giants

If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.

– Sir Issac Newton

looking back, there are many people and things i’m grateful for in the pool world.  without those that came before me, i could not be here.

so merci, m. françois mingaud, for inventing the leather tip and the massé.

thank you, mr. john wesley hyatt, for attempting to replace ivory balls with nitrocellulose, which subsequently led to the phenolic balls we use today.

thank you, mr. michael phelan, for promoting pool and writing the first american book on billiards.

thank you, mr. charlie peterson, for tirelessly promoting the game of pool.

thank you, mr. greenleaf, mr. hoppe, mr. mosconi, mr. cochran, messrs. schaefers, mr. moore, mr. taberski, mr. layton, mr. caras, mr. crane, mr. balsis, mr. lassiter, mr. mizerak, for having played such great games of pool and billiards and passing down the secret knowledge of the game.

thank you, mr. rambow, mr. paradise, mr. balabushka, mr. brunswick, for having made beautiful cues and tables for the players.

thank you, the franklin family, mr. robinson, mr. stroud, mr. kohara, mr. prather, for continuing to make excellent cues for us pool degenerates.

thank you, mr. reyes, mr. bustamante, mr. strickland, mr. hopkins, mr. archer, mr. hall, mr. sigel, mr. rempe, mr. luat, for continuing the game of pool in the modern age and teaching new players the beauty of this game.

thank you, espn and fox sports network, for airing all the pool matches.

thank you to my friend, for befriending me and teaching me the game of pool and imparting all your knowledge of the game to me.

i realize there are many more i need to thank besides the ones listed here.  you all have my gratitude.

without those that came before me, i would not have the luxury of playing and blogging about this game i love.  i’m the tiny speck of dust that sits on the shoulder of giants.

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5 comments on “giants

  1. Interesting how all the people are “Mr.”… says a lot about pool, how it is still a barrier for females in this sport.

    Why don’t men and women play against each other more often on a professional level? Why create such a distinctive separation?

    Yes, tournaments are usually mix, but are women really intimidated by playing with men?

    • Interesting how all the people are “Mr.”… says a lot about pool, how it is still a barrier for females in this sport.

      perhaps. the earlier days pool did seem to bar women from participating, so all the pioneers in pool were men. with the advent of wpba, i don’t think that’s really the case anymore.

      Why don’t men and women play against each other more often on a professional level? Why create such a distinctive separation?
      Yes, tournaments are usually mix, but are women really intimidated by playing with men?

      i think men & women do play against each other, but co-ed tournaments just aren’t common. they are out there in US & europe, they’re just not many. i think jasmine ouschan said that she regularly competes in men’s tournaments (in europe i believe). i think karen corr competes against guys down where she lives. (is it FL? don’t know). not sure if others do the same.

      honestly i don’t think women are intimidated so much as unaccustomed. most of the tournaments separate guys and girls, & i think that they don’t play together out of habit. but in many local only tournaments all the players compete in the same tournament, as long as you’re qualified to play (like b/c only tournaments, open field, membership, etc.). but the tv matches are almost always separate, so there’s an appearance of separation.

      also, i just don’t think girls play pool as often as guys. i’ve no proof, but i’m guessing out of 100 guys & 100 girls, there’ll be more guy pool players than girls. once people do begin to play pool, i think more guys take it further than girls. it could just be an interest thing; maybe girls aren’t as interested in pool as guys do. (there are fanatic female pool players, but i think that’s more an exception than a rule.) but that’s just my wild guess; i do wish i have more data to see if this is actually true. data is good!

      • Maybe I should have not stated “…how it is still a barrier for females in this sport.”

        Yes on television, it gives the illusion that men and women are separate, but in local tournaments, they are mixed.

        I admire Jasmine for competing aggressively with men.

        Out of 100 guys and a 100 gals, I do agree there will be far more guys than gals who play pool. Maybe it is because pool has the “bad boy” image, and that pool can be played in dark and dingy smokey bars.

        With the new generation of pool players, hopefully that image will be reversed.

        The barrier that women have when playing pool against men is probably the break. But with practice, I believe that women can break as well as men can. On the other hand, look at Corey, and notice how he occassionally breaks softly when playing 9 ball. So break is not always a barrier.

        I know I’m rambling, just thoughts.

        Q&B

        PS. I would like to send you your quilt, I need or want to get it out of here. Can you please email me your address please?

        • Maybe I should have not stated “…how it is still a barrier for females in this sport.”

          maybe, but historically they were very separated. and there’s no denying that some men don’t think too highly of women players. i think bars and less serious pool places have much more of these folks.

          I admire Jasmine for competing aggressively with men.

          she’s pretty smart. i think she’s just trying to compete as much as she can, so she plays in whatever tournaments she can find, including men’s.

          Out of 100 guys and a 100 gals, I do agree there will be far more guys than gals who play pool. Maybe it is because pool has the “bad boy” image, and that pool can be played in dark and dingy smokey bars.

          hmm…not sure. honestly, i think this reflects the difference in men’s and women’s nature. some things are naturally more appealing to guys/girls. i wonder if pool is one of those things that attract more people from one gender.

          The barrier that women have when playing pool against men is probably the break. But with practice, I believe that women can break as well as men can. On the other hand, look at Corey, and notice how he occassionally breaks softly when playing 9 ball. So break is not always a barrier.

          I know I’m rambling, just thoughts.

          going back to jasmine, she has a very solid break. not earth shattering, but definitely big enough. i think tiffany nelson’s got a decent one also. but i think the difference lies elsewhere; i just don’t know where yet.

          feel free to ramble away. that’s what comments are for.

          btw, i should be more clear! i mean i’ll add the link to ur blog myself once ur comment is posted without ur blog address. so if u like, continue to comment without ur blog address, and i’ll add it for u once i see the new comment. that way ur comment will show right away. sorry about the confusion.

          i’m in between places so i’ll send the address when i nail things down. thanks for being patient!

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