The end of pool on TV?

Black-Balled

He Rides the Skies
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We all know that you never see any cue sports on TV in the US. But the fact that pool will NOT be shown on the major networks was driven home a week or so ago: for two consecutive nights the collegiate cornhole...yes corn-effing-hole...was on ESPN.

My dvr shows quite a bit of current men's pool coming in the short term future.

Perhaps it is your provider that is failing you?

And network tv as it used to be known is dead. In 5yr, such comments will likely be as warrantless and complaints about pay phones being dirty.
 

Black-Balled

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This isn't the first thread started by people getting worked up that cornhole is on ESPN and pool isn't.

ESPN has also had E-league, Madden, paintball, competitive eating, bowling trick shots (in case regular bowling just doesn't do it for you), dog agility, and probably a dozen other one-off events.

V.

Thank you...that speaks to the point that pool has outlasted all those games-of-the-day.
 

Nostroke

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But doesn't that describe Babe Ruth???

Right on Pete, i was trying to think of one myself - I knew it was out there but my brain couldn't bring it home. Post of the year as far as I'm concerned
 

flyrv9

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I saw that cornhole championship in the schedule too. Turns out to be a fancy version of a bean bag toss that was popular at kids birthday parties. Who knew! At least it wasn't a bad prison movie! I guess most pool is on-line these days.
 

jay helfert

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I do to. How can pool be called a sport when an overweight, out-of-shape, beer-guzzling, cigar smoking man can (and has) been successful at it? :wink:

Maniac

You could also be describing Golf! There are plenty of overweight and out of shape pro golfers. John Daly comes to mind first and he's still making a good living on the Senior Tour.
 

skip100

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It's easy to make fun of cornhole but the American Cornhole Association's web site is more useful and professional than anything in the pool world.

http://americancornhole.com/

Meanwhile the WPA web site looks like a foreign scam. Which I suppose it is.
 

jay helfert

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I saw that cornhole championship in the schedule too. Turns out to be a fancy version of a bean bag toss that was popular at kids birthday parties. Who knew! At least it wasn't a bad prison movie! I guess most pool is on-line these days.

There is an even bigger Cornhole Championship held nightly on Porn TV.
 

Maniac

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You could also be describing Golf! There are plenty of overweight and out of shape pro golfers. John Daly comes to mind first and he's still making a good living on the Senior Tour.

Yeah, but I don't consider golf to be a true sport. The pros have somebody carrying their equipment around, suggesting which club to use, what direction and mph the wind is coming from, and gives them the distance to the hole. Hell, the caddies are doing most of the work.

Then...the amateurs are riding from hole to hole on an electric children's toy. :grin:

Maniac (there are exceptions to every rule)
 

King T

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What?????

I do to. How can pool be called a sport when an overweight, out-of-shape, beer-guzzling, cigar smoking man can (and has) been successful at it? :wink:

Maniac

Babe Ruth and 30 other baseball players!! John Dailey and 30 other golfers!!!
Every other bowler!! Need more?
 

Maniac

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Babe Ruth and 30 other baseball players!! John Dailey and 30 other golfers!!!
Every other bowler!! Need more?

You call John Daly a successful golfer? What has he ever won really? Okay, long drive competitions in which his size more likely than not played to his advantage. ;) Babe Ruth, while uglier than a man's ass, was not (for the era) what you'd call fat nor out-of-shape.

And what 30 other golfers are you referring to? How successful were they? Bowlers??? Look at the past champions and you'll see that the bigger majority of them had normal builds...some even wiry.

I absolutely stand by my opinion that pool should not be considered a sport, nor bowling, nor golf, and many other games that utilize a ball of some kind. Just because a ball (or balls) are used doesn't qualify it as a sport. Last I checked Jacks was just a game.

Go ahead and compare your examples to football, basketball, baseball, hockey players, Olympic athletes and the like and see how they'd fare in a real athletic contest.

Hell...you probably think Curling is a sport! :D

Maniac (can a man have an opinion???)
 

greyghost

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You call John Daly a successful golfer? What has he ever won really? Okay, long drive competitions in which his size more likely than not played to his advantage. ;) Babe Ruth, while uglier than a man's ass, was not (for the era) what you'd call fat nor out-of-shape.



