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11-11-2019, 09:19 PM

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Well I'm impressed, I played every sport pretty well ,walked on my hands ,rode a unicycle , but never could juggle or play a instrument,
Here I thought you were a old guy why ain't you out there playing pool ?

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Blame it on the Single dad life. Iíd be out every night if I could but after work I get to the daycare 20 minutes before they close, now Iím back in this area away from all the pool halls with a kid thatís got to sleep by 9 or so lol.

My poor old table gets a lot of use because of that, the thing is literally starting to fall apart.
  
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11-11-2019, 10:17 PM

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On a completely side note, I guarantee you no professional basketball player is ever going to break the consecutive free throw record, which is an astounding 5,221 by Ted St. Martin, who never so much as even played college basketball.
As I was typing that, I thought I had some memory of the person you speak of. I think I saw him on a youtube video about why itís impossible to break a certain free throw success %. Thereís a series of them; ďWhy itís impossible to climb a speed wall faster than XXXĒ, ďWhy itís impossible to swim faster than XXX.Ē
  
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Itís similar to English billiards. Itís just not particularly enjoyable watching high level long format billiards. I accompanied a friend who was playing in the world billiard championships. It was amazing. One day spectating, on the table I was closest to, my friend was on a 300 break against Mike Russel. Behind me, Geet Sethi was on a 200 break. Next to him, another Indian player was on a 200 break. The skill on display was breath taking.

And every single day, without fail, I fell asleep in the bleachers.
Haha
He has a better shot at making big bucks (like 6 digits) by going another tangent- write ( or pay cheap ghostwriter) to write a movie script or book about his exploits and shop the script to Hollywood. But it should be more a compelling story of the struggles rather than just another boring story about straight pool. The biggest sports movie this decade was not a movie about major sports. It was a movie many have never heard of called Dangal which grossed $300+ million at box office.

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If it was free on YouTube I still wouldn't sit through it.
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11-12-2019, 10:43 AM

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He has a better shot at making big bucks (like 6 digits) by going another tangent- write ( or pay cheap ghostwriter) to write a movie script or book about his exploits and shop the script to Hollywood. ...
He has a very remote teeny tiny chance of making some money selling DVDs or PPV and even exhibitions which is 189 times as likely as your movie plan. I can think of a hundred more compelling stories to pitch as a sports movie plot. There are a dozen just in the history of NASCAR that can't get any traction and it's 27,000 times as popular as pool.
  
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11-12-2019, 11:14 AM

Personally I would find 5 hours of watching a 14.1 exhibition spectacularly boring. Sometimes the important thing is the accomplishment, sometimes the important thing is the process. This falls squarely on the former, IMO.
  
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11-12-2019, 11:28 AM

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He has a better shot at making big bucks (like 6 digits) by going another tangent- write ( or pay cheap ghostwriter) to write a movie script or book about his exploits and shop the script to Hollywood. But it should be more a compelling story of the struggles rather than just another boring story about straight pool. The biggest sports movie this decade was not a movie about major sports. It was a movie many have never heard of called Dangal which grossed $300+ million at box office.



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Your post made me think of the Searching for Bobby Fischer movie, one of my favorites.

A quote from the movie...
“He's better at this than I've ever been at anything in my life. He's better at this than you'll ever be, at anything. My son has a gift. He has a gift, and when you acknowledge that, then maybe we will have something to talk about.”

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John Schmidt 626 video Nov. 21 - semi-public (tickets required) viewing - 11-12-2019, 11:50 AM

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As soon as they have any income stream, John's team should very soon think about getting something classy like this created by some good present-day graphic artist of Dave Harrington's caliber for a fixed fee and sold as a hand-signed (by John) limited edition of 626 lithographs on sturdy archival stock -- just as was done in printing of 526 while Willie was alive. They could offer them directly on their John Schmidt website and also reserve some for hand-signing at any of his tour appearances. Maybe price them at about $120 unframed initially, then raise the price upwards as the edition begins to sell out. Could well eventually return substantially more than $80,000 minus the fixed fees of the artist and the printing company.

