Monday Night Pool League 2/28/12

I know, I know, I am a week behind. I am still recovering from a nasty

cold/flu and horrible back pain. Well, last week we

were in second place, 1 point behind 1st. Now we

are in third! We had a bad night on many levels. I

guess the first place team was more worried about

us than I thought since a couple of their player

were acting like 2 year olds. It all started when one

of our guys got ball in hand on the 8 to win the

match. The 8 ball was a little more than a balls

width off the rail so our guy put whitey right

between it and the rail. The other team blows up,

saying that it will be an illegal shot because there

is no way he can shoot it without double hitting 

the cue ball. (not true at all by the way, there are

several ways it can be done) So after 15minutes of 

discussion our guys takes his shot (no double kiss)

and make the 8 ball to win the match. You would

think that would be the end of it right? Not even

close.

This guy on their team keeps running his mouth all

over the pool hall trying to start a bunch of crap. I

wasn’t getting pissed at all but I was pretty

disappointed, I used to have allot of respect for this

guy because he can really play, but not after

seeing him act like this.  So the next match begins.

There guy wins the first game and breaks for

the second. He makes the eight on the break but

also makes the cue ball, instant loss. But wait,

here comes the trouble maker yelling that it’s not a

loss! He says show me where its at in the rule

book! Now, he knows full well that it IS a loss but

he is just trying to start a argument with us. He

comes over to me complaining that he wants to

see the rule book so I get our out. He says, “Show

where its at in there”. I told him to do his own

reading and gave him the book. He looks at it for 2

min and says it’s not in there. So I decided to really

tick him off by saying that it doesn’t matter if it’s in

the rules or not, it’s still a loss. He says” How do

you figure it’s a loss?” I point to his guy that is now

racking the balls, and say ” Your guy has already

swept up the balls and began racking, in other

words he has conceded the game!”

At this point I am still laughing it off and I’m not

pissed at all. But I failed to notice that one of my

guys was taking it so serious. So I go over to the

bar where there is 2 guys from the other team and

we are joking around and watching the fire break

out at the Daytona 500 when all of the sudden I

look back at my teams table and see two guys

about to come to blows. Yep you guessed it, the

guy that was acting childish all night finally

found someone that wasn’t amused with him.

Apparently what happened was my player told the

guy on our team that was playing at the time to

check to see if a ball is frozen next time a certain

situation comes up. Now it wasn’t during his shot

that he said this and in our league you can talk to

the player when it’s not his shot.

Well the guy that had been starting arguments all

night walked by him and said, “That’s a coach,

that’s a coach”, and my guy went off!

The trouble maker yells something about how

much better his team is than ours, yada yada

yada. So now I have to get between them to

try and keep this from becoming a actual fight.

They calm down, somewhat, and play resumes.

As luck would have it, I end up playing the trouble

maker on their team. Whats worse is that I have to

give up one game on the wire to him and he is the

better player. So I win the first match to even it up

and I continue to play fairly well, but in the end he

wins it. So I tell him “Good game, you played really

good and you earned it”. To my surprise he says

“So did you, you only missed one shot”.  So we

talked a bit about what went on during the night

and smoothed things over. No hard feelings, at

least not on my end. I never was really mad, I just

thought the whole thing was ridiculous. I show up to

play pool and have a little fun. I take my game

seriously but not myself, I am getting tired of

people getting bent over a league match

though.

I would rather loose and be gracious than win and

be remembered as “That guy”.

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