JMuck said:I don't think shane should let up on anybody.Just negotiate the right game.Let-up is not part of Shanes vocabulary,nor should it be.
gopi-1 said:You're probably talking about Romy Salamin (glasses). I heard that lately he's
the favorite whipping boy of some of those local unknown shortstops there.
Just tell Shane to ease up a li'l bit and try to make it look like a coin flip and
I'm sure Romy will bug all of his backers that staked him at one time or
another to back him up against Shane for some high stakes action. EZ money!
JimS said:Evidently Shane is feeling better now and the foot is not a problem. Good news.
vin said:what happended to svb vs deluna?
jay helfert said:This field of 128 will be stronger than the U.S. Open field of 233. Fewer weak players and almost all are strong players. Again that is my opinion.
jay helfert said:Shane and Jeff got together at Bugsy's last night, but not before Shane got "hustled" again. We got there early and a young man challenged Shane to a game. So it was a quick little race to nine for 2,000p. Just one more young filipino who plays like God! Shane battles his way to a hard fought 9-7 win. There is no easy money in the Philippines. We find out this is Mike Feliciano, who only finished tied for 3rd-4th in the recent Pacman Invitational. 19 or 20 years old and plays high speed 9-Ball. He could cut a swath across the USA!
DeLuna bounces in, full of vim and vigor. He is spunky to say the least, brimming with confidence and bravado. It's his home court, and everyone loves him here. He is greeted all around by his buddies. Shane ignores all this and continues to hit balls. The kid's a PRO!
They agree to play a Race To 21 Ten Ball for $2,000. Mika and Corey take a piece also. Bugsy is Jeff's stakehorse and all he needs. Perry Mariano (Bugsy) is a well respected member of the Philippine pool scene. Even Yen Makabenta makes an appearance here to watch the festivities. DeLuna has a thunderous break, maybe the srongest in pool today. He makes the Ten Ball rack look like 9-Ball on a bar table. But every so often the cue ball gets away, and scratches. Shane is steadier and they both play very good for the first half of the match. Only one or two errors on a super tight (tighter than the tournament tables) Brunswick Metro. Both men are firing balls in from everywhere. It's an impressive display of power pool.
Over here, a "referee" works the money matches, racking balls, calling hits, and marking balls that have been moved. With the score Shane 15, Jeff 9, Shane misses a thin cut on the two ball. Jeff must have thought it was a bad hit, because he picks up the cue ball and takes ball in hand and makes the two. "What" Shane says? He didn't foul! All of us watching saw that it was a good hit. Even the ref, none other than Mike Feliciano appears confused. I jump up and ask the ref what just happened. I ask him if there was a foul. He shakes his head. He knows there was no foul, and so does everyone else. I ask him to make the call, and he hands the cue ball to Shane. Shane runs out for a 16-9 lead.
I approach Yen and Bugsy and tell them I do not want to get involved in the match, but it must be fair for both players. They agree and the match continues. The match gets ragged after this, and both players make numerous errors. They trade games and Shane wins 21-13. It's over for the night, a three hour match. It's 1:30 AM and I have to report for work at 10 AM. We're outa there!
Before we leave, Bugsys asks me if Shane wants to play Gabica tomorrow night. I check with Shane, and naturally he says yes. He is ready to play anyone, even Godzilla. Gotta get back to work. More later.