04-17-2005, 08:04 PM
Hi Keith and JAM. Congratulations to Keith on sucessfully defending his title at the Joss Tour event @ the Golden Cue in Albany N.Y... Last year Keith beat frankie Hernandez to win and this year he beat the ever tough Canadian player Danny Hewitt. A good time was had by all and it was a great tournament over all and Keith was his usual entertaining keith. A special thanks to WPBA players Karen Corr and Julie Kelly for coming back on Sunday when they did not have to and for sticking around afterward to sign autographed pictures for everybody who wanted them... oh by the way, i also happened to win the raffle for the $1100.00 Joss cue. So it was a good time for me also..lololol.................mike
Gayle in MD
04-17-2005, 08:58 PM
Congratulations on your new cue! Sounds like a great time!
Gayle in Md.
04-17-2005, 11:42 PM
Couldn't have think of any two people I would like to see win anything more. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif WTG
04-18-2005, 05:24 PM
Mike, when I heard you had won the Joss cue in the raffle, I was pleased. That's a beautiful stick. I hope you enjoy it! /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
Keith and I had a blast in Albany at the Golden Cue. Rocco Spinelli really outdid himself this year, and I didn't hear one single player complain about the tables. They were in tip-top shape. There's something very special about a family-run pool room: service with a smile, friendly regulars, and a comfortable pool environment.
I was really sweating Canadian Champion Danny Hewitt vs. Keith in the first match of the double-elimination finals. As is customary with the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, the rules adhered to are that if the B side player beats the hotseat holder in the finals, the winner is determined by the second round.
Keith went undefeated all the way to the hotseat, but when he went down in Round One and I saw how strong Danny was hitting 'em, a sense of gloom and doom came over me. Keith remained seated for the majority of the set only accumulating 3 games in the race to 9. /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
I think that 10-minute intermission called by Joss Tour TD Mike Zuglan between the two sets may have provided Keith with a second wind to change course. If they had played the two sets back to back, Danny would have had a strong momentum to continue his charge. /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
Round Two was tense, and several games came down to safety versus safety, each player exhibiting defensive strategies, always looking for a little window of opportunity to run out. Hewitt plays much like Archer, maintaining his composure and focus at all times. And Keith is, of course, his usual jolly self!
The final set ended up being a topnotch exhibition of excellent play, and it could have gone either way. But in 9-ball, victory sometimes comes from a few good lucky rolls when it's all said and done, which ended up going Keith's way this past weekend! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Here's some pictures I took of the Joss Tour Stop No. 19 at the Golden Cue in Albany, New York, this past weekend:
Railbird JAM's pics (http://hometown.aol.com/railbirdjam/2005jossalbany.html)
See you at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, for the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour Season Finale this coming August for sure. We paid Joss Tour TD Mike Zuglan yesterday for Keith's entry fee, $135. Because the Season Finale is a $25,000-added event, I believe it will fill up well ahead of time.
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