Saturday, August 23, 2008

Getting ready to play at Skyline

I'm hanging out in the corner at Skyline billiards in Brooklyn. I'm doing my little pre-tournament meditation and relaxation.

I'm also reflecting upon my upcoming appearance at the world 14.1 tournament. Did you ever notice how most of the metaphors used to describe a defeat by a vastly superior player revolve around meat?

"I got barbecued."
"He skewered me."
"That was a slaughter."

Yeah, I'm feeling a little like dead meat :)

My goals for this week are to learn as much as possible and to maintain the best focus and attitude that I can. And of course to try to avoid being tenderized, marinated, rubbed with coarse salt and fried in a pan.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Lots of Stuff Happening

Time Warp

I've just come back from a week on the road where I've been doing some pretty interesting stuff.

First, I went to Boston to do some filming for a Discovery Channel program called Time Warp, which uses high-speed cameras to film events in super slow-motion. They captured me shooting a masse shot, a draw shot and a few other shots. The show should air sometime this fall - I will keep everyone posted!

Thanks again to the cast, crew and producers for a great time!

Getting ready

In action! The super-bright lights they have to use to film at such a high speed are not only blinding but they started to melt the veneer on pool table.

With the cast of the show, Jeff Lieberman (right) and Matt Kearney (top).

photo courtesy of Jeff Lieberman

Then, play time was over and I headed from Boston up to the Turning Stone Classic XI in Verona, NY.

I didn't get the cash this time, but I was very happy with the way I played throughout the event.

Here are some photos courtesy of Bruce Clayton:

Looking very intense

Possibly fouling the 9-Ball, though I didn't realize it at the time...

Zuglan! Thanks, buddy, for another successful event!


Friday, August 1, 2008

Given the Boot :(

Sarah Rousey just have me the old tournament boot, 9-7, after her earlier hill-hill win over Allison Fisher. The girl is playing awesome and I hope she goes all the way.

The Pool Cue News guy should have been there to see our match. He has quite a public crush on the both of us :) Hope he enjoys these pics!