how are ya'll doing in league ?

surffisher2a

AzB Silver Member
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I don't understand the people who are higher SLs in 8 ball than 9 ball. But I know a few. The oddest are the established 8 ball SL7s who are SL 6s in 9 ball. Although from what I can tell, it's often guys who have been playing APA 8 ball for 20 years and only recently picked up 9 ball and perhaps still don't understand 9 ball pattern play.

We have a few of those in our league, even one on my team. Most of them are newer players who's skill level just hasn't really hasn't caught figured them out. All of them are borderline between the next skill levels. We do have some "lifers" that are a 4 in 9 ball and a 3 in 8 ball. I typically find these are the ones who just hit the ball way too hard and get lucky in 9 ball, or they are coached to play safe instead of take high risk shots (like most lower skill levels will do). So in the end, the opponent gives up ball in hand and they get straight in shots to artificially get balls down and decrease the needed innings to win. In 8 ball hitting them hard is really a detrimate to their game because it moves their balls away from the pockets and its a lot harder to get ball in hand because the opponent has more options to hit on the table.
 

Texas Carom Club

pool is stupid and i hate all of you
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I been stinking it up on bca
Both my teams keep losing to the very lowest ranked teams

Me, last two weeks 3-8 and 4-8
Last night was especially frustrating when we have to give up 7 points a rnd, and they have a 280 that plays a nice a Carom shot and controlled as hell cut shot with the bridge to get right on the 8
I don't know why this fker plays lights out on me every time and shits away his other games, cause I'm watching him .

One of my team mates from another team said, I always have to get out of the rack, cause who ever I'm playing is gonna run the table on me because I'm so good

And I experience this alot, lots of 300s low 400s just running 7ball outs, making banks with position, etc

That's what it must be, I'm So good everyone wants to beat me 😂 🤷

I mean nothing else makes sense 😂
 

Texas Carom Club

pool is stupid and i hate all of you
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Seems like I play up to the people we think are better and as well play down the the players i think we should beat .
Its like went backwards mentally at some point
 

Justaneng

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Mixed bag this week in APA. As a 5/5, I played the same SL-6 (Fargo 528, robustness 242) in both 8-ball and 9-ball. He’s objectively better than me, but we end up matching up well and are similar “style” players, in that we both know what we’re doing much better than we do it, and a loss of inning is more often due to a failure to execute more than a bad decision.

Shot first in 8-ball and lost 5-3, throwing out a perfectly good opportunity to win when i was on the hill by overrunning position on an easy shot. (At that point I would have had him outright 4-3).

Went last in 9-ball against that same SL-6. Their team has three sixes among a 5 and a handful of 3’s. They ran 6/6/5/3/3 against our 6/5/Hi-4/Lo-4/2. [yes, the skill gap between the 2 SL-4’s is enough to take note of].

With no converted bar bangers in the field, the games alternated between safety battles with the higher SL’s and 10 inning slug fests between the lower ones.

So, nearly 5 hours after kicking off our 8-ball match it’s 11:45pm and I’m back at the table for 9-ball. For the life of me I can’t make a 1/2 ball hit all game, but razor thin cut….no problem. Our team’s scorekeeper is also driving me insane by being on her phone the whole time, but it’s the captain’s wife so I don’t say anything. We get stuck having to pause a good 3-5 minutes between racks to line the score up.

Well, I guess he was feeling that same frustration and starts missing some balls and letting me back in the match. I eventually limp out with a nearly 1:00AM win, 38-37 and am back at a .500 record in 9-ball this session.
 

BlueRaider

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Mixed bag this week in APA. As a 5/5, I played the same SL-6 (Fargo 528, robustness 242) in both 8-ball and 9-ball. He’s objectively better than me, but we end up matching up well and are similar “style” players, in that we both know what we’re doing much better than we do it, and a loss of inning is more often due to a failure to execute more than a bad decision.

Shot first in 8-ball and lost 5-3, throwing out a perfectly good opportunity to win when i was on the hill by overrunning position on an easy shot. (At that point I would have had him outright 4-3).

Went last in 9-ball against that same SL-6. Their team has three sixes among a 5 and a handful of 3’s. They ran 6/6/5/3/3 against our 6/5/Hi-4/Lo-4/2. [yes, the skill gap between the 2 SL-4’s is enough to take note of].

With no converted bar bangers in the field, the games alternated between safety battles with the higher SL’s and 10 inning slug fests between the lower ones.

So, nearly 5 hours after kicking off our 8-ball match it’s 11:45pm and I’m back at the table for 9-ball. For the life of me I can’t make a 1/2 ball hit all game, but razor thin cut….no problem. Our team’s scorekeeper is also driving me insane by being on her phone the whole time, but it’s the captain’s wife so I don’t say anything. We get stuck having to pause a good 3-5 minutes between racks to line the score up.

