I just got home from all day of straight pool action. The 11:30 match between
Allen Hopkins and Jack Colavita finished at 3:32 am. I watched almost every
shot, due to the fact that he was one of Fred and My horses. (Some of you may
know that Fred Agnir and myself are Calcutta gurus, more on that later) Anyway
this match started with a 51 to -9 (yup that's a negative nine) score with my
man Jack out in front. Well 2 ? hours later it was 65 - 53 Hopkins. This was a
real safety war, I am going to have nightmares about it so I will switch gears.
The best pool all day was played by Jose Garcia, I know some of you are saying
who??? But mark my words this man can play and he will be near the top at the
end. I predict he plays on Sunday. The best Match of the day was Jose vs Ginky.
Ginky wins a close lag and Jose breaks, not a good break he flies the 1 ball
out of the rack and near the corner pocket but he does leave Ginky on the top
rail. I figure this is trouble Ginky can sink the almost straight in 1 ball.
Ginky misses the one and Jose goes on to run a beautiful 99 balls, this would
put most people in a coma after sitting in his chair watching for an hour Ginky
gets up and with the poise of a 25 year veteran he starts to pick the racks
apart. 112 balls later Ginky misses and Jose gets his next chance, after 1
inning of play the score is 99-112 Ginky. Some bad rolls and safeties later
and the score is Ginky 131 and Jose on his way to victory with 140 and 7 balls
on a pretty open table. Jose gets a bad break when the last 2 balls freeze up,
he leaves Ginky a tough shot all the way up table off the rail with a near
impossible break ball in the kitchen. Ginky misses the shot and Jose makes it
and gets the angle needed to try the full table break shot. (at this point I
lean over to my friend and say I would call safe and make it, leave Ginky in
the middle of the top rail shooting at a full rack.) Ginky needs 31 Jose needs
3, Jose hits the perfect shot and the cue runs right down the side of the rack
breaking it wide open and goes dead into the corner pocket. Ginky runs 31 game
over. One of the best games I have ever had the privilege of watching, they
both had chances down the stretch and the crowd where all into it. Mully this
ones for you, THE HIGH RUN OF THE DAY 130 by one Earl "the pearl" Strickland
minus the stache. He missed an easy ball for 131 and the apparent out, a $1000
cash prize goes to the high run of this event. I will be there all day on Sat.
and Sun. I will report back one match I look forward to is a winner side match
between Grady and the MIZ, let's all pull for Grady. Another good matchup will
be Ginky and Hopkins, only 8 guys left on the winners side the 4 mentioned***
Lane and Mika Immonen and 2 I forgot, sorry guys.
JIM?-Not the best reporter, what do you expect I have a plate in my head??