A New 14.1 stat or Not

topcat1953

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To me, 14.1 epitomizes the true nature of the Sport of Pocket Billiards. Particularly at the Championship level where matches are determined by who can attain 150 or 200 points first. With each ball counting as a point, that’s a lot of balls and very rarely does a player accumulate all of those points in one inning. So, over the course of any match played, whether it is a 50, 100 or 150 pointer, both participants will have their chance to execute their skills. Therefore, when a player is offered a turn at the table, there is always that possibility that the stars are aligned properly, the pool Gods have decided it is your time or more simply, the rolls are with you and you run out the game from the start. More likely, it will be a lot of time of hard practice and a good bit of talent in order to achieve such results.

In 14.1, there are three major statistics. Wins, Loses and Balls Per Inning (BPI). And when the smoke really clears, the only ones that really count is the Win or Lose.
But, for most of us, a stat that should be a huge part in gaging performance is the Incomplete Inning.

The Incomplete Inning occurs when an open or very makeable shot is missed thus ending an inning that quite obviously should have continued. Or when the table is open and position on open balls is thwarted by mistakenly snookering one’s self from any reasonable play, thus ending any chance of continuing the inning.

The Incomplete Inning can be defined as turning over the table when real scoring opportunities were still present.

Perhaps it is not a stat that should have any importance at all, but maybe it is a disease or an affliction of some sort. After all, the signs of the Incomplete Inning Syndrome (IIS) are easily spotted by sounds disbelief ("What?", "Did that really happen?", "I can't believe it.") or foul language or the banging of expensive woods against hard objects or the stomping of feet or even crying. Personally, I have even witnessed spitting in pockets which is a rare sign.

If Incomplete Inning Syndrome is a disease, it is probably incurable. At least, it seems that way for me. For no matter how many balls I run or how many victories I log, 90% of my significant scoring opportunities in 14.1 end with an Incomplete Inning as IIS raises it's ugly head.

Oh Dear Lord, how far could I have gone If, if, if ……………………………………………?
 
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