Pat Sharp admits why he’s potty about snooker as Brits are caught up in footie

Britain is caught up in football fever and rightly so.

But Brazil legend Pele has his mind on a much smaller set of balls – snooker!

He reckons the genteel game should be included in the Olympics and that his country would take gold.

The footy genius, inset – who is 80 – is a big fan of the baize.

And I guess he has a point. Snooker is watched by 500million people worldwide and is played in more than 100 countries.

Maybe the Olympic committee has only tuned into Steve Davis’ “boring” games!

It’s always the second shot in snooker that intrigues me. How will it go? Find out after the break.

I can’t profess to be up on the current game. I’ve only been to The Crucible once.

And I actually missed most of the tournament.

You’re not going to believe this, but we were delayed after a lorry carrying snooker equipment crashed on the M1.

The driver was under a rest and the cue went back for miles. (Cue laughter!)

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I often get a 147 when I play snooker – it’s the bus that stops right outside the hall.

I have a pal who always wows at the table, because she plays with a pint balanced on her head. Beatrix Potter! She’s a very passionate player, but fits in well as tempers often flare down at my local.

My mate once got into a terrible fight and was lying on the floor injured.

“Don’t worry,” said the bartender. “A Red Cross nurse is just finishing her dinner and is coming to help you.”

“Oh no,” groaned my mate. “Can’t I have a blonde, cheerful one?”

Dad actually tried to prepare me for pub brawls. He told me: “If you ever get into a fight in the pub, put a snooker ball in your sock.”

Worst advice ever – I could hardly walk!

Having some balls always comes in handy though.

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