The Pool Team Comes Back

A while back I blogged about my pool team breaking up and going their seperate ways. It was a nice run, in one year together we learned a lot. I wasn’t mad about it. Then this past week the two players I thought most likely to jet have expressed the desire to come back with basically the same team (minus the enigmatic B who shall remain nameless). I was surprised. . . Very surprised. They remarked on Lauri being a definite asset and that my play has improved in the offseason too. I said I’m down with it if Paul wants us to have another team again and if Lauri is down.

But the real thing is that I won six games in a row yesterday. Admittedly I wasn’t playing what you call elite players but that’s not the point, the shots I was putting together had me feeling really good. Willie Peters even raised his eyebrows on some of my shots and leaves. I was doing my best to raise my game. My highlight was when I had three or four balls left on the table and I took as my first shot a corner pocket that would have left a very difficult leave except that I drew the cue ball back about a foot for perfect placement. Willie got that gravelly laugh of his and said “Mike used drawback!” The table was gravy after that and I ran ’em out.

At another point I made a shot but left the cue ball lying dead on the rail at the headspot. My only shot was across the table past the side pocket to make contact with my object ball and put it in the corner at the footspot. I hate those shots because with the ball on the rail I find it almost impossible to get a good hit on the cue.

Everything else I had been doing had worked up until then so I said fuck it. I stood back for a moment then laid the tip of the cue on the felt where the cue was and one handed the shot. . . . across the table. . . contact the object ball. . . all the way down and dropped in the corner pocket. Without a word I walked to the other side of the table for my next shot. My opponent just looked at me. I cracked up, nearly doubled over and said “THAT was funny as hell, wasn’t it?”

At some point I finally lost but I went home having spent only $1.25 on the pool table, six wins, one loss. Not bad for a night’s work. Now let’s see if I can carry that over to tonight.

15 Responses to “The Pool Team Comes Back”

  1. TB says:

    Mexigogey, you should hussle like Uncle Phil did on the fresh prince.

  2. Mexigogue says:

    Daphne hustled pool on Frazier once. There is also an excellent pool hustling scene in “Racing With the Moon” with Sean Penn and Nicholas Cage. Other pool movies of note: The Color of Money and Poolhall Junkies. I still haven’t seen the classic movie, I can’t remember what it’s called. The hustler archetype seems to be very prominent in American culture.

  3. TB says:

    man, I REALLY didn’t like Poolhall junkies. Advertising that as a Walken movie is like advertising Terminator 3 as an Ellen Degeneres movie.

    I imagine you’ve run across quite a few asians while enjoyin yer hobby… please tell me you have crushed them. Here in San Diego (and LA, where I’m from) that’s where Japan accumulated on a regular basis. Yakuza in full effect

  4. Mexigogue says:

    The guy I used to first go pool shooting with when I was 17 was Laotian. He was way better than me. My friend Stephen is Philipino, also better than me. There’s a Hawaiian who comes into Leroy’s who I usually beat. Does he count? One day Stephen had a party I went too. Like 30 Asians and me and one black dude. I was drinking and remarked to the party that it was like a bad Godzilla movie. Nobody laughed. I’m like ope. It’s about to turn into a bad kung fu movie.

  5. THE "D" says:

    I just got caught on the blog will comment later!

  6. Mexigogue says:

    I suppose it’s too late to change the title of the blog to “How to Be a More Effective Worker”. . . .

  7. guy in the UNLV Jacket says:

    I remember once on Good Times, James Evans Senior had to hustle pool one time to get the rent money…After they got the rent JJ said DyyynoooooMiiiiite!!!!!

  8. Mexigogue says:

    Dynomiiiiiite!!! Ha ha!, classic! I’ll have to write that one down!

  9. THE "D" says:

    I tell you I had a Thang for Thelma!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    many childhood dreams started with her!!!

    Let me stop now I am getting carried away again!

  10. Mexigogue says:

    At first I thought you said Velma. I was gonna have to vote for Daphne but then I realized we weren’t talking about Scooby Doo.

    I’m sure I’ve said this all before but it bears saying again.

  11. THE "D" says:

    Wasn’t Velma the little chunky one?

  12. Mexigogue says:

    Yes. I bet you have a thing for her. Just give her some long Kim-the-watiress-type pigtails!!

  13. THE "D" says:

    I would be all in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Mexigogue says:

    T minus 6 hours 20 minutes and counting. . .

  15. TB says:

    I swear, while leaving CPK after lunch today, some old rich slut had “DYNOMYT” as her license plate

    great work lady…