Don’t you just love to play pool or billiards?
If you answered yes to the above question, you are not alone. (I know big surprise)
There are thousands of pool players at various skill levels. According to yahoo search marketing software, 87000 people did a search for pool cue last month alone. Isn’t pool a great sport? I know many people do not thing of it as a sport, but it really is a sport. (Check your ESPN guide and you will find billiards quite often.)
I love to play pool. We had a league match last night and while taking a few practice shots before the match, it dawned on me that after playing the game for over 25 years, I still love to play.
Last nights match was short and sweet. The opposing team was short a player, which set the stage for a quick match since we only had to play 20 games instead of the normal 25.
I played 3rd and the score was one to one when I played my first game. I won the coin toss and started with a pretty decent break. I pocketed a ball on the break and proceeded to clear the rack. I shot a nice break out on my only trouble ball, put down all the stripes and my cue ball rolled kind of funny on the 8 ball.
I had a long shot on the 8 and barely had room to clear one of my opponents solid balls. The eight ball hit that solid ball on the way by and the 8 didn’t fall. The next shot I took was following a safety from my opponent and it was a Masse kick shot. I made a good hit on the 8 and spun my cue ball to a nice spot leaving my opponent a tough shot.
He missed, I shot the 8 in the corner and our team was ahead 2 to 1. I could have picked up $1 from each of my team mates if I had made the first 8 ball attempt. We pay one dollar on the run.
I had no run outs last night as opposed to last week when I had 2. I did have to pay out on a few runs. Two of my team mates were in the zone. I went on to finish the night with 3 wins and one loss. Our team won by a land slide. It was a drag for the opposing team because they had to give us 5 games due to their missing player.