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Forum: Main Forum 07-01-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,006
Posted By Ruark
1. The Hustler and Color of Money are ancient...

1. The Hustler and Color of Money are ancient movies. Most people have never heard of them, much less seen them or been influenced by them.

2. The last time I saw gambling in a pool hall was about...
Forum: Main Forum 06-27-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,077
Posted By Ruark
How does this compare with Fast Eddie's over on...

How does this compare with Fast Eddie's over on Research?
Forum: Main Forum 06-25-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 23,050
Posted By Ruark
Just throwing this in.... I think a lot of...

Just throwing this in....

I think a lot of the "satisfaction" factor of pool... or the lack thereof... is that a shot either makes it, or it doesn't. With golf, for example, you have the...
Forum: Main Forum 06-23-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,679
Posted By Ruark
The more you try to "muscle" the break, the...

The more you try to "muscle" the break, the slower you'll hit it, because you're stiffening your arm. RELAX your shooting arm, and hold the cue VERY lightly, almost resting it in your fingers. Hold...
Forum: Main Forum 06-22-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 23,050
Posted By Ruark
And that model is.......????? (drum roll) ...

And that model is.......????? (drum roll) :scratchhead:
Forum: Main Forum 06-22-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 23,050
Posted By Ruark
I agree 100% Heaven forbid that somebody would...

I agree 100% Heaven forbid that somebody would hold a gun to my head and force me to watch 3 hours of TV pool.



I think EVERYBODY has figured this out. What nobody has figured out is HOW to do...
Forum: Main Forum 06-22-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 23,050
Posted By Ruark
That's true. Yeah, NASCAR. Lots of...

That's true.

Yeah, NASCAR. Lots of emotion. A 450 cubic inch V8 at 7000 RPM with open pipes, thundering by at 200+ mph. Not one, but 30 of them. You can feel the ground shaking. Horrific,...
Forum: Main Forum 06-22-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 23,050
Posted By Ruark
This is a real core concept. Probably 95% of the...

This is a real core concept. Probably 95% of the people out there who shoot pool (have a table at home, go to a pool hall occasionally, etc.) have no idea how to shoot bank shots or can clear a...
Forum: Main Forum 06-22-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 23,050
Posted By Ruark
Several people have brought up public school pool...

Several people have brought up public school pool programs.

Much of my professional work before I retired was in the area of public school funding and state level education administration. Based...
Forum: Main Forum 06-21-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 23,050
Posted By Ruark
Uhhhhhhh....... last time you were in a pool...

Uhhhhhhh....... last time you were in a pool hall, how many people over 40 were there?
Forum: Main Forum 06-21-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 23,050
Posted By Ruark
Guys, let's keep this civil. We can disagree...

Guys, let's keep this civil. We can disagree without resorting to name calling and ridicule.

I posted a message on another thread that relates to this. It doesn't cover all the bases, but I think...
Forum: Room Owner Discussion 06-19-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,613
Posted By Ruark
As long as they're not playing or anything, I...

As long as they're not playing or anything, I don't see any harm. I've seen lots of guys come in with their girlfriends, say 2 guys who play while their 2 girlfriends watch. Sometimes I'm out...
Forum: Room Owner Discussion 06-19-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,258
Posted By Ruark
From the customer's point of view, you have no...

From the customer's point of view, you have no right to complain. Sometimes I might buy a drink or some food, but if I pay your price for a table, and then use that table, I'm getting what I paid...
Forum: Main Forum 06-19-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,101
Posted By Ruark
Lots of good points made here. I'd like to...

Lots of good points made here. I'd like to repeat and elaborate on some of them, just expressing my humble opinion...

I think a major, important point is this: that modern young people have so...
Forum: Main Forum 12-15-2013, 03:50 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,240
Posted By Ruark
My fear is that to make it entertaining to the...

My fear is that to make it entertaining to the "reality show crowd," they'll put all this ugly stuff in it. Key characters will be big apes with full sleeve tattoos and cigarettes drooping from...
Forum: Main Forum 11-13-2013, 12:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,957
Posted By Ruark
Gambling and hustling? Uh, do we really need...

Gambling and hustling? Uh, do we really need this? I thought we were struggling to get AWAY from that perception. That's just what our sport needs: a pool version of Sons of Anarchy.
Forum: Main Forum 11-10-2013, 02:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,378
Posted By Ruark
I don't know why some people are fixated on...

I don't know why some people are fixated on slapping "labels" on people. We've all seen bangers that were polite and cool to play with, and "serious" players that were total dickheads.

That being...
Forum: Main Forum 11-05-2013, 04:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,883
Posted By Ruark
Yeah, I seriously doubt that there were. That...

Yeah, I seriously doubt that there were. That was way, WAY before their time. Even The Hustler was way before their time.
...
Forum: Main Forum 11-05-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,602
Posted By Ruark
I hear you, Scott. Seems to me like it wouldn't...

I hear you, Scott. Seems to me like it wouldn't matter if he has no motor control, it's balled into a fist, etc. All he has to do is rest his hand on the plate to hold it against the table. But of...
Forum: Main Forum 11-05-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,602
Posted By Ruark
Something like that... he wouldn't have to grasp...

Something like that... he wouldn't have to grasp a handle. The bridge (or whatever) would have a flat plate extending from it, say about 2 by 5 inches, or maybe round, 4-5 inches in diameter. The...
Forum: Main Forum 11-05-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,403
Posted By Ruark
My eyes dart back and forth as I line up, focus...

My eyes dart back and forth as I line up, focus on the cue ball on the final backswing, then sort of "swing" to the object ball as the forward stroke begins.
Forum: Main Forum 11-05-2013, 02:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,883
Posted By Ruark
That's interesting.. sort of a contradiction:...

That's interesting.. sort of a contradiction: they have nice tables, hire a world-class professional, etc. yet don't have "serious" pool. It sounds to me like one of those places that's really...
Forum: Main Forum 11-05-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,883
Posted By Ruark
I hope you don't mind if I describe the...

I hope you don't mind if I describe the antithesis of the OP. A couple of years ago, I was doing a motorcycle ride out in West Texas (no, I don't have the bike any more). There was a Fast Eddie's a...
Forum: Main Forum 11-05-2013, 02:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,883
Posted By Ruark
Heh, no, we live on a small ranch several miles...

Heh, no, we live on a small ranch several miles from Evant, which is basically "a little wide spot in the road." Unfortunately, I have neither the capital nor the motivation to open such an...
Forum: Main Forum 11-05-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,883
Posted By Ruark
A different idea for a pool room

It seems like many of the "ideas" for widening the appeal and increasing participation levels of pool are pretty much the same. The objective of many of them appears to be to draw in as many people...
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