I am now the #1 in the pool ladder at work! I beat the #2 guy a week or so ago, and since the #1 guy is out of town for a while, I somehow ended up at #1. It did not feel like I had really earned #1 yet though since I did not beat the #1 guy to get there (I had just lost to him a few days earlier, before he left town). But today I was challenged by #2 and managed to hold my spot. So now it’s official!
Started off rough. I lost the first game handily. I broke and made nothing. My opponent shot and made a few balls, then missed and left me hooked deep in a corner pocket. The only close ball for me to shoot at was blocked by the corner “horn” of the pocket, so I had to kick at another ball down table and missed. So he had ball in hand and proceeded to clear the table for a quick win. Next game he scratched shooting the 8 when I still had quite a few balls left, but he did not make the 8 on the shot so it was not a loss for him, and I had ball in hand. I think I ran out after a few attempts, can’t remember, but ended up winning that game. So down to the final game (we play best 2 out of 3), I broke…and ran out the table! It’s the first time I’ve done that since one time many years ago on a bar table. I played good position on all balls except screwed up on the 8 and sent the cue ball too far, going past the 8 and leaving a difficult cut on the 8 to get to the corner pocket. I thought it was makeable, but a was a very steep cut and the cue ball had a good chance of scratching in the side pocket. So I decided to carom the 8 off one of his balls, which reduced the cut angle and also eliminated the scratch possibility, and I made it for a dramatic win and the first table run in the pool ladder! Approximate diagram of the shot on the 8 below: