I agree. His mental state impacts his game negatively.
Efren has been recognized as having incredible longevity. Playing at that high level at the age that he did.
I believe Earl could have done the same, maybe better - but so far he hasn't and isn't likely to. I don't attribute this to anything physical. All these contraptions he uses are in his head. It's his head game that's let him down. Not his arm. Even if he is suffering something physical, his stroke is still better than so many out there. In other words, he's got a "surplus" of stroke. It doesn't take that much stroke to win big.
But as you said, he can't let go. Once he is derailed, that's it. He can't let go like a pit bull on a pork chop won't let go. Fixated.
Doesn't matter. Earl does deserve a pass. He's earned it. No one will remember his antics recently. But they will remember his 5 time US Open wins and 3 time WPA wins....among all the others. He is the greatest 9 ball player of all time.
Besides, he does have an illness that he himself admits. While he shouldn't gain an advantage for that, pool world should be sympathetic. Unfortunately, the pool world is filled with scumbags.
Russ, the biggest change I've seen in Earl's game over the last ten years or so is that now he fails to get out quite frequently with open racks, either missing balls or getting way out of line, sometimes even hooking himself. He never strings racks anymore, like he used to do in his heyday. Bottom line, he is just not the player he once was, not even close. This has nothing to do with any rule changes and it has everything to do with his diminished skills. He went being from a dominant player to just another journeyman. I'm sure that may cause some frustration as well, knowing how vulnerable he is with every shortstop he comes up against.
Yeah, they even caught the a-hole's behavior on video from the match:
That is quite the professional. The best is the spineless ( I presume tournament director in the navy windbreaker?) who he keeps barking at to come over and shark the kid yet the guy does nothing about this fool's behavior.
Now lets see all his moronic defenders cry poor poor Earl :boring2::boring:
Point taken. I personally think, though, that Earl failing to get out as frequently has a lot more to do with his poor mindset than his failing ability. I've watched matches where it is obvious his concentration is lacking, and he lets slightly poor position get in his head. Both of these things are mental issues, and not physical.
I appreciate what you are saying Jay, but I think the part in red overstates the case. Here is Earl's record from January 2016 to now. He is performing at about 779-speed for this period. That is essentially US top 5 and almost world top 50.
We don't know what it's like being Earl ....do we......but what the hell we are all the spitting image of sportmanship,perfection and fair play here right....
As far as pool, few few no what it's like to be "anything" like Earl. Few have worked as hard and been so blessed with such abilities.
As far as his mental state, well, unfortunately that is the same case. Most have NO IDEA what it's like to have his condition AND FUNCTION NORMALLY in a private setting....... much less function on a WORLD STAGE.
I can relate because I happen to have a family member that suffers the very same illness.
ITS NO JOKE!!! it can and will destroy most that have it unless properly treated. Even then, it's an up hill battle.
For someone to be able to do what he does with his problems........ well, it's just mind boggling.
what does it mean that he "made a good hit and unsuccessfully pocketed a ball"?
I've seen Earl use a jump cue before and as you noted, he seemed reluctant but went ahead anyway.
My biggest issue is when a guy forfeits a match he is disregarding all who may have action on the match. It's grossly unfair to fans watching and anyone betting on it.