I’m sure you’ve all seen the results of the GenerationPool.com 9 Ball Championships, but I wanted to give the old rundown anyway. First off, the event was an absolute blast. The BCA folks did a really nice job putting on a good show. Plus, the whole free food/free booze thing didn’t hurt either. Honestly when I heard there was going to be food provided, I was expecting the standard rubber chicken fare that is usually served when the phrase “free food” is used. Color me surprised when I got to the buffet line to rock some garlic mashed potatoes, veggies and sirloin beef tips!
Now I did have fun at the event and I got to hang out and meet a ton of pool players thanks to my new friend Tequila Schjodt, but I do have a gripe goes by the name of ESPN. Unfortunately, our tables were set directly behind some cameraman from ESPN, so I got to spend the evening staring at the back of some guy’s head instead of watching Jeremy Jones and Ronnie Wiseman rattle and scratch. The picture here doesn’t even do it justice, as this was one where the cameraman was taking a break and kneeling. Most of the time he was staring into the lens, so watching the match was a little, shall we say, obstructed.
Anyway, even with the view of the cameraman’s posterior, it was still a good time with some excellent pool to be had. Kudos to Ga Young Kim, Xingtao Pan, Jasmin Ouschan and Anna Kostanian on not only playing some excellent pool, but seriously outplaying and out-entertaining the men. I’ve heard that the semis and the finals are slated to air on ESPN July 19th, so be sure to tune in and check it out.
Well, I dragged my ass back into the office today after a week of alcohol induced debautchery and still don’t think I’ve fully recovered from attempting to party like the proverbial rock star that I’m not.
The first night I was there, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the lovely and effervescent Ms. Debbie Schjodt. She mentioend that her nickname on the tour is “The Intimidator”, but that’s just not gonna work for me. From now on, she’ll be known to me as Debbie “Tequila” Schjodt.
So I run into Debbie at the pro arena and we decide to hit the Hilton bar for some drinks. After countless beers (and vodka and sodas for Debbie), Debbie orders a shot of Patrón. Well, I’m not one to let a girl drink alone, so I stagger down the tequila highway. Personally, I’m not a fan of tequila, but Patrón (which I’d never had before) was pretty damn smooth and tasty, so we ordered a second before heading out.
About ten minutes later, I got to experience Patrón in reverse. Debbie being Debbie offers to “hold my hair”, which if you’ve ever met me is pretty damn funny, so now I’m trying to not laugh while involuntarily removing beer and tequila from my system. Needless to say, I never made it back to the pro arena to watch Johnny Archer win a hill-hill battle. Instead, I apparently went to a sports bar, ordered some grub with my boys and proceeded to spend what I thought was 5 minutes but was actually about 45 minutes in the head. It all gets sort of fuzzy from there, but my boys did get me back to my hotel room instead of leaving me out at some fountain which apparently I really, really wanted to hang out at.
The upside of this experience though is that it reminded me of a really funny (and somewhat applicable) Jim Breuer bit. Enjoy!
I’m heading out to Charlotte next week to catch some pool and to see what new gear we should add to our site, but let’s face it… you can’t go to a new city without checking out at least one or two tourist attractions. I’m prepared though, as I’ve built my list of the Top 5 things I want to check out in Charlotte (other than fancy new pool cues, of course):
1. The James K. Polk Memorial – The real question is why you wouldn’t want to learn more about the 11th President. He got so much done in his first term, that he didn’t need to get re-elected!
2. The Museum of the Alphabet – That’s right folks… everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) you’ve ever wanted to know about the alphabet.
3. Hendrick Motorsports Museum – Can’t wait until 2010 for the NASCAR Hall of Left Turns to open? Check out 15,000 square feet of motorsports madness conveniently located near the Lowe’s Racetrack.
4. Reedy Creek Nature Center – Feeling the need to get a little crunchy? Lots of trees are available for hugging here, along with lots of hiking trails.
5. Golf Club at Ballantyne – Bringing your sticks to Charlotte? Hit the links at Ballantyne. Nice championship course for under $100. There is a dress code though, so leave your coveralls at home.
Honorable Mention: The James H. Lynn Planetarium – They would’ve made the list if they had a Laser Floyd, a Laser Doors or even a Laser Loggins show.
The Charlotte Knights would have made the list as well if they had a home game during the show. I would have loved to catch a AAA game.
As we roll into Spring and Summer, Frank will be traveling to some of his favorite hot spots, most notably Las Vegas for the BCA and APA shows. He’s particularly fond of the Splash Bar at the Riviera. Since the BCA will be holding the 9 Ball Championships at the Expo this year, Frank will also be heading over to Charlotte.
As you can see in the picture above, Frank is very busy booking his air and hotel reservations with his travel gnomes, Seamus and Malachi. They recently got fired from Travelocity, but have since started their own travel agency. We’re confident that Seamus and Malachi will be able to get Frank and the PoolDawg crew booked at only the finest establishments. Who knows… maybe Frank and his boys will grab their pool cues and head over to a pool hall while they’re traveling.