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well judging by photos and videos of mosconi, he looks mean, he looks sinister, and he looks like he would never lose and might kill you if you beat him
And he also said they were terrible but He was getting paid. When you have talent like earl you can play with trash and still be championEarl played the best pool of his life with a $100 white cuetec. There was speculation that he used special shafts (SW, etc)...but no, they were your basic cuetec shafts, which at that time are NOT what they are today. They were horrible. Earl bbq'd the world during that era. All you need is a cue/shaft you like, and your tip. As Ronnie O' Sullivan says...you can get used to any cue - the TIP is everything. Earl says he uses old elkmasters that he has saved for years and years.
And Earl is a nice guy and one of the best pool players of all time. Nobody has a complaint about him when he's away from the table. I know, I spent 3 days watching him interact with folks and signing autographs. Everyone loved the guy. Even folks that didn't still wanted his autograph. Why is that you suppose?Willie Mosconi was a class act, great ambassador.
Earl can play pool, but is no Mosconi, or Scott Lee.
Yes, when I first met him, I was a bit disappointed he wasn‘t exactly the ‘image’ I had grown up with (billiards ambassador/worlds greatest champion/humble Brunswick rep./etc.). In 30 seconds it was obvious…this is a guy that REALLY can’t stand to lose!And Earl is a nice guy and one of the best pool players of all time. Nobody has a complaint about him when he's away from the table. I know, I spent 3 days watching him interact with folks and signing autographs. Everyone loved the guy. Even folks that didn't still wanted his autograph. Why is that you suppose?
And for "class acts": I remember my father taking me to see Mosconi play an exhibition match in Hillside, NJ. I was very disappointed because all he did was complain and act like an idiot. He was really the biggest crybaby I’ve every seen in my life. He was really bad for the game, he really turned me off to the image of what I was coming to see. He was playing a young kid at the time, and he wouldn’t play an old kid, in fact, some boy he was playing in NY ran 40 some off the break and he walked out of the joint and said, ‘People are here to see me play, not you’. I just didn’t really care for his attitude and it really turned me off to pro players at the time - Alan Hopkins
And yet, you hold Mosconi on some pedestal. Sounds like Earl and your "hero" have a lot more in common than world championships. I still think Mosconi as the best player of all time, it changes nothing about it. Not like he was a Barry Bonds or wife beater lol
“AFTER”? Hah.I feel sorry for Earl. He reminds me of another savant, Bobby Fischer, Chess champion. they both went a little nuts after dropping from the worlds` elite.
Where is this interview or link to it?
He doesn't say what it is. No telling what he shows up with.Earl Strickland believes Team Europe should fear his Mosconi Cup return at Alexandra Palace, London, December 7-10 with the nine-time winner not caring what his counterparts think of him. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE The Pearl became USA captain Jeremy Jones’ first wild card pick joining Skyler...matchroompool.com
Imagine him showing up with one of those old cues with the liquid in the butt and floating balls in it, LEDs shining proudly. This would be the biggest move ever if he could pull off the win. Imagine the opponents reaction.He doesn't say what it is. No telling what he shows up with.