Friday, February 27, 2009

Time for "The Name Game!"

Yes, it's time for the Name Game again! What's that you say? Are we going to put "Banana fanna fo" at the end of every one's name and sing it out loud? No, no, Chuck you are safe this go around.

I just like browsing through the database of team names each session and posting some of the more, um, interesting ones. Here goes the good, bad and the ugly! (In no particular order):

  • 2 Chicks, 6 Sticks
  • Better Late Than Never
  • 3 Piece Chicken Dinner (Down from 8 Piece Chicken Dinner last session)
  • Hangin' & Bangin'
  • Big Sausages, Tiny Muffins
  • Train Wreck (New team in established division)
  • Chalk Dust
  • All Night Long
  • Thunderballs
  • Aight
  • Right On Cue
  • Confused About Something
  • That's My Cue
  • Carolina Pride
  • It's All About Her
  • Use the Force
  • Without a Paddle (Plays out of "The Creek")
  • Have Cue Will Travel
  • Get Chitty
  • Foreplay (Team full of 4's)
  • Paul's Gone Postal
  • Titanic
  • Midnight's Shadow
  • Kiss This
  • Friends & Family
  • Off in the Shower (So when they lose the winning team has to say "We beat 'Off in the Shower'.)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New 8 Ball Express Rule Book - Page Turning Format

For a quick reference guide, check out the 8 Ball Express Rulebook online in an easier to view mode! (Double click for larger size)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Here I Am!

I met someone last night for the, I'd say, 3rd or 4th time. While I remembered him, he couldn't seem to place me with working for 8 Ball Express.
Since I've had the same job/route for the past few years and work all the tournaments and Charlotte meetings, I know I've met many members but realize it hasn't been every member and maybe I've met you only once.
I guess I don't have a memorable face or maybe I just take for granted that people would recognize me out in public, so in hindsight, I'm posting my photo here and reintroducing myself. That way, if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to approach me if I don't approach you!

Dawn Reid, 8 Ball Express Charlotte Area Administrator w/Kate

I know I am terrible with names, so forgive me if I don't recall yours off the top of my head, but I can for the most part remember faces and which team and location you play with.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Stuck Like Glue

Don't forget, this week was (is still for Friday/Sunday teams) the last week you can change your team roster. After this, you're team is pretty much a family...for the next 7 weeks that is! Hope you picked nice "relatives" or you can at least get through the session better than my family gets through Thanksgiving!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Help Me Help You!

I recently ran into two handicap complaints (not counting the over ranked guy from previous post) and would like to remind everyone that, when it comes to "laying down" or "sandbagging", 9 times out of 10 people can only do that if you let them. So, let's focus on how you may be duped, so we can put a stop to it and make you none the wiser.
Example #1 (True story)
Team Captain: "So and so is just banging balls around and laying down. He is really a 6 but is ranked a 4. He had two break and runs and is a much better player. We play against him in an in-house division and I know his skill set."
Me: "How many non-performance/defensive shots did you mark on that last game that went on for a while?"
Team Captain: "Um...two?!?"
Me: "Um, well, yeah...I'm gonna have to say it was at least three, more like five. "Help me help you!

Example #2 (True Story)
Team #1 never pays attention when it comes to keeping score, always asks the other team how many innings they got and what balls were left on the table and, "Hey, I gotta go to the bathroom/bar/jukebox so can you keep score for me?" Team #2 gladly agrees. Now I'm not saying teams will take advantage of this situation, and for the most part teams will be honest, but if Team #1 sounds amazingly like your team and people you play against all of a sudden seem very underanked," Help me help you!

If your team's scoresheets don't tell the complete picture of what actually happened during a match, the score system can never work properly. As much as I would really like to, I wish I did just know everyone's true playing ability. But until time travel is possible, I simply can't be at every match watching every player, hence the need for scoresheets and those pesky columns and boxes to be filled out.
Just don't forget the whole system is based on your team's input, which (hopefully) your team captain/last player left/D.D. signs off on as correct at the end of the night.

And I'm trying not speaking from a soapbox here, anyone who plays my team knows I am not always a model scorekeeper myself (all of my Thursday CLT Travel 9-Ball division will vouch for it). If you do keep score properly and still feel something is amiss, the next step is to fill out a complaint form and the issue will be addressed within 24-48 hours. (Find one here: ) I honestly do value your feedback and concerns about handicaps and really do listen, but geniunely feel most of them could be alleviated with proper scorekeeping.
The system is there and ready, people just have to use it!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Didn't See That One Coming

Tonight someone complained about a handicap, no big deal right?

Except they were complaining about their opponent being OVER ranked. That's right, this guy actually said about his opposition..."He's no 6! That guy I played really should be a 4".

Now, I'm not naive and will acknowledge there is a possibility a player may try to downplay their own performance by diluting his opponent's game, but I don't think that was the case this particular time. (And no, I don't believe they are friends or relatives.)

I simply think he was genuinely surprised by the rankings and made a non-formal complaint to help the guy out. Good sportsmanship or not, hearing it just made me laugh and want to mention it in my blog.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Best Worst Case Scenario

Thursday night I was in one of 8 Ball Express' host locations when a player with a handicap of 8 was demonstrating a theory he has.
The theory did not have a name, but I'll refer to it as "The Best Worst Case Scenario" theory. Basically, you should plan each shot as if you acknowledge there is no "perfect leave." He was saying that after you make a ball, plan to leave the cueball on the side of your next object ball that leaves you with the most options, i.e. "Best Worst Case Scenario". Try to pocket your ball into the pocket that will leave the cueball with the most possibilities for the next shot and not ever count on the ball going exactly where you want it to. Doing so will cause you to send the cueball to the area of the table with the most shots/options, not just trying for the one easiest or one best shot. This way, if and when you mess up, you still have options.
It's hard to explain in a post, but fascinating to watch. If you are ever at EB's, check out J.B.'s theories of pool. (Ask him about triangles...)

Friday, February 6, 2009


I try to keep my job and my politics as separate as oil and vinegar, but just like a good bottle of Italian dressing, sometimes you can shake up the mix just right!

Check out this random widget I found online. It's a play on the famous President Obama "Hope" poster. Regardless of your candidate of choice in the 2008 election, it's still a huge part of the recent pop culture and just seemed to be everywhere. (You know you want to make your own now, don't you?!) You can do it here:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Out With the Old, In With the New!

I've made a few small changes to the website. Check them out and give them a whirl.

There was some confusion with the Black "Admin Login" (webmaster) area at the top right of the page with the Green "Member Login" (access to the league scoring system) so I tried to fix that by enlarging the "Member Login" link and kicking it to the top of the main menu on the left side of the screen.

Also, added a section regarding rule questions & answers called, well um funny thing, "Top Rule Questions & Answers". This may or may not stay, depending on how user friendly it is. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Feedback is a good thing right? ;)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

(Fill a) "Supper" Bowl Sunday

If you aren't doing anything for the Super Bowl and are hungry, I got invitied to Getaway's "Chili Cook-off" today. I think Chili's have to be there by 6pm for judging. Come and help pick the best!