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hunger strike
03-28-2011, 11:58 AM
I love pool, everything about it. The games, the drama, the matching up, the gambling, the tournaments, the leagues, the personalities, the gentlemen, the jerks, the skills, the tricks, the inside knowledge, the culture, AZ, the antique tables, the new hi-tech tables. I love old cues, new cues, worn out masterpieces, cues so elaborate they will never be used. I love huge new poolrooms, and small historic rooms. I love exhibition posters, old black and white photos of players, and the signs on the wall. I love all the awesome gadgets that have been invented by great people to help play the game. I love players' antics, moods, mouths, proponents and detractors. I even love the guys who constantly talk about what they think is wrong with pool, because they improve pool in their own way. What a great way to spend time, get relaxing exercise, and get away from the staggering debt that freeloaders have piled on our backs. When the electricity runs out and these computers, video games, and tv's cannot run, there will still be pool. Thank God for pool.

SLIM
03-28-2011, 12:00 PM
i do hate the aiming threads though.

SLIM

decent dennis
03-28-2011, 12:00 PM
Great post. I agree 100%.

hunger strike
03-28-2011, 12:17 PM
i do hate the aiming threads though.

SLIM

Good one. I may have to edit my original post my friend! Just kidding.

pt109
03-28-2011, 12:56 PM
Tried to rep you but I wasn't allowed.
Good post..sometimes we need THAT tap on the shoulder also.

..although I think Hunger Strike might be a misnomer...
..seems like you've been getting your greens...:D

hunger strike
03-28-2011, 12:59 PM
Tried to rep you but I wasn't allowed.
Good post..sometimes we need THAT tap on the shoulder also.

..although I think Hunger Strike might be a misnomer...
..seems like you've been getting your greens...:D

I wonder why it wouldn't be allowed....? Thanks for the positivityness

pt109
03-28-2011, 01:07 PM
I wonder why it wouldn't be allowed....? Thanks for the positivityness

Check your CP...must have repped you recently....
..or maybe they don't like Irish..:thumbup:

elvicash
03-28-2011, 02:25 PM
Pool is great now if you love to play pool. I love to play so it is great for me. I got plenty of those gadgets, a GC II with a good light (I would miss electricity now) and plenty of gadgets. If you ever get my way look me up I like to play.

Dana in Indy

Maniac
03-28-2011, 03:51 PM
I love pool, everything about it. the jerks.

:barf::shocked2:

Maniac

emf123
03-28-2011, 03:55 PM
Damn Right!!!!!!!!
It is what it is, and only getting better thanks to AZ and everybody else still supporting it.

branpureza
03-28-2011, 03:56 PM
Nah, there's nothing wrong with pool, as long as you're just banging balls around not trying to make a living at it...

Pushout
03-28-2011, 05:58 PM
Nah, there's nothing wrong with pool, as long as you're just banging balls around not trying to make a living at it...

Or trying to enjoy it..........

pwd72s
03-28-2011, 06:11 PM
A greenie for Hunger strike! :D

hunger strike
03-28-2011, 08:15 PM
You play pool? Good mothaf*%kin' choice, moth#f*$a!!!! And if you don't like pool, then you can go start ya own d@mn thread about why you hate it sucka..... leave this here thread to the players not the haters. But if yu want to promote pool, you can start promoting pool by sayin' what you like about pool instead of why it sucks, suckazz !!!!!

2oldklings
03-29-2011, 09:56 PM
I like being at tournaments with all the games to sweat. I am not good enough to play in them but that does not matter. I love to watch the pros, but you don't have to watch pros to see good matches. That's what I love about pool.

softshot
03-29-2011, 10:45 PM
i do hate the aiming threads though.

SLIM

just aim a half a click lower and you'll never see one ;)

hunger strike
03-29-2011, 11:50 PM
Let's start promoting this game right here and right now. What do you love about pool? Enough negativity. So you are not selling enough cues or trinkets or magazine ads, that is all peripheral to the actual game we should all love. There is so much to love, this thread could go on for years and years, as well it should. By the way, I am saying this in a Christopher Walken, Pulp Fiction voice.

