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SPetty
10-08-2007, 12:08 PM
OMG what a great weekend I had!

I travelled with my sister up to Norman, OK to the WPBA Midwest Classic tournament. If you ever have a chance, I wholeheartedly recommend attending a WPBA event near you. We attended the Midwest Classic tourney, and it was great! We had to drive three hours to get there.

It was at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK. The OU Sooners were headed down to Dallas for the Texas/OU weekend, and we passed the player's bus just at the border of Texas and OK. We had to roll down the windows and do the Hook 'Em Horns thing as we passed... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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Admission to watch was $10, but with your ticket purchase, they gave you $10 worth of gambling credit. Since I was forced to play, I turned my Saturday's $20 credit into $65 cash. My sister hates me.

When we first got there, we bumped into Anna Kostanian at the chart and I chatted with her for a second, then told my sister that I'm sure Anna didn't remember but that I almost beat her one time. I sketched out when and where and Anna actually remembered it! She remembers that it was a hill/hill match and that I had left her pretty good safe and she had to kick at the six ball (the hard way!) to make it to continue to win! Wow!

The tourney started on Thursday, but we didn't get there until Friday night. Saw some pool Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday too! Saw what appeared to be cheating, saw what appeared to be sharking, saw some poor sportmanship, some poor playing but mostly saw some great pool!!! Especially the semi's and finals.

I still don't understand when pool playing people say "oh, boring, another Allison/Karen final"... It's really very exciting, and this final match between Allison and Karen was no exception. Not that I've seen them very much, but this was the first time I ever saw them smiling at each other and speaking to each other. I like it!

I was struck by the graciousness of Allison Fisher after the final match - it was phenomenal. It's pretty easy to be gracious if you're the winner, but she lost the match and was still like the Nascar winner - smiling and thanking all the sponsors and the venue and the crowd, etc.

They've changed production companies since the last televised event I attended, and it makes for a much better live event. Before, they had to stop and start the action on the whim of the production company. Now, they do their job without interfering with the players, so they get to keep their rhythm going.

If they get within three hours of you, you should go for the weekend. Right Rich? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Deeman3
10-08-2007, 12:24 PM
I am glads to hear you had a great weekend. It appears they are friendlier in Oklahoma than in Florida according to the other lady's post.

Sharking, cheating, has Earl started entering the lady's events? /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

Allison has always seemed to be a real pro and as much as she's accustomed to winning a classy loser as well. It seems she got a slow start, for her, this year but is recovering well. Who else played well? Can I borrow $20? /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Ace
10-08-2007, 01:21 PM
SPetty, I was there Thursday when they were just starting to compete. I watched some great matches and had alot of cue balls signed for my collection at home.

SKennedy
10-08-2007, 02:50 PM
Hey...the ladies (WPBA) are doing it right!
As for the bus and flashing signs, you should have given them the old thumbs up (Gig 'Em). We're first in the south but know it will not last long.
As for those that are bored.....it's like those who complain about a scoreless baseball game. To me, there is nothing more exciting.

dg-in-centralpa
10-08-2007, 06:15 PM
SPetty,
Sounds like you had a great time. I used to watch a lot of their matches when they played Valley Forge, but ala that is in the past, as Hopkins has only the men now. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif:(

Duane

Rich R.
10-08-2007, 07:57 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr> If they get within three hours of you, you should go for the weekend. Right Rich? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif <hr /></blockquote>
You definitely got that right!

Unfortunately, the WPBA has abandoned the Mid-Atlantic area, that supported them for so many years. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Deeman3
10-11-2007, 10:11 AM
Ace,

Just how many signed cue balls do you have now? Do you still have possession of the DeeMan one?

Are you ready for Derby City?
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Ace
10-13-2007, 01:26 PM
Dee,
I have 38 autographed cue balls:
Efren Reyes, Santos Sambajon, Jose Parica, Rudalfo Luat, Dennis Orcollo, Francisco Bustamante, Alex Pagulayan, Thorston Hohmann, Ralf Souquet, Mika Immonen, Niels Feijen, Luc Salvas, Shawn Putnam, Corey Deuel, Scott Frost, Gabe Owens, Charlie Williams, Buddy Hall, Earl Stricland, Johnny Archer, Jui-Lung Chen, Jason Miller, Allison Fisher, Karren Corr, Kelly Fisher, Monica Webb, Jeanette Lee, Jennifer Barretta, Jasmine Oushan, Ewa Laurence, Helena Thornfeldt, Kim Shaw, Dawn Hopkins, Julie Kelly, Guy-Young Kim
And Dee, yours is in front of them all!

Deeman3
10-15-2007, 07:17 AM
Wow, that's quite a collection. Knowing you won't let them end up on e-bay and the fact Efren and the other players like you so much doesn't hurt your efforts to collect then all!

