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Jonesing for some time on the baize!

Posted on 03. May, 2013 by .

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Watching all this world-class snooker has me itching to play a few frames. I can’t tell you it was lucky for me there were no cues laying about in the practice room. I was in there alone for a while examining the equipment. If there had been so much as a broomstick, I’d have been busted for sure.

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Cruel Pool Shoes

Posted on 27. Feb, 2013 by .

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Well, someone has finally done it. They’ve come out with shoes designed for players. Let me be more clear:  shoes for Pool Players.

It’s not Brunswick Corporation, who has been around for 150+ years, not Simonis which has been around for 333 years, not even Predator who has branded themselves into a beerish/NASCARish puke-fest. Nope. The company is Black Heart. Never heard of them? I don’t blame you. They are a fairly new cue tip company which makes leather tips in Brazil, I think. Marketed by a company in Europe, I think. I tried a couple of them last year and wasn’t too impressed.

Anyway, I have been a fan of donning the proper footwear for pool since my college days. Here’s an assortment of my finest (not cruel) pool shoes from the last 25 years.  You may want to click on the photo to see a larger size to soak in the gloriousness (or goriness) of these puppies.

These guys have seen a lot of table time. I always thought that comfortable and functional footwear was an often overlooked component to high level play. My criteria for shoes clearly didn’t (and still doesn’t) include fashion. I wanted shoes that my feet didn’t slip around in and shoes that didn’t slip around on the floor. Pool room and tournament flooring can be anything from crappy press down vinyl tiles, industrial carpet, commercial carpet, hardwood court, rough and unlevel concrete, and even ice rink flooring cooled before they flood with water. All of these shoes perform well. My only gripe is the best looking —and most appropriate for the task looking— squeak with every step and footfall.

From Left to Right and Back to Front- 2 pair ECCO sailing shoes, Classic Airwalks, Stiga, Nike Free, Adidas.

From Left to Right and Back to Front- 2 pair ECCO sailing shoes, Classic Airwalks, Stiga, Nike Free, Adidas.

From the back left to right:

  •  Blue Ecco sailing shoes
  •  Sh#t Brown Ecco sailing shoes (the first purchase of the two pair)
  •  My very favorite and original pool shoes. Airwalks! I always thought of the carrot on the toungue as the prize money at the end of my pool stick.
  •  Stiga table tennis shoes. I went through a phase of wearing track suits from table tennis companies. C’mon, it is a sport kind of like pool.
  •  Nike Free custom ordered in 2005. I would have ordered them in green, but I could sense the “Blue Cloth” trend coming.
  • Classic Adidas. These get the most notice and comments of any of my shoes. I save them for special occasions. It should be noted that these were a gift from a gal. I would never have the sartorial savvy to select such sensible shoes. (A lot of alliteration…) These are the squeaky wheels.
I'd have had my whole last name on the tongue if they were  high-tops.

I’d have had my whole last name on the tongue if they were high-tops.

Looking for grip and athletic performance.

Looking for grip and athletic performance.

 

Now here’s the announcement from Black Heart Tips:

Baby needs a new pair of shoes.

Baby needs a new pair of shoes.

Not bad. You can read more about the tips and shoes at http://www.bhtips.com

Game on!

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Samsara Cues Shop Tour Part 2

Posted on 22. Jan, 2013 by .

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Here’s another video of the Samsara Cue shop in Rugby, ND.

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Fargo, Rugby, and Snooker Coming Up

Posted on 11. Jan, 2013 by .

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There’s a busy week ahead. I’m leaving to Fargo Billiards & Gastropub this afternoon for their big tournament. Then on to Samsara Cues for some work next week. On top of all that, The Masters snooker tournament begins on Sunday and goes through January 20. Huzzah!

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