Typically I use this blog to let everyone know about what’s going on in the world of PoolDawg. Every once in a while though, I feel the need to comment on industry items. After seeing this press release discussing WPBA players playing in the US Open, I felt that a comment was necessary.
There was a press release that came out the other day discussing women playing in the US Open which I honestly found quite disconcerting. Typically I don’t comment on such things, but given the fact that our sponsored player, Sarah Rousey, is playing in this event, I felt the need to say something. The press release, which can be found here, makes the following statement:
“Of course, the WPBA organization is not so foolish to think that the top women play at a level comparable to the top men, but the WPBA takes pride in the fact that its top players have dared to mix it up with the top men, and while doing so, have enjoyed some scattered successes. In point of fact, like the majority of men players, the ladies of the WPBA are awed by the skill of the top men, feel honored when afforded the opportunity to compete against them, and understand that doing so allows them to grow as players.”
I couldn’t disagree more. It is unclear as to who wrote this press release, however it should be noted that in the past few years there have been a number of significantly strong showings in men’s events by players like Jasmin Ouschan and Karen Corr. If we felt that our player couldn’t play at a level necessary to make a good showing in the event, we wouldn’t be entering her.
Clearly the top male pros are among the best players in the world. That being said, I don’t feel it is necessary for someone to put in a press release that “the ladies of the WPBA are awed by the skill of the top men”. These statements really disparage the extremely high level of play that many women in the WPBA display regularly in televised and non-televised events.
As an advertising sponsor of the WPBA as an organization and of one of their top players, I must say that I wholeheartedly disagree with the statements and the tone of the release that was put out. It is still unclear as to who wrote the release, but I would like to state that as PoolDawg’s marketing flack and a long time supporter of women’s pool, I do not feel that the women of the WPBA need to be beholden to anyone. They are world class pool players, several of whom have already proven that they can compete with the best male players in the world and I for one am looking forward to watching this event, cheering on Ms. Rousey and any other women who throw their hat into the US Open.
With less than two weeks before the WPBA Pacific Coast Classic Pick’em closes, picks are coming in hot and heavy. So far, the top choices are:
#1 Ga Young Kim
#2 Allison Fisher
#3 Kelly Fisher
#4 Karen Corr
#5 Xiaoting Pan
If you haven’t done so already, get registered for the game. Its free and the five best pickers win PoolDawg gift certificates, so what are you waiting for? Also, don’t forget that the WPBA will be streaming all the early matches live, for free so you can follow your favorite players all the way to the redraw.
The WPBA has announced the initial air dates for the US Open:
Quarterfinal #1 – 9/10/08 3PM EST ESPN2
Quarterfinal #2 – 9/12/08 12:30AM EST ESPN2
Quarterfinal #3 – 9/12/08 1:30AM EST ESPN2
Quarterfinal #4 – 9/12/08 2:30AM EST ESPN2
Semifinal #1 – 9/14/08 3PM EST ESPN
Semifinal #2 – 9/14/08 4PM EST ESPN
Championships – 9/14/08 5PM EST ESPN
For those who haven’t had a chance to get a sneak peek, you can head over to our friends at AZ Billiards who have a nice promo video (couldn’t get it imedded on our blog for some reason). The new set looks fantastic! This is also the perfect opportunity to see some of the future of the WPBA, with names like Iris Ranola, Kelly Fisher, Yu Ram Cha and Pam Cimarelli (formally Pam Treadway) all making to the TV round alongside veterans Karen Corr, Vivian Villarreal and Jeanette Lee.
Congrats to The Duchess of Doom Allison Fisher on her win at the 2008 Great Lakes Classic! This year’s event saw a number of fresh faces reach the round of 16, with names like Tiffany Nelson, Megan Minerich, Yu Ram Cha, Sarah Rousey and Sarah Ellerby joining TV round regulars Kelly Fisher, Karen Corr and Ga Young Kim. Ultimately though, the TV rounds broke out to a classic Allison Fisher vs. Karen Corr matchup and Kelly Fisher vs. Sarah Ellerby.
After the dust settled on the semifinals, it was Kelly Fisher vs. Allison Fisher in the finals with Allison ultimately taking control of the match and winning 7-4. For those interested in watching the semis and the finals, currently the Great Lakes Classic is scheduled to air on ESPN August 4th from 8PM to 11PM EST.
For all you night owls who missed this weekend’s airings of the San Diego Classic, you can catch reruns on ESPN2 on July 9th at 3AM EST and on July 13th from 2AM to 4AM EST.
Today marks the start of the next leg of the 2008 WPBA Tour, The Great Lakes Classic. Coming off of the Generation Pool 9 Ball Championships, young guns Ga Young Kim, Xiaoting Pan, Anna Kostanian and Jasmin Ouschan look to continue their dominance over the veterans like Allison Fisher, Karen Corr and Kelly Fisher.
The 2008 tour is proving to be the most competitive season in years, with fresh faces showing up all over the TV rounds and dozens of up and comers gunning for the top 10.
The WPBA has posted their tournament brackets and it looks like just about every touring player is coming out for the Great Lakes Classic.