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  1. sunnyone

    Hide & Seek

    Two one-pocket matches continue to wow me. 1) Efren v. Shannon in Galveston. 2) T-Rex v. Robo in Fremont. I had to rewind several of Efren’s shots to figure out how in the world he escaped from some of the horrendous traps Shannon put him in. I decided Efren looked for the one place on the...
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    Spectator’s Guide to Derby Decorum

    Congrats to those of you who scored ringside seats around the TV table. And, since you’re often shown on screen, let’s Ms. Manners your behavior. > Food. Don’t, just don’t. Unless you’re a runway model nibbling a celery stick … > Drink. Fancy a beer? Fine, I might too. But, please, one at a...
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    “The Ballad of One-Pocket” (A Lament.)

    With apologies to all the World War II Brits who mocked the Nazi hierarchy with a parodic song. Their little ditty was often sung to the tune of the “Colonel Bogey March”: Hitler has only got one ball Göring has two but very small Himmler is rather similar But poor old Goebbels has no balls...
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    Sense and Sensibility — Derby 10-Ball on the Big Table.

    Dear Gentle Readers, Waiting for one-pocket, I poked my head in a few times to watch the Bigfoot competition. As usual the analysts’ observations were entertaining. > You can learn a lot about your chair playing this guy. > Don’t go past a position to get to another position. > I never...
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    Wry Observation.

    Dear Gentle Readers, “They’re not shooting the shots they’re supposed to. To make the commentators look good.” Tableau: Mr. Henderson, in the booth with Mr. Barber, at the estimable POV one-pocket rodeo at California Billiards. John Schmidt and Amar Kang were shooting some creative, and wildly...
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    Is Kick Safe a thing now?

    Dear Gentle Readers, I hadn't seen this played before. Some one-pocket shots. https://www.facebook.com/ZeroXBilliards/videos/1930215893663230/ Sunny
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    Remembrance of Things Beloit. Oh, and POV too.

    Dear Gentle Readers, Two recent one-pocket matches. Both involving Dennis Orcollo and both riveting in different ways. DO hammered the Freezer and later Tony Chohan schooled Dennis on the first day of their four-day fais do-do. Tony hung on to win. What struck me, though, wasn’t the...
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    “Impossible Is Nothing.” - - Muhammad Ali

    Dear Gentle Readers, I was leafing through the latest RH catalog and a quotation in the CEO’s note to his readers made me think of you pool players. The scamps, scoundrels, rouges - - you know who you are - - knights-errant and ladies-errant. The quote: “Impossible is just big word thrown...
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    Creativity Unbound?

    Dear Gentle Readers, A pal sent me some Corey Deuel one-pocket links. Wow. He was experimenting with outré breaks. Redefining combo / bank / carom shots. Other players have stronger games, but does anyone else have his imagination? The first one-pocket stream I watched on YouTube was Efren...
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    The Shot I Keep Not Seeing

    Dear Gentle Readers, Had some nefarious medico administered truth serum to me, the header would have read: One of a Multitude of Shots I Never See. But it’s this one I saw yesterday on Lenny’s excellent Arizona One-Pocket State Championship stream. Actually I saw the shot executed in two...
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    New Hope for Pool? Hmm … Perhaps.

    Dear Gentle Readers, I recently read (this was on the Internet so it must be true, no?) that 13% of Americans have ‘cut the cord.’ That is, they cancelled cable and satellite TV in favor, mostly, of streaming. More interesting, much more interesting, is that an additional 11% have never...
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    Only Trouble Is, Gee Whiz …

    Dear Gentle Readers, It’s not for nothing that Efren and Alex are - - arguably - - the most popular players in America. Talent? Of course. But more than that, demeanor. Those boys look like they’re having fun. Having a grand ole time. Doing what they love and making some bank doing it...
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    Those One-Pocket Daddy-Os Can Bring It!

    Dear Gentle Readers, For those of you who missed the Senior Soirée in Houston, Mr. Henderson emerged victorious in a finals race to three games. He was ahead two games to, I believe, none. In the penultimate shot of what proved to be the last game, Mr. H. played a safety, forgetting that he had...
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    Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here …

    Dear Gentle Readers, I never went to Johnston City, but the Senior Soirée in Houston is shaping up to be another nest of vipers. Of course some will sidle into town early to get a feel for the place (plot escape routes). To check out the equipment (look for an edge). To meet and greet (spot...
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    Vive La Différence!

    Dear Gentle Readers, The other day - - on Lenny’s exceptional stream - - I caught some of the finals of the Chinook Winds 10-ball finals. Watching Allison v. Rebecca bought into sharp contrast the realities of men versus women. Three points: > Slow, slow, slow. While entertaining (Rebecca...
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    You … You … You Clot-Faced Wet!

    Dear Gentle Readers, Oh boy! The Senior Soirée in Houston is about to ascend upon us. One-pocket! My wish is that the stream will include a chat room. For curses. As many of you do, I like to root for one player or the other when I’m watching a match, either live or streamed. Efren, my sweet...
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    The Senior Soirée in Houston … a Few Questions.

    Dear Gentle Readers, Oh boy! One-pocket. As anticipation for the inaugural tourney builds … > Will there be a player’s meeting? > Opening ceremony? > Calcutta? > Will pre-tourney odds be posted? > Will the action tables be streamed? > Will there be an action award, yclept Louie...
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    Are Pool Players Optimists or Pessimists?

    Dear Gentle Readers, Yes, I realize that it’s possible to rollercoaster from one emotion to the other in the course of a set. And perhaps there are some players so internally stoical that they don’t feel either one. But I think some people basically have a somewhat rosy outlook on life. Others...
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    One-Pocket: The Senior Soiree in Houston …

    Dear Gentle Readers, If this baby is streamed, color me in! And I’d watch the after-hours drama as well. Action is my life, Sunny P.S. Is someone creating a T-shirt for this momentous event?
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    Quatre Jours.

    Dear Gentle Readers, Headline # 1: Woo Woo! On Efren’s victory: Danny D., “That’s why they call him the Magician.” Headline # 2: Danny Is Human. Scott, “This doesn’t look like the Danny Smith of yesterday. Sometimes he feels like he just has to go for a shot.” Scott, “If anybody knows...
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