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League Information
Nov 13, 2018, 10:18 pm

Hey Everyone-

 

We had a captain's group text message which went pretty much how you'd expect, very similar to a captain's meeting. But we did eventually come to two conclusions:

1. Thursday Chico Mens Pool League will be suspended until after Thanksgiving. Next matches will be on November 29th. The schedule will stay the same as it is - November 29th's games will be as listed, the missed weeks (November 2nd and November 9th) will tentatively be added to the end of the season, unless we decide to do something different.

2. We want to help the victims of the Camp Fire. With so many resources in place, and as much relief efforts that are being made, we want to help those that we know from our pool family first and foremost. I think we would all feel better giving hundreds, hopefully thousands, of dollars to people we know and love, in favor of giving cents to thousands. Granted it all adds up, but it's nice seeing your efforts and it's immediate influence.

 

Addressing conclusion #2, we are encouraging all CMPL and CWPL players to attend and participate in Wednesday, Nov. 14th's fundraising tournament at the Down Lo starting at 7:00pm. It will be a $20 entry fee - 100% of the entry fees, plus all donations, will be donated directly to a GoFundMe site set up to help our friends in the pool community - including, but not limited to - Kenny Duff, Mike Karol, Bulldog & Crystal, Heidi, and Steve Smith. Again, my apologies if I missed someone. That GoFundMe site can be visited by clicking HERE. The top-placed shooters will not receive cash, but bragging rights, gift certificates, a pitcher of beer, who knows. It's designed more to be an easy way to donate and have a get together with your pool family, including those listed above. So come and play - or at least hang out. Throw some cash in the donation bucket. Or go to the GoFundMe site - CLICK HERE!

 

Thanks to Izzy and Joe (and ?) for their efforts this past weekend - they provided free barbeque meals to evacuees at Wal Mart and other locations. We'll post some pictures when they're available. Feel good knowing that the CMPL did donate to their efforts to help buy food and supplies, but definitely buy them a beer for their time and sacrifice.

 

See you tomorrow!

 

-Scott-

 


League Cancelled Tonight - 11/8/18
Nov 8, 2018, 5:42 pm

After talking with a majority of the captains and a few players, due to the Paradise fire and the implications it's having on CMPL players who live on the Ridge, Chico residents hosting evacuees, players with family and friends whose whereabouts might still be unknown, and traffic in the city the way it is, we've decided to cancel tonight's pool league matches. We're praying that everyone in our pool community, and beyond, are safe tonight.

-Scott-


Schedule Posted
Oct 19, 2018, 12:43 pm

Schedule has been added online - click on 'Game Schedule' in left-hand column.

Paper schedules (downloadable PDF's), the same ones that will be in the binders are also available to download. Just go to the 'Downloads' section to grab it, or roster sheets, spare score sheets, rules, etc.

2018-2019 updated rules and 2018-2019 updated CMPL info/procedures can be downloaded as well. Highly encouraged for each person to read and understand! Copies will be available in your binders, too.

Binders should be available this Sunday night at the Oasis, behind the bar. Maybe Monday. I'll let the captains know when it gets dropped off.

Games start Thursday evening, October 25th, at 7:00pm. No bye weeks this year - Joe has started a new 14th team, Oasis Hateful 8. Schedule ends the same day as last year - pool party on June 15th. We skipped Valentine's night, and moved the 3rd/4th place game to the same night as the Championship - probably the same location, same time, if possible.

Get your super-low yearly dues ($25 this year) to your captain or me as soon as possible. Captains (and players) be sure to get a receipt from me for every transaction - I tend to get things mixed up this crazy time of year, and paper trails work wonders.

I'll post more news as it becomes available. Thanks for your patience!

-Scott-


CMPL 2018-2019 Coming SOON!
Oct 6, 2018, 11:52 pm

 

Calling all Captains!

Meeting: October 11th, 2018 - 7:00pm - Oasis Bar & Grill

First Games: October 25th, 2018 - 7:00pm

 

It's that time of year again - leaves are turning, football is in full-swing, Costco has Christmas decorations out, hockey is back, and Thursday Night Chico Mens Pool League is just around the corner!

 

But before we can start the season, we need to have our annual Captains Meeting to see who's in, who's out, what changes need to be made, what we can do better, and of course argue about pointless topics ad nauseam.

 

So Captains, start getting your rosters ready. I'll have downloadable roster sheets available on this website soon. The cost should be the same ridiculously-low rate of $20 per season, per player. A savings of over 90% of the other weekly leagues and their 'green fees' paid every week. Again, just with the free beer we get each week, that alone adds up to over $70. So even if you never played a game you'd get 20-something free drinks for 20 bucks. Um, logic - where are you? And yet every year we have players and teams unpaid for weeks. Again, ridiculous, but somehow amusing.

