I see dead balls
Call shot is stupid for anything but straight pool and banks. You don't need it in 8 ball, you don't need it in 9 ball and you don't need it for 10 ball.Exactly right. Josh Filler's match at the 2020 DCC Bigfoot with Lee Van Corteza was, arguably, decided by two fluked ten balls by Lee in the last few racks. Perhaps the rolls that cost Josh back then were paid back in spades today by the pool gods. Credit to Filler for acknowledging his good luck today and showing great sportsmanship in apologizing to Appleton and Boyes in the post-match interview, but as Albin Ouschan noted, that's nine ball.
Call shot was a factor in the death of the straight pool era. I always hated having to listen to the referee announce the shot, sometimes failing to even hear it, and even then the referee rarely announced the pocket. As bad as that was, straight pool on television was even worse.
Snooker is not call shot, and yes sometimes wild things happen, but so what? Mark Selby had a major fluke in the semifinals of the World Snooker Championships near the end that largely spelt the end of Bingham's chance to advance to the final. Luck is a significant part of every sport worth watching, and it's part of what makes us watch. Good efforts are often penalized and bad efforts are rewarded in sports. Good efforts will, on average offer better results, and that's good enough for me.
As a fan, if I watch nine ball, I know the shooter's intent on every shot, specifically to hit the lowest numbered ball and pocket something or gain a defensive result. Nobody needs to explain or announce anything. Texas Express rules are very fan friendly, and in my opinion, ten ball will never replace nine ball as the primary tournament rotation game unless it drops the call shot requirement.
To loosely quote Irving Crane, "you may not get half the rolls today, but over a pool lifetime, you'll get half the rolls and that's good enough."
Of course, I do understand that any time popular players are the victims of bad luck, the forum will rise up in favor of call shot, but call shot just doesn't work when it comes to streamed or televised pool. .
It takes away from the game rather than add to it.