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12-05-2019, 11:57 AM

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Just curious who started the tradition of jumping on top of a pool table to celebrate major wins? Was it Jason Shaw a few years ago at the U.S. Open 9-ball Championships or had it been done previously?

Yes, I know a quality commercial table can handle the weight of someone on it and even the weight of 7 adult males jumping up and down on it as we just saw with the American team during their Mosconi cup celebration. However, as a room owner, there is something about it that bothers me - kind of disrespecting the sacred ground/surface of the pool table that you have just won your title on. Not to mention that accidentally coming down with your foot and the entire weight of your body on the cushion rubber which could’ve easily happened and could very likely break the cushion rubber loose from the sub rail, or worse.

I just don’t think it’s a very good example / look to set for someone watching who might think they could get away with doing this when winning a tournament in another environment, such as at a pool hall, where it clearly would not be an acceptable thing to do.

I realize that most here will likely criticize my thoughts on this, but is there anyone out there who agrees with me?
You know the pool table doesn't have feelings or nerve endings or anything like that. Maybe you could start a National Anti-Furniture abuse foundation.
  
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12-05-2019, 12:05 PM

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You know the pool table doesn't have feelings or nerve endings or anything like that. Maybe you could start a National Anti-Furniture abuse foundation.
Yeah, so who’s gonna chair it?


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12-05-2019, 12:10 PM

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Yeah, so who’s gonna chair it?
Table that discussion until later.
  
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12-05-2019, 12:59 PM

There's already a bureau for that.
  
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12-05-2019, 01:39 PM

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Dancing on top of the table goes back quite a way. I recall Karen Corr dancing an Irish jig on the table after a great win about a decade ago. Highly doubt she was the first to dance on the table.

Darren Appleton also ascended onto the table in rowdy celebration after he won
the World 9-ball Championship in what I believe was 2012.

Personally, I love these on-the-table celebrations. We want our champions to get as excited as possible after a big win, and these celebrations add to the flavor of any event.
Yes, I agree. And celebrations come in many forms depending on the sport.

There is a tradition in NCAA basketball when a team wins their way to the final four, they toss up a ladder and take turns cutting the nets down.
Walking though college athletic facilities, any national championship trophy for basketball or lacrosse, usually has a piece net wrapped around it. The team and the coach keep pieces of the rest.

Moments in history of any sport should be celebrated and cherished. Let them dance on the table and enjoy the moment. When they try to start drinking out of the Mosconi Cup, then we can dial it back.
  
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12-05-2019, 01:39 PM

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Yeah, so who’s gonna chair it?
Not a big issue, so probably some lazy boy.
  
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12-05-2019, 02:26 PM

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Yes, I agree. And celebrations come in many forms depending on the sport.

There is a tradition in NCAA basketball when a team wins their way to the final four, they toss up a ladder and take turns cutting the nets down.
Walking though college athletic facilities, any national championship trophy for basketball or lacrosse, usually has a piece net wrapped around it. The team and the coach keep pieces of the rest.

Moments in history of any sport should be celebrated and cherished. Let them dance on the table and enjoy the moment. When they try to start drinking out of the Mosconi Cup, then we can dial it back.
Comparing cutting down a $5 basketball rim net to celebrating on top of a $10,000 pool table is laughable.
  
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12-05-2019, 02:50 PM

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Comparing cutting down a $5 basketball rim net to celebrating on top of a $10,000 pool table is laughable.
The portable basketball unit is more than that, its more like comparing the cloth to the net, which IS a good analogy.
  
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Comparing cutting down a $5 basketball rim net to celebrating on top of a $10,000 pool table is laughable.
so now there is a monetary value on what can be celebrated with in order for it to be acceptable?

Different games, different traditions, different values.
As Emily Frazier said in regards to the Mosconi ball set complaints....”deal with it or be left in the past, it’s here to stay”.
  
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so now there is a monetary value on what can be celebrated with in order for it to be acceptable?

Different games, different traditions, different values.
As Emily Frazier said in regards to the Mosconi ball set complaints....”deal with it or be left in the past, it’s here to stay”.
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Sleeping on a table is okay.....as long as it has nap cloth.
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Sorry, didn't intend that to be life-sized, lol.
  
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Sorry, didn't intend that to be life-sized, lol.
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Not a big issue, so probably some lazy boy.
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Kim Davenport - 12-05-2019, 06:55 PM

Been lurking for a while now. First post. I'm pretty much in awe of the talent/knowledge you guys/gals have here on this forum.

Tony_in_MD posted a link to a youtube video of Kim D. jumping up on a pool table and it reminded me of a night in the past. Hope someone here can shed some light on a lingering question I've had for years.

1991-1992, can't remember exactly, but I was working as an oilfield engineer in the CA oil/gas fields near Modesto and Fresno. I carried my Viking pool cue with me and passed the time I had away from the drilling rigs in the bars and pool halls of the surrounding towns. One night, (probably a week nite, don't know) I found myself in a pool hall and there were only two people there. One guy shooting by himself and another behind the bar. Walls were covered in BIG posters of pool idols & icons.....Mosconi, Fats, Crane, even Paul Newman & Jackie Gleason.

Ordered a beer and Mr. poolshooter comes over asks if I would like to play a run to 7 for $100.
Folks, THEN I was better than some, but worse than MOST but I wouldn't play my kid sister for $100 if she gave the 7! I grew up poor as church mice and worked really hard for my dollars! I learned never to take another man's bet as he probably wasn't making it if he didn't think he would win.

Anyway, this guy was nicely/expensively dressed, high dollar hair cut, and a ring on his finger made to look like a little pool table. It had a diamond in each pocket, 9 diamonds racked up for 9-ball and another diamond for the cue. Between the diamonds/balls on the table was a solid gold cue stick. This thing hadda cost more than I made in a year in the oilfield!

I said something along the lines of "Mister, I was born at night but not last night. I'm sorry, but I can't play you for $100 but I'd play Willie Mosconi for $20 just to watch him play". So we did. I broke, didn't make anything. He ran 7 racks. It was beautiful. It wasn't till later, after he left, that I saw a picture of a guy on the wall that looked JUST like him, I thought. That pic said "Kim Davenport- World Nine Ball Champion". I think it was indeed, Mr. Davenport.

Can anyone corroborate having seen him w/ a ring like that? I'm sure he wouldn't remember some oilfield dude in dirty blue jeans from 18-19 years ago, but I sure remember that night. I like to think (and have told my kids/grandkids) that I ONCE played a world champion pool player!

Sorry for the long post. Nostalgia strikes again!
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