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Forum: Main Forum Today, 08:17 AM
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Posted By sjm
Yes, that's the tradeoff, but Maximilan Lechner's...

Yes, that's the tradeoff, but Maximilan Lechner's eight pack vs SVB this year may well be remembered as much as Shaw having won the title. The loss of that prospect is, at least a little,...
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 04:21 PM
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Views: 559
Posted By sjm
One thing I was taught is that when you play on...

One thing I was taught is that when you play on lousy equipment, the rails are not to be trusted, and that one way to defend yourself is to use, in your angle management, a little more stun and a...
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 04:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,050
Posted By sjm
I'll be there in spirit only. More than any...

I'll be there in spirit only. More than any other day of the year, Thanksgiving is when my family and my relatives all get together, coming from many different cities to catch up, dine, and watch...
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 02:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,632
Posted By sjm
Your points are well taken and well-judged. ...

Your points are well taken and well-judged. Agreed.
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 01:02 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,781
Posted By sjm
My understanding of the rule is that the ten...

My understanding of the rule is that the ten second warning will not be issued by the referee or shot clock operator while a player is over the cue ball, but that if the shot clock expires, it...
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 12:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,632
Posted By sjm
Time for a dissenting vote. While which...

Time for a dissenting vote.

While which colors are best is certainly debatable, I am OK with the change made. As a player, the two balls that I struggle most to tell apart are the four and the...
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 08:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 824
Posted By sjm
Nice idea. For many years now, American event...

Nice idea. For many years now, American event producers have been far too concerned with what the players want and not nearly concerned enough about what the fans want. Yes, filling the field is...
Forum: Main Forum 11-20-2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,781
Posted By sjm
Yes, if you look closely, there's an impostor. I...

Yes, if you look closely, there's an impostor. I was hoping nobody would notice.
Forum: Main Forum 11-20-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,781
Posted By sjm
If they are using tight pockets, it's time...

If they are using tight pockets, it's time wasted. The Mosconi Cup has always, and will always, bring us the loosest pockets of the year in pro pool.
Forum: Main Forum 11-20-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
You're too kind. I've been going to the pool...

You're too kind. I've been going to the pool halls since I was 8, but back then it was only with my father and I didn't play. My first play came in February of 1969, at the age of ten, so I'm...
Forum: Main Forum 11-20-2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
I noted that double elimination is "starting to...

I noted that double elimination is "starting to disappear" and not that it's gone.

Turning Stone is one of the best events on the American pool calendar, but it does not typically draw an...
Forum: Main Forum 11-20-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
Like you, I'll wait for Pat's comments, but I'll...

Like you, I'll wait for Pat's comments, but I'll share my views.

The two stage event is not just the standard for all WPA sanctioned events but is also the format used by the Eurotour.

Having...
Forum: Main Forum 11-19-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
Thanks for these insights, Jay. I'd have to say...

Thanks for these insights, Jay. I'd have to say that I never viewed the fan base to which you refer as large enough to grow pro pool upon. Nonetheless, I'll defer to your experience here. Still,...
Forum: Main Forum 11-19-2019, 07:15 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
I'm with you. When there are neutral rackers,...

I'm with you. When there are neutral rackers, alternate break is unnecessary.

That said, though, the Mosocni Cup has neutral rackers and alternate break, so this formula is not without precedent.
Forum: Main Forum 11-19-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
Agreed that ten ball is a little tougher, but my...

Agreed that ten ball is a little tougher, but my philosophy is that if pro pool is to be successful in drawing the amateurs as fans, the game played must be one with which the amateurs are greatly...
Forum: Main Forum 11-18-2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
Ditto, I also prefer winner breaks, but it seems...

Ditto, I also prefer winner breaks, but it seems most of the players prefer
alternate, and the question being addressed was whether the players would come to the event. The Americans will, of...
Forum: Main Forum 11-18-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
Yes, you are correct, but in Post #1, Pat Fleming...

Yes, you are correct, but in Post #1, Pat Fleming announced a switch to alternate break for 2020, and I was incorporating that change in to my comments.
Forum: Main Forum 11-18-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
With neutral rackers, nine on the spot, and...

With neutral rackers, nine on the spot, and alternate break, nine ball isn't broken at all, and that's just what we get at the International. As we just saw a few weeks ago in an electrifying...
Forum: Main Forum 11-18-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
Amen, brother. I'll be skipping the Mosconi Cup...

Amen, brother. I'll be skipping the Mosconi Cup this year because giving up Thanksgiving with my family is too big a price to pay to attend. Family first indeed.
Forum: Main Forum 11-17-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,309
Posted By sjm
Will there be neutral rackers? They are...

Will there be neutral rackers? They are absolutely critical.
Forum: Main Forum 11-17-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,120
Posted By sjm
Yes, sounds like I understated how much tougher...

Yes, sounds like I understated how much tougher they've made golf. I love your comparison of the 7800 yard course to really tight pockets on a pool table --- right on the mark!
Forum: Main Forum 11-17-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,120
Posted By sjm
Yes, excellent point.

Yes, excellent point.
Forum: Main Forum 11-17-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,120
Posted By sjm
Right on, Trent. Every sport goes through...

Right on, Trent.

Every sport goes through this as the equipment and players improve. Golf and American football offer two good examples.

Golf
Championship golf courses set up for pro events...
Forum: 14.1 Pool 11-15-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,472
Posted By sjm
This was my first cue, the Eufemia signature. It...

This was my first cue, the Eufemia signature. It was the cue I usually used from 1969-76. Wish I still had it.
Forum: Main Forum 11-14-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 403
Posted By sjm
Much as it pained me, I picked Team Europe. ...

Much as it pained me, I picked Team Europe.

What has changed from a year ago? For me, it's three things in particular:

1) Josh Filler, the star of the 2017 Mosocni Cup, wasn't on Team Europe...
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