Heads-up: 9-ball on TV today (Sunday) - 3 hours of the Challenge of Champions, 2 semis and the final

Heads-up: 9-ball on TV today (Sunday) - 3 hours of the Challenge of Champions, 2 semis and the final

Post by Erni » Tue, 11 Dec 2012 02:23:50


Heres a last minute heads-up regarding some top-level professional 9-ball you might like to watch or DVD-record this weekend for watching at a later time. One of the events pool cue manufacturing sponsors (OB low-deflection laminated shafts) announced this scheduling info on AZBilliards):

This Sunday, 12/09/12 the 2012 $25,000 winner-take-all International Challenge of Champions will be broadcast for the first time in HD on ESPN2. The venue, as always, (for the last 15 years) is the Mohegan Sun *** in Uncasville, Connecticut . The huge pressure of the winner-take-all format of this annual event often leads to some atypical misjudgments and misses on the part of pros, as well as some amazing shots, safeties, and position play to navigate each rack with the cameras on and potentially millions of ESPN viewers watching the taped eventual telecast.

-- First hour: At 2pm EST on ESPN2 (but cross-check for agreement with the local listing for the most accurate projected starting time here), the first Semi-Final will be shown between Shane Van Boening of the USA versus Jung Lin Chang of Taiwan.

-- Then at 3pm EST on ESPN2, the second Semi-Final (one hour) will be shown between Darren Appleton of the UK versus Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines.

-- Finally, at 4pm EST on ESPN2, the Final hour will be shown, where a champion will be crowned and will win the $25,000 winner-take-all check.

So, 3 consecutive hours of pro 9-ball if you care to either watch or record it on Sunday (if all goes as scheduled) -- as we know, with any of the ESPN channels, pool events are all too commonly and disappointingly replaced with dart throwing or some such, at the last minute. Likely all will go smoothly and as indicated above.

Ernie

 
 
 

Heads-up: 9-ball on TV today (Sunday) - 3 hours of the Challenge of Champions, 2 semis and the final

Post by Erni » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 03:26:58

Hope many of you got to watch or record these 3 hours of pro 9-ball (becoming increasingly scarce on TV).

Some of the position play was quite remarkable, especially the sink or swim multi-rail CB piloting thru dense traffic to a tiny window of opportunity on the next shot in the numerical sequence. *Long distance* precision moves that are much rarer in my usually-played 14.1 matches, and therefore entertaining to watch (to me anyway).

Ernie

 
 
 

Heads-up: 9-ball on TV today (Sunday) - 3 hours of the Challenge of Champions, 2 semis and the final

Post by pltrgys » Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:20:12


Quote:
> Hope many of you got to watch or record these 3 hours of pro 9-ball (becoming increasingly scarce on TV).

> Some of the position play was quite remarkable, especially the sink or swim multi-rail CB piloting thru dense traffic to a tiny window of opportunity on the next shot in the numerical sequence. *Long distance* precision moves that are much rarer in my usually-played 14.1 matches, and therefore entertaining to watch (to me anyway).

Yep, I recorded and watched all three hours after the football
(blessedly) ended. And the precision of the position play was
astounding, you're right. Perfection in shot-making is almost taken for
granted these days among the top pros.

Good to see no 9-ball game winners on the break. These guys are so good
with the one ball in the opposite side that they might as well play call
ball and pocket on every shot.

I'm surprised they haven't explicitly banned jump shots yet at that
tournament.

Hated that wide-angle camera shot along the head rail that made the
table look square, though. 8;)

Thanks for the pointer to the broadcasts.

-- Larry

 
 
 

Heads-up: 9-ball on TV today (Sunday) - 3 hours of the Challenge of Champions, 2 semis and the final

Post by Erni » Thu, 13 Dec 2012 02:23:10

Hated that wide-angle camera shot along the head rail that made the
table look square, though. 8;)
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I agree that those distant, wide-angle shots added only distortion and zero info.

Also, for years I've wondered why they continue to employ that useless pocket-cam thing; it adds nothing and worse, whenever they use it (which is many times during each match) you'd rather be seeing a visual of the player, his/her cueing motions, and the travel paths of both the CB and OB.

Only the sappiest non-players in the viewing audience would be e***d to be able pretend they're inside the pocket, watching a ball about to smash them in the face.

Ernie

 
 
 

Heads-up: 9-ball on TV today (Sunday) - 3 hours of the Challenge of Champions, 2 semis and the final

Post by John Blac » Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:43:56



Quote:
> useless pocket-cam thing

Not one person on earth thinks pocket cams are a good idea yet we still have them.  Quite a
mystery...

John Black

 
 
 

Heads-up: 9-ball on TV today (Sunday) - 3 hours of the Challenge of Champions, 2 semis and the final

Post by Mark » Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:46:28


Quote:
> Hated that wide-angle camera shot along the head rail that made the
> table look square, though. 8;)
> ------------------------------
> I agree that those distant, wide-angle shots added only distortion and zero
info.

> Also, for years I've wondered why they continue to employ that useless

pocket-cam thing; it adds
Quote:
> nothing and worse, whenever they use it (which is many times during each

match) you'd rather be
Quote:
> seeing a visual of the player, his/her cueing motions, and the travel paths

of both the CB and OB.
Quote:

> Only the sappiest non-players in the viewing audience would be e***d to be

able pretend they're
Quote:
> inside the pocket, watching a ball about to smash them in the face.

> Ernie

Thanks Ernie.  I don't suppose you know when it will be rebroadcast (since
I didn't see this til Monday)...

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Heads-up: 9-ball on TV today (Sunday) - 3 hours of the Challenge of Champions, 2 semis and the final

Post by Erni » Fri, 14 Dec 2012 03:33:25

Mark,

Theyll definitely re-broadcast it and Ill post the re-run time and date if I spot it in my local papers guide in time.  For even more advance notice, from time to time during the next 2 months or so, just contact Shane Sinnott (sales & marketing director for OB Cues -- one of the C of Cs sponsors).  Heres his contact info:

Shane Sinnott
Sales & Marketing Director
OB Cues
Toll Free: 877.399.9901

Ernie

 
 
 

Heads-up: 9-ball on TV today (Sunday) - 3 hours of the Challenge of Champions, 2 semis and the final

Post by Mark » Wed, 19 Dec 2012 02:57:33


Quote:
> Mark,

> Theyll definitely re-broadcast it and Ill post the re-run time and date if

I spot it in my local
Quote:
> papers guide in time.  For even more advance notice, from time to time

during the next 2 months or
Quote:
> so, just contact Shane Sinnott (sales & marketing director for OB Cues --

one of the C of Cs

Quote:
> sponsors).  Heres his contact info:

> Shane Sinnott
> Sales & Marketing Director
> OB Cues
> Toll Free: 877.399.9901

> Ernie

Thanks Ernie

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