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Snooker has become boring and predictable. (not as much as pool
though which is child's play by comparison) The solution is to
something, and for me that something are the snooker balls
themselves. I propose replacing them with potatoes.
Every potato is different to every other potato.
They have knobs,
bumps, indents, and
in weight and actual roundness.
The new balls would not of course be real squishy potatoes, as
could never stand up to being struck by a cue, and instead would
fashioned exact replicas made out of rock hard resin (or whatever
is that snooker balls are made from). Only more of less round
would be chosen, and each set would be quite unique, meaning
no player could ever totally predict the exact trajectory of any of
the potato 'balls'.
This would mean that snooker games became interesting again,
formerly easy shots ending up missing completely. New names
be used too. Instead of the existing colours there would Kerr's
Pinks, Maris Pipers, Roosters, or any other excellent varieties of
the modern spud.
A few potatoes more
Have spud, will travel [xenzag, Oct 12 2015]
Most excellent taste. [xenzag, Oct 13 2015]
||// whatever it is that snooker balls are made from //
||'I don't see no horns on you ball, so you must be made from
||Probably not potatoes because there needs to be some predictability for sporting fun. Very nice idea for deeper human skills with the thought, action complex.
||Maybe see-thru balls with a variety of off centre weights.
||Why "Rooster" if the Idea involves potatoes instead of, say,
||You clearly are unaware of the potato variety called
||Or fill the table with mashed potatoes, and use regular balls.
The irregular surface will do the job.
||You could theoretically use elephants to mash the roosters.
||I wonder how long it would take for expert players to get
so they can accurately predict the movement of these. I
bet it would happen. That would be amazing to watch
[+] And in the meantime it would b a great equalizer for
||Regarding the idea of mashed potatoes on the surface,
that doesn't sound so great, but an uneven surface could
be. Just give it some fairly subtle hills and valleys. Since
those might be hard to see accurately, draw accurate
contour lines on the surface to match. All the slopes
should be gentle enough that a ball rolling downhill would
take no more than twice as long to stop. Otherwise you
just end up with all the balls piled in valleys.
||Having heard a few roosters, usually about two in the morning, I'd advocate using real birds.
||Monopole pool balls. Imagine sinking oppositions balls using a path that curves and only touches via a changing magnetic field intensity.
||Put more Irish on it would take on delicious layers of meaning.