So again, Captain's meeting - Thursday, October 11th, 7:00pm, Oasis. All captains are required to attend. Captains can bring an assistant, but when it comes to voting, only one vote per team. If you can bring a roster and team payment to the meeting, I would truly appreciate it! 

Non captains: talk to your captain about what you want differently for the upcoming season so they can properly represent their team and the league.

Captains and players can contact me at anytime - (530) 966-5632, text or call. Or via email: scott@chicomenspoolleague.com

See you then!

-Scott-

 


Jun 12, 2018, 3:39 pm

 

4th Annual Chales Lintz Top Shooter Tournament Champion for 2017-2018

Kevin Cibart

 

After an exciting tournament last week at the Oasis, Kevin Cibart came out victorious in the end and is our 2017-2018 Top Shooter.

Here's how it happened:

Round 1:

#1 seed Tommy was playing #8 seed Larry Hiller in the race to three match. Tommy got Larry 3-2 to move to the next round.

#4 seed Derek Spainhower was up against #5 seed Dennis Bruch on table #3. Dennis got all 3 games to Derek's zero to move on to face Tommy in the 2nd round.

#3 seed Kenny Duff defeated #6 seed Kevin Lombard 3-0 in their match. Kenny moved on.

#2 seed Kevin Cibart beat #7 seed Dave Back 3-1 in round #1 to move on to face Kenny Duff in round #2.

Round 2:

Dennis took care of Tommy 3-0 in their match on table #1 to move on to the finals.

Kevin beat Kenny in a tight 3-2 match to move on to the Championships against Dennis.

Championship Match:

Kevin and Dennis played a good match that in some places could have gone either way. Kevin stayed the course, though, and does what Kevin does best - avoid distractions, focus, and plow ahead no matter what's going on around him. He strung a few wins together in the middle games to get some separation, a deficit Dennis just couldn't overcome. In the end, Kevin won 5-2 for his 5th title as CMPL Top Shooter. Kevin won in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, and now in 2018. Congratulations again to Kevin. We're proud to have him representing the Chico pool community as our top shooter, great leader, true gentleman, and good friend. Here's the ageless Kevin 7 years ago after he beat Charles 3-2 in 2011 (must be his lucky shirt, too!):

 

 

So that leaves "JUST" one more event for the 2017-2018 season - the Pool Party & Awards Banquet! As always, we'll have free food - pot luck dishes supplied by the CWPL and others, chicken prepared and provided by Samoan Joe, free beer, the biggest raffle EVER, a tournament, music, fun, friends - do I need to keep going? It happens at the Oasis (not Eagles) at 1:00pm, this Saturday, June 16th - Father's Day Eve. This is what you pay your dues for! As always, the cheap $20 season fee pays for the trophies, the prizes, the beer, and all the fun. You deserve it! Come and party!

-Scott-


2017-2018 Championship Results
Jun 4, 2018, 4:42 pm

Championship Recap – May 31st, 2018:

Well, it wasn’t pretty. It was pretty ugly. The #7 seed Stickmen were up against the Original O’s, ranked #4, but a lot of people’s choice as the favorite to win it all this year. Here’s what happened-

Cele was up against Jackie to start things off. He lost all three. He was called on a technicality foul by Jackie halfway through the 2nd game causing a stir among the onlookers – a foul that doesn’t get called too much (or ever) in our league play. To answer and clarify to those that are still questioning me today, Cele had ball in hand, and two object balls lined up perfectly within 18 inches of the corner pocket. After he meticulously placed his ball down for the obvious two-ball combo shot, he went ahead and shot and made the fairly simple ball-in-hand combination. No biggie. But Jackie evoked the rule which states any combos and banks need to be called since they are not ‘obvious’ shots (i.e. single ball shots without a bank or kick, etc.). Totally the rule, down to the ‘t’. She picked up the ball, shouted some expletives to me as I was looking for an answer, and moved on with her game with ball in hand. Again, absolutely the rule. But knowing the shooter, knowing the simplicity of the shot (with a ball in hand), I’m not convinced it had to be called, except to gain an advantage. But it is the championship, and it is a very large trophy. So lesson learned – be warned next season that you need to call every combo no matter how easy or implied it is – you never know when it can bite you.

Keith was up second and had to shoot against Stacy. Stacy got the first two games with some flawless game play and key shots, not to mention a couple tough leaves for Keith. But Keith was able to get the last game with a tricky 8-ball shot to at least get the Stickmen on the board – 5-1 Original O’s.

