AzB Silver Member
Don’t say that to Greg LemondPeople have always cheated. I guess it's easier to detect now, with modern tech and computer analysis. I think in most sports that have substantial prices, it's fair to assume that most of the best are cheating in some way or other. Just take cycling as an example. Most if not ALL the best at one time were cheating, and that went on for decades. Mention any sport with major prices, and you'll find cheating en masse. Football, baseball, soccer...How many people do you think have been stuffing their fish with something in those fishing competitions over the years, or sneaking pre caught fish into their boats? Or hid fish under the water somewhere, getting passed fish from other boats out of the money or whatever?
In sports like pool or snooker, we have the opposite kind of cheating where people lose on purpose. The only reason for that, is that nobody has come up with a reliable way to boost performance, other than maybe some drugs. Still not substantial enough to guarantee a win. I no longer bet on snooker. I had quite some money on a well known, but not absolute top player, and he laid down in such a disgusting way I almost smashed my tv. It's of course impossible to prove definitively, but for someone with knowledge it's plain to see. Just like Magnus Carlsen could see Hans Niemans chess cheating before the analysts could, though I'm no Magnus Carlsen: https://news.yahoo.com/chess-grandm...wFC-POMif2uek4cSynfSPWbwk9aBZiJ8z5IpUFWe_JUAB You can see the same thing going on in pool as well, and people have admitted to me that they do it on the Eurotour. Came right out and said it, with no shame what so ever. It's not like I can do anything about it anyway, they'd just deny it. Pool and snooker have lost their luster to me. I prefer playing to watching now, and for the most part I don't even do that anymore. I sometimes wonder to myself how many of the matches I watched and enjoyed throughout the years were even real? I guess it's one of the reasons I like Earl Strickland a lot more than many others on here do. I feel fairly certain that he's always trying to win. That's worth a lot to me.