Grady Matthew's passed through town and played in our neighboring pool hall:
Bayou Billiards formerly known as Mugsy's, owned by Jim "Flyboy" Spears and
home to Wade Crane. Grady gave me some one pocket tips while in town and is
a very gracious guy for those of you who get a chance to talk with him. He
talked a little about his NEW BOOK that he is writing and ALMOST COMPLETE.
It will illuminate the life, travels and escapades of one of pool's biggest
living legends. You will enjoy reading it if you like the stories about
*** and pool in general. He is quite the story teller as many of you
already know. "Ask him about his second wife".
First: Bo Chavez (King Kong of LA fame & Hard Times) "He breaks the balls
like King Kong"
What in the world was he doing down in Bayou Country?
Second Place: Rafael Martinez
Grady Matthew's played really well and was the only person to beat King Kong
sending KK to the losers side where he came out busting the balls like, well
like King Kong and fought back to the winners bracket and beat Rafael two
matches in a row to take home the cash. He came in the money. I just don't
know what place as I was in action while he was playing. I think third or
fourth but am not sure.
I liked Chavez (and it is pronounced like the Cha in Cha Cha) talked and
practiced with him. He beat a friend of mine out of a couple a hundred
bucks playing nine ball and one pocket. After practicing with him for a
while and speaking a little conversational Espanol with him. He laughed
when he heard the Spanish that I knew. I believe it is the only time I saw
him smile the whole tournament. These champions (including Rafael M) wear
"The Death Mask" as these tournaments. Chavez had a tough time with Grady
as Grady was playing very well and he (Kink Kong) complained about the
referee several times. Miscellaneous stuff, no need to mention, nothing
terribly bad.....He just wasn't in the groove for Grady's match. It may
have had something to do with how well Grady was playing;-)
Anyway, I figured since I practiced my heart out with King Kong, he might be
willing to give me a few tips on how to improve my game. As you would
expect, he looked at me like he did not understand what I had asked and
tried to avoid the question. He said, "You play real gooood, man". I would
have no part of that. He was going to have to tell me how to improve me
game or he was going to have to tell me that he couldn't or wouldn't help
me. His pride got the best of him and after I asked him for the third or
fourth time, he realized that I as going to take that YPRGM answer and he
said, "You got to play a little better position, you get out of line too
much, not bad but you got to stay more in line, man". I knew that but am
glad he told me because I know that is an area I am working on.
BTW, I won two matches and lost two matches. The last match was to a young
lady of about 25 years of age. She is a local pupil of Wade Crane and
played rather well. She beat a few other guys. And don't give me any heat
Doug. She can beat you head up for the cash. At least I had to spot her
two games on the wire in a race to nine. (She played well even without the
But getting back to the finals, King Kong in the quarter finals was looking
a little haggard and I thought we had lost him to the Netherworld. When he
got to the finals he looked like a machine almost RUNNING from shot to shot.
He apparently had a little reserve in his tank for Rafael (who played
exceptionally well the entire two day tournament.
Other visitors were Scotty Townsend (lucky SOB) beat me 9-6 in my first
match. The score really should have been the other way around as I gave him
the first three games, throwing the first game right in his lap. Both the
second and third games, after running the first seven balls of each rack, I
got STRAIGHT in on the eight (both games) with the nine ball at the other
end of the table and tried to force two shots that you just can't force on
Pro Cut Diamond tables. Cue in hand both times for Scotty. 3-0 to start
off. No fun. It got better and so will I.
Jim Spears (Flyboy) didn't play his best matches. Jack Cooney was there but
I didn't see him play.
Rico Pena of HOuston TX was in action the whole time with other locals.
High rolling Humphrey donated his bread while Casey Kilian decided not to
grace us with his play. He did come for a little one pocket action of which
he got all he could handle from an old man 76 years old.
No big jelly bean matches until today. I have to work and now I have to go