After much repartee, I can say that John has more class than those who despised him for setting a record. John congratulated. A lot of others seethed and called him names. I think John is on the good side of this.
All the best,
Hear, hear. I agree.
Of course, I would NEVER take anything away from Jayson Shaw's run of 714 balls. It's magnificent. And the pool room owner, Deon Chapman of Street Lights Billiard Academy, is a stand-up guy. I have been watching him from afar for a year or two and appreciate the effort he's putting into pool in my neck of the woods. I also admire his passion for pool.
The politics, if I may use that word, that occurred before the 14.1 exhibition began is what is disconcerting. The mean-spirited back-and-forth colloquy that transpired on social media was unfortunate. It put a stain on the recent exhibition, not for 14.1 enthusiasts, though. In that regard, it was a good thing for sure.
I've stayed away from the threads about this topic because most of them are flame threads now, and I don't want to fan the fire. But I thought I'd just share my opinion here as a virtual railbird who's been around pool for a long time, knows the many games of pocket billiards as well as its players, past and present.
Thank you, Deon Chapman and Jayson Shaw, for your professionalism and brilliance.