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Coronavirus Update - 4-21-20
Apr 21, 2020, 2:41 pm

Hey Everyone-

Sorry, a pretty long post – I’ve got lots of time right now. FunLand’s closed temporarily, my DJ events are rescheduling left and right. My yard’s looking good, though. Playing a little pool in my garage on an 8-foot Valley table – the classic bar coin-op style. Missing the 9-foot tables big time. Lots of Kim Davenport’s ‘Target Pool’. A great game from the 90’s, look it up if you get a chance, or maybe there’s something newer out now. Either way, great for position practice – highly recommend.

This Thursday, April 23rd, would have been the third to last night of our regular season, fyi. Crazy.

First, some bad news. We lost another CMPL player. I don’t know the exact circumstances, but Rob Calderaro passed away either April 8th or 11th of this year in his home – I got two different reports, and the Chico ER obituary. He last played for the Dragons at Oasis – I think he used to play on another team, but I can’t remember now. I have him playing back in 2016-2017, not sure how much more before that he played with us. I combed through all my pool photos and at first couldn't find one of him. But Larry Hiller reached out and reminded me that he was part of a Top Shooter group photo from 2016-2017. It's the one I had to Photoshop Chris Urbach into! He mostly kept to himself and was private in nature – hence the Rob C. on the website. He had some issues outside of the pool halls, but whenever he was around a table you could always get a good smile from him, as well as a congratulatory pat on the back. Some might not remember him by name, but almost guaranteed a picture would result in an ‘Oh yeah, I know him!’ I’ll try to find a good picture to post. Those that did know him well, my condolences. Unfortunately, another player to remember at January’s Memorial Tournament.


 

I hope this update finds everyone well, or at least as well as can be without weeks of playing pool. But I'm seeing now, it's not necessarily the lack of physically playing the incredible sport of pool, it's the lack of interacting with others who feel the same way I feel about the sport or the game. Our community, our kinship, our affiliation. For most of us we play in a league for the weekly challenge of improving - making one more ball in a run than last week, perfecting the bank shot, getting over the 8-ball phobia, not missing the 'easy ones' – even the expensive ball-in-hands, helping our team to victory. But for each one of those reasons, there is another big thing I miss - the antonym of today's big phrase "social distance". I miss the “social closeness”. Having three friends within 6 feet of each other. Meeting up with your teammates - catching up on their past week's happenings. Seeing your opponents, your extended friends and even the ones you can't stand - catching up on their lives over the past couple weeks or months since you last played their team. Beyond that, the familiar faces at each of our establishments - Barney, Peggy, Keoni, Manny, and Dave over at the Oasis. And of course Stacy who I pray is doing good, getting government assisted help, and getting things prepped for reopening day. Man, I hope you’re doing all right, Stace! Even Marlene and her karaoke service - no matter who is singing - even sounds great right now. I'd do anything for a Jeff Wozena Saturday pool tournament, even with his crazy shredded-paper-out-of-the-hat, or mini pool ball, tournament seeding procedures. I miss Duffy's gigantic-pocket (but somehow impossible to win on) pool table, with Ed, Ice Cream, Prana, Kevin and Evan, et al, hidden away at their table in the corner. I miss getting buzzed in (then buzzed) at the Eagles - walking into a 'Cheers'-style environment where everyone sees you come through the door and they all know your name, Joanie the bartender either pouring a very tall shot or cracking open your beer can - after you sign the book, of course. The buckets-o-peanuts at the Tackle Box with Pops' "Nice to see ya' again" greeting, and Bob Cody's interesting story of the day. Seeing who Joseph added this week (lol). Then cheering our Keith on as he does a unique rendition of a song about a friendly little cat up on stage with Andy's karaoke. Most of all, I miss our 'home' on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and some Sundays, with most Tuesdays and Fridays - The Down Lo. I miss being greeted by whoever the bartender is that day - Ariel, Oscar, Mark, Haley, our Jessica - it's something I now take for granted. Dang, I might even miss the Jazz Band - I think. DJ Damien and his DJ sidekick, and open mic nights are also now being missed. Garlic tater tots, the steak sando, nachos, quesadillas - I'm getting hungry now. The Down Lo always had the same people on the same tables - the same tables Ernesto, Sean Kruger, Jason Colabove (great local commercial, by the way!), and I each had a hand on in improving - some even out of our own wallets. Charles and Bill over on table 10, Lombard and/or Kevin Cibart on the blue table 8. Sean Kruger practicing on 6. Paul and his I-Cues on table 3 or 1. Satyr, McGrill, Derek, and Tokarski warming up on table 9 with their 'Chug Whiskey, hail... (well, you know the rest) black and gold t-shirts. I miss the practice sessions with Cele, Wheeze, Madsack and I on table 5 - the only people in the bar - but then some randoms would come and play on table 6, right next to us, with 9 other tables open. Lol. Always reminds me of that meme with the 25 empty urinals, and the guy comes and pees in the urinal right next to you. Wednesday league is missed sorely as well. As much turmoil we ended up going through last season, the general consensus is that the league was a huge hit. I miss seeing Meredith, meeting up at the bar as we collectively sigh after a rush-over to the bar from our jobs - catching up with her and her work for the News & Review, not to mention her phenomenal Women's League leadership. I miss seeing Chris Singleton and what new addition he was implementing into his Wednesday league and its website. Dang, Fargo Ratings – remember those?