Well, I guess he was feeling that same frustration and starts missing some balls and letting me back in the match. I eventually limp out with a nearly 1:00AM win, 38-37 and am back at a .500 record in 9-ball this session.
Fargo 528 is pretty strong for an SL 6. Especially in 9 ball.
 

lorider

AzB Silver Member
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I played in our 8 ball mvp tournamemt today. Won my first match 4-1. Lost my second match 4-1. Both were 4 -4 races. I played great the first match. Played lousy the second match. Gotta keep your foot on the gas in these single elimination tournaments.

Well like i always say in these tournaments. ....always next year. Just dont know how many more i got being 68 in a few weeks.
 

lorider

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No way am i going back to playing 3-4 nights a week but i just joined a singles division starting next saturday so that will make twice a week i am playing. Its double jeapordy also but no worrying about team handicaps or short of players darn near every week.

Just show up and play my match . i think i am going to enjoy this format a whole lot better than teams.
 

Willowbrook Wolfy

Your wushu is weak!
Well I just had my best league day since starting in the spring session. Took some advice on my stroke from other members and feeling a bit more confident than usual. I don’t even feel bad about losing my match. Just enjoyed playing.

Played a 5 in a 55-38 race. lost 38-43. The thing is I scratched on the break 4 times in a row. Actually 5, but got that 5th one back cause I scooped it right off the table. 😂 Plus I somehow managed to draw the CB across the table and into the other side pocket on a 1 foot shot with the 9 hanging. 🤷‍♂️

I think it’s karma biting me in the ass on breaks. Threw my breaker a couple weeks ago and broke it.

To top it off the guy I was playing just dropped to a 5 and already had a match this week that is going to up him to a 6 again. As Nickelback sang “Feelin Way Too Damn Good” today. Even tried to give a couple guys pointers. Wtf!?
 
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lorider

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Here is how the rest of the weekend went fellas.

After losing in the semi finals i decided to hang around and cheer the guy on who put me out . we have known each other since bcapl days and have always been pretty friendly. He lost. Hill - hill. I told him ...always next year and we had a good laugh.

I had been eyeing a predator cue for sale at the pool hall for at least 6 weeks or so. Like most of us i need another cue like i need another hole in my head but i bought it . 😆

Was talking to a guy who was waiting on his opponent for the singles division i mentioned in my last post that i just joined .

I asked him about shooting some while he waited on his opponent to show. so i could try out my new cue. He is a 5 also. And he said said sure. He won the first 2 racks and then i guess i got that cue dialed in and won the next 6 in a row before he said he had enough. 😆

In league last night i faced a pretty good 4 in 8 ball. I lost hill - hill by scratching on my last ball trying to get position on the 8. Well that now puts me at 7-2 for the session and hope i can still maintain first place in mvp.

Didnt play 9 since my 8 can now play after our new 5 dropped back to a 4.
 

lorider

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My first day in our new singles division and fellas i gotta say i am really digging this division.

No staying 5-6 hours as in team events
No worryimg about team mates not showing
No worrying about meeting handicap limit.

Just show up...play your opponemt in both 8 and 9 ball and leave as soon as you are done. Was headed back home after playing both matches in one hour and 15 minutes.

I won the lag in 8 ball and won 4-0 for a rackless match facing another 5 in a 4-4 race. Didnt play real great like the score might indicate. I just managed to pocket the 8 before he got on it every rack 😆.

Then we played 9 ball where i am a 6 and he is a 4 in a 46-31 race. I won the lag and was doing ok the first 2 racks. I was up 14 -6. 3rd rack i scratched and he ran 5 balls and i ran the rest. 4th rack i scratched and he ran 5 balls again and i ran out. My scratches was keeping him in the game so i changed my break location. Didnt scratch...dry broke and left him straight in on the one. Well hell. Managed to pull out a win 46.28. My first 9 ball win this session after losing 5 in a row.

So....i mentioned before that i cut back playing from 3-4 nights a week to just one night. So i gave in and decided to play singles cause i knew i would really like it. So thats now 2 days a week.

Well.... While at the pool hall i was asked to join the new bcapl league that just started up. I didnt say no...i said hell no ...i am not going back to playing 3 times a week. . after conversing back and forth for about 20 minutes i finally agreed to play for him on friday nights. .

Several factors changed my mind.

1. Does not start till 8.00 so no rush from work to the pool hall like apa's 6.30 starting time.

2. Does not matter how late it ends because i dont work on saturdays.

3. 3 man teams so league will not last as long as apa 5 man teams. Or it should not anyways.

4. Handicapped umder fargo rate.
 

Willowbrook Wolfy

Your wushu is weak!
Had a pool movie moment this afternoon in league.