Cowboy Rob shot in the third spot against Joel Russo. Joel got the first two, but Rob had to work hard in the third game and make a difficult full table 8-ball shot to get the Stickmen to 2 points. But at this point the Oasis team had a 7-2 lead.

The Oasis power hitters kept coming to the table – in the 4th spot it was #1 top shooter contestant Tommy against Stickman Dave Kaplan. The first game was a Dave break, and a Tommy run out. Second game wasn’t too much different as Tommy buzz sawed through the balls. Dave broke again in the third game but same outcome. That got the score to 10-2 Original O’s.

Wheeze was up 5th and lost the game to James giving the O’s 11 points and handing the Stickmen their first loss of the playoffs.

Congratulations to the Oasis O’s – your 2017-2018 CMPL Champions! Trophies will be presented on June 16th at the Oasis – 1:00pm.

 

Ok, so wrapping up a season on a personal note. First, hats off to the Oasis O-Team. They played hard from their first break in October to the winning shot in May. Secondly, I want to apologize to all in attendance for the Championship. We all saw friends and family, ex-teammates, fellow players, Charles, all showing up or sticking around to hopefully witness a memorable Championship. Speaking for our team, we are sorry that we couldn’t have provided more excitement or competition. I can’t say we were nervous, definitely not over-confident, we just ran into a hell of a team – 6 of their players had a higher winning percentage than our top shooter! I think our position as being the fun, relaxed, easy-going team to play caught up with us. We aren’t built for championships necessarily – we all work, have kids, etc. We had a good, fun run, which is what it’s all about. Thirdly, for those that still value gamesmanship, reputations-before-plastic trophies, and purely transparent love for the game, I have new found respect for you. I’ve already thanked Brian of the Original O’s (who did an awesome, selfless, job this year running a very talented team), but I’m looking forward to thanking all the captains this year personally either at the awards banquet or when we play next year, for their continued display of candor while riding that fine line of professionalism and recreation. It’s hard to believe that only a relatively few years ago our league was played on 7-foot coin tables by beer drinkers looking to pass the time. We paid $5 a season and got two beers a night. Now we have exclusively big tables, 140 of some of the best shooters in the state, a cheap $20 season entry fee, and the same money reward: zero. Bragging rights are a big deal for many people – it’s just amazing how much those rights are worth in this league, for better or for worse. I know without a doubt that our team will be going for those rights again next year, but we're not going to lose friends over it if we don't get there, or if we have to change our team persona to do it. So for those still keeping it real, I owe you one for staying the course. Please hit me up if you’re with me – first one’s on me.

See the prior post regarding the Charles Lintz Top Shooter tournament competitors and match-ups. Thursday, June 7th – Oasis – 7:00pm.

Pool party and awards banquet – Saturday, June 16th – Oasis – 1:00pm.

-Scott-


Playoffs - 3rd/4th Place Game
May 31, 2018, 11:50 am

...and then there were just 2.

Here's what happened last week in the 3rd/4th place match:

The Oasis Bulldogs were home as the higher seed. They lost to the Original O's last week. The visiting team was the Down Lo Damned - they lost to the Stickmen last week. So these two teams were playing for the 3rd place trophy. Derek started the night for Down Lo - he got all 3 off of Keith Whitworth. Brenon was up next and got 2 back against Goran. Tony Tokarski then got 2 more back for the Damned against Captain Steve. Dennis beat Scott Gentry in the 4th match 3-0 to get the score tied at 6-6 at the halfway point. Satyr got 2 against Phylicia to make it 8-7 Damned. The only problem was that the Damned, unknown to everyone else, only had 6 players. So McGrill was up in the 6th spot, but he had to get all 3. He lost the first one to Ty and that was it. The Damned were unable to win with the 6 players. Ty and McGrill played it out anyway, Ty got 2 to Steve's 1. Throw in 2 forfeit wins and that got the Bulldogs to 11-9. So congratulations to the Oasis Bulldogs - the 207-2018 Chico Mens Pool League 3rd place team!

That leaves just one more match - the Championship!

2017-2018 CMPL Championship

#4 seed Oasis O-Team vs #7 seed Down Lo Stickmen - Oasis, 7:00pm - Table #1

Come down to the Oasis for one more match to see who takes home the trophy!

Next week: the 4th Annual Charles Lintz Top Shooter Tournament. June 7th, 7:00pm at the Oasis. Just to note, Kevin and Tommy played a tie-breaker match (I think) to determine the #1 seed and Tommy got it. So it will be the following:

#1 seed Tommy Reynolds (Original O's) vs. #8 seed Larry Hiller (Playa's)

#2 seed Kevin Cibart (Playa's) vs. #7 seed David Back (Original O's)

#3 seed Kenny Duff (Outlaws) vs. #6 seed Kevin Lombard (Outlaws)

#4 seed Derek Spainhower (Damned) vs. # 5 seed Dennis Bruch (Bulldogs)


Should be an exciting tournament as always so if you can't make it tonight, we'll see you next Thursday.

