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09-15-2019, 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by kkdanamatt View Post
The Derby City 14.1 Challenge and Tournament has come to an end, despite the Herculean efforts of Dennis, Bill, Bob, and others. Perhaps someone will try to bring it back to life, but Diamond should place a greater emphasis on 14.1 and devote more tables for the players if they want it to continue.
That's well deserved praise for Bob Jewett, the founder of the 14.1 challenge in 2009, and Dennis and Bill, whose great work ethic made administration of the event possible.

But let's not misstate what really happened. Corrections welcomed as I'm going from memory here.

The 2009 Derby
The Bigfoot Challenge didn't exist yet. The "Fatboy" 10-ball, it's forerunner, did take place, but the matches were played at midnight, so as not to interfere with the other events at the Derby. Field size in the three core events of Bank Pool, One Pocket, and 9-ball was about 300 players. One room containing two tables was dedicated to the 14.1 challenge. The Derby was manageable.

The 2019 Derby
The Bigfoot had already evolved into a premier event at the Derby and the entire event was played in the Accu-stats arena. Field size in the core events of Bank Pool, One Pocket, and 9-ball was about 400 players. The Derby was no longer manageable, and for the second consecutive year, the 9-ball final finished after 3:00 AM on the Derby's final day.

In Conclusion
To sum, the Derby has grown dramatically over the past decade, and while straight pool enthusiasts like me are disappointed that the 14.1 challenge appears to have been crowded out of the Derby, there is no denying that among the five disciplines (Bank Pool, One Pocket, 9-ball, 10-ball, straight pool) contested, straight pool has been the one with the least priority for years, and that's a shame but it also reflects how much the Derby has grown over the past decade. Hence, the statement that Diamond should give the 14.1 Challenge a little more priority, as pleasing to me as that would be, doesn't really hold water. The venue at the Horseshoe just isn't big enough anymore to easily support the timely completion of all the events.

Last edited by sjm; 09-16-2019 at 05:55 AM.
  
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