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By p00lriah. Posted in misc.

dumb dun dumb

i watched the new pool reality tv show. i don’t even know where to start.

full disclosure: i watched the first two episodes, each an hour long. this s** works better than xanax. i felt extremely sluggish and apathetic after. maybe mildly homicidal.

this new show is comprised of people i don’t care to know playing in ways i don’t wish to learn in an environment i don’t want to be in. there are two known pros in the show: dechaine & barretta. then there are a bunch of people i don’t know, who act like total douchebags. “act” could be the keyword here, because none of the stuff on the show seem real, or even try to seem real. i don’t even think they’re actual players, just actors hired to be on tv. could be i’m just really out of touch. and there are more screaming and hollering and hopping around than a 70’s gangbang porn, at least what i imagine a 70’s gangbang porn would look like. maybe slightly less hairy, i dunno. correct me if you’re an expert on 70’s gangbang porn, perhaps leave a link in the comments section. on second thought, don’t leave a link.

i would comment on the pool, except what little footage they show are so chopped up & spliced together you never see anyone play a complete game. whoever edited the show must really enjoy stitching, cuz that’s how pool is treated on this program.

of the two pros on the show, dechaine is his usual as*** self~~an unlikable person acting in unlikable ways. barretta on the other hand seemed like she could care less about being there. incidentally, she’s the least douchebaggy of the bunch, but also one of the least interesting character to watch on this show. her husband (i don’t know if that’s her real husband or an actor) relish being a jerk in front of the camera. i could go on.

so this is the new show about pool we get. probably what we deserve right now.

Armageddon

if you’re a fedora-wearing, big-beards-having, ear-hooping, selfie-taking, & self-promoting hipster douchebag pool player, your dream has now come true. there is now a pool reality tv show, and it will air later this month. *golf clap*

i won’t bother linking the show here. i will say that the show is centered around some players in NYC, and from what i can find out about the show, they’ll try to gamble/hustle each other, plus whatever mishegoss they can muster. what “hustling” will mean will be up to the people involved with that show. my cursory look through the “talent” roster didn’t reveal much, except that many of them appropriately look like d-bags. (i’m personally hoping there will be one exception who decides not to act like a douchebag. but the way reality shows edit their raw footage, anything goes.) we will likely get some full bore douche-on-douche action, which will probably make a pretty wet show.

that said, i try to be fair on this blog. so i will don my neoprene suit & watch some episodes to make sure i didn’t make a hasty judgement. (there may be drugs present to dull the senses. and snacks.) i will try to give my opinions after, assuming it’s not too horrible to mention. hold on to your gentle ears, my fair readers. or watch it yourself and gimme your take on it. cheers.

shifting focus

so for many years the US has been on a downward slide in terms of pool action. with no major tournaments so speak of besides US Open (and the annual APA big bash if you count amateur action), the attention has been shifted to europe and beyond. nowadays Asia is the new hotspot if you’re looking for pool.

as a group, Asians seem to really enjoy cuesports as a competitive sport/game and a popular past time. it is treated seriously, and Asian societies have accepted cuesports as a legitimate source of entertainment, unlike the negative image it has in the US. pool, billiards, and snooker have all found enthusiastic supporters, even in the form of governments. Philippines have long embraced pool as a point of national pride. Taiwan, South Korea and Japan all have allowed pool and billiards to flourish. now China seems to be the country that’s really making a forceful push for its cuesports dominance. in recent times, we have seen a sizeable increase in the number of China’s professional women’s players. also, more professional men’s snooker players from China are now competing in European snooker circuits.

China’s latest push in pool is in the form of self-invented format known as Chinese 8-ball. i’m not super familiar with the format, but it’s basically 8-ball played on a 9-foot table with snooker cushions and snooker pockets. those rounded points on a pocket make even the simplest shots challenging; i watched orcullo missed some easy-looking shots simply because of the equipment. whatever the endgame is, China is sparing no expense at promoting Chinese 8-ball. they are organizing large events for men and women around this new format, and have lured snooker luminary stephen hendry to both play and promote the game. you can find a bunch of match videos on Chinese 8-ball; i watched several videos that featured pool champions (orcullo, appleton, pagulayan, to name a few) trying their hands at this new game. even earl dusted off his passport and played one of the tournaments in China. i’m not sure what goals China is trying to accomplish, but right now they are pouring a lot of money and effort into this project. personally, i think the game is very challenging because the equipment will punish you for every little mistake, and the pockets place a premium on accuracy and ball-pocketing ability. runouts have to be carefully planned and even more carefully executed; pool champions can easily botch a runout if they are not familiar with snooker equipment.

as for the future, who knows. if China keeps pouring money into this project, we can count on players keep showing up to play. that’s what pro players must do–they must be where the money is. my point? for those looking for pool action, go to Asia. as a pool player, you can’t find a more fertile pool ground right now.