I'd call Parica the best "ten ahead race" player of the entire nine-ball era. Awfully few were willing to try their luck against him, and he'd give spots to stone cold champions.All praise Jose Parica. I remember when this guy was an absolute monster. Afraid of nobody and even beat Efren 6 times in a row in tournaments. The first of the Pilipino invasion and one of the best ever.
But for a couple of missed opportunities Jose could have won that match. Amazing play from a man about to turn 73 years young.72 year old Jose Parica turned in a remarkably strong performance against Oscar. He lost by 2 or 3 games, but damn that was strong for someone his age.
That is one of the very cool things about pro pool- you can see different generations directly compete against each other.72 year old Jose Parica turned in a remarkably strong performance against Oscar. He lost by 2 or 3 games, but damn that was strong for someone his age.
I've been a Big Ko fan for a long time now, since I first saw him in Vegas invitational I think... definitely a threat at every tourney he plays.I find myself rooting hard for the Taiwanese players and this is new territory for me. I've always admired their play, but don't often find myself cheering for them. Guess I'm just so glad to see them back in competition.
Let's see if two years away from competition will slow them down or whether they can reproduce the excellence with which they've always been associated. Few would question that Ko Pin Yi and JL Chang are among the top ten players in the world, but are they ready to prevail over a tough field like this one? I'm guessing not, but what a story it would be if one of them rose to the occasion.