| I've never met Earl Strickland. From what I've seen of him on TSN, I don't think
| I care for him. I wathced him play Efren Reyes (sp?) about a month ago, and
| thought that the self-indulgent "U.S.A." chants and the "glad to be an
| american" speech were very insensitive and intended to irk his quiet
| and admirable-in-defeat opponent. I was secretly (now not so secretly) happy
| to find out that he lost his voice with his childish victory hoorah.
I know what you mean. That was childish, and very unsportsmanlike. He took a
good performance on the table and totally demeaned it by that idiotic chant.
As has been said many times, you can also be a 'bad winner'. What Strickland
did was very inexcusable, and when he *lost* to the *real* world champion ,
Takeshi Okamura in the semi-finals of the Peace World All Star Tournement made
me a little happier. Probably because the spectators at *that* event didn't
have to hear his idiotic chants. I mean c'mon this is POOL, *not* professional
wrestling. I liked Earl Strickland before this, now I have no respect for him
whatsoever. He is one of the reasons that so many people from abroad don't
 (The PBT players did not participate in the world title tournement, won by
Okamura, so they had their own championship, which Strickland won).
a.k.a. - Doc, Slim, Zeus, and one of the MANY resident idiots on alt.pinecone