Just some unsolicited advice as a fan of John's terrific accomplishment.
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I sent this to John on Facebook because I think this is a great idea. I definitely would be willing to spend a bill or two to have it hanging up on my wall next to my pool table.


Also probably be able to sell two extra copies for both pool halls I go to.

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11-12-2019, 03:48 PM

I've thought about this a bit, and maybe it isn't the worst thing. 10k is not a whole lot of money these days, and selling the rights to some God-awful, soulless corporation so they can hawk their silly wares may not appeal to him. Maybe he just wants to show the video to some folks that will appreciate it. He may not make a lot more, maybe even less, but the experience may be more rewarding to him. Or maybe he's thinking he can make more this way (which I think is silly).

Personally I think this whole thing has been badly handled, when looked at from the point of view of what's "good for the sport". We can't expect people who play in a sport where even crumbs are rare to come by, to share everything with us for free. So pool will be forever stuck where it's at. People desperately grabbing for every small payday, sometimes even using illegal means, while simultaneously sabotaging promotion of the sport. It's the whole "crabs in a bucket" mentality that's reduced pool to it's current sad state, and it won't change until this mentality changes. I don't think this move is really great, but I can understand it, especially in a context of pools history.

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11-12-2019, 05:13 PM

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Fake news.

Ha. For your next trick I challenge you to some of this
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11-12-2019, 07:06 PM

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Blame it on the Single dad life. Iíd be out every night if I could but after work I get to the daycare 20 minutes before they close, now Iím back in this area away from all the pool halls with a kid thatís got to sleep by 9 or so lol.

My poor old table gets a lot of use because of that, the thing is literally starting to fall apart.
What else are you on this planet for!? Pool is a silly distraction.
  
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What else are you on this planet for!? Pool is a silly distraction.
Dead on.

The first night Dippy Dave arrived on the scene(that I know of) I was invited by SVB to go hangout and shoot a little at Sharks if I remember correctly. My son was in Vegas at a football camp and it just so happened that My son and Shane shared a ride together on top of the Stratosphere. We had a 8:00 am start to the last day of the football camp and I thought it was a bad idea to go meet up at the pool room even though I had a chance to hang with Shane himself. I chose family and even though it killed me I would not change the decision.

Shane went on and scored an immense amount of loot and the rest is history.Take care of the kids and you won't ever regret it.


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11-12-2019, 08:18 PM

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TK from FLA! A gift to the pool world!
Definitely "tour" worthy...$50 per ticket for 5 hours of Tommy's act...on video of course...and only $200 extra for the signed poster.

Another star is born..
  
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What else are you on this planet for!? Pool is a silly distraction.
Not for me, it was life saving For tens of thousands of years+ women have raised the children and gathered stuff, men hunted and fought and built stuff. Iím not saying itís got to be that way but it takes more than a few generations for that kind of genetic coding to change. I am ill suited to doing all this by myself though Iíve somehow managed for 5 years starting with a 2yo lol...potty training and everything. But it has not been the most pleasant experience. Maybe looking back it will be. In the meantime I take refuge on the pool table when I can. Thank you pool. And AZB.

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I just don't see a lot of people spending $50 to sit and watch guy make balls for 5 hours.
don't think of it as $50,...... think of it as only $10 per hour
  
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I've thought about this a bit, and maybe it isn't the worst thing. 10k is not a whole lot of money these days, and selling the rights to some God-awful, soulless corporation so they can hawk their silly wares may not appeal to him. Maybe he just wants to show the video to some folks that will appreciate it. He may not make a lot more, maybe even less, but the experience may be more rewarding to him. Or maybe he's thinking he can make more this way (which I think is silly).

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I'm sure there are more people that would appreciate watching it if they could do so from the comfort of their own home, and on their own time.

Making those that are interested drive to this location to watch the run is what makes this a terrible idea.
  
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