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Forum: 14.1 Pool 06-02-2020, 05:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 142
Posted By sjm
A noble aspiration, but Opposite hand...

A noble aspiration, but

Opposite hand shooting has never been less important than it is today. That's because of the cue extension, the screw on addition to a cue that makes it much longer. ...
Forum: Main Forum 06-02-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 544
Posted By sjm
Yes, 2020 is a lot worse than 1970, but the riots...

Yes, 2020 is a lot worse than 1970, but the riots going on in New York City are eerily reminiscent of the 1970 Kent State Massacre.
Forum: Main Forum 06-02-2020, 04:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 544
Posted By sjm
Happy birthday and I hope it's a wonderful day...

Happy birthday and I hope it's a wonderful day for you.

Although it is widely said that fifty is the new forty and you could have a lot of years left under the right circumstances, your youth is...
Forum: Main Forum 05-31-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By sjm
Yes, but in fairness to Thorsten, he went to...

Yes, but in fairness to Thorsten, he went to great lengths to make it clear how much easier this was than snooker.

He noted that he plays some snooker at the New York Athletic Club (I've played...
Forum: Main Forum 05-30-2020, 07:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 828
Posted By sjm
I realize you have your experience and I have...

I realize you have your experience and I have mine, but this does not jive with my experience. You very rarely see players rushing for the jump cue and coming back to the table hurried to play the...
Forum: Main Forum 05-29-2020, 07:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 469
Posted By sjm
Excellent stuff here from one of Europe's...

Excellent stuff here from one of Europe's legendary player.

The points Niels makes about breathing are very important. I'd single out Ewa Mataya Lawrence as having been especially effective in...
Forum: Main Forum 05-29-2020, 07:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 828
Posted By sjm
I agree. I think the Euros have it right when it...

I agree. I think the Euros have it right when it comes to the shot clock. Keeping the game moving has always been the priority, and Matchroom events always incorporate this philosophy. The...
Forum: 14.1 Pool 05-29-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,024
Posted By sjm
Giving your opponent a big problem is not a...

Giving your opponent a big problem is not a guarantee of success, but it usually works. Irving Crane often used to say "the percentages don't always work" but they remain the percentages.
Forum: Main Forum 05-29-2020, 06:08 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,071
Posted By sjm
Yup, best rivalry ever in women's pool. Allison...

Yup, best rivalry ever in women's pool. Allison switched from snooker in 1994 and Karen did the same in 1999. From 2000-2010, they fought many big battles over the glorious green felt. Like the...
Forum: Main Forum 05-28-2020, 05:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,320
Posted By sjm
Yes, perhaps because he stopped competing about...

Yes, perhaps because he stopped competing about 80 years ago. If you're old enough that you remember him well, I'd love to hear some Lou Gehrig stories.
Forum: Main Forum 05-28-2020, 05:01 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,320
Posted By sjm
Wayne Gretzky - hockey Ricky Fowler - golf ...

Wayne Gretzky - hockey
Ricky Fowler - golf
Kim Davenport - pool
Ralf Souquet - pool
Peyton Manning - football
Forum: Main Forum 05-27-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By sjm
Wikipedia shows two pool players "Boston Shorty."...

Wikipedia shows two pool players "Boston Shorty." It's not that rare that this happens. For example, both Billy Lanna and Billy Aguero were known as Billy the Kid.

Morton Goldberg, born 12/17/16...
Forum: Main Forum 05-27-2020, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By sjm
Boston Shorty's name was Larry Johnson, but it's...

Boston Shorty's name was Larry Johnson, but it's not outside the realm of possibility that more than one player was known as "Boston Shorty."

Larry's BCA Hall of Fame writeup below does not...
Forum: Main Forum 05-27-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 644
Posted By sjm
I voted no, because the subject of one-pocket is...

I voted no, because the subject of one-pocket is mainstream and has its place on the main forum. The effect of stratification for me would be less access to one pocket threads, a result I don't...
Forum: Main Forum 05-24-2020, 06:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,676
Posted By sjm
Actually, your post is, in my opinion, fake news....

Actually, your post is, in my opinion, fake news. The context here was that the Mirage had just opened and the management wanted to overtake their next door neighbor Caesar's Palace, then the top...
Forum: 14.1 Pool 05-23-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,024
Posted By sjm
Agreed with Bob on the optimal angle from which...

Agreed with Bob on the optimal angle from which to attempt this safety. If this many balls come out, you've either hit it too hard or the rack isn't frozen. Typically, only two or three balls...
Forum: Main Forum 05-22-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,676
Posted By sjm
There was a near carbon copy of this match in the...

There was a near carbon copy of this match in the quarterfinals of the 2019 US Open 9-ball. Liu Haitao led YL Chang by 10-9 and appeared to be running out for the win, but he got cushion hooked and...
Forum: Main Forum 05-21-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,676
Posted By sjm
Yes, I definitely considered that one. The...

Yes, I definitely considered that one. The Strickland vs Bustamante final was one for the ages, a 17-15 nailbiter with simply awesome play.
Forum: Main Forum 05-21-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,676
Posted By sjm
Off the top of my head, my top three are: ...

Off the top of my head, my top three are:

Sigel wins his first World Championship (1980)
Two great stories came together at the 1980 World 14.1 Championship at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York...
Forum: Main Forum 05-21-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 486
Posted By sjm
Earl Strickland is on record as saying "the...

Earl Strickland is on record as saying "the greatest player I've ever played" is Mike Sigel. Not surprisingly, he didn't say it until Mike had retired from competition.
Forum: Main Forum 05-21-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,046
Posted By sjm
Talcum powder causes skids, which are yet...

Talcum powder causes skids, which are yet another, though, far less serious, cancer as far as accomplished pool players are concerned.

If your hands sweat too much, use a glove.
Forum: 14.1 Pool 05-20-2020, 08:08 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,621
Posted By sjm
What you've posted are theories that suggest that...

What you've posted are theories that suggest that it was possible a few members of the public were there, but hardly constitutes evidence. It would also be very hard to believe that if this was an...
Forum: Main Forum 05-20-2020, 06:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 510
Posted By sjm
Good news. Hope everything is back to normal at...

Good news. Hope everything is back to normal at Turning Stone by beginning of September. It's a wonderful event, one of the very best on the American pool calendar. It's one of the few...
Forum: Main Forum 05-20-2020, 05:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,071
Posted By sjm
Agreed that this is the best rivalry today. I...

Agreed that this is the best rivalry today. I don't think that a truly heated rivalry exists between two players today.
Forum: Main Forum 05-20-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 644
Posted By sjm
..... the pool halls were open. After walking...

..... the pool halls were open. After walking in, you always greeted your friends with a handshake, and when a match finished, win or lose, you shook your opponent's hand.

The pool halls will...
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