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i’ve gotten several thought-provoking comments from some of my readers (all four of you); i really appreciate you guys taking the time to share your opinions with me. (special mentions to q+b, minnow, and ms. redemption). as far as what prompted my previous post, i should probably expand on it a bit.
eons ago, i was in arizona visiting my friend. pool, of course, was one of the items on the to-do list. (in fact, pool was on our nightly to-do list. good times. :D) while we were playing 9-ball, some gents (loosely termed) decided to snicker at us while standing close to our table. the gist of the snickering was basically that we were 9-ball players, and they were superior because they were 8-ball players. the whole situation became pretty stupid pretty fast. fortunately, no fists were exchanged during the incident. (where is kenshiro when you need him anyway?)
i personally believe that when we start to categorize shots as belonging to a particular game, we start to pigeonhole ourselves into thinking that we belong to a certain category as players. i’m sure you’ve heard of people saying so-and-so is a “one-pocket player”, or a “9-ball player”, or a “(insert favorite game) player”. i believe it starts from labeling things unnecessarily. personally, i think of myself as a pool player first and foremost. i’m a pool player who plays certain games more than others, but i don’t think of myself as an 8-ball or a 9-ball player. if you ask me, i’ll play a game even if i suck at a it or have never tried it before. i mean, i can happily play basic pocket billiards for hours on end. does that mean i’m a basic pocket billiards player? why all these divisions anyway?
pool is fragmented as is. i don’t believe we need all these sub-categories to further differentiate us as players. just because you play straight pool doesn’t mean you’re not a pool player; you are playing pool when you play straight pool. or honolulu. or chicago. one day, i hope to also call myself a billiards player on top of a pool player; i’m still working on my pool game, but billiards is a ton of fun as well. i suck royally at billiards, but that doesn’t mean i don’t love it.
don’t chain jack inside a box. let him come out and play.