When the issue is what play to call in a particular 4th down situation, it's unreasonable to respond with 'long pass on 3rd down.'
That's what some do when they suggest a traditional race match format and ALSO a pro tournament series with $25K added events.
Here is something we can say with confidence about 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 --and this goes on for several decades: Despite creating a pro tour with traditional match format being obvious and up for grabs with no competition, nobody did it--not Predator; not CSI; not Kamui; not Simonis; not APA; not Cuetec; not Matchroom; not BCA; not accustats, not some expanding regional organization, not FargoRate, not anybody. So when somebody belly's up to the table and does something in the first time in whenever, it is unreasonable to say they should be doing the thing they--and everybody else--clearly have no inclination to do.
Stand around for a bit and listen to these league players popping over.
"I heard someone say he's a Russian champion."
"Really! What's his name?"
At this point if it 3-1 in a race to 7, they watch a few shots and move on. But if winning this game means the other guy MUST win a race to 4 to stay alive, they stick around and maybe learn the opponent's name is Mario He, and he is from Austria.
This is what progress looks like. Forget this "general public" nonsense. Forget attracting the interest of that person who has "heard of the Black Widow." Our crisis is we--diehards who read AZ Billiards and know the players--are too small a group. The low-lying fruit is the many players who have strung a couple 8-Ball racks together, who gamble locally playing 9-Ball and play two-way shots, and yet who would not recognize Oscar Dominguez and have never heard of Josh Roberts or Jeremy Sossei. The next time these people see Ruslan, they will remember him and have a little extra interest. If we can take THESE people and nudge their interest, the next crowd of players one step below these people nudge up to where these guys used to be.
The first of these events, in Arizona, had I think 48 players with 11 from the world top 100 and 8 from US top 60. This one, last week in Ohio, had 60 players with 17 from world top 100 and 10 from US top 60.
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