Let’s be honest – the last few months have seemed like some weird new Netflix series, and I’m afraid we all know the next few episodes are going to be even worse.
So to help our key workers who are doing an amazing job, we can do our bit by staying in and watching the boys on the baize. The Betfred Masters is the top sixteen players in the world battling it out to win the coveted prize.
And for those of you struggling with home schooling, and I know how tough it can be, you can always pass off watching half an hour of snooker with the kids as a maths lesson.
And if your kids want to practice adding up quickly, get them to watch Ronnie O’Sullivan. In full flight there’s no better sight in world sport, and there’s always the unexpected with the Rocket because he could explode at any moment.
Ronnie is the youngest player ever to win the Masters, which he first achieved in 1995, aged 19 years and 69 days. Since then he’s added another 6 Masters Crowns – and he can make it 8.
He may now be 45 years of age but he’s playing as well as ever. At times winning his sixth world title back at the Crucible in the summer he was sublime, playing untouchable snooker.
26 years on from his first Masters win the Rocket is the one to beat, and he kicks off his campaign against Ding Junhui in a repeat of the 2007 final.
But the greatest English sportsman to pick up a piece of wood since W.G Grace is not favourite – that’s Judd Trump, at 5/2.
This Trump also won’t go quietly either, and he could meet the Rocket in an explosive semi-final lockdown cracker.
So back the Rocket at 5/1, and I always like to have one in the other half of the draw. Mark Selby, 13/2, has been Masters Champ on three occasions, and although he could clash with the in-form Aussie Neil Robertson, he’s been in decent nick since the resumption of snooker.
So – stay in, and watch the top sixteen players in the world battling it out to be crowned the Betfred Masters Champion.