Bigtruck
03-30-2011, 12:08 AM
I love pool, everything about it. The games, the drama, the matching up, the gambling, the tournaments, the leagues, the personalities, the gentlemen, the jerks, the skills, the tricks, the inside knowledge, the culture, AZ, the antique tables, the new hi-tech tables. I love old cues, new cues, worn out masterpieces, cues so elaborate they will never be used. I love huge new poolrooms, and small historic rooms. I love exhibition posters, old black and white photos of players, and the signs on the wall. I love all the awesome gadgets that have been invented by great people to help play the game. I love players' antics, moods, mouths, proponents and detractors. I even love the guys who constantly talk about what they think is wrong with pool, because they improve pool in their own way. What a great way to spend time, get relaxing exercise, and get away from the staggering debt that freeloaders have piled on our backs. When the electricity runs out and these computers, video games, and tv's cannot run, there will still be pool. Thank God for pool.


tap,tap,tap

Ray

Chi2dxa
03-30-2011, 06:01 AM
Great post, pool is pool and I love every bit of it.

RackemBilliards
03-30-2011, 08:01 AM
There are so many things to love about pool you could never get to them all in one lifetime. Today's nugget? Find Freddy the Beard's story 'GAR the Ironman'-it was on Amazon.com,not sure about now-and read it. The characters that inhabit this sport are something else.

deadhead
03-30-2011, 09:19 AM
pool is a fickle mistress.... I love it much more when I am not playing it!!!

when I am shooting, I constanly find my self cursing it.......

D

hunger strike
03-30-2011, 09:44 AM
There are so many things to love about pool you could never get to them all in one lifetime. Today's nugget? Find Freddy the Beard's story 'GAR the Ironman'-it was on Amazon.com,not sure about now-and read it. The characters that inhabit this sport are something else.

One of my favorite pool books is McGoorty..... especially the story of Lem the Barber.... I love a great pool character story....

Otterman
03-30-2011, 01:28 PM
Let's start promoting this game right here and right now. What do you love about pool? Enough negativity. So you are not selling enough cues or trinkets or magazine ads, that is all peripheral to the actual game we should all love. There is so much to love, this thread could go on for years and years, as well it should. By the way, I am saying this in a Christopher Walken, Pulp Fiction voice.

"I hid this uncomfortable piece of Masters chalk....up my a$$...for 2 years!" :killingme:

Interesting thread, hunger strike. Pool IS terrific for those of us who love to play and watch, maybe even more so because the professional pool world doesn't offer the big bucks. More opportunity for us amatuers to watch, interact, and maybe even compete with the best players in the world. Various responsibilities kept me out of the game from the mid 90's until just last year, so the biggest positive change for me is internet/streaming media. I used to starve to watch the pros! So little TV coverage, limited access to tapes from Accu-stats. Funny, I used to to think all the gambling and hustling held the sport back, but now money games are one of the main things I miss. I'm still not convinced that gambling is good for marketing the professional game, but there's still something very gladiator-like in putting up your own money and facing off with someone one-on-one. That's something you can't get with tournament play, though I have all the respect in the world for that arena as well. I also love all the characters! Some can get a little boorish at times, but in general it's all good. :thumbup:

hunger strike
03-30-2011, 07:49 PM
Gamblin' ain't the problem with pool, see? The whole world is in love with gambling, see? Lotteries so prevalent that ya got Mega Millions and Powerball sold at the same stores; Casinos in so many states they'll have to change the state capitols to follow the money; poker on tv so popular that people actually know the names of pro poker players. My post on the poor etiquette of approaching strangers to gamble on pool aside, gamblin' ain't the problem why pool ain't so popular, see????

hunger strike
04-10-2011, 11:02 AM
Please don't let this great thread die, there are so many positive things to say about pool. If only you'd post 'em, this thread would go on. Please don't die, pool thread!

deadhead
04-10-2011, 11:19 AM
I would post more about how much I love playing pool...... but I'm too busy tring to get out and play it......

Dave

lorider
04-10-2011, 11:45 AM
I would post more about how much I love playing pool...... but I'm too busy tring to get out and play it......

Dave

same with me . got 2 league teams to play in today. 1 tomorrow, and 1thursday lol.

junkbond
04-10-2011, 12:04 PM
It used to be that every small town had a small pool hall. No more. That's what I miss with pool today.

master9baller
04-10-2011, 01:42 PM
I love that it unbridled aggression of head to head competition for the cash, just put up or shutup.

I love those that bark and mean it, I even love those that don't mean it because they amuse me.

Nothing better than locking up and finding out who's Mas Macho.

What other sport does this at the amateur levels with such regularity?

CreeDo
04-10-2011, 01:51 PM
It used to be that every small town had a small pool hall. No more. That's what I miss with pool today.

Man I could only wish I lived in those times. Now even decent sized cities don't have them. A city near here has almost 50,000 people... two pool halls that I know of. One went to shit and the other shut down.

Maniac
04-10-2011, 05:23 PM
One went to shit and the other shut down.

