Well Mike, I loved your "Run Out" tape. Very entertaining, instructive
8 consecutive racks of 8 ball, 9 consecutive racks of 9 ball, and a 100
ball run in straight!
Surely a more impressive feat than Stricklands 10 racks of 9 ball for
which he earned a $million!
But on second viewing I had second thoughts. You did, after all, make
some (understandable) adjustments to the rules to speed things up:
1) In 8 ball & 9 ball you get to keep playing when no ball falls
on the break. (That happened on 8 racks)
2) In 9 ball, if you had no (or only a difficult) shot on the 1
ball, you got the cue ball in hand to start. As you said, After all,
were trying to learn something here. (That happened on 5 racks) I
guess safety play isnt "something" I need to learn.
3) In straight, you got to start the run with cue ball in hand
shooting at an ideal break shot next to the rack. (After that each rack
continues as is normal for 14.1, but see below for doubts about this).
According to the rules Earl had to follow, you really only ran 4 racks of
8 ball, and 3 racks of 9 ball.
But why quibble? You did whats reasonable, what with that camera man
standing around and all, to bring an otherwise impossible number of
CONSECUTIVE racks into the realm of statistical plausibility for a hall of
fame player like yourself.
But wait! Why did I assume they were CONSECUTIVE racks? You never
actually said they were consecutive. But I guess I assumed them to be
consecutive, because those video dissolves between racks labeled them
RACK 1, RACK 2, RACK 3 and so on. But maybe they were really racks 3,
5 and 9?? And surely in straight, to run 100 balls means to run them on
consecutive racks. But my doubts began to grow. So I watched the tape
I found two pieces of evidence to support my doubts:
1) After sinking a ball on the break in RACK 1 of 9 Ball, you sank none
on the break for RACK 2. But your next comment was None again!. But
this was the first time you broke without a ball falling! Or was there
another rack in between that was edited out of the tape??!
2) Look carefully at the break shot left at the end of RACK 3 in the 100
ball run. From where the camera is positioned, the line from the break
ball through the cue ball extends to the left of the far corner pocket.
But after the dissolve to begin RACK 4, that line extends about half a
diamond to the right of the corner pocket. Did you move the cue ball to
make a better break shot? Or did you***up on RACK 4 and start it over
Your fans want to know.