CJ Wiley: These men were far from idiots, they just had the courage to gamble, back then men had heart, these days it's much different.
That’s some funny stuff right there.
So what, it’s hard to get a good money game these days? If a man is willing to risk a dishonest dollar, he’s a warrior?
What an enlightened view. Please, teach me how to flow like water, Oh Great Funky Buddha.
Remember the "Bronx Tale Movie- " It's the working man who is the REAL tough guy" Why does the number 25 ranked guy in golf still make $1Million a year- Just because pool made way too much out of the stuff CJ is talking about. Yes gambling existed and still does in golf - but too many people in pool "worshipped" the betting game and the whole lifestyle associated with it- to the point that corporate America and the TV world eventually ran for the hills away from the game. Pool had its opportunity 1961 to 65 and again 86 to 94 and both times they blew it.
Brunswick and a few other companies did their best, but I think their approach was too "immediate profit " motivated. They, perhaps should have done more to create pool schools and draw in the youth of America into the game in the correct venues. Yes, they did try the "Family" pool room approach- but it was far too limited. Their approach was to sell tables and the like to the masses; without really helping building back the game from the ground up- I understand the forces of profit vs. education.
Far too may people drawn to the game in the 60s and 80s walked into pool rooms feeling they were in a shark tank instead of a true recreational venue. Yes, it was "cool", it was "macho" , but in the end, as I reflect on my own young days in pool rooms in the 60s and again in the 80s- early 90s - entering a pool room was all about survival and status - most of the young teens hanging out in pool rooms were the same punks you tried to avoid in the school yard- and the room owners did little to discourage this. You had to learn to meet the challenge with your cue stick on the table instead of your fists - but most just left the venue totally intimidated- few returned.
Pool could be sharing the sports pages and TV time with other sports today, I firmly believe this; but the forces that were in charge missed/ignored/ Chose/ NOT to rebuild a grand game- but to just profit from it as quickly as possible- we are all to blame- sadly.