What part of new england is the town of shit in???:D

Maniac

3RAILKICK
04-10-2011, 07:27 PM
Poolrooms remind me a little of TV's 'Soaps' and 'Springer' shows. But much, much, much more real.

The characters are real, though the stories may not be. If you miss a couple of weeks or months-you are way behind on the local dirt. The action reports get more inflated and innacurate as time goes on. If you weren't there to sweat it-pick the report you like.

After an extended absence-you can spend days or weeks catching up on matches, confrontations, in-line/out of line matchups where the locals backed or took the other side (openly or secretly). You may learn that bad blood has developed between partners. Or longtime players got 86'd for ????/nobody really knows.

Usually plenty of often re-told stories to keep us entertained. Truthfullness is not a requirement-sometimes a hinderance.

But-its not a "Soap" or "Springer" and for sure not 'gossip'. This sh1t is for real-even if its not the real deal. If there's not enough happening-no problem-we make stuff up-after it gets repeated many times-it becomes real or close enough for poolroom purposes.

I might be wrong-but that doesn't make it not so. Bullsh1t has a long shelf life.

The razzing and harrassing, the nicknames and the name calling, the 'there's my action' and the 'wachwannado' and 'we thought you died' greetings are the ways we welcome each other back and renew aquaintenances. Boys club and locker room expressions of friendship and re-connection.

This is normal right? Well, for us it is. Add a couple friendly FU's, and w'ere good. Kind of hard to explain-but it works.

Take care

hunger strike
04-15-2011, 11:25 AM
It used to be that every small town had a small pool hall. No more. That's what I miss with pool today.

Ain't much of anything in small towns anymore, but in the towns that still have a pool hall, the pool hall is probably the best part of the town. Ain't a damn thing wrong with that! Pool is great, society ain't.....

the420trooper
04-15-2011, 12:57 PM
I love the obscenely loud music that I have to fade when I play. :)

hunger strike
04-18-2011, 09:42 AM
yeah, you've gotta fade a lot of bad music these days. I love to load the jukebox with more mellow songs when I have a match coming up. Makes the hip hop idiots crazy. But I still love the juke box.....

jhanso18
04-18-2011, 10:04 AM
I love pool, everything about it. The games, the drama, the matching up, the gambling, the tournaments, the leagues, the personalities, the gentlemen, the jerks, the skills, the tricks, the inside knowledge, the culture, AZ, the antique tables, the new hi-tech tables. I love old cues, new cues, worn out masterpieces, cues so elaborate they will never be used. I love huge new poolrooms, and small historic rooms. I love exhibition posters, old black and white photos of players, and the signs on the wall. I love all the awesome gadgets that have been invented by great people to help play the game. I love players' antics, moods, mouths, proponents and detractors. I even love the guys who constantly talk about what they think is wrong with pool, because they improve pool in their own way. What a great way to spend time, get relaxing exercise, and get away from the staggering debt that freeloaders have piled on our backs. When the electricity runs out and these computers, video games, and tv's cannot run, there will still be pool. Thank God for pool.

+1,000,000

started playing a year ago, and now i don't do a whole lot else. i love to watch the live drama in a pool room!

GREAT POST!!!

hunger strike
06-01-2011, 01:24 PM
Damn, I love pool and AZ. What a great Mosconi story on this thread. I love the thread so much I just hijacked it!

http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=233537

.... nope, nothin' wrong with pool. It's alive and well

justadub
06-01-2011, 02:14 PM
What part of new england is the town of shit in???:D

Maniac

some people call it Lewiston.

(j/k CreeDo)

LucasBilliards
06-01-2011, 02:26 PM
The thing that has hooked me about pool is the mental aspect. I tend to get bored with things if it is not challenging mentally. With pool u constantly have to think about what ur doing and I love it. I think pool is the most mentally challenging sport there is. I like everything about pool but the mental challenge is what keeps me interested the most.

pooljunkie4ever
06-01-2011, 02:34 PM
What I love about the game is,
ďEveryone is a player, but no one every plays.
Everyone is a winner, but they donít ever win.
Everyone was a champion when they played, but quit because they got tired of winning everything.
Everyone has a friend that will play you, because he donít play anymore.
Everyone hasnít hit a ball the last 2 years.
Everyone has been practicing the last 20 years to become a pro.
I could keep going, lol

I am like you, I love everything about this game.

M HOUSE
06-01-2011, 07:32 PM
Very nice post. I've been around this game for a very long time now, and the only thing that seems to be wrong with it is that there are always some who think it needs to be "fixed". They seem to beleive that if it could be tinkered with here or there, it could be made to appeal to the masses. That's just never gonna happen. It's always been and always will be very popular with a certain segment of the population, and that's just the way it's going to be.

