THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN POOL (LONG)

THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN POOL (LONG)

Post by Wendy & Joh » Mon, 26 Jan 2004 13:33:43


                  THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN POOL

                            January 25, 2004

I watched nearly every minute of the 9-day Derby City Classic BCTV

live internet broadcast.   It was almost better than being there.    

I had a front-row seat and a close-up view of world-class pool and

world-class pool players.    I had a better view than the spectators

jammed together trying to get horizontal glimpses of matches through

the shoulders of the crowd.   I didn't have to put up with the smokers

who freely ignored the non-smoking policy promised by the organizers.

I was up close, right over the table, seeing the layout before, during,

and after every shot and seeing the expressions on the faces of the

players.     I could adjust the sound to suit myself, and I could get

up to go to the bathroom without losing my seat.

Rob Sykora's Billiard Club BCTV video production was indeed a tour

de force.   It was the first time the entire event was televised and

it was a record-breaking crowd, but there were remarkably few

hitches in the presentation.     Commentator Mark Wilson has the

clear and pleasant voice of a professional announcer, and the

experience and knowledge of a professional pool player.   His fellow

commentator Danny Diliberto, besides being a great pool teacher,

is a great storyteller.  He is working on a book about his life.  This

will be the book to have.    These two commentators bounced

intelligent and humorous ideas off each other perfectly.    And  

occasional guest commentators helped alter the tempo and add

color and spice to the show.    

Next year I hope they put a third person in the commentator booth

who must view and hear the entire show on the internet.  He could

experience and respond to the same logon, connection, sound, or

video problems actually being encountered by viewers.    He could

see that mikes were turned off when personal matters were being

discussed in the booth.   He could tell the camera crew when a

camera was mis-aimed or not operating.    He could make sure that

an explanation was shown in the black BCTV viewer window when

nothing was being transmitted.

The commentators mentioned the sponsors often, but one-minute

demonstrations in the pit could better educate viewers who are not

familiar with the features of products such as Predator, Accu-Stats,

Limbsaver, Quick-Clean, Sardo Rack, or Diamond Tables.

On the floor, Carmine Sardo tirelessly racked the balls for hundreds

of games while Scott Smith announced tournament matches.  Scott

is ''Mister Tournament Director'' partly because of his experience

and friendly manner, and partly because his voice is crystal clear

when coming through even the worst sound systems.   That voice

should be insured.

I liked the roving camera on the floor visiting matches in progress,

interviewing players, interviewing spectators, and panning through

the crowd.   I would like more of that (more light,too).  The casual

dress code adopted by the participants was fine with me, because

I think the individuality expressed by players and spectators adds

to the fun of the sport.    If you ever saw Arkansas Calvin's stake

horse pulling huge wads of cash from the chest pocket of his bib

overalls then you have seen the dress code I like.

The special events were a visual feast.    Not only the terrific ring

games, but also the occasional trick shot demonstrations, nine-year

old pool whiz Landon Shuffett, and the one-pocket action match

between John Mataya and Rachael Abbink.

Financially, it was a complete success for me.   I saved the $1,600

it would have cost me to be there and I got about $5,000 worth of

free instruction from one of pooldom's greats, Danny Diliberto.  While

I watched the champions from my perfect vantage point close to

the table and directly overhead, I made my own guesses at what

each player would do, then Danny told me what the player would

probably do and why.  Plus, he told me alternate choices the player

had.   When the player lined up to shoot, he would tell me if he

thought it was a bad shot selection, and why.   I got to see the

shot executed, to watch the results, and to hear Danny discuss

what happened and why.   Danny came back day after day to show

me more and to reinforce what I had already seen.    These were

the best pool lessons I ever had.    Thanks, Danny.

I am stoked.  I hope this is the beginning of big things for our sport.

Best regards to all,

John E. Ardans                           Bothell  Washington        

 
 
 

THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN POOL (LONG)

Post by Don » Tue, 27 Jan 2004 00:53:58

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     Well said.  I watched quite a bit but nowhere near as much as you did
   and loved every minute.  

     The only suggestion I would have at this time is the addition of
  instant replay (if it wasn't mentioned already).  There were some
  one-pocket shots that I would have liked to see again.  Then again, I
  guess that's were Accustats videos come in.  

Don  

 
 
 

THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN POOL (LONG)

Post by Patrick Johnso » Tue, 27 Jan 2004 02:22:54

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>   instant replay (if it wasn't mentioned already).

Ditto.

I also liked the "home video" part, but it would have been much better
with continuous narration.  Most of the time it was playing the
commentators were talking about everything else.

Pat Johnson
Chicago

 
 
 

THE GREATEST SPECTACLE IN POOL (LONG)

Post by Wendy & Joh » Tue, 27 Jan 2004 05:29:00

   I watched quite a bit but nowhere near as much as you did and
loved every minute.

     The only suggestion I would have at this time is the addition of
instant replay (if it wasn't mentioned already).  There were some
one-pocket shots that I would have liked to see again.  Then again, I
guess that's were Accustats videos come in.            Don

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There were some not-too-instant replays and some unintentional
replays, so the capability is there.     It just has to be refined and
I hope it wlll be included as a regular feature next year.

John E. Ardans                                    Bothell    Washington
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