I don’t know what happened at league today. But after he broke and missed, my captain started on me that I talk too much crap while we were practicing. I wasn’t talking crap though. So while he’s saying something like “show me” or something like that I proceed to shoot my 2 ball down the long rail and draw into the 8 3 cluster that needed to be broke up while looking at his ass. Then asked him if it went in. 😂 lol. After that I proceeded to run out the table and left the 8 in the pocket. I think that pissed him off more.

Still don’t know what pissed the dude off to start. It’s a head scratcher today from league. He was the only one talking crap.
 
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lorider

AzB Silver Member
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Last night was one od those nights that make me want to hate going to league.

2 hours before start time i get a text from one of my players that him amd his buddy will not make it.

Annhour drom start time i get a text from another player saying ahe was not goimg to make it.
Damn...3 players not ahowing leaves only 3 players....hopefully.

When i get there i see the other 2 did make it.

So....being bent out of shape about being short handed is not conducive to playing decent pool..

Lost 8 ball 5 -1 in a 5-4race vs a 6.

Lost 9 ball 55-36 in a 55- 46 race vs a 7.

Looking forward to my first night in bcapl this week. Bcapl was the first league i played....which was about 15 years ago.
 

Texas Carom Club

pool is stupid and i hate all of you
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crazy been doing so bad on bca, thursday a 300 had a table run on me :rolleyes: which isfunny cause i have a 330 who cant play position from one ball to the next

but apa im beating the 6s that usually beat me
and i played pretty well in a apa tournament losing only to 1 and 2nd place players that are 7s, one i took to the hill, the guy who won actually,

go figure,
im feeling my carbon shaft more now, trusting my aim and ability shooting with more confidence and using the psr more often than before
 

Zerksies

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I would be kind of interested in joining a league, but I'm not interested in a team. Is there a singles league? I was in the APA about 20 years ago. I was a 7 in 8-ball and a 9 in 9-ball. I checked in the APA and I didn't see anything and I don't show up in the database either.
 

lorider

AzB Silver Member
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I would be kind of interested in joining a league, but I'm not interested in a team. Is there a singles league? I was in the APA about 20 years ago. I was a 7 in 8-ball and a 9 in 9-ball. I checked in the APA and I didn't see anything and I don't show up in the database either.

Sadly you have to play on at least one team and get a minumum of 6 matches a session to be eligible for either singles or masters.

Do i have to be on a team in order to play singles is the first thing i asked lol..
 

lorider

AzB Silver Member
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crazy been doing so bad on bca, thursday a 300 had a table run on me :rolleyes: which isfunny cause i have a 330 who cant play position from one ball to the next

but apa im beating the 6s that usually beat me
and i played pretty well in a apa tournament losing only to 1 and 2nd place players that are 7s, one i took to the hill, the guy who won actually,

go figure,
im feeling my carbon shaft more now, trusting my aim and ability shooting with more confidence and using the psr more often than before

One thing i learned about leagues

Anything is possible on any given night. I have a 3 that is like your 300. Can not run 2 balls in a row most nights.

But....had a break and run in 9 ball on a 9 foot table one night. Go figure.
 

Zerksies

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Sadly you have to play on at least one team and get a minumum of 6 matches a session to be eligible for either singles or masters.

Do i have to be on a team in order to play singles is the first thing i asked lol..
Cash games it is.
 

Texas Carom Club

pool is stupid and i hate all of you
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One thing i learned about leagues

Anything is possible on any given night. I have a 3 that is like your 300. Can not run 2 balls in a row most nights.

But....had a break and run in 9 ball on a 9 foot table one night. Go figure.
that same 300 that ran the table on me, beat a 600 on my team same night
hes not that good and his ass is grass next i play him but your right

we talked about it a few times after league, ive got a winning record over a 650 i play often in bca, but in straight pool hah its a joke the dudes a shooting machine no contest but i can get lucky in 8ball when he misses.

theres another 6 whos a team mate, who i always beat easy in apa 5-2 5-1
but hes got a few wins on me in bca, and has beaten a few of the other higher 6s in apa

its not all by the numbers, i think different styles compliment and also restrain other peoples styles. the leaves. anything can happen in any given one game your right, but its also not all about the numbers, also its out individual mentalities like i mentioned before. playing up to those we think are better and really wanna beat and playing down to those we regard as not good as we are lol. and those that just dont even think like that and just play, which is where im trying to get.

its just all around kinda funny
 

Justaneng

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I played the same SL-5 in 8 and 9 ball, won in 9-ball something like 38-25 on a combination of getting good rolls and making my shots. Lost 4-1 in 8 ball, combination of getting poor rolls and a few too many sell-outs on misses. I suppose it's a change of pace from my usual sell outs where I over run a short safety by 3 inches and leave a wide open shot.

The guy I played was an old-school bar type player. Banked and kicked like a champ but often sent the cue ball flying an extra few rails for no good reason knocking into stuff along the way.
 
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