with the man he defeated: Alex Higgins. Yes, Bob's hair has improved since then.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Episode 09: Viva Monte Carlo!

Matt and Valerie brave the wilds of suburbia to join renowned cuesports tv commentator and player Jim Wych, who's bringing a positive energy back to Canadian snooker with his weekly 6-red tournament. With cameos by former Canadian champ Eddie Galati and pool goddess Grace Nakamura.

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Monte Carlo Billiards
Official Jim Wych Site
Official Grace Nakamura Site

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The Birth of Baizeality

In case you haven't heard, since we're also a bit tired of our stuff not being up-to-date, we now have a Tumblr blog called Baizeality. It's been updated pretty much every day so far (don't count on that forever) with all kinds of snooker stuff: like a classic Alex Higgins video, audio of Matt explaining the Championship League format, photos of Judd Trump sleeping on a table and Jamie Jones swinging his cue at Martin Gould, a blog comment from a players union rep telling folks to lay off Joe Jogia, and a tweet from Stephen Lee about his Sky Shoot-Out hangover. And much more! (Okay, not a lot more - it's only been a week.) We should also have upcoming Bayley On the Baize episodes linked there too...if we can figure out how to do that. So follow us on Tumblr, or subscribe to our RSS feed in your favorite feed reader. Then hang on tight!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Episode 08: Dick Moves

At the time of the UK Championships, Matt and Valerie discuss what's "naughty" and what's just arrogant, along with reviewing some issues raised in the World Snooker season of changes so far.

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Trump vs. Allen: Frame 18 @ YouTube (other frames available from same channel)
Ronnie O'Sullivan: points vs. money via BBC Sport
Mark Allen's grievances at the UKs via The Guardian

Stephen Hendry on the state of snooker during the UKs on BBC:

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Episode 07: Watching the Grinder

It's been a while since the 2011 World Seniors Snooker Championship, but regardless Matt and Valerie cheer on the "fastest of the slow players," Cliff Thorburn: a Canadian player so famous, even Valerie had heard of him before meeting Matt. Meanwhile, another legend helps solve the mystery of Matt's missing cue.

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Cliff Thorburn Official Site
World Seniors report @ Peterborough UK Telegraph
Clive Everton @ Wikipedia
Doug Mountjoy @ World Snooker
Snooker Legends Tour