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May 17, 2015, 4:22 pm


Playoff Results - Week #1

Wow, what a crazy start to the playoffs! We had 3 of the 5 matches of the night end up in upsets, at least if you go by the final seedings.

The #1 Seed Oasis Outlaws were taking on their bar-brothers, the #8 seed Oasis Dragons. It was actually pretty back and forth in the first half. Kenny Duff got all 3 games against Krad, but then Kenny Smith came back and got 2 out of 3 from Gregg. Ricky then got all 3 for the Outlaws against Micah, but then Aaron Smith got 2 out of 3 against Bulldog. That made the score 8-4 at the break. These teams decided to do a beer frame and Mike and Kenny beat Jeff and Steve. In the fifth frame, Izzy kept the pattern intact by getting all 3 games off of Steve Hambeck to get his Outlaws to a victorious 11 points.

The #2 seed Oasis Bulldogs claimed the biggest upset of the week, or even in recent history. They were defeated by a very determined and unflappable #7 seed Duffy's Tavern in a super close and tense match. Chris Urbach got the Bulldogs started on the right foot with a 3-0 win over Ice Cream. The Bulldogs were feeling good, but it didn't last too long. In probably the most pivotal game of the night, the second match, Duffy's Evan Schuman (33% shooter) came out and won the first 2 of 3 matches against #6 ranked 74% Top Shooter Keith Whitworth. Dennis Bruch straightened things out with 2 wins against Woot. But Duffy's kept coming as Steve Swim got the first 2 out of 3 against the #5 Top Shooter Ty Kaye (52% vs. 74%). At the break it was a close 7-5 Bulldog lead. The two teams decided against a beer frame and continued the dramatic game. Prana shot 5th and got 2 out of 3 against captain Steve Smith to make it a slim 8-7 'Dogs lead. Paul Lampright was up next and he, too, won 2-1 against the highly ranked Brenon Williams (33% vs 63%). This made the score 9-8 in favor of the Oasis with one match-up to go. That final match-up was a battle of the Ed's, Bower vs. Theis - whoever got 2 out of 3 would win it for their club and knock the other out completely. Bowers got the first win to put the Bulldogs on the proverbial hill, 10-9. But Theis didn't quit and got the next one to tie it all up at 10-10. Ed, with the final break of the night, was able to pull it out and get the needed 2-1 win to put his team over the hill and an 11-10 'underdog' win, knocking the Bulldogs out and propelling Duffy's deeper into the playoffs. This was the third full-length, rare and exciting, 11-10 playoff match this post season.  

The #3 seed Playa's were also knocked out prematurely at the hands of their bar-mates, the #6 seed Down Lo Damned. Identical to the Outlaws/Dragons match, the teams traded punches in the first half. The Down Lo had more power punches, but the Damned stayed on their feet and fought back. Charles got all 3 from Tony, but Dave Larabee came back in the 2nd spot and beat Leland 2-1. Kevin Cibart was 3rd up and beat Goran 3-0 (one via an 8-ball break-and-run), but Philo came back and beat the Playa's Larry Hiller 2-1. So at the break, it was 8-4 Playa's. The teams decided against a beer frame and kept going. Stephen Wells started the comeback parade with a 2-1 win against Rusty, making the score 9-6 Playa's. Jason Jones followed suit and beat Jason Colabove 2-1, making the score 10-8 Playa's. It all came down to the final match of Damned's Steve McGrill vs. Playa's Dave Kaplan. Dave needed one, Steve needed all 3. Dave had the benefit of the 2 breaks, but Steve McGrill overcame the odds and swept the final match-up bringing the Damned a come-from-behind 11-10 victory and sending them on in the playoffs. It must have been an exciting match to watch - unfortunately everyone else was at the Oasis!

The final 'A' Trophy match-up was between the #4 seed Oasis O-Team and the #5 seed Down Lo Stickmen. The Stickmen were in search of another upset as they were up 5-4 after the first 3 matches. Cele beat Russ 2-1, Cal beat James 2-1, and Stacy beat Brian N. 2-1. But Scott said "Whoa, we can't have that!" and decided to lose all 3 games to Brian Vignon. Then Joel came up and shot lights-out against Brandon F. and got all 3 himself. This made it 10-5 going into the 6th frame. Mike Clarke needed one, Keith and the next shooter needed all 3 of their matches. Mike Clarke put the Stickmen out of their misery, very humanely, with a quick 1-0 win versus Keith. This ended the Stickmen's season officially after having their best regular season ever. They are still in search of their first 'A' Trophy playoff win. Rumor has it Scott's head is on the proverbial chopping block.