Some always want to compare pool with golf. I just happened to watch the golf channel this week, and guess what, their trying to figure out how to "fix" golf now. So, it looks like we're not so bad off after all.

hunger strike
01-05-2012, 02:17 PM
I was in a fraternity in college, the smallest one. But it had the biggest and best Animal House style parties. It attracted some low self-esteem guys who were always thinking of ways to fix it so that we could be the big man on campus.
Pool is also a fraternity, which is another reason there ain't a damn thing wrong with pool, at least nothing that matters much....

decent dennis
01-05-2012, 02:39 PM
OVER, was it over when the germans bombed pearl harbor?

Quesports
01-05-2012, 02:55 PM
OVER, was it over when the germans bombed pearl harbor?

When did the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor?

Pushout
01-05-2012, 02:55 PM
Damn right, nothing wrong with pool! Why did they change the size of the tables, the size of the pockets, the length of cues, size of tips? Why did they change the rules for 8 ball, for 9 ball, why play 10 ball? Why apa and bca leagues? Why make laminated shafts? Why plastic balls?
Why are rooms closing and nobody playing?

Banks
01-05-2012, 03:02 PM
Damn right, nothing wrong with pool! Why did they change the size of the tables, the size of the pockets, the length of cues, size of tips? Why did they change the rules for 8 ball, for 9 ball, why play 10 ball? Why apa and bca leagues? Why make laminated shafts? Why plastic balls?
Why are rooms closing and nobody playing?

Why do cars go faster? Why aren't chocolate chip cookies made with real chocolate chips most of the time? Was Stan really "The Man", or were there other men? If it's in a land "far, far away", why not just say "very far"? Who is John Galt? :confused:

PS - They still make the players about the same size.

pigsRflying
01-05-2012, 03:18 PM
Pool is the only sport I know where I am making more money than the best pro playing it. Sad, but true. Truth is, I'd rather have their skills. Such is life.

Jodacus
01-05-2012, 04:04 PM
I miss the old pool halls, the sweatin, the bettin, the playin n the payin.

I love pool, the sweatin, the bettin, the playin, n the payin.

Bob Jewett
01-05-2012, 04:14 PM
... Was Stan really "The Man", or were there other men? ...
It's an expression. The "the" means the finest and most superlative. Stan was pretty good, but Ollie was right up there, IMNSHO.

jay helfert
01-05-2012, 04:49 PM
I love pool, everything about it. The games, the drama, the matching up, the gambling, the tournaments, the leagues, the personalities, the gentlemen, the jerks, the skills, the tricks, the inside knowledge, the culture, AZ, the antique tables, the new hi-tech tables. I love old cues, new cues, worn out masterpieces, cues so elaborate they will never be used. I love huge new poolrooms, and small historic rooms. I love exhibition posters, old black and white photos of players, and the signs on the wall. I love all the awesome gadgets that have been invented by great people to help play the game. I love players' antics, moods, mouths, proponents and detractors. I even love the guys who constantly talk about what they think is wrong with pool, because they improve pool in their own way. What a great way to spend time, get relaxing exercise, and get away from the staggering debt that freeloaders have piled on our backs. When the electricity runs out and these computers, video games, and tv's cannot run, there will still be pool. Thank God for pool.

Now you're talking! :thumbup2:

Slickstick9
01-05-2012, 07:08 PM
I love pool, everything about it. The games, the drama, the matching up, the gambling, the tournaments, the leagues, the personalities, the gentlemen, the jerks, the skills, the tricks, the inside knowledge, the culture, AZ, the antique tables, the new hi-tech tables. I love old cues, new cues, worn out masterpieces, cues so elaborate they will never be used. I love huge new poolrooms, and small historic rooms. I love exhibition posters, old black and white photos of players, and the signs on the wall. I love all the awesome gadgets that have been invented by great people to help play the game. I love players' antics, moods, mouths, proponents and detractors. I even love the guys who constantly talk about what they think is wrong with pool, because they improve pool in their own way. What a great way to spend time, get relaxing exercise, and get away from the staggering debt that freeloaders have piled on our backs. When the electricity runs out and these computers, video games, and tv's cannot run, there will still be pool. Thank God for pool.

