As many of you know, the US Open 9 Ball Championships started allowing women to play this year. Once I heard the news, I immediately called our player rep Sarah Rousey to see if she wanted to play (which of course she did). Well, the US Open is going on now and Sarah was featured in her third round match against Chris Bartram. Prior to her match, she was interviewed by another friend of the Dawg, Samm Diep:
Unfortunately, Sarah ran into a bit of a buzzsaw. She and Bartram were tied at 4-4 and then Chris peeled off 6 straight racks to get on the hill at 10-4. Sarah tried to mount a comeback, but ended up losing ll-5.
We’re all very proud of Sarah in her gender barrier breaking efforts. Hopefully she’ll do a full write up of her experience at the US Open on her blog.
When a business starts to get large enough to be recognized within it’s industry, it is important to find ways to give back. With that in mind, PoolDawg has adopted the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as the cause that we want to bring attention to.
Currently there are approximately 3 million Americans who live with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. To stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes must take multiple insulin injections daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump.
This is a cause that hits close to home with the PoolDawg family, as both PoolDawg player rep Sarah Rousey and the daughter of PoolDawg’s Marketing Director both live with type 1 diabetes. As a first step in raising awareness and bringing support to this cause, members of Team PoolDawg will be taking part in the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes September 12th in Denver, Colorado.
If anyone reading this would like to support this cause, feel free to click the ribbon below which will take you to the team donation page. Be sure to check back after the event for pictures. Who knows, Frank T. Dawg might even stow away and make an appearance.
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.
Sarah has now been officially entered into the US Open 9 Ball Championships. Here’s the official press release:
PoolDawg to Enter Sarah Rousey In the US Open 9 Ball Championships
Lafayette, CO April 12, 2010 — PoolDawg, the recognized leader in online billiards and game room supplies, is proud to announce that they will be sponsoring WPBA Touring Pro Sarah Rousey in her attempt to become the first woman in history to win the US Open later this year. As the first woman to officially enter this event, Rousey will be breaking a long standing gender barrier that previously restricted entry to men.
“This is something we’ve wanted to do for some time now, so the timing of Mr. Behrman’s announcement allowing women to enter the US Open couldn’t be better.” said Michael Feiman, PoolDawg’s Director of Marketing. “Sarah continues to do a wonderful job representing our brand at billiards events and we are proud to have one of the up and coming stars of the WPBA represent us at the most prestigious domestic event in pool.” When asked about being given the opportunity to play in this event, Sarah said “After years of experiencing this great event as a spectator, I am thrilled to get a chance to play with the best men and women in the world! Thank you Mr. Behrman and PoolDawg for this opportunity.”
Sarah Rousey, a resident of Bloomington Illinois, is one of the rising stars of the WPBA, coming off a 5th place finish at the 2010 San Diego Classic. She holds wins over top pool players from around the globe and will pose a unique challenge to the 2010 field of the US Open. She will be accompanied to the US Open by PoolDawg’s trusty mascot, Frank. Fans will be able to follow Sarah’s training and preparation at http://www.sarahrousey.com and http://www.franksdawghouse.com.
About PoolDawg.com, Inc
With over 3,000 pool cues, cases, and game room accessories, PoolDawg is the premier destination for pool players of all levels. PoolDawg offers one of the widest selections of cues, cases and accessories on the web and carries billiards products from over forty manufacturers including Scorpion, Cuetec, Mezz, Lucasi, McDermott, Schon and Viking and can be found online at http://www.pooldawg.com.
Contact: Michael Feiman
How proud are we of Sarah Rousey right about now? It looks like Billiards Digest will be kicking off the new year in style, because our Keeper of the Dawg is on the cover of the January 2010 issue!
Everyone here at PoolDawg just couldn’t be happier for Sarah. She’s been such a wonderful representative and ambassador for our company. Plus, how many people can you think of that would willingly run around with a ceramic dog tucked under her arm?
If you’re in town for one of the WPBA’s tour stops, be sure to stop by and root for Rousey! First stop will be at the Viejas Casino in San Diego for the WPBA San Diego Classic.