Rack ’em up!
“Anybody,” it is said, “can win a game of 8-ball against anybody else.” When playing a race, however, it becomes obvious who the better player is. Another saying about a pool game is, “never give up.” Well, what do you say when two players start a race and one player wins the first four in a row, and then their opponent wins the next five in a row to win the race? Never give up? Or maybe, something a bit more colorful?
The scene was Angelina’s Grill and Bar, the participants were League players Mike Casey, Josh House, and Hugh Miller. Hugh has had multiple surgeries on his shoulder and really isn’t supposed to play any pool games period, until well after the next one. Well, the truth is I don’t know anyone that follows their Doctor’s advice and Hugh is no exception. So when Josh House and Mike Casey started playing a game of 8-ball, Hugh watched. Josh can’t help it when he wins a game, he struts around grinning. “It was the grin,” Hugh said later. “and if he hadn’t been so proud to win a game against top shooter Mike Casey, I wouldn’t have played him. But I couldn’t help myself.” Josh, of course, went down in flames, and Hugh is still smiling and denying Josh a rematch. Heh heh heh, I love pool, and our players in our League, as they just “know” when to rub it in.
For Tuesday, 10/25/2022:
Team positions: Angelia’s Grill and Bar Team #1: wins; Angelina’s Grill and Bar Team #2: wins; Golden West Saloon Team #1: wins; Golden West Saloon Team #2: wins; Milano Hotel and Bar Team #1: wins; Milano Hotel and Bar Team #2: wins; Tip Top Lounge Team #1: wins; Tip Top Lounge Team #2: wins; Welcome Inn Team #1: wins; Welcome Inn Team #2: wins.
Top players of their Teams: Angelina’s Grille & Bar Team #1: TJ Nguyen; Angelina’s Grille & Bar Team #2: Roy Yanez; Golden West Saloon Team #1: Luke Pedersen, Sal Treacher are tied; Golden West Team #2: Mikael Haye; Milano Hotel and Bar Team #1: Joel Vidal; Milano Hotel and Bar Team #2: John Nordahl; Tip Top Lounge Team #1: Jubilee Placido; Tip Top Lounge team #2: Randy Gibson; Welcome Inn Team #1: Steve Neal; Welcome Inn Team #2: Linda Long.
Top players of the League: Jubilee Placido with 18 wins. Randy Gibson, Luis Medina, and Victor Munoz are tied with 17 wins. Joel Vidal and Roy Yanez are tied with 16 wins. Dan Casteel and Gabe Medina are tied with 15 wins. John Borba, Mike Casey, Mikael Haye, and Steve Neal are tied with 14 wins.
Visit the following Fort Bragg Pool League sponsors: Angelina’s Grille & Bar, Golden West Saloon, Milano Hotel and Bar, Tip Top Lounge, or Welcome Inn: all maintain a schedule of Fort Bragg Pool League players and teams. Look to the list for someone you know and find where they are playing. You might join a team, make new friends, or watch 8-ball games as they unfold. The League plays Tuesday at 7 pm ending before 10 pm. Tournaments, if held, are after League play, or as likely on a different night. Tournament schedules are usually posted on bulletin boards near pool tables anyone can enter to play.
8-ball break: Josh House. Saturday Tournament: Jeff Delasantos, the interlocutor from Hang Town.
If you are visiting Fort Bragg, you can test your game against local players! Enjoy the good company, food, music, and full-service bars. with shuffleboard, dice, dart, or corn-hole in addition to billiards for your entertainment. Angelina’s Grill and Bar features Karaoke Friday evenings. If you like being outside, try Milano Hotel and Bar, with a patio and tables for enjoying the fresh air. Eat, and spend time in Fort Bragg.
CueTip: Want to get a cue ball in hand and win more games? Try a simple safety by putting an object ball a couple of inches from any rail. Then play the object ball softly towards the rail and back off a distance that blocks the cue ball. When you master that, increase the distance the object ball is from a rail and learn that as well. Safety play is speed control of a cue ball and an object ball at the same time. Speed control that, if it prevents your opponent from hitting their object ball results in a cue ball in hand for you, will increase your odds of winning another game of 8-ball pool. Try it, you might like it. Contact me at [email protected].