Pool party: Saturday June 16th - Oasis (not Eagles) - 1:00pm

 

-Scott-


Round #2 Results
May 20, 2018, 10:30 am

It really doesn't seem that long ago we were having the October Captain's Meeting. But 6 months later, here we are. Round one and two of the playoffs are over and only the trophy matches remain.

Here's what happened in Round #2 last week:

The #6 seed Down Lo Damned beat the Oasis Outlaws in round #1 to advance to the next round. They were taking on the #7 seed Down Lo Stickmen, who defeated the Playa's in the first round. This week, downstairs at the Down Lo, Stickman Dave Kaplan was taking on the Damned's Scott Gentry in the first slot. Scott G. got 2 out of 3 to get his team off to an early lead. Stickman Scott was up 2nd and got 2 out of 3 right back against Tony Tokarski to tie it up at 3-3. Keith put on a show in the third slot blanking Goran 3-0. Cele kept the pressure applied by beating Derek S. 2-1 to make the halftime score 8-4 Stickmen. 'Cowboy' Rob was up 5th taking on Damned captain Satyr. Cowboy shot amazing and got all 3 to get his team to 11 points and to propel the Down Lo Stickmen to the Championship match on May 31st. The Damned will play in the 3rd/4th place match this Thursday, May 24th.

Over at the Oasis, the #1 seeded Bulldogs, fresh off their round one win over the Down Lo I Cue, were taking on the #4 seed Oasis Original O's, who defeated the Dragons in the first round. Jackie started things off with 2 out of 3 against Brenon, but Keith Whitworth came back and gave his squad the lead with his 3-0 victory over Dave Back. But then Joel Russo responded with a 3-0 win against Chris Urbach to regain the lead 5-4 - a lead they never gave back up. Original O Dave Napier shot fourth and got a 3-0 victory off of Phylicia to get his team to 8. Aaron Rooney got his first game to get the O's to 9 points, but his opponent Dennis Bruch got the next two to make it 9-6. Needing two points to get his team to the Championship, Tommy Reynolds did just that - 2 out of 2 against Ty Kaye in the 6th and final match. Final score: 11-6 Original O's. Stacy's squad will meet up against the Down Lo Stickmen in the CMPL Championship on May 31st, at the Oasis, 7:00pm. The Bulldogs are still alive and will play the Down Lo Damned for the 3rd place trophy this Thursday, May 24th, at the Oasis, 7:00pm.

So unbelievably, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd seed teams are out of the Championship for the first time in however long. Adding to that, I can't remember, ever, a 7th or lower seed making it to the Championship match! So it's a different year, different cast of characters, for better or for worse. Either way, it should make for an interesting and unique trophy round. Some team names will be engraved that have never been submitted before! Come down and watch the final rounds - cheer on your buddies from the other teams and hopefully witness some memorable gameplay! 

One more time, here's the remaining playoff schedule:

3rd / 4th Place Trophy Match - Thursday, May 24th

#1 seed Oasis Bulldogs vs. #6 seed Down Lo Damned - Oasis, Table #1, 7:00pm

CMPL Championship Match - Thursday, May 31st

#4 seed Oasis Original O's vs. #7 seed Down Lo Stickmen - Oasis, Table #1, 7:00pm

 

Don't forget - the Charles Lintz Top Shooter Tournament is coming on June 7th at the Oasis, and the end-of-the-year Pool Party and Awards Banquet, also at the Oasis, on June 16th.

Looking ahead even further, now that we're almost done with Thursday night league, we will be starting a new round of the Down Lo Summer league soon. The Spring season is just wrapping up, so the new season will be starting right around the Pool Party - maybe June 13th or 20th. Again, Wednesday nights - 8-ball (maybe some 9-ball, too???), teams of at least 4, essentially same structure as the CMPL, except money is the prize. 100% of the entry fees go right back to the winners - we call it 'Pure Transparency'. The Spring season was perfect - all handicaps seemed correct. Fun, quick nights. Most matches over by 9:30pm or so. You can split your existing team maybe in half - it's always fun to play your teammates in the off season! The Down Lo tables will be re-felted soon now that Thursday matches are done - the cloth is sitting in a box ready to go - we just need to get an installer. So, keep that all in mind as the CMPL season wraps up - talk to Scott, Meredith, Chuck, and Chris S. if you have any questions or to reserve a spot/team. 

-Scott-

 


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