Sunday, February 20, 2005

The Case of the Disappearing Sauce

Sighs of relief all round at World Snooker as people's favourite Jimmy White bombed out of the Masters tournament at the semi-final stage yesterday. As we reported previously, White had legally changed his name for the tournament to James Brown, in reference to a promotion with the sport's new sponsors, HP Sauce, who make brown sauce. But snooker's governing body was not amused and refused to accept the new name, also instructing the media and TV commentators not to use it. Funnily enough, after an early flurry of references to this story, it died a sudden death as the tournament got underway. Media censorship, or just the natural shelf life of a quirky pre-tournament story that is quickly replaced by match reports? Who knows, but it would have been interesting to see what would have happened had White / Brown succeeded in the tournament.