the big 3 sports (football, baseball, basketball) all have their version of fantasy games and dream match-ups, where you pit players past & present against each other. or you can use current players only. i think it’d be fun to have dream match-ups in pool. as the TAR’s oscar v. morra match creeps closer, i can’t help but think what other contestants i’d like to see in a heads-up match. (please TAR, make some of this happen!!)
here are some of my proposed TAR future match-ups, limited to currently alive players. the parameters are diamond 9-foot table, 9-ball, race to 100 over three days in LA, $10k per shooter winner-take-all, unless otherwise noted.
jose del rosario vs. justin bergman: not sure if anyone remembers jdr, but he made a brief showing in the US in the late 80s-early 90s; the grapevine places jdr back in asia now. very sharp player back then; i imagine he hasn’t lost much. bergman is the young hotshot from the east coast. by now jdr is well seasoned; bergman is supposedly in top gear right now. young upstart against a now-grizzled veteran: sounds like a recipe for a good old-fashioned blood bath.
django vs. mark tadd: another blast from the past. not even sure if tadd plays anymore, but mt had a game when he was active. kinda inconsistent in my opinion, but when mt is on, he is tough w/ a great runout game. y’all know django. should be another fun match w/ good runouts. 9-ball, race to 11, best of 3 sets. hey, i can dream.
little al vs. kid delicious: the great fighter-player al is by far one of my favorites to watch. at his age he still outshoots 95% of the people i see in los onheles. the Original Spartan in my opinion, and i rank him OS at the risk of death by offending the other Spartan. kid delicious is a character. i think al & kid played before; should be fun if they do it again, this time on the intarwebs. i call dibs on the floor seat, but shot clock mandatory. (al won’t need a shot clock.)
antonio lining vs. daulton: what’s a dream match-up without an all-lefties’ battle? i would commit actual misdemeanor crime for money so i could show up at the venue to watch it live. if one of them isn’t available then dennis hatch can sub in.
lee van corteza vs. the silent assassin: i hardly get to see lvc play so this is more a selfish match-up. robles is steady and mind tough. it may be one of the slower-paced match-up here, but possibly one filled with precise runouts and careful safeties.
alcano vs. svb: been seeing quite a bit of svb these days, but svb vs. alcano? can’t go wrong. $30k a man, winner-take-all for this one. we may get actual blood here.
ouschan vs. der kaiser: another necessary component for a fantasy match-up–an all-european battle. ouschan has proven her willingness to play against anyone, both dudes and dudettes. kaiser is a killer shot. although i’m not sure ’bout ouschan’s taste in music (sexy back by timberlake?!?! what the f~* . . .), this oughtta be fun, especially if they curse in their native languages. (my new book due next summer—get down! from kaiser to scheiße & back: a journey into the mental underbelly of pool. i’m soooo copyrighting this.) 🙂
segal vs. himself: the match will be secondary to the conversation. i just wanna hear what kind of jawboning will ensue. if shadow-segal is not available then bucktooth can sub in.
mccready vs. anyone: the mere fact that keith is on the table makes for great spectator sport. i’d watch him play a one-footed circus clown if it goes down.
if i think of anymore, i’ll post it later. you can list your dream match-up, if you like, in the comments section.