The average "Joe" doesn't watch "pool". They watch "PEOPLE PLAYING POOL"!
You can have a guy in a tuxedo, in a sterile room, without a noise, running more balls than Willie Mosconi and never missing and 90% of the people would change the channel after a couple minutes.
Whatever they do, they need people like "Earl" in the mix to keep the audience. You need the excitement of "the Thrill of Victory or the Agony of Defeat". Nobody is going to sit and watch a guy in a tuxedo who never shows any emotion, whether he wins or loses.
I completely agree.
Some people seem to think that higher tournament payouts will make pool tournaments more interesting but I think that's just no true. The general public doesn't care how much a professional player makes. They want a good show.
I think players like Earl are great for pool. Watching Earl and Shaw snipe at each other during the Steinway Classic was great. I'd love to see more of that. That's the kind of pool that happens in leagues and in local pool halls and its a lot more fun to be around. The energy at the Mosconi was also great.
Face it! We're a rowdy group.