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in search of Truth and Beauty in the art of pocket billiards.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Lessons in 9 Ball with Mike B.

Saturday was a 9-ball match with Mike B.
who is a skill level 8 in APA,
one level higher than me.
That's the way I like it:
playing people who are better than me,
so I can stretch my limits
and learn more about this great game!

I got off to a slow start in the first match.
I was a little nervous and by the time
I started to settle down, I had already
given him a couple of games because
of stupid mistakes on my part.
He had me down 4 or 5 to zip
and won some games but still lost
the match with a score of 9-5.

The second match went a lot better,
and I actually was on the hill at 8-6,
but I didn't keep my Mind In The Game,
and let him get to hill-hill,
and then blew an easy runout and
handed him that match too.

A few months ago,
I won a 9 ball APA match against him,
and after the match he had only two words
to say to me: "Lucky Bastard!"

So maybe I should say the same to him now!
I'm looking forward to a rematch!

An interesting, and unanticipated lesson:
How to Rack 9 Ball.
Seems that I had been doing it wrong all along.
After learning how Mike B. does it,
and having a big discussion about it,
I got curious what other players think
on this subject...
Check this link at AZ Billiards forum:

After the 9-ball matches,
Tony Sorto got us into some 3-player "Bollita"
(little ball in Espanol).
This is a fast-paced pill game
where you have to shoot the closest ball first
while you try to sink your pill.

We played for about 11 hours,
with only a short break for pizza (delivered).
Toward the end of the night,
it seemed that nobody wanted to be the
first to throw in the towel and quit,
so we just got more and more tired.
Except Tony, of course, who seems not
to have human failings when it comes to pool.


Blogger Laura said...

If that is your place, and your window, you have a breathtaking sunset.

Monday, July 18, 2005 1:54:00 PM  
Blogger sammspocket said...


For a very long time, I was the QUEEN of being up 4-0 and winning 5-4. It takes a lot of practice and discipline to continuously keep fighting throughout the entire match. That is what has also made me a bit of a Comeback Kid. In Reno, I was down 3-0 (in a very short race to 4) and came back to beat her. That's such a terrible feeling when it happens to you, but I have also lost matches to stronger players before without even knowing the match was over because I like to not know what the score is while I'm playing. It does not matter.

Thanks for all the great things you're doing for this game and I'll see you next month.


Tuesday, July 19, 2005 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Michael McCafferty said...


I agree completely.
I was down 47 to 5 in APA in Las Vegas nationals, and came back to win.
The other guy was completely shocked.

Full focus is needed until the last ball goes in.

See you in August!


Tuesday, July 19, 2005 12:59:00 PM  

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