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Forum: Main Forum Today, 02:29 PM
Replies: 77
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Posted By sjm
No, it's that I know that extremely few players...

No, it's that I know that extremely few players ever take lessons. For some, it's because of the cost, but for most, it's simply that improving at pool is not very important to them and that they...
Forum: Main Forum Today, 02:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 695
Posted By sjm
Guess I'll keep saying it until he's inducted. ...

Guess I'll keep saying it until he's inducted. Niels Feijen is one of the best players of all time.
Forum: Main Forum Today, 10:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 887
Posted By sjm
Wow! Some consider Lassiter the game's greatest...

Wow! Some consider Lassiter the game's greatest ever ball pocketer, so this has to be taken seriously. Irving Crane used to advocate playing on tight pockets twice a week, otherwise on average...
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 01:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,368
Posted By sjm
Actually, 1929 sounds about right to me, but I...

Actually, 1929 sounds about right to me, but I won't say I know for sure.
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 626
Posted By sjm
Here's the deal. Fargo isn't perfect, but Mike...

Here's the deal. Fargo isn't perfect, but Mike Page and his team are doing everything they can over time to improve the accuracy of their methodology.

Fargo is a groundbreaking effort and while...
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 671
Posted By sjm
I think it will be very close. This is not the...

I think it will be very close. This is not the Alex of old, and Kaci has become of the game's true stars.

My pick is Kaci, but I think he'll win just barely 3 sets to 2.
Forum: Main Forum Yesterday, 08:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 801
Posted By sjm
"Nice guys finish last" Leo Durocher "The...

"Nice guys finish last" Leo Durocher

"The more I practice, the luckier I get" Jack Nicklaus

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be" Shakespeare

"Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is...
Forum: Main Forum 07-18-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,368
Posted By sjm
Johnston City was pool only. I didn't suggest...

Johnston City was pool only. I didn't suggest otherwise.
Forum: Main Forum 07-18-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,368
Posted By sjm
A topic that arises from time to time on the...

A topic that arises from time to time on the forum is whether the Johnston City events were world championships. For those that say they were, Harold Worst would be counted as a world champion in...
Forum: 14.1 Pool 07-17-2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By sjm
Mosconi was in his mid-40's when he won his last...

Mosconi was in his mid-40's when he won his last World 14.1 Championship, a proper BCA tournament, although back then, the defending champion from the previous year typically had a bye into the final...
Forum: 14.1 Pool 07-17-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 258
Posted By sjm
Barring the use of crazy-tight pockets, the eight...

Barring the use of crazy-tight pockets, the eight footer just isn't a sufficient test of pro level skills today.
Forum: Main Forum 07-17-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,260
Posted By sjm
No, it guarantees nothing and is not needed for...

No, it guarantees nothing and is not needed for an accomplished player except when they opt for it.

That said, for the vast majority of players, the closed bridge makes it easier to keep the cue...
Forum: 14.1 Pool 07-16-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 258
Posted By sjm
John's run is clearly stronger. On average, an...

John's run is clearly stronger. On average, an eight footer makes it quite a bit easier, but the matter shouldn't be considered in a vacuum. After all:

1) The balls today are of much higher...
Forum: Main Forum 07-16-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 2,564
Posted By sjm
I am reminded of Irving Crane's stated aiming...

I am reminded of Irving Crane's stated aiming system. When someone asked him, at an exhibition I attended in New Brunswick, New Jersey in the winter of 1978, what his aiming system was, he said "I...
Forum: Main Forum 07-16-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,260
Posted By sjm
Not the point, Dave. There's theory and...

Not the point, Dave.

There's theory and practice. In practice, extremely few players will ever do what it takes to get their fundamentals in strong working order. The vast majority of players...
Forum: 14.1 Pool 07-16-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 416
Posted By sjm
I think that, philosophically, this must be dealt...

I think that, philosophically, this must be dealt with as it would be in nine ball. Even in rack your own, opponent may inspect and reject the rack you give yourself and may even call a referee over...
Forum: Main Forum 07-16-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,260
Posted By sjm
Good stuff here, Dave, and in general, I agree. ...

Good stuff here, Dave, and in general, I agree.

Where I am inclined to disagree is on #2 in which you suggest a closed bridge is not better for draw.

First, it is on a firm hit of the cue ball...
Forum: Main Forum 07-16-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 695
Posted By sjm
Congrats to all of them on their impending HOF...

Congrats to all of them on their impending HOF induction. Well done!
Forum: Main Forum 07-15-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,364
Posted By sjm
Very nicely analyzed.

Very nicely analyzed.
Forum: Main Forum 07-15-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,252
Posted By sjm
No problem here. You've found something you...

No problem here. You've found something you really fancy in snooker and should continue to enjoy it to the max.

As far as commentary in pool, yes it's horrific. There are only about five or ten...
Forum: Main Forum 07-15-2019, 06:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By sjm
Good for John. This is nice recognition. Well...

Good for John. This is nice recognition. Well deserved.
Forum: 14.1 Pool 07-14-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,423
Posted By sjm
Yes, I've made a mental list, and I've taught...

Yes, I've made a mental list, and I've taught many of the tactical shots and concepts I learned from Irving to many, yourself included.

Another thing Crane professed to me was that if you are...
Forum: Main Forum 07-14-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,364
Posted By sjm
I think that the rise of other players is more...

I think that the rise of other players is more the story than Shane's fall. It is fair to say that Shane has fallen a hair, but if the talent out there was the same as ten years ago, he'd be...
Forum: 14.1 Pool 07-14-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,423
Posted By sjm
Hey Dan. I knew Irving pretty well, saw him play...

Hey Dan. I knew Irving pretty well, saw him play numerous times, and we discussed the two rail kick safety in 14.1 on a few occasions.

The extent to which Crane used the 2-rail safety has been...
Forum: Main Forum 07-14-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 3,456
Posted By sjm
Adams was Rempe's sponsor back in the late 1970's...

Adams was Rempe's sponsor back in the late 1970's and well into the 1980's and Jimmy competed very successfully in the years in which he played with an Adams.
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