Kick Shot

I made a three rail kick shot in pool yesterday.  I wasn’t doing it to be fancy, I was playing against a pretty good player and the opportunity presented itself, not just kind of presented itself, it came up in a game exactly like I practice it all the time.

I was playing this Mexican guy in a game of last pocket 8-ball and he scratched.  But not only did he scratch, he scratched when I had only one ball left on the table and that was on the cusp of going dead in one of the corner pockets at the headspot of the table.  Since the only object ball I had was at the top of the table I couldn’t shoot directly at it as the rules are that after a scatch you have to shoot from behind the kitchen line. 

Most people in my situation would have opted to kick one rail (off the footspot of the table) aiming to make the cue ball come back and sink the object ball but I’m terrible at  that shot.  Whenever I try that even if I find the right angle I inadvertently put English on the ball causing the kick to come back at some retarded angle, often missing my object ball by up to a foot.   I always practice the three rail kick because for some reason when I do that shot either I shoot it naturally with less English or the effect of the English is negated by the angle at which the ball hits the rails. 

At any rate, I knew the shot, I quickly lined it up (much to the puzzlement of my opponent) and sank it.  The guy gave me props but you could tell he didn’t expect it to go in and then he was further chagrined at ultimately losing the game to me too.  I guess he figured that he was a specialist at playing last pocket but as many times as I’ve played that game and the quality of my opponents (KWK, Willie Peters, Nice Rack, Quincy, you name it) and you will see that I’ve got some games behind me too.  Take that other Mexican! The only bad thing is that immediately after making the 3-rail shot I looked around and no one had seen it but my opponent.  “Layla” was busy picking songs at the jukebox.

Yeah, I hung out with “Layla” and her friend (insert name here, I forget).  It was a great experience but I had to call it an early night as I had to be sure to be on time this morning (we’re missing some key staff here at work).  That was fun, I’ll write some more about it if I remember.  I have to hurry and hit publish because it’s almost time to pick up some lunch.

Oh yeah, the black guy who worked at Beaner’s died yesterday.  He was like 27.  They said it was due to heat exhaustion and a heart problem.  Rest in peace coffee guy.  I salute you.

14 Responses to “Kick Shot”

  1. Phelps says:

    I always feel a little better when a black guy dies of heat exhaustion or natural causes rathern than getting beaten to death by a crazy white guy. Cuz I don’t control the weather yet.

  2. mexi says:

    I should send that to Readers’ Digest Quotable Quotes!

  3. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    impressive shot

  4. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    was the dead black guy fat?

  5. Mexigogue says:

    No, that’s the disturbing thing about it. He was probably 10 or 15 lbs over what would have been considered his optimum weight. That doesn’t look like enough to predispose someone to a heart attack. Hopefully he just had some sort of congenital heart abnormality.

  6. L says:

    It was probably from drinking all the beaners coffee.

    You forgot the part where the other mexican grimmed you down. (laugh)

  7. Mexigogue says:

    Oh yes, I meant to say that. I had quarters ready for the pool table and then “Layla” started clinking them really conspicuously as if I wanted to play and then the Mexican Guy grimmed me and so I beat him in a game and then he grimmed me again. The situation was very grim (to say the least).

  8. guy in the UNLV Jacket says:

    I’m not hip to your hip talk what does grimming mean?

  9. Mexigogue says:


  10. L says:

    yes, it means >:-(

  11. L says:

    It was really funny though, all these 5’4″ mexicans (one had a mullet)hanging around the pool tables. Then mexi saunters over and he looked like he came in with them. Their spanish was better though.

  12. Mexigogue says:

    How was I supposed to know that the proper thing to do after winning a game is not to do the Taco Bell “I’M FULLLLLLL!!” shout??? I thought I was being culturally appropriate!

  13. Phelps says:

    Hell, MY Spanish is better than his, and all I know how to do is cuss someone out and order tacos.

  14. Mexigogue says:

    If I’m getting my ass kicked and there are some Mexicans around I know to say “El helpo!”

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