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Kickoff 2010-2011
Oct 26, 2010, 1:49 pm

Another season is under way! All teams had their kickoff matches last Thursday, except for Towne Lounge II who had a bye week. Amazingly enough all teams got their sponsor fees and player dues in just in time. I believe I am waiting for payment on just two people, one played in a beer frame, and the other hasn't played yet, which means the 2010-2011 season started with everyone playing, paid for! Thank you to the captains and players for getting the dues in on time - it makes everything much easier as you can imagine.

Here's the results from week #1:

The Oasis Dragons headed down Park Ave. to take on the Nick's 8-Ballers and ended up in a very close match. The home team pulled it out with a slim 11-10 win. 8-Baller Bud was the lone 3-0 shooter, and John Chamberlin and Brenon got the Beer Frame win for the Dragons, defeating Pops and Mike. The Dragons team looks very similar to last year, as does the 8-Ballers, with the exception of Jimmy Nguyen joining the club - a long time CMPL member (off and on).

The Towne Lounge was empty Thursday night as the Towne Lounge II team had a bye and the Towne Lounge I team was on the road to take on the Hammerheads of Last Call. Sean and Rich and the crew welcomed the TLI team in, but the visiting shooters got comfortable quick - jumping out to a 9-3 lead at the Beer Frame. Joe Terout got the final 3 games of the night bringing the Hammerhead's score up from a disastrous 3 points to a semi-respectable 6 points. On the other side of the scoresheet, newcomer Fahd Khan, Steve Wells, and Jason Jones each got 3-0 victories. Good news for the Last Call crew - they won the Beer Frame as Captain Sean and Rich Jr. edged out Edward and Howie. The Towne Lounge I team picked up some new players - Fahd Khan, Amer Alyusof, and Edward. The Hammerheads added Sam Almand and Josh Burdette. Welcome to the League, Newbies!

Back at the ranch Oasis, the Bulldogs and the Nuggets were competing in an intra-bar match. The reigning champion Bulldogs had an 8-4 lead at the half-way point, and then pulled a way in the second half to end the night with a 13-8 victory over the Nugs. Chris Urbach and Henry Kracht each had 3-0 shutouts for the 'Dogs, but Lee and Bill got the last laugh with the Beer Frame win against Brian and Frank. As far as I can tell, both teams look very similar from last season - both very strong, with no new additions.

The Empire marched in to Chico to take on the Oasis O's at the Oasis. Another close game enveloped between these two clubs. The Empire was up 8-4 at the Beer Frame, ready to cruise home with a win, but Mike, Slade, and Joel had different ideas - winning 6 of the final 9 games, coming up one short, making it a close 11-10 Empire win. James Williams started the night off for the Empire Club with a 3-0 victory, and Joel ended the night with a 3-0 shut out for the Oasis. Troy Burr and newcomer Ian Filby also left with the Beer Frame win against Troy Martin and Captain Mike. It looks like mostly the same guys for the Oasis, with the exception of Leland Baxter being picked up off the waiver wires, and Josh Vasquez joining the team. The Empire acquired Ian Filby and Julius Gray for the 2010-2011 season. Welcome and welcome back!

Meanwhile, downtown, downstairs the two DownLo teams were facing off - the original DownLo Playa's were taking on the newly transplanted Down Lo Stickmen. This one was far from pretty as the Playa's came in with their A-players with their A-games as usual. The Playa's were up 9-3 at the half, and got 7 of the last 9 to mop the floor with the Stickmen 16-5. Obviously many 3-0 hat tricks for the Playa's - Charles, Russ, Jason, and newcomer Brian Griffin all got the job done. Charles and Captain Mikie were in great Scotch Double rhythm as they won the Beer Frame 2-0 against Leo and ex-Playa Larry Hiller. As mentioned, the Playa's picked up Brian Griffin for the season, and the Stickmen acquired Larry Hiller from the Playa's and picked up rookie sensation Kris Orduno from their farm club, the Corning Olive Pitters.

So that's the stories from week #1. Hopefully everyone had a smooth start with the 'new' rules and Beer Frame format. I didn't get any calls, but I was in the DownLo bunker so I didn't have reception anyways. Let me know what you think - in the forums, email, or in this weeks online poll (see right side column, bottom end).

Good luck in week #2 - except for Towne Lounge I - they have the bye this week.


