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May 28, 2015, 11:10 pm

 Here's what happened in week #2 of the playoffs.

For the A-Trophy Playoffs:

Over at the Oasis the Outlaws took on the Oasis O-Team. The Outlaws won big 11-3. Russ got the first 2 for the O-Team, but it was all Outlaws the rest of the way. Izzy shot second and got all 3 against Brian V. Mike Brandt got 2 out of 3 against James V. Shawn Bell got all 3 against his boss, Stacy, in the 4th match. That made the score 9-3 at the break. In the 5th and final match, Ricky beat Joel 2-0 to get the Outlaws to 11 points and boost them further into the playoffs.

The other match took place at the Down Lo between the Damned and Duffy's Tavern. This match was pretty one-sided after the first four matches. Tony beat Baback 2-1. Then David Larabee got all 3 against Iced Cream. In the third match, Jason Jones got 2 out of 3 against Woot. At this point it was 7-2 Down Lo. In the 4th spot, Kevin Kinell came up big and started the momentum shift with a 2-1 win against Philo. That made it 8-4 Damned at the break. In the 5th spot, Prana kept the Duffy's pedal to the metal as he got all 3 against Rob C. Now it was 8-7. Steve Swim got 2 out of 3 against Satyr to tie the match at 9-9. It all came down to the final match - first one to two wins punches their team's ticket to the finals. We had a classic matchup of each team’s heroes from last week. Steve McGrill vs. Ed Theis. Ed got the first one, then Steve got the 2nd one. Now it was 10-10. In the last game Ed won to make the final score 11-10 Duffy's.

Those two teams (Outlaws and Duffy's) now go on to play each other in the Finals for all the marbles - June 4th, 7:00pm at the Oasis - table #1.

The losers of those two matches (O-Team and Damned) meat at the Oasis for the 3rd/4th place match on May 28th, 7:00pm.

 For the B-Trophy Playoff:

The #9 seed Eagles beat the Bankers 11-5 over at the Eagles Hall. David Napier got all 3 of his games, a bunch of others kicked in 2-1 victories.

The #11 seed Rack Pack beat the Empire pretty soundly, 11-6. Matt A. got all 3 of his games against Matt Vernoga, and Mike D. finished it off with 3 of his own against Empire Zach. 

Now the winners, The Eagles and The Rack Pack, move on to the championship to see who takes home the B-Trophy. That will happen at the Eagles on Thursday May 28th at 7:00pm.

The Charles Lintz Top Shooter Tournament is still on for June 11th at the Oasis, starting at 7:00pm.

The Pool Party is still on for June 20th at the Oasis, at 1:00pm, for all players and their significant others. NOT 3:00pm like some schedules erroneously state.

Good luck this week. It's time for Bar Playoff Crawl 2.0 for those not participating. Come join us!


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...



May 7, 2015, 12:34 am

I've got 3 score sheets, and I'm missing 3 score sheets. One was my fault - I lost the Playa's/Damned sheet from Kevin. It was a rough night, mainly thanks to Cele's tequila round. I'm waiting for Stephen Wells to get me the visitor copy. The other two missing sheets are from the Tackle Box (vs the Bankers) and The Empire (vs the Dragons). I have the final team scores from the Playa's/Damned (11-10) and the Tackle Box/Bankers (14-7) and they have been recorded (no individual stats yet). I don't know yet what happened in Durham, so no team score or stats. So the team standings is up to date minus the Empire and Dragon's score. The Playa's have the final bye week so their score will slip a little.

I'll enter the final stats once I get them, hopefully on Thursday morning.

UPDATE: 2:55pm on Thursday - all team scores are in and the standings are current, up to the minute. Only thing I am waiting for are the individual stats from the Playa's/Damned match (their team score is entered). Once I have those individual stats I'll be able to run the top shooter list and printouts. Just waiting for Stephen Wells to get back from the Bay Area and send me his sheet. Sorry for the delays...


2 Nights to Go!
Apr 30, 2015, 4:17 pm

Sorry, don't have any time to do any write-ups this week. But all the stats and scores have been entered and are up to date. I just need to update the web top shooter list, and of course beer frame tracker. The standings are up to date. Note that Playa's and Duffy's each still have their bye week coming up. I'm sending out a copy of the standings, stats, and top shooters via email right now. By the way, congrats to Kenny Duff who has climbed all the way up to the #1 ranked top shooter. Kenny has won something like 27 in a row I think. 

Also, I must have been drunk when I posted the format for the B-Trophy last week. It will be the same as it was last year - seeds 12 and 13 play eachother to decide who is the final 12th seeded team. The 12th seed team will play the 9th seeded team, the 10th seeded team will play the 11th seeded team. Then of course the winners of those matches play eachother for the title.

More info to come shortly. Good luck tonight!


