Interesting Pool Related Reading on the Web
There’s a lot of good and interesting writing and thinking going on out there in the world of pool websites. I thought on occasion I’d pass on a few tidbits that caught my eye. I hope you find these as interesting as I did. If you do, be sure to leave a thoughtful comment on their website to encourage more.
|Bank the Nine Screenshot|
The 1st item is a post called Player Stats on the Bank the Nine website. Cary, the author, is the captain of his league team and he compares his old methodology for capturing weekly stats to his new approach. He thinks it will be simpler to fill in, there’s less writing and the data sheet is cleaner.
He’s happy so far with the new system and the tradeoffs he made, though he’s hoping to improve even further. He put up this post 2 weeks ago and though he asked for comments from other captains on how they do this, he hasn’t had a response yet. How about it all you league team captains out there, what system, if any, do you use to keep track of your team’s performance, what do you do with the information, and what are the strengths and weaknesses of your system? Leave Cary your thoughts.
|Brooklyn Jay Screenshot|
Brooklyn Jay has an interesting post called This Week in Pool about a few of his performances, not all of which have gone well. He’s having issues with his killer instinct and his ability to play his best. He went 2 and out in this past weekend’s Predator Tour against superior opponents. Though he says he’s not too upset about it, and he says this again about another loss later in the post, he also says “if anyone’s got any tips on becoming more competitive I’m all ears.”
Along the same line he later asks
What do you think? Do you need to learn to win? Is it okay to continuing losing to better players? Can you learn from losing? Can you get use to losing?
I know some of you readers out there can help Jay get back to winning. Put your best tips in comments to his post and make his day while you help his pool game. Wisdom is for sharing.
|Pool Cue News & Report Screenshot|
Over on Pool Cue News and Review there’s a bit of a brouhaha going on. Back on March 3rd PCN&R posted a video of Olga Gashkova eating a banana while between matches. The author made a suggestive comment about the video and Olga didn’t like it one bit. The video was taken down by YouTube and is no longer visible via PCN&R, and apparently there was an unhappy email by Olga to go with it. Naturally, there was a response on PCN&R.
I think the whole thing is pretty funny. I can see both sides, but I think Olga would have been a whole lot better off keeping her mouth shut. After all, she wasn’t really doing anything and taking the high road would have shown that she has both character and a sense of humor. Go read up and make up your own mind. Drop a comment to support the site and encourage more stories on the ladies of pool.
|Robin Dodson’s Brunswick Raffle Screenshot|
Hall-of-Famer Robin Dodson is running a raffle for a brand new Brunswick Gold Crown V. She’s selling only 500 tickets for $20 each. Apparently she’s done this a number of times before, but it’s the first I’ve heard of it.
If you win they deliver and set up this $9,488, 9 foot mahogany finish table for free. The raffle will be conducted at the 2009 BCA National event on May 16th, 2009. You used to have to be at the event to buy a ticket, but now you can buy them online.
Check it out at the raffle page on her website (link removed – contest over). I wish you all luck, but since I’m going to win I don’t think you should waste your money. I’d like to give a hat tip to PoolMag.com’s 8 Ball Blog where I first saw this. It’s good to see the 8 Ball blog posting again.
|The Tip Jar Screenshot|
Last but never least, Samm Diep has a great post called Two Great Shots on her blog The Tip jar. Having learned these shots from Dan Louie, she’s passing the info on to her readers, something she does all the time.
She also had another one of a kind post, a specialty of hers apparently, about Get your pool playin’ back checked out!. A local chiropractor is offering to treat local pool players with back troubles based on what they can afford. What a deal for those who need it (hope you don’t).
As I said earlier, the universe of pool websites has much to offer, and I’ve just thrown out a few items. You can help keep the flow of great articles coming by reading them and posting your comments. You don’t even have to agree with what was said, just join in the conversation and have your say. We’ll all be richer for it.