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05-15-2020, 01:22 PM

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LOL. Too funny. I must have been on drugs or something when I last tried to find these posts. Thanks a lot. Who needs Google when you are around?

Oh, that reminds me: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?


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I am glad I looked into this thread
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Thanks for sharing....
Thank you, Larry. Maybe we should just stay away from certain forums. They seem to invite the dark side.


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06-29-2020, 04:45 PM

I'm playing some lately with a guy from Pa. who played with someone named Jimmy MatZ from Pa. He says that Jimmy ran 100s at will almost, even on the toughest tables. he shared a story where Jimmy Caras came in to do a 14.1 exhibition at a college there and MatZ beat Caras by 100 points! Matz walked over to the college Dean and asked- how much did you pay this guy Caras for the exhibition- $125- he told the Dean, next time save the money and I'll do it for free!

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06-30-2020, 05:52 AM

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Thorsten Hohmann played a straight pool tournament once, where he shot 125 and out on his first chance (all matches were races to 125) in quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.
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06-30-2020, 10:31 AM

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That was in the 2005 European 14.1 Championships.
I never heard of this- maybe the most impressive straight pool competitive performance ever!
  
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06-30-2020, 11:23 AM

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I never heard of this- maybe the most impressive straight pool competitive performance ever!
And here's a thread with some additional information: https://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=154499
  
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07-01-2020, 04:04 AM

Thanks! I am even more impressed after reading that thread. Competitive runs are the the ones I focus on because both Mike Eufemia, and to some extent, John Schmidt, have demonstrated disappointing 14.1 success compared to their practice / exhibition success. The unique pressures of competition are the true test of any athletic achievements IMO. How many times have I seen unranked "pros" in many sports look like champions while warming up then melt to the floor under competitive "heat". One has to factor in the ability to "relax" the mind and body under competitive fire as an essential attribute of championship play.
  
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07-01-2020, 05:55 AM

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Both he and Mosconi were amazing that way. They never failed to run 100 or more in any exhibition! These were the masters of 14.1, along with Crane and Cranfield at that time. I saw Jimmy in 1963 at Oklahoma U. He had been retired from tournament pool about ten years but vowed to come back and play again, saying these new guys weren't that good. A year or so later (at age 57) he entered the U.S. Open Straight Pool and won! You can look it up.
I was there. In fact I got to play Jimmy. Dick Lane was his other victim, but Dick did much better than I did.
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