Jimmy White (snooker player)Jimmy White is a snooker player known to announcers as the "whirlwind" or the "working man's champion". The former epithet referring to his ability to build a total clearance of 147 within minutes. The latter in turn speaks to his having parlayed a misspent youth into sports stardom.
He regrettably gained great fame as being immensely talented, but even more temperamental. His swift clearances pleased the crowd, but it was not a conscious trademark, for he played with similar dispatch even when he clearly knew the weight that succeeding or failing the shot would have to a crucial frame. It just was in his nature. This speed was unsurpassed for a long time, before the appearance of Tony Drago, an even more temperamental and speedy break-builder (he was nicknamed analogously "the hurricane").
In later years his speed has toned down somewhat, but so has a bit of his brilliance.
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