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There's A Petition To Include Ronnie 'The Rocket' O’Sullivan In The SPOTY Nominees

There's A Petition To Include Ronnie 'The Rocket' O’Sullivan In The SPOTY Nominees

There's an online petition to include Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan in the Sports Personality Of The Year nominees list.

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It is an award 'The Rocket' has never been nominated for, despite being arguably the greatest player of all time.

The 43-year-old has made a record 982 century breaks in his career and currently holds an incredible 77% win rate, hitting 10% of 147 breaks in professional snooker history - including the fastest maximum 147 break, made in just over five minutes.

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The fact that O'Sullivan broke the record for most major titles after winning the UK Championship earlier this week is testament to another incredible year for the man dubbed 'The Magician'.

Barry Smith has created a petition on Change.Org to include him in the list of nominees to be named on Sunday 16 December 2018.

"Ronnie O'Sullivan won his 19th major trophy this evening in a career spanning 25 years. His first major was won 25 years ago at the age of only 17.
In his field he is up there with Roger Federer (20 majors), Jack Nicklaus (18 majors) and Phil Taylor (16 world championships)" it reads.

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"Ronnie is a much loved and respected snooker player and would be a popular choice as a nominee. He is in every way a 'personality'.

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"Some sports are all too often overlooked when considering nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year."

Many believe snooker is an infinitely boring game, tailored to the retired as they sip on pints of John Smiths, but others recognise the brilliance of the sport and the rest, well, they just like O'Sullivan.

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Rocket Ronnie has gone a long way to make the sport entertaining due to the fact he could pot the black with a blindfold on and one hand tied behind his back.

And it doesn't matter whether this is right or left handed. More importantly, though, he makes a point of purposely not scoring a 147 break to protest against the money bonus.

To understand, you really need to know the skill required to score a 147. To do so you have to pot all 15 reds, with each one being followed by the black. This will land 120 points. To then get the next 27 points to achieve a 'maximum', you have to pot the yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and finally the black.

Given how hard it is to do, Ronnie often takes offence at the low figure award for achieving it. So, from time to time, he ducks out at 146...

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Only Ronnie could pull off such a trick.

Topics: Snooker News, News, Ronnie O'Sullivan, snooker, sport news, Petition, Awards

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.