Over in the back corner at the Oasis, the #12 and #13 seeds were having their 'Wild Card' match to see who would continue on in the playoffs as the #12 seed and face the Eagles on May 21st. In an extremely close match, the two teams were tied at 6-6 after the first four matches. Charlie beat Jim W. 2-1 and Bob Cody (I presume) beat Richie 2-1. Then the Bankers came back and reversed the trend. Ken Fordis got 2 out 3 against Pops, and Mark Edwards beat Samoan Joe 2-1. Teams decided against a beer frame and battled on. Banker George beat Kent 2-1, and Russ A. beat Jonny 2-1 making the score 10-8 Bankers. Alligator Humper Kaz Singh needed to get all 3 for the Tackle Box to win, Barney needed one to have his team move on. Kaz went ahead, even with Barney having the break advantage, and got all 3 on the road to bring his team to a final score of 11-10. Only one problem - Kaz has only played in 3 or 4 nights during the season, and the minimum required to compete post-season is 6 nights (any combination of beer frame nights and/or match nights). This nullifies Kaz's match (and technically the whole team score) and results in a Banker's win.

So here's the schedule for the Playoffs this week (May 21st):


'A' Trophy: Week #2

#1 Seed Oasis Outlaws vs. #4 Seed Oasis O-Team, at the Oasis, Table 1, 7:00pm

#6 Seed Down Lo Damned vs. #7 Seed Duffy's Tavern, at the Down Lo, Table 10, 7:00pm


'B' Trophy: Week #2

#9 Seed Eagles vs. #12 Seed Oasis Bankers, at the Eagles, Table 1, 7:00pm

#10 Seed Empire Club vs #11 Seed Oasis Rack Pack, at the Empire, usual table, 7:00pm


Four matches, four different venues. Find the closest one and go down and cheer on your favorite team or player. The winners of each match will compete against each other (in their own trophy division) for the Championships on June 4th. The losers of the 'A' Trophy matches will play each other to determine 3rd and 4th place on May 28th. The losers in the 'B' Trophy matches will not play anymore, they are done of the season.


2014-2015 CMPL Playoff schedule
May 10, 2015, 10:15 pm

Okay, all the stats are in. I haven't heard any protests or reports of errors, so it is now considered final, for better or for worse. The team standings posted here on the website and posted at the Oasis (on Saturday) are up to the minute and final, as well as the top shooter list, both printed and posted here online. That leads us to the playoff schedule which starts this Thursday, May 14th. Here it is:


"A-Trophy" - Top 8 Seeds

#1 Seed Oasis Outlaws vs. #8 Seed Oasis Dragons, at the Oasis - Table #1, 5/14, 7:00pm

#2 Seed Oasis Bulldogs vs. #7 Seed Duffy's Tavern, at the Oasis - Table #2, 5/14, 7:00pm

#3 Seed Down Lo Playa's vs. #6 Seed Down Lo Damned, at the Down Lo - Table #10, 5/14, 7:00pm

#4 Seed Oasis O-Team vs, #5 Seed Down Lo Stickmen, at the Oasis - Table #3 or #4, 5/14, 7:00pm


"B-Trophy" - Seeds 9-13

"Wild Card" Match

#12 Seed Oasis Bankers vs. #13 Seed Tackle Box Alligator Humpers, at the Oasis - Table "0" (isolated table back in corner), 5/14, 7:00pm

Winner of the "Wild Card" Match will play the following week:

#9 Seed Eagles vs. #12 Seed Bankers/Tackle Box, at the Eagles, May 21st, 7:00pm

#10 Seed Empire vs. #11 Seed Oasis Rack Pack, at the Empire Club - 'usual' table, May 21st, 7:00pm


Because of the majority of the top seeded teams are from the Oasis, they have home field advantage, which leads to a very busy Oasis Bar & Grill on Thursday. Because the A-Trophy teams, in fairness, need to play on the normal tables (1,2, and 3 or 4), the B-Trophy match will happen on the secluded table in the back corner, table 'zero'. This means there will be very little practice tables available throughout the night. I highly recommend coming way early and practice on the table you are assigned that night.

