League Hiatus

I've grown both incredibly frustrated and apathetic about league play lately.  That trip to Vegas wasn't the inspiration I might have hoped it'd be.  Instead, it's only shown me that I need a lot of practice.  I'm not where I want to be. Even among my skill levels I'm not the threat I should be (at least not in my own mind).  It's not that I want to never miss a ball again (it'd be nice of course), but more that I'm so incredibly sick and tired of not getting out when I should.  Any commentator watching any of my matches would assume I would get out with 4 open balls in good shape, especially after breaking and solving the problems of the early parts of the rack.  But I somehow manage to mess it up. I can't count the number of blown break and runs this session, all of my leagues or match-ups.  I'm just sick of it.

So, with that, I'm going to quit at least two of the 4 leagues I'm on and spend that time/money at the practice table instead.

First on the chopping block is the APA bar league.  It's been fun and I do feel like my bar table game has improved as compared to how I played on it before I started, I also feel it's become quite stagnant in the last 5 months. There are plenty of other players both of equal and lesser skill level with a stack of BnRs in their column, and I barely have a couple. My consolation is that the BB is not my preferred table and I keep telling myself that on a big table, I'd be the favorite.  That might be true, but it doesn't change the fact that I'm either incapable of adjusting or just simply not as good as I think I am.  The latter is most likely the case.

The APA league is actually a double-jeopardy league, 8 and 9 ball.  I'm quitting them both.  I'm on the fence about the APA Masters team.  I told them I'd stay if no one else wants on, but if someone else wants to give it a whirl I'd step aside.

I'll never quit the in-house league at C&C though.  It's great competition (and it pays pretty well).  I'm so close to reaching my goal there.  I wanted to be an A-rated player starting this year, but it didn't happen. The summer session didn't work out either and my scores weren't strong enough to put me over the top. It's about to start again in 2 weeks, and by god, I want to finish strong this time around.  This had better be my last session as a B.

As I'm writing this, I'm going back through old entries here and it is very interesting to see the same things pop up time and time again: Frustration due to lack of consistency, be it pocketing, position or mental game. So, I guess I'll just add this post to the top of the stack.

I'm excited, though, to get back to actually running drills. Spending that alone time at the table and just losing a few hours in the blink of an eye. I might need to hire someone to reset balls for me though, that's a lot of extra wasted effort walking around and setting up balls when I miss halfway through things. lol

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APA NTC Vegas Review

I'm not really sure how to wrap up a week in Vegas in a single post.  So, I'll just mention a few of the highlights (and lowlights).

Our team won our first 9ball match, I didn't play, as we played our 9 instead. It was an amazing match to watch, terrible to score though as there's just not enough room for all the racks when boths 9 are playing safes or running out.

Afterwards, our team celebrated the win and being in Vegas a little too much and we ended up losing the next 2 matches.  I got to play once, and during that match I played very well and won over their 5 with a great comeback.  He needed 2, I needed 13.  He gave me a chance, I took it.  I didn't like the table, I'd play safe and he'd sell out. I won the match with him still needing 2.

I played a mixed scotch doubles mini with my old team captain and we played very well in the first round. But the 2nd round I kinda lost the focus and we lost.

Later that night I played a 7's only mini and lost in the first round to the guy who ended up winning the mini, so I don't feel bad about it.  Annoyed a little, because I don't feel he played that much better than me. I only lost by a couple balls.

I played another mixed scotch doubles event with my team's 3, who was sick and couldn't quite get it going. I would leave her tough and with the no-coaching rule, she was left to figure it out on her own.  We lost the first round.

I lost money at the casinos. I drank a yard of captain'n'coke.

I ate at Tacos del Gordo but didn't try the brain, tongue or intestine tacos.

I picked up a cold the 4th day and am still fighting it 5 days later.

I got to see Freemont street both completely empty and closed down (around 3am Sunday night/Monday morning) and in all its splendor Monday afternoon/early evening.  I had drinks at the top of the Stratosphere and some of the best omelets ever at The Peppermill.  I saw the shark tank in the swimming pool at the Golden Nugget.

I watched a regional proam (Skyler Woodard) play a 3 and break and run a few double-packs, winning the match something like 75 - 8.

I cheered for the other local teams out there and saw some amazing play in the Master's tournament.

I was propositioned for some nighttime company on the way back to my room.

I saw two Elvises, Jack Nickelson, James Brown, Michael Jackson, transformers, hello kitty, the Predator, street performers, good and evil spiderman, a stormtrooper a Gru minion and Zack Galafanakis' character from The Hangover, complete with "Carlos" while walking around.

But the number one top highlight was getting to hang out with Mike Fieldhammer and Jesse Engel at Best Billiards!

I received the best compliment ever: Playing ring-10B on the 10-footer at Best Billiards, after one of my breaks where I got the SVB-hop to work, Jesse Engel says "Perfect break".

And that about wraps it up. 

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