I can't wait til January.

wolfdancer
10-15-2007, 07:41 AM
A Deeman cue ball...just in time for Xmas....are they taking orders yet over on Dazzle?
Can you apply any left spin on the ball?

Deeman3
10-15-2007, 08:29 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr> A Deeman cue ball...just in time for Xmas....are they taking orders yet over on Dazzle? <font color="blue"> Get 'em while they are hot /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Naw, this was special edition, one time only ball... </font color>
Can you apply any left spin on the ball? <font color="blue"> You bet your opposable thumbs I can't. I won't even play on a table that drifts left. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Gort was my hero, long before I knew of it's symoblism of the Soviet Union and our military industrial complex. I just wanted Gort to level Washington. I'm still sad today that he left without finishing the job!

Gort, Barrada, beringga! </font color> <hr /></blockquote>

Wally_in_Cincy
10-15-2007, 10:06 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr>
I travelled with my sister up to Norman, OK to the WPBA Midwest Classic tournament.

<font color="red">The Midwest Classic was held in Peoria for at least 3 years and we went every year. Just as we were getting in a rhythm, getting to know where to eat, where to play pool etc., they put the kabosh on it. If we could not attend anymore I am glad you were able to. </font color>


Saw what appeared to be cheating, saw what appeared to be sharking, saw some poor sportmanship, some poor playing but mostly saw some great pool!!!

<font color="red">So you got to see some of Karen Corr's matches? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif </font color>

I was struck by the graciousness of Allison Fisher after the final match - it was phenomenal.

<font color="red">She is truly a class act. I have always found Jeanette Lee to be that way also. </font color>

If they get within three hours of you, you should go for the weekend.

<font color="red">Absolutely. I am extremely disappointed I am not going this year.

Maybe next year. </font color> <hr /></blockquote>

Rich R.
10-15-2007, 07:27 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Wally_in_Cincy:</font><hr> I was struck by the graciousness of Allison Fisher after the final match - it was phenomenal.

<font color="red">She is truly a class act. I have always found Jeanette Lee to be that way also. </font color> <hr /></blockquote>
Although I have always been impressed by Jeanette, she impressed me more than ever during one of the recent TV matches. Mitch was talking about all of the foreign players currently in the WPBA and said that the influx of foreign players must bother Jeanette. She said that it did not bother her and it made everyone play better. Then she said that, if she wanted to be in the finals more often, she would be practicing more. Jeanette didn't take the opportunity to take a cheap shot at the foreign players. Instead, she put the responsibility back on herself and said she should be practicing more. She is a class act.

Wally_in_Cincy
10-16-2007, 06:44 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> Although I have always been impressed by Jeanette, she impressed me more than ever during one of the recent TV matches. Mitch was talking about all of the foreign players currently in the WPBA and said that the influx of foreign players must bother Jeanette. She said that it did not bother her and it made everyone play better. Then she said that, if she wanted to be in the finals more often, she would be practicing more. Jeanette didn't take the opportunity to take a cheap shot at the foreign players. Instead, she put the responsibility back on herself and said she should be practicing more. She is a class act. <hr /></blockquote>

In Peoria once an older couple stopped her in the lobby of the hotel for an autograph. Even though she had her young daughter Cheyenne in tow, she practically dumped out her entire purse looking for a pen so she could give them one. And she was totally cool about it.

Deeman3
10-16-2007, 07:38 AM
Rich,

I was not a big fan of Jennette's for a long time. I then saw her at a tournament where she was going through a lot of personal pain as well as some physical pain. You could see the strain on her but as soon as she stepped out of the room and into the group of fans, she turned on her smile and spent more than enough time with everyone, a real professional as well as considerate of her fans. I was also impressed with her feelings for family and respect for her husband. You are right, she is a class act as well as Allison and many others on the Women's Tour. They could teach the men a thing of two and have. I can't beleive the difference in the level of play in the women's game. They have really moved the bar and brought the level of play up remarkably.

DSAPOLIS
10-16-2007, 08:12 AM
According to Jeanette, she has NEVER refused to sign an autograph, ever. I have watched her stay in the room after a match (win or lose) and stay until every fan that wants a picture or autograph has gotten their wish. That's HOF class. Our sport could use a couple of hundred more Black Widows.

SKennedy
10-16-2007, 09:24 AM
And, she's easy on the eyes......

DSAPOLIS
10-16-2007, 09:46 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SKennedy:</font><hr> And, she's easy on the eyes...... <hr /></blockquote>

I noticed that too!

But I also noticed that she's also known as Mrs. Breedlove, and that makes all the difference, doesn't it?
lol /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Eric.
10-16-2007, 12:04 PM
Hey, I'm glad you had a great time.

Quick question; are "hook em horns" similar to telling someone to "live long and prosper"? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif


Eric

SPetty
10-16-2007, 02:23 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Eric.:</font><hr>Quick question; are "hook em horns" similar to telling someone to "live long and prosper"? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif<hr /></blockquote>hahaha

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