Just got back from Valley Forge. Unfortunately, I didn't have an
extra phone line, so I couldn't post this weekend. I suppose I
could've went out and bought one, but I didn't have the time.
I got a reality check on what other pool lover's level of pool
fanaticism is. Sometimes I assume everyone knows every pro player's,
cuemaker's, table manufacturer's, casemaker's name. They don't.
I met a guy who knew nothing of the WPBA and their players, though the
tournament was happening within breathing distance. Ironically, he
was playing in the tournament for the Association of POOL, an
organization that *I* have never heard of.
I bought one of the Jacksonville Project tapes off of Jim Buss. When
people asked me what tape I bought, I'd just answer "the Jacksonville
Tape". Blank stares were common. Why would they know?
I met many RSBers including Ken "Chicken Wing" Bour. Ken's enthusiasm
for the Happy Hopper jump stick almost matched my enthusiasm for
Gerda Hofstatter's Sunday matches. Ken must have thought I was a real
whacko; I am whacko, Ken.
Speaking of jump cues, I think I may have to reevaluate my position on
those ***s. I saw "the Dart", a short fat shaft with a 4" or so
handle. Total length was probably less than 30". Little children
could jump with this thing. Many of the WPBA players use it or the
Frog. In one of the televised matches, Gerda jumped over a ball that
couldn't have been 1" away with a Dart-like cue. Karen Corr used a
snooker-style bridge stoke with hers, and used it very well.
After looking at some of those fine cues (Wayne, Samsara, Dishaw,
Pechauer, Black, etc., etc.,) I just want to burn my sticks.
John Collins was extremely enthusiastic about his product. You sold
me John. I'm going to buy one of yours.
I can't begin to describe how amazing the women played on Sunday. The
earlier rounds on Saturday were a bit of a snoozer at times, but they
brought the whole package on Sunday. You talk about runouts, I don't
thing Jeannette or Gerda missed a ball in their set. Allison had 3
break and runs in the finals; Gerda had a double against Lee, and
closed out Corr with a double. Who says multiples are "rare"?
Ken Bour and I were in direct line with the ESPN cameras, so maybe
we'll get to be TV stars for a few minutes.
To all the others I met, I'm sorry I didn't hang and chat. I had a TV