Week 23 Results
Apr 21, 2015, 11:32 pm

Here's what happened in Week #23, April 16th:

The Eagles were home as the Oasis Dragons came to play. Aaron and Micah came out shootin' in the first half as they each had 3-0 wins to lead the Dragons to a big 9-3 halftime lead. But Dave Napier and Craig beat Jeff Brun and Sid in the beer frame, 2-0. In the bottom half, Robin got 2 for the Eagles, but so did Ken and Steve for Oasis. Final score: Dragons 14, Eagles 7.

The Stickmen were on the road at a busy Oasis Bar & Grill. They were facing the transplanted Rack Pack, formerly of Last Call. Cele and Cal started the night good with 3-0 showings in the first half. Keith and Scott cleaned it up in the second half with 3-0 victories. Mike Dowd had a 3-0 match for his club. He and Rob also beat Paul and Wheeze in the beer frame, 2-0. The Stickmen got away with a 14-7 road win.

The Down Lo Playa's were at home as Duffy's had to walk all the way downstairs as the away team. In a back-and-forth first half, the Playa's were up 7-5. Ice Cream led off with 2 points, but then Kevin Cibart got 3 right back. Ed Theis stepped up and got 3 for his club, but Kyle E. followed suit and got his own, first ever, 3-0 victory for the home team. Leland and Dave Kaplan beat Kevin and Prana in the beer frame, 2-1. In the bottom half, Larry got 2 points and Leland got 3 to get the Playa's to a 13-8 team win. 

The Oasis Bulldogs travelled to the indoor Woodstock festival at the Tackle Box to face the Alligator Humpers. The 'Dogs must have brought their ear plugs or just love loud, live music as they beat the 'Box 15-6. Chris, Brenon, Keith, and Ty all rocked out to 3-0 victories. Once he was done in the mosh pit, Bob Cody came over and won 3 games on the pool table for his home team. But he and Charlie lost the beer frame to Dennis and Keith, 2-1. The Bankers get to finish off the month-long concert at the Tackle Box on April 30th.

Those aforementioned Bankers were at home taking on the Empire Club last week. Durham was up 9-3 at the break - Curt got all 3 of his games, and Casey, Curt, and Matt each got 2 wins. Casey and Matt played the beer frame, again, taking on the tandem of Richie and Barney. Casey and Matt swept it 2-0. The Bankers were making a comeback in the back half as Russ got 2 and Barney got 3 wins to get them to 8 points. They just ran into one small problem - an entire night needs 7 shooters, not 6. Oasis gave up the final 3 points for free, giving the Empire a 13-8 victory.

The third and final game at the Oasis was between the Outlaws and the Down Lo Damned. The Outlaws almost won at the beer frame. They were up 10-2 thanks to Kenny Duff and Shawn Bell's 3-0 wins, and Mike Brandt and Greggy Bear's 2-1 wins. Steve and Goran did come up big and beat Bulldog and Izzy for the beer frame honors. They won 2-0. Goran stayed hot and got his team a 3-0 victory, but Ricky and Tree followed him up with 2-1 wins each to make the final score 14-7 Outlaws.

Only 3 weeks to go, except for the Dragons, Duffy's, and the Playa's - they still have their bye weeks left (in that order).

Top Shooter notes: it's up to date. Just remember you have to play in 75% of the total matches possible, which will be 54 by the end of the season. So if your number is red on it, you need to play all of your remaining games to be eligible. Only the top 8 are entered for the June 11th 'Charles Lintz Top Shooter Tournament' at the Oasis. As always, the competitors will be re-seeded at random and play accordingly. An idea for next year has been brought up to keep the seeds as-is instead of re-seeding. We'll talk in October.

Playoff notes: The top 8 teams will be in the normal playoffs for the 'A-Trophy'. Seeds 9-13 will compete concurrently for the 'B-Trophy'. Team 9 will get a bye until the championship. 10 plays 13, 11 plays 12. Winners play each other, then that winner plays the number 9 seed team for the trophy. More info to follow.

Good luck this week - play hard. That final team seed position could make a difference.


All Stats Are IN!
Apr 16, 2015, 12:42 am


Believe it or not, all stats are in. We are up to the minute in stats and standings, and top shooter. I'll have a printout for email and posting at the Oasis on Thursday.

Still trying to get Beer Frame sorted out. Hang in there, Izzy.

Only 4 weeks left, 3 weeks for a few teams that still have their bye week left - Playa's, Duffy's, Dragons, and O-Team.

Just a reminder - top 8 teams go to the regular playoffs. The Bottom 5 go to the B-Trophy playoffs. In the bottom playoffs, team 9 has the bye until the championship. 10 plays 13, 11 plays 12. Winners play eachother from there. Then the winner plays the 9th seeded team for the trophy.

More details coming soon. Passing out in: 3, 2, ....


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