2010-2011 Schedule Posted!
Oct 15, 2010, 2:51 am

All right guys - the first night of Pool League is here! Games begin on Thursday, October 21st at 7:00pm.

The schedule has been posted online - click on 'Game Schedule' in the left-hand column. Don't forget to choose '2010-2011' Season at the top of the green left-hand column. You can always go back and forth to see last year's schedule and stats for reference.

Captains - please turn your rosters, bar sponsorship fees, and player dues in as soon as possible. They can be given to me or left with the bartender or Stacy at the Oasis. The team binders - consisting of schedules, NEW rules sheets, roster sheets, and scoresheets - are ready to be picked up.

Speaking of rules sheets - there are new rules, amended old ones, and other new, updated information - so please read through carefully and make sure your team is fully aware. Don't get caught off-guard when the other captain knows the rules and you don't! Again, they will be in the binders, and they are available for download (in the 'Downloads' section), as well as originals of other league documents (scoresheets, rosters, etc.).

There are 11 teams this year. We added Towne Lounge II, and the Nick's (previously Quackers) Stickmen have moved again - they are now the Down Lo Stickmen. Having 11 teams means 1) the season will be a little longer, and 2) there are bye weeks in play. Each team has one per half.

That's it for now - be sure to get out and practice! See you next week!


New Dad in the League - Congratulations to Mike Madsack of the Stickmen and his wife, Cathi - they had twin boys, Seth and AJ, on 10/11/10. Everyone's healthy and good! Hopefully we'll see them in the League in 21 years!

Sep 5, 2010, 1:37 pm



Welcome to the 2010-2011 Chico Mens Pool League!


It's that time of year again - school's back in, football is here, weather's cooling off, and, most importantly - time for a new Pool League season!

The website has been turned over to a new season. Last year's schedule, results, and stats are still available, you just need to click on the year range at the top of the green column on the left-side of the screen. All the individual stats for 2010-2011 have been cleared and zeroed, and the schedule has not been made until we get a final confirmation and payment for the participating bars.

Unless changed at the Captain's meeting for some reason, the first games will happen on October 21st.

CAPTAINS- A few notes for you:

  • Captain's Meeting - Thursday, October 7th - 7:00pm at the Oasis. This has been traditionally the day of the meeting for many years now - the first Thursday in October, so please no complaints on the picked day if it doesn't work for you.
  • One captain and one teammate from each team may attend to voice concerns, ideas, and to vote on league measures. The teammate should be considered an alternate/co-captain.
  • Player's dues ($15/player) and bar sponsor fees ($40/team) will be collected. Team rosters (minimum of 7, max of 11) will be submitted at that time. Either collect your players and bars dues prior and bring to the meeting, or pay for it yourself and have your team pay you back later. All rosters need to include players first and last name, phone number, and email. Blank 2010-2011 roster sheets are available to download in the 'downloads' section in the green column to the left. One version is in .pdf (print and fill out by hand), the other in Excel (fill in on your computer and print out or email). Pricing could change at the meeting if a motion for it is voiced.
  • We will be utilizing (upon a consensus vote approval at the meeting) the standardized, officially recognized, nationally approved and used BCA Pool League rule book. I will deliver a condensed copy to each bar for pick up by the captain in the next few days, or it can be downloaded in it's entirety, from the download section, again in the green left-hand column. All captains are strongly encouraged to look it over in detail and share it with your players PRIOR to the meeting, when we will discuss it's contents, pro or con. A supplemental Chico Men's League addendum will also be created for our league-specific details as a result of our meeting to compliment the Rule Book.
  • I would like to get all captains (mandatory) to become a registered user of this site, and encourage all players to do the same. This will make it more efficient to send out information and updates to either captains or players, or both. I will have a laptop available at the meeting, or you can do it now - black tab near the top of the screen - "Create User Account". Obviously it's free, spam-free, and safe.
  • Please contact me in advance if you have any questions/concerns that will inevitably turn into powder kegs at the meeting. We will discuss and resolve it prior, or find a way to discuss it civilly at the meeting.
  • I will post a basic agenda for the meeting in the downloads section, left-hand column, shortly.