And what 30 other golfers are you referring to? How successful were they? Bowlers??? Look at the past champions and you'll see that the bigger majority of them had normal builds...some even wiry.



I absolutely stand by my opinion that pool should not be considered a sport, nor bowling, nor golf, and many other games that utilize a ball of some kind. Just because a ball (or balls) are used doesn't qualify it as a sport. Last I checked Jacks was just a game.



Go ahead and compare your examples to football, basketball, baseball, hockey players, Olympic athletes and the like and see how they'd fare in a real athletic contest.



Hell...you probably think Curling is a sport! :D



Maniac (can a man have an opinion???)



That’s all arbitrary....the athleticism required as is the mental aspects required in each. Each generally comes up with bullshit as to why theirs is more sporting. I’ve always though footballs was a crappy sport it’s extremely exclusive and they use an army of coaches to call everything. It’s a little silly compared to everything else. At the highest levels all of the participants are great at what they do and have put in great effort to get there.

Archery/shooting has been considered a sport for longer than anything mentioned....I’ll let that sink in and cap off my retort


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greyghost

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That’s all arbitrary....the athleticism required as is the mental aspects required in each. Each generally comes up with bullshit as to why theirs is more sporting. I’ve always though footballs was a crappy sport it’s extremely exclusive and they use an army of coaches to call everything. It’s a little silly compared to everything else. At the highest levels all of the participants are great at what they do and have put in great effort to get there.

Archery/shooting has been considered a sport for longer than anything mentioned....I’ll let that sink in and cap off my retort


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And if athleticism is the standard then everyone else can get in line behind the world #1 decathlete

Which means track and field is still king


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Maniac

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Which means track and field is still king

Track and field is the perfect example.

You can throw tennis in with that. It's one man versus another (or two ladies). No excuses. Best player wins. Rarely ever a bad judgement call from the referee. Long, hard sets played in the heat/sun. It's the real deal as far as sports go. You will never, EVER see a fat, out-of-shape person win any kind of serious tennis tournament.

I am not a fan of football either. Maybe 50 or so years ago when it was played by men with some big cahunas.

Sorry OP. Didn't intend to hijack.

Maniac (let's get back to the original topic of pool/tv)
 

KAP1976

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You call John Daly a successful golfer? What has he ever won really? Okay, long drive competitions in which his size more likely than not played to his advantage. ;) Babe Ruth, while uglier than a man's ass, was not (for the era) what you'd call fat nor out-of-shape.

And what 30 other golfers are you referring to? How successful were they? Bowlers??? Look at the past champions and you'll see that the bigger majority of them had normal builds...some even wiry.

I absolutely stand by my opinion that pool should not be considered a sport, nor bowling, nor golf, and many other games that utilize a ball of some kind. Just because a ball (or balls) are used doesn't qualify it as a sport. Last I checked Jacks was just a game.

Go ahead and compare your examples to football, basketball, baseball, hockey players, Olympic athletes and the like and see how they'd fare in a real athletic contest.

Hell...you probably think Curling is a sport! :D

Maniac (can a man have an opinion???)

John Daly won a PGA Championship and a British Open.
 

Dead Money

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My Name is Cornholio!:eek:

I watched some of the Cornhole on TV the other night and the crowd participating in that and watching it live looked a whole lot like the local pool hall crowd on league night to me. Some of them even had fancy shirts too! :grin:
 

jasonlaus

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Until professional pool has a governing body like golf has with the PGA Tour or tennis has with the USTA this is what it's gonna' be. These organizations set rules and regulations for the sport as well as market the events they organize and promote. The longer pool chooses to be a disorganized mess there won't be any television.

People love tennis and golf because of great shots - there are no great shots in pool - only safety's when a hard/great shot could be attempted, that makes it boring as hell to the average viewer.

Here comes the line of people saying "I love a great safety battle" Newsflash - it's boring as hell!

People understand great/hard shots, there is no excitement to average viewers in a safety.

This sport will never be on TV till it becomes exciting!
Jason
 
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