Chipping In with Darren Foreman: Rocket Ronnie is the best ever

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To have such a long period out of any sport and then come back and win big tournaments takes an immense amount of skill.

There’s no doubt Ronnie O’Sullivan is a great player, probably the best of all time, and he puts bums on seats too.

He took one hour to win one of his games on the way to winning the tournament, that’s borderline ridiculous.

He makes it look effortless.

It must be frustrating for the other players, especially when he starts playing better than them left-handed.

He won the final against Mark Selby comfortably, he never looked in any danger at all.

There were a few naughty tackles in the headlines this week involving Sunderland’s Wes Brown and Manchester United pair Nemanja Vidic and Rafael.

I was at the Stadium of Light for the Southampton match, and while it was difficult to see Brown’s tackle from where I was sat.

Having seen it since it was a reckless tackle that went unpunished.

It was a worse tackle than Vidic’s that received a red card, while Rafael’s was a nailed-on red card challenge, for which he only received a yellow card.

It just shows the inconsistencies that exist with referees, even at the top level of the game, and I think it highlights how the art of tackling is dying, if it hasn’t been eradicated already.

West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka was punished for his alleged racist gesture after scoring for the Hawthorns club recently.

This put the Baggies in a touch of bother after pressure from their sponsors Zoopla, who have decided to end their contract with the club at the end of the season.

For me, the gesture has been been blown out of all proportion.

The FA have made a song and dance about something that could have been brushed over.


Samuel Eto’o after his superb hat-trick for Chelsea against Manchester United.


“I did not threaten anybody in any moment and even less with a brick.

“I consider myself a respectful person and a good team mate who likes the unity, closeness and create a good atmosphere around my teammates.

“If you don’t believe me then ask my own teammates and coaching staff.”

Swansea defender Chico Flores on his alleged bust-up with teammate Garry Monk.