- Apr 25, 2004
Dick asked me to post this in this thread for him, in reply to the Ghost's suggestion.Excellent concept Ghasty ! ...With some experimentation (to determine how much time would really be saved) possibly the matches could be increased to 4 or 5 games on the winners side !...Another thought would be, on the losers side the number of balls needed to win a game, could possibly be reduced to 6, still with the same number of games per match. (just a thought, might not work)
As in all scenarios, the best player would still usually prevail...However, the lesser skilled player's may see this as a little more incentive to enter (or 'buy back') as the element of 'luck' would be a little more prevalent in the shortened games. Looks like a win/win to me.
Either way, It would surely reduce the 'safety boredom' (for non-purists) and make for a faster more suspenseful game, while still retaining the core rules, and concept of one pocket !... What say you, and others ?
Bruce, I see your idea, as a step in the right direction !..I also don't see getting Greg, or Mark to implement it, as a huge hurdle !...Definitely some ideas worth kicking around.... Obviously the 'status quo' is leading to, too many 5-6 hr. matches. Which really also affects new interest, and viewership among the 'non-purists'... Who knows, we may even get more pool junkie's to realize, that 10-ball and 14.1 are way down the list, compared to OUR game ! JMHO
PS..In answer to Doc's dilemma..Why not just an ordinary tri-angular rack, (as in ten ball)...First player getting to five (5) balls WINS !... We can all count can't we ?...Who needs the odd ball ?... That would make it similar to 'short rack banks' !...It may abbreviate the game too much, but hey, it would still be one pocket, wouldn't it ?... (only a lot SHORTER )....I would definitely always be 'ANTI SHOT CLOCK', as a remedy !... Even though I always played much faster than Corey ! (or Varner, or Fusco, or Bananas)
A shot clock would be unfair to too many player's. Everyone has a different cadence...Example; How would anyone like to play
9-ball, with 'Machine Gun' Lou Butera,...with a 5 second shot clock ?