The playoffs are a straight race to 11 points. No need to play past 11. As we discussed and agreed on back in October, the home team captain only needs to put one player up at a time, not the standard first four. The visitor captain follows suit with providing his match up player one at a time. Beer frames are optional - up to the captains and of course the paying (losing) bar owner. Might be a good idea to play a beer frame: you get to use more of your players, making a more fun night for everyone. Plus the players after the beer frame can get some practice. Captains need to decide this before the match starts, before 7:00pm. If it is not decided/discussed, then the default is no beer frame. Playoff beer frames do not apply towards the season's beer frame tracker and associated trophy. Yes, there will be a winner and a trophy for that...

Captains - please be more observant and diligent regarding rules and/or called infractions during the playoffs. Teams will be looking for any chance to get an advantage, and not knowing the rules, or not watching the procedings carefully, could result in valuable points and wins lost. Not knowing the rules does not count as an excuse, and is only doing your team disservice. That being said, we expect all in attendance (shooters, non-shooters, teammates, non-teammates, spectators) to be professional and sportsmanlike. Any infractions or disciplinary measures I need to take as the president will be enforced and penalized heavier during playoff matches - whether the penalty is handed out this year or next.

Oh yeah, have fun. It's the playoffs!

The Charles Lintz Top Shooter Tournament is around the corner in a few weeks and should be very exciting as well. Congrats to Kenny Duff and Leland as they ended in a tie for the #1 shooter during the season - a mesmerizing 83.3%. They will join the other 6 top shooters for the tournament on June 11th. Those 8 shooters and their position in the bracket will be decided by a blind draw, so their final standing will inevitably not necessarily matter. 

And regarding Wheeze's cue and the Craigslist ad (see the last post below), it was just a gag we (his teammates) played on him. His cue is safe and sound. I've had a few responses to help with the fundraising to get it back, as well as talking to the district attorney about it, but no need. Again, we were just messing with him. Thank you for your interest in helping this poor guy out, though! 

Good luck this week - I'll be at the Oasis this Thursday with everyone else, so if you have a question or concern, you know where to find me.



Help Wheeze
May 8, 2015, 3:50 pm

Good news - I already have all the score sheets and I will enter tonight when I get home. The final standings and playoff schedule will be posted tonght or tomorrow.

Beware if you leave your cue at the bar after you've had too much to drink - perpetrators can grab your cue and sell it on Craigslist. Here's what happened to Wheeze's when he failed to bring his cue home from the Down Lo last night...


I'm collecting money now to get it back. If you want to donate, let me know. I, I mean the thief, takes cash or checks...



Captain's Quarters

Dec 14, 2010, 10:48 pm

If you are the visiting team, please make sure to check more than just the score - verify that all the names are right, the beer frame is filled in correctly, and watch for 8-ball break and runs not counted by the home captain. There has been a few instances lately that the run outs are not being recorded by the home captain. It is their responsibility to put them down, but it also the visiting captain's responsibility to confirm the entire scoresheet. It's not easy to go back and change one stat for a game a few weeks ago.



 President's Corner
A temporary 'Statistics' page work around to see the whole list of players on one page: Click on green 'Statistics' tab in left hand column, then 1) select a team from the filter selector (any team) 2) now go back and select 'all teams' 3) now you can sort any heading and have every player show up, not just the first 100 players on the current page. A possible fix is coming.
 Match Results
Oasis Outlaws (11) vs Oasis O-Team (3)
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Down Lo Damned (10) vs Duffy's Tavern (11)
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Eagles (11) vs Oasis Bankers (4)
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Empire Club (6) vs Oasis Rack Pack (11)
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Oasis Outlaws (11) vs Oasis Dragons (4)
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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Down Lo Damned vs Oasis O-Team
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:00 pm
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Eagles vs Oasis Rack Pack
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:00 pm
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Oasis Outlaws vs Duffy's Tavern
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 7:00 pm
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Top Shooters vs Top Shooters
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm
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Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 3:00 pm
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