- May 24, 2004
I think Ghost showed he can mix it up for the cash. As far as the rolls, that is pool when you play for 18+ hours over three days.Just wanted to point out a couple things I forgot I my previous post. It strikes me as funny/ironic that John's two most ardent supporters here both acknowledge that the Ghost outshot and outmoved John most of the match and got bad rolls at the end. I'm not taking away from John in any way. He played well and won fair and square. More power to him. That being said I've read a lot of comments today that me make wonder what some individuals were watching. For reasons I can't comprehend, there seems to be a lot of unjustified Ghostbashing going on. I'm sorry but the Ghost made way more creative and difficult shots during the match than John did allowing him to go 4-2 on day one and 9-7 on day three.Let's review some of the facts. Game 16 got a ball roll attempting to cut ball along head rail...din't reach and as luck would have it stopped in the one in a million spot with the half inch angle John needed to get behind his game ball.If left straight in, he has to draw back I nto the side rail. Match should have been over then with Ghost 3 games winner. Again game 20 couple bad rolls that didn't reach and we would have had a different outcome.John capitalized on those opportunities and won. My point is that for anyone to say that Ghost didn't play well, give it his all, or didnt have the mental capacity, needs to have their freaking head examined.
He made some remarkable comebacks under pressure and so did I. He certainly banked better than I did, but I came with some key banks when I needed them. We both missed balls and made mistakes and under the circumstances, that can be expected.
We each had one eight and out in three days. That table is tough and will make you miss shots and shorten your stroke a little.
Red Shoes is a great players room. The sweators were quiet and respectful and I would like to thank everyone involved for the experience. Especially the Ghost for getting up and playing, and Red Shoes for letting us get it on. It was too bad someone had to lose, but that is gambling, and this was a gamble. Riva was there supporting her guy every game.
I would not pay much attention to any negative comments. I think overall they were very positive and appreciative of our effort.
It was great to see my old friends and meet new ones. I will come back and do it again if we can put another one together, but you have to give it a little time. I have another match to line up first.