Amen Brother

lfigueroa
01-05-2012, 07:26 PM
If you want to discover why pool is great, just watch "The Hustler" and in particular the first session between Fast Eddie and Minnesota Fats. I know that watching that film was what got me hooked some 40 years ago. In particular, watch it in letter box. In that format the movie takes on all the weight -- replete with Greek Chorus on the rail -- of the finest Shakespearian dramas. (The game is most certainly, as "The Color of Money" would later prove, a perfect subject for black and white cinematography.) It is all there for you and I know that for me personally it was as a flame to the moth:

The ancient, almost mystical pool hall, or "Church of the Good Hustler." The protagonists briefly woofing, the weapons (cues) assembled, the old guy uncovers the battlefield (money table) for the match, all the seconds (backers and rail birds) take their seats, the money is put up, they lag and with minimal words the match develops. And then the shots are called in an abbreviated, coded, ritualistic argot. The conversation is brief and pointed -- it is all so fascinating I know that I was completely sucked in in a way few other things in life have grabbed hold of my vitals.

Pool is wonderful -- a challenge as complicated and intriguing as few things are. You can appreciate it as a bar league banger or playing a world champion. Nothing wrong with pool if you know how to look at it.

Lou Figueroa

Roger Long
01-05-2012, 08:47 PM
If you want to discover why pool is great, just watch "The Hustler" and in particular the first session between Fast Eddie and Minnesota Fats. I know that watching that film was what got me hooked some 40 years ago. In particular, watch it in letter box. In that format the movie takes on all the weight -- replete with Greek Chorus on the rail -- of the finest Shakespearian dramas. (The game is most certainly, as "The Color of Money" would later prove, a perfect subject for black and white cinematography.) It is all there for you and I know that for me personally it was as a flame to the moth:

The ancient, almost mystical pool hall, or "Church of the Good Hustler." The protagonists briefly woofing, the weapons (cues) assembled, the old guy uncovers the battlefield (money table) for the match, all the seconds (backers and rail birds) take their seats, the money is put up, they lag and with minimal words the match develops. And then the shots are called in an abbreviated, coded, ritualistic argot. The conversation is brief and pointed -- it is all so fascinating I know that I was completely sucked in in a way few other things in life have grabbed hold of my vitals.

Pool is wonderful -- a challenge as complicated and intriguing as few things are. You can appreciate it as a bar league banger or playing a world champion. Nothing wrong with pool if you know how to look at it.

Lou Figueroa

Spoken as only Lou knows how.

I'm with you, Lou. I must have been 12 or 13 when I first saw The Hustler. That's all it took. I bought the book. I bought the VHS version of the movie when it first became available. Now I have the DVD version and I watch it whenever I can. Heck, I even watch it every time TCM airs it. Let's face it, I love that movie. It's the only thing better than AZB.

Roger

decent dennis
01-06-2012, 07:46 AM
It's an expression. The "the" means the finest and most superlative. Stan was pretty good, but Ollie was right up there, IMNSHO.

I know your talking about Laurel and Hardy, but there's only one Stan the man, and his last name is Musial.

Maniac
01-06-2012, 07:49 AM
I know your talking about Laurel and Hardy, but there's only one Stan the man, and his last name is Musial.

What about Shuffet???

Maniac (looking for a place to hide ;))

hunger strike
01-06-2012, 07:57 AM
Know what else I like about pool? I have a re-creation of a pool room in my house with 3 tables, and a seperate ladies' billiards room with 1 table. It's like walking into 1913. Try doing that with golf or football!

hunger strike
01-16-2012, 04:19 PM
Going to DCC Friday night. Gotta love that. Ain't a damn thang wrong with bank pool...

CharlesUFarley
01-16-2012, 05:06 PM
I love pool, everything about it. The games, the drama, the matching up, the gambling, the tournaments, the leagues, the personalities, the gentlemen, the jerks, the skills, the tricks, the inside knowledge, the culture, AZ, the antique tables, the new hi-tech tables. I love old cues, new cues, worn out masterpieces, cues so elaborate they will never be used. I love huge new poolrooms, and small historic rooms. I love exhibition posters, old black and white photos of players, and the signs on the wall. I love all the awesome gadgets that have been invented by great people to help play the game. I love players' antics, moods, mouths, proponents and detractors. I even love the guys who constantly talk about what they think is wrong with pool, because they improve pool in their own way. What a great way to spend time, get relaxing exercise, and get away from the staggering debt that freeloaders have piled on our backs. When the electricity runs out and these computers, video games, and tv's cannot run, there will still be pool. Thank God for pool.Keep writing....
Imagine a new pool movie and this is the opening dialogue, in the voice of the star of the movie.

hunger strike
01-16-2012, 06:45 PM
Freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom to pursue happiness with pals at the poolroom.