As I was entering the score sheets from the last weeks of Thursday league play (they are all updated and current, by the way - stats and standings at least) I couldn’t help but reminisce about so many players I'm now almost forgetting. The same players I would see each week, even consider friends, now starting to slip my mind. I could name a few but they would just lead to five more. Their name would pop up on the website when I was doing scores and I would think - "Man, I hope he/she is doing OK. I haven't seen or heard from them in a while." Just hoping they are healthy right now, that their family is good, and that they are surviving these times and will have work again when it's over. Then, of course, unfortunately skipping over Rob Calderaro's name. Rest in peace. 

Which gets us to the CMPL again. One of the best parts of the season of course is the end-of-the-year party. We get to see all those people again in one location. This year's would of course be even sweeter - as Satyr said to me, more of a pool-related 'we survived it' party. So whenever this happens, hopefully not an 'if' this happens, we have a few scenarios to decide on how we proceed. Man, proceeding with ANYTHING right now sounds so good... We can, theoretically:

  • Continue and finish the season and start where we left off, with March 19th's matches all the way through playoffs, and eventually a party, sometime in late summer/early fall, just before the next season starts in October.
  • Stop and call it a season, move all funds accumulated to next season (2020-2021) and not collect any dues (sounds dreamy to me, the not collecting dues part). No party, either.
  • Call it a season and move right to playoffs/top-shooter tourney, with the team and top shooter standings the way they currently are, then the party 
  • Call it a season and move right to playoffs/top-shooter tourney, but with EVERY team in a 13-team playoff format of some sort. Top Shooter tourney would be as it last stood/current, then the party 
  • No more pool playing - just have a party with a tournament and all other fun stuff. No awards, trophies, playoffs, top shooter, etc. 

There’s still a lot of other questions still to answer. They all, obviously, depend on when the bars open again. All the establishments in our league at least. Then, even when they are open, are all teams going to have full rosters? Will they still have sensitive players not wanting to be in community places like bars, hence making their team short? Do we still play with short teams - count/not-count the forfeits/etc. Does anybody really care about what place they are in/will be in? Will it be more of just a get-out-and-play scenario, who cares if they/we win or lose, who will that matter to? Is the season essentially an 'asterisk' anyways? There will be both types, guaranteed.

So start thinking now about what you would like to see, what you think would be best. We don't need to decide today, but eventually we will. Captains, ask you teammates what they would think. You can let me know, or if you have any questions - ask them. Email might be best: chicomenspoolleague@gmail.com. Or text, 530-966-5632. 

Again, I hope this finds everyone well. I can't stress enough how much I miss all of you - yes, 'even you'. Pool is such an amazing sport, but it really doesn't work as well without friends and friendly competition. When we do get back to this routine - which we will, please be sure to thank your bar owners, managers, bartenders, cooks, bouncers, DJ's, trumpet players, dish washers, karaoke hosts, tournament and league directors, that crazy guy sleeping at the end of the bar, and most importantly your teammates and opponents. Thank them all for riding this thing out and trying to return to 'normal'.

Just found a good playlist while typing all of this. For those that dug the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks (1 and 2), director James Gunn released something I’ve been looking forward to and wondering for some time now. I always wondered how he selected those great songs, as well as what other ones he was contemplating and left off the list. He’s fortunately compiled a Spotify list of just those – 64 more songs similar to those that did make the cut: ‘Meredith Quill’s Complete Awesome Mix’. They might be used in upcoming Guardian movies, or not. Either way, good old school, almost forgotten but still recognizable, music from the 70’s/80’s. Here’s the link: https://t.co/ofiKPXqGN4

-Scott-


Yes, Chris Urbach was Photoshopped in!


Mar 23, 2020, 2:55 pm

In case you didn't see Meredith's post on Facebook's Chico Pool Player's site, all leagues are paused for the time being. Most, if not all, bars are closed leaving it impossible to continue at this point - whether you agree it's safe or not to keep playing.

The leagues will remain on hiatus until further notice. Once/if they resume, we will discuss what to do with the rest of the season and the pool party. 

For now, try to find a friend with a table and keep practicing. 

I'll post any updates here, and of course on the Facebook Chico Area Pool Player's site. Follow this link to its page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/641171775901932

See you soon, I hope!

-Scott-


Second Half Starts NOW!
Feb 14, 2020, 7:39 pm

It's the second-half of the season! Every team has played each other once now, and last night's matches started the opposite of the first half - the home team is now the visitor, and vice-versa. So those waiting for the second-half push, saving the best for last, now's the time to start making your move!

Stats are all entered, even for last night! Everyone got their sheets in quick so I just went ahead and did it. Top Shooter list is also up to date - even stretching it out to the Top 25 shooters. Remember, top 16 make it to the tourney this year!

I'll have game recaps added to this post here tonight or this weekend, letting you know what happened last night - week #14.

Thanks again for the prompt score sheet submissions - makes it so much easier.

Happy Valentine's Day!

-Scott-

 


Captain's Quarters


Scoresheets
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.

Thanks-

-Scott-


 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 Hateful 8 (9) vs Duffy's Tavern (12)
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Down Lo Last Place (17) vs Tackle Box Alligator Humpers (4)
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Eagles (9) vs Oasis Original O's (12)
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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The Damned (14) vs I Cue (7)
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Oasis Bulldogs (13) vs Oasis Bankers (8)
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Down Lo Stickmen (10) vs Oasis Dragons (11)
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Oasis Outlaws (10) vs Down Lo Playa's (11)
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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