View Full Version : Safety play and TV coverage . . .

09-19-2006, 08:15 AM
I was just reading an article here about the decline of straight pool. It talked a lot about TV coverage and how sometimes there would be 20 minutes of safety play at a time and everyone got bored and so on. And how the fans wanted more offense and so forth.

I think this mentality has been confusingly foisted onto games like 9-ball which are totally different. The safety play in straight pool is often with a nearly unbroken rack and may indeed be fairly boring for average fans. But 9-ball safety play is always on an open table and is very exciting, a true showcase of ability to position the cue ball in some clever spot, and seldom lasts more than a few shots.

My point is that I wish TV coverage would show MORE safety play. What is actually boring in games like 9-ball is watching experts run easy racks, setting up one simple shot after another. WHile this may take a lot of skill, it isn't nearly as much fun as watching someone have to deal with the results of a brilliant safety.

Just my two cents.

P.S. I also think interest could be increased on TV with well-publicized man vs. woman matches.

09-19-2006, 08:21 AM
i agree. A well executed saftey is a pain in the butt to deal with. and there is a pretty good feeling you get when its you who played that safety. as for the men v. women....ill take alison fisher. i think she has the best skills in the world right now. you so rarely see her screw one up.