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Forum: Main Forum Today, 05:26 AM
Replies: 295
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Posted By jay helfert
First of all I applaud you Michael! You are one...

First of all I applaud you Michael! You are one helluva man in my book. I'm so glad that you have graced us all at AZB.

Your comments above made me think about two lessons I learned long ago. ...
Forum: Main Forum Today, 05:03 AM
Replies: 318
Views: 6,494
Posted By jay helfert
Okay, Buddy 3 and Sigel 2. Both were great all...

Okay, Buddy 3 and Sigel 2. Both were great all around players, but Efren was still the best. I agree there.
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 07:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,921
Posted By jay helfert
The short answer - Yes! If their top players came...

The short answer - Yes! If their top players came over here and competed in our tournaments like so many Pinoys do, they would upset the apple cart so to speak. It would no longer be the same...
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 07:11 AM
Replies: 318
Views: 6,494
Posted By jay helfert
I don't quite get how this works. But for me the...

I don't quite get how this works. But for me the players who need to be higher on your list would be Parica 2, Mizerak 2 and Hall 1.
Forum: Main Forum 06-17-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 318
Views: 6,494
Posted By jay helfert
My list would look a lot different. My yardstick...

My list would look a lot different. My yardstick being who were considered the best players of their respective eras by their peers. I was witness to every era since the 1960's so here's the guys who...
Forum: Main Forum 06-17-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,386
Posted By jay helfert
I agree on all of the above, almost all who I've...

I agree on all of the above, almost all who I've seen play, including Worst. "Worst was best" is what we used to say!

One who hasn't been mentioned is Jon Kucharo out of Bettendorf, Iowa. He came...
Forum: Main Forum 06-09-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 397
Views: 16,048
Posted By jay helfert
You don't know what you don't know!

You don't know what you don't know!
Forum: Main Forum 06-08-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,818
Posted By jay helfert
Everybody is using the Measles ball now. It's...

Everybody is using the Measles ball now. It's addictive!
Forum: Main Forum 06-08-2019, 01:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By jay helfert
I'm pretty sure I can name them all. Sick, huh :)...

I'm pretty sure I can name them all. Sick, huh :)

Let's see. Starting with the first row from left to right: Jimmy Moore, Danny Gartner, Al Coslosky, Paulie Jansco, George Jansco, "Babyface" Alton...
Forum: Main Forum 06-08-2019, 01:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By jay helfert
Danny's favorite gaff was to bet he could run 50...

Danny's favorite gaff was to bet he could run 50 balls in half an hour. So, if he broke and ran 30 or 40 and missed he had to start over. I never saw him lose that bet.
Forum: Main Forum 06-08-2019, 01:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,209
Posted By jay helfert
Like Billy, I got to see Taylor play in his prime...

Like Billy, I got to see Taylor play in his prime and he was something else. He didn't slow roll anything, most balls going in the pocket at warp speed. I asked him once why he hit them so hard and...
Forum: Main Forum 06-03-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 397
Views: 16,048
Posted By jay helfert
It wasn't Dennis.

It wasn't Dennis.
Forum: Main Forum 05-31-2019, 02:10 AM
Replies: 448
Views: 22,259
Posted By jay helfert
Bet! The American Straight Pool in October. I...

Bet! The American Straight Pool in October. I think we can agree on who qualifies to compete against John. I'd say Danny Barouty's speed and up.

And if by some chance John gets matched up with...
Forum: Main Forum 05-30-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 448
Views: 22,259
Posted By jay helfert
I would say it was more like an exhibition than a...

I would say it was more like an exhibition than a practice session in that it was announced in advance, every shot was recorded and there was an audience. He definitely didn't do it in his basement...
Forum: Main Forum 05-30-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 448
Views: 22,259
Posted By jay helfert
Well, I'm betting the other way. I, for one,...

Well, I'm betting the other way. I, for one, believe John became a better 14.1 player during his quest for the record and I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is. Stu, I will make you a small...
Forum: Main Forum 05-30-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 448
Views: 22,259
Posted By jay helfert
Might I remind you that Mosconi's 526 was done...

Might I remind you that Mosconi's 526 was done during an exhibition, not a Sanctioned tournament. That never seemed to bother you or anyone else and it was readily accepted as the 14.1 high run...
Forum: Main Forum 05-30-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 929
Posted By jay helfert
Damn Mike, you play good! I learned the most from...

Damn Mike, you play good! I learned the most from David Howard, another Floridian. He showed me that the break was like a Karate punch and how to execute it. I used to gamble with guys on who could...
Forum: Main Forum 05-30-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 448
Views: 22,259
Posted By jay helfert
I'd like to bet (high) on John right now in a...

I'd like to bet (high) on John right now in a long 14.1 challenge match against anyone! Say a Race to 2500.
Forum: Main Forum 05-30-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,125
Posted By jay helfert
John also won the Sands tourney about 20 years...

John also won the Sands tourney about 20 years ago when it was a full field of 128, chock full of the best players on the planet.
Forum: Main Forum 05-30-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 448
Views: 22,259
Posted By jay helfert
Excuse me, did you say 2000? I'm not sure what...

Excuse me, did you say 2000? I'm not sure what you're smoking but I want some! :wink:
Forum: Main Forum 05-30-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 448
Views: 22,259
Posted By jay helfert
Stu, I'm not sure why you feel the need to demean...

Stu, I'm not sure why you feel the need to demean John's accomplishment on here, but you obviously have. I won't try to qualify his run because imo the number 626 speaks for itself. I will only say...
Forum: Main Forum 05-29-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 929
Posted By jay helfert
Happy Birthday to my life long friend and buddy,...

Happy Birthday to my life long friend and buddy, Cecil Hall. "Buddy" was more than a great pool player. He was and is a good man, a loyal friend, kind hearted, honorable, a great story teller with...
Forum: Main Forum 05-28-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,818
Posted By jay helfert
The first time I saw one was when Jim Rempe was...

The first time I saw one was when Jim Rempe was endorsing them as a practice ball. That had to be 25 or 30 years ago.
Forum: Main Forum 05-28-2019, 01:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,148
Posted By jay helfert
I visited Ames one time in '63 or '64 and it was...

I visited Ames one time in '63 or '64 and it was pretty dead compared to the other rooms in the area. There wasn't a player in sight and it was dark and dingy. I never went back there after that. The...
Forum: Main Forum 05-28-2019, 01:36 AM
Replies: 448
Views: 22,259
Posted By jay helfert
BIG Props to John Schmidt

The man set a goal for himself and went after it. When many others would have given up the chase long ago, he perservered. I'm sure there was a lot of frustration and disappointment along the way as...
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