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10-01-2002, 09:55 AM
I don't claim to be as good a commentator as Howard Cosell but I'm starting to feel like we have something else in common. It appears that folks in the pocket billiard community either hate me or love me, which is fine with me.
I do support a family, though, with two teenage children and all the contigent problems and expenses.
My question to everyone is this: Is it remotely possible that if I had been given the opportunity to do TV commentary that the powers that were might have really liked me and offered me permanent good paying work?
I'll be 60 in Jan. and I guess this was the last time for me to get passed over and it leaves me with some bitterness and extreme disappointment.That's all I have to say on the subject. I'm going to work on my tournament with my good wife Randi. I promise a great event that will be open to all good players.

10-01-2002, 10:07 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote:</font><hr>My question to everyone is this: Is it remotely possible that if I had been given the opportunity to do TV commentary that the powers that were might have really liked me and offered me permanent good paying work? <hr></blockquote>

I haven't seen the PPV tape yet.. I should get it sometime this week..

TV pool broadcast leave a lot to be desired. There ought to be more focus on the shots on the match.. we (the fans watching live in attendance) were not always watching the monitor screens for the inprogress matches. Although the replays were a great touch..

We didn't get the opportunity to listen to the commentators also. I think there could be an opportunity to charge for headsets to listen.. during the future telecasts.

I guess my point is, there is room for improvement.. Accustats is realatively new in this Live Production business and I am sure that they were influenced in their decisions by the networks and promoters. I don't blame Pat Flemming for doing what it takes to be the best at what he does.. that's why Grady Mathews has been doing these commentaries for as long as Pat has been in business. Pat knows what is working.

Rich R.
10-01-2002, 10:21 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Grady:</font><hr>My question to everyone is this: Is it remotely possible that if I had been given the opportunity to do TV commentary that the powers that were might have really liked me and offered me permanent good paying work?
Grady, until pool obtains a "permanent" position in the TV schedule, your question is moot. Being a TV commentator, for pool events, is a part-time job, at best.
With the current trends in TV programming, I believe that if pool is ever scheduled regularly, they will want younger commentators. I stress "they", not necessarily "we".
Rich R.~~~waiting for regular pool programing, regardless of the commentators.

10-01-2002, 10:26 AM
Hi Grady,

Have you had a good old-fashioned heart-to-heart talk with the folks who control such matters? They may be able to offer constructive criticism if you show a willingness to change or adapt to the style they are looking for.

I realize that at this point you may have to eat a little crow to get back in their good graces, but the ball is definitely in your court. You are in essence a commodity in the TV game, so you have to make yourself more valuable to them than the other guys.

10-01-2002, 10:35 AM
I tend to agree with Rich, Grady. Yes, you'd have been far better than Sigel, Hopkins, or any other player who's tried it so far, but for the most part, so would Helen Keller. But Rich is right when he points out there's no full-time living in that, not for you nor for the people trying to commentate now. It wasn't all that long ago that Fran Crimi told us commentators weren't being paid at all (in which case the price was certainly right). Stop worrying about the spilt milk and concentrate on creating and running the best tournaments you can. You'll be remembered much longer for that, IMO. GF

10-01-2002, 11:48 AM
Hey guys, I doubt he's reading your responses.


10-01-2002, 11:54 AM
I don't expect him to reply to posts on this forum.. but I do like the idea of letting others know my opinion about Grady and Accustats.

10-01-2002, 12:01 PM
Good, I just hadn't noticed any dialogue resulting from the many responses to his posts this week.


Voodoo Daddy
10-01-2002, 03:40 PM
I did notice you left kinda fast...they didnt/wouldnt give you your time in the spotlight? You can privatly tell me if you dont want to post it. It was nice seeing ya again and will look for ya in January.

10-01-2002, 08:34 PM
Give it a rest, Grady. If these people promised you something and then reneged, then maybe they owe you something. Beyond that, they do not.

When you enter into a contract or agreement with another party and perform the service as agreed, and they pay you as agreed, everybody is dead even. Neither should go away feeling that they are owed. When you claim to be entitled to this or that consideration, you must also be prepared to demonstrate who is in your debt. Nothing in your posts has shown that AccuStats owes you - unless, as I noted, they reneged on a promise.

The videos are their expense, their risk, and how to make them and who to employ is their option. You can disagree with what they do, but don't feel shorted. Whatever their reason for what they did, it's their business. If the videos don't sell because they passed you by, then you might take some satisfaction in their poor judgment. Until then, undertake a project of your own, using your own money, and don't hire them to help. Maybe this will make you feel better and give you a sense of getting even. I don't see that your complaint has generated a whole lot of sympathy for your position.

10-01-2002, 09:31 PM
What if you had realized sometime within the past two decades that you couldn't play pool for a living forever and made plans for an alternate method of supporting yourself and your family? What if you stopped telling everyone else what they owe you and started earning that which you want? What if you began to realize that you think you are far more wonderful than perhaps others do? And perhaps the biggest what if of all....What if you had used an editor instead of a talkboy to write that book? Leave the porn to the pros Grady. You've got a lot to offer the game, please stop whining and start being productive. Your instructional videos are just wonderful, I recommend them to everyone. Why can't you channel your energies more in that direction? Bert Kinnister seems to make a pretty sporty living off of his......