Today’s adventure started out wonderfully actually. I was taking my time, locking my chin, compensating for throw, getting good position, making good shots during my practices. I did this for at least an hour. Was feeling pretty good for the upcoming match with Morris. Then he got wrapped up into another match and I ended up playing Clarence. He doesn’t really like 9-ball at all and will usually only play one-pocket. His brother was playing Morris and Ralph was taken up with someone else. I had asked him earlier if he wanted to play banks, but he declined. Then later he comes over and says ok, lets play some 9-ball. he breaks, nothing goes in and the CB and 1B are basically an easy shot. I miss – as if I hadn’t just made that shot 27 times in the hours. The 2nd game I thought I had him though. Same story, he broke, pushed out on the 1. I ran the 1 through the 6, missed the 7, but got a lucky roll and got safe. He missed the 7 and left me a shot. I made the 7 and 8 and left myself with a not-too-easy-but-not-too-hard shot on the 9, again, another shot I’d been making most of the day, and just totally dogged it. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. I didn’t win a single game because I failed to get position on the 8 or 9 most of the time. Too worried about over shooting it, left me way short usually. He finally left to go play with Ralph and I had to get some food or start throwing a fit. I stopped counting at 6-0, but I’d guess it went to 9 at least.
There’s no way I can enter a tournament if that is how I’m going to play when it matters.