AzB Silver Member
The teenager who steamrolled Earl on that 10 footer is the son of one of the best, innovative, and probably the MOST trashed and maligned instructor, in the USA.Hmm. I would put Sky on the same level as those guys. I think it is close enough to be a pick 'em in most any format. Guys like Steyer, Thorpe, etc. may be a level below, but I think Sky has improved over the last couple of years to the point that he can play with anyone.
I am not so convinced that we don't have more strong young players, I just don't know that they are seriously pursuing pool. Maybe if the .gov supplemented them like many countries do, it would increase. Remember the teenager that steamrolled Earl on the 10 ft. table? Imagine if that kid had been playing 6-8 hours of pool all day everyday. No telling how good he would be. I bet there are tons more in a country the size of the US...
The teenager's father/instructor was beaten up on so badly and ridiculed here so often that he left this website in disgust.
Such is the case with this game here in the USA where the "wise ole birds" still wallow in the past about Johnston City, Mosconi, "Fast Eddie", and how many marks Titanic Thompson pushed over.
There is hope, however. Those "wise ole birds" are dying out, one after another. And the youth could care less.
So if they (the youth) catch a gear like those Asians have done, and learn the game the right way through correct, disciplined, training, I believe the USA can produce top action players also.
Those, however, who continue to live in the past are condemned to repeat it.