espn is showing the wpba’s 2009 U.S. Open tournament in oklahoma. although the final match is not shown until this sunday, oct. 18, i did manage to record the two semifinal matches. so far the matches are kind of ho-hum; i wasn’t exactly riveted to my seat. i did notice one thing however: the table used for the tv matches.
yes, the isabella table by brunswick looked nice, but the pockets seemed larger than some of the previous events used by wpba. i made the observation (in my previous comment) that the pockets used in wpba’s events seemed smaller now, which i think is a good thing. but now the pockets seemed bigger again. for me personally, this raises the question about how good the women pros really are. i don’t doubt their abilities to shoot, mind you, but how can we be impressed when they’re shooting at pockets that seemed to be almost 5 inches wide? maybe i’m just bloviating, but i seriously think that the wpba should keep the specs the same from tournament to tournament, preferably with 4 1/2″ pockets. this way, when someone’s shooting well, you won’t have detractors saying the quality play is due to liberal pockets. just a thought.
and please, please, wpba, stop the incessant clapping. when the object ball is 2 feet away from the pocket, the cueball is 1/2 foot away from that object ball, and the shot is straight in, it’s no cause for celebration when a player makes that shot. i understand the powers that be may think that for a woman pro to even make one shot is a miracle, but please don’t clap EVERY TIME a player makes ONE shot. they’re pros. they’re supposed to make many shots, let alone a shot. let the audience decide which shot is clap-worthy. the spectators may be more knowledgeable than you think.