> I can imagine wanting to push out and hit the LNB, but I don't see any
> reason you'd want to pocket it. I realize you didn't say it was
> desirable, but I just thought I'd throw this out and see if anyone
> could come up with a reason why you'd want to call push out and shoot
> the LNB in
We have discussed this issue over the years here in RSB, and so far
no one has given a general situation in which it is clear that it is
the best option. There are some situations in which it seems to be
a reasonable choice, but no better than other choices in the same
situation. Remember with a push out, the shooter can never gain a
real advantage over an equally skilled opponent; the best he can do,
with a "perfect" push out is leave a 50/50 situation that offers
neither him nor his opponent an advantage.
>rather than call safe and shoot the LNB in.
This part can be answered however. In 9-ball, there are no called
safeties. You can never shoot in a ball (legally) and force your
opponent to shoot next from that position.
$.02 -Ron Shepard