I have my concerns and points to bring up at the meeting, as I'm sure many of you do, too. Players (non-captains): don't forget if you want to have items brought up, talk to your captain, or become a registered user of this site and visit the 'forums' (left-hand column) where there is a thread for 'Suggestions For Next Season' (this season).

The core subject for the meeting will be how to make the rules standardized and concrete, to cover any or all situations, to make the game less stressful for everyone involved. In the past we were a simple league with simple rules, but now that we have moved into a more technical, rules-driven league, we need to make it more standardized. The proposed league rule book is cumbersome, but it is detailed, without much room for ambiguity. But please remember, this is a gentlemen's game, and superseding all rules is the core values of sportsmanship, recreation, and fun.

Thanks for your time in reading this - hopefully you're looking forward to the upcoming season as much as I am. Again, please contact me if you have any questions:


End of the 2009-2010 Season
May 20, 2010, 12:02 am

Thanks for a great year!

The Pool Party/Awards Banquet held at the Empire Club in Durham was a great success - thanks to all those that helped and participated. I believe we had a record amount of raffle prizes - both the Women's and Men's league raised a substantial amount of money to start off the 2010-2011 season. Many went home with great prizes - especially Joby who won the Dale Perry custom cue. Congratulations to all! Thanks to the many businesses and people who provided and donated the great gifts. To name a few:

Master's Music and Vending

Tuscan Ridge Golf Club

Leo Oviedo

FunLand / Cal Skate Chico

Butte Community Bank

Oasis Bar & Grill

and special thanks to all the Women's League players who brought gifts of their own!

Keep practicing over the Summer - and we'll see you in the Fall!

For more pictures of the event, check out the photo gallery link in the left-hand column.




May 10, 2010, 5:05 pm

Empire Outside


2009-2010 Pool Party and Awards Ceremony

Saturday, May 15th, 1-4:00pm

Empire Club in Durham

UPDATE!!! Want to go to the Pool Party in Durham but don't want to drive (especially back)? Great news! Vicki, the Women's Pool League president is offering a FREE (minus gas tip) ride on her bus, to and from, the Empire Club! She's going to use the bus she uses for work to haul up to 35 people to and from the party. She will make more trips if necessary. The bus will depart from the East side of the Farmer's Market parking lot, between 2nd and 3rd St., on Flume St (across from the News and Review building) at 12:30pm, and will return there at 4:00pm or so. All you have to do is find a safe ride home from the parking lot! There it is - officially NO EXCUSES to party this Saturday!


Despite all rumors and propaganda regarding a date and location change, it is official - the Pool Party (men's and women's) will be held at the Empire in Durham THIS Saturday, May 15th, 2010,  starting at 1:00pm as scheduled. As with every year, we rotate the venue from home bar to home bar and this year the Durham hot-spot has the honor of playing host. On tap will be a spread of dishes donated by the Women's league, a tri-tip BBQ, pre-paid beer (free for you), Men's and Women's league raffle prizes, pool tournaments, trophy presentations, and lot's of fun. Admission is free for 2009-2010 pool players (this is where your $15 went), guests are $5 for dinner (no free beer). Be sure to car pool and find a designated driver, or get your team to go in on a taxi-van and split the fare! Festivities should be wrapping up around 4:00pm, but the bar of course doesn't close until much later.

If you have any raffle prizes your business or a friend's business would like to donate, please email me at We will be sure to publicize and thank those businesses offering to help.

See you in Durham!


2009-2010 Top Shooter
Apr 3, 2010, 2:29 pm

2009-2010 Top Shooter

2009-2010 Top Shooter - Mike Karol

Mike Karol - Oasis Bulldogs

In a very well played Top Shooter Tournamant, Mike Karol held off some of the best in the league and was crowned Top shooter. With the win, Mike earned $100 cash with the honors.

Here's a re-cap:

Round One

In the first match of the first round, the Bulldog's Jim Brown was up against the Down Lo's Jason Colabove. In a race to 3, or best out of five, single elimination format, Jim Brown won 3 in a row knocking Jason out of the tournament.

The second match of the first round was Mike Brandt, Sr. of the Nuggets taking on Oasis top shooter Joel Russo. Joel efficiently won the first 3 games as well, moving on to the next round.

The third match was a Nugget matchup between Mike Karol and teammate Kenny Duff. The two traded wins, but then Mike won the next two, gaining the victory and a ticket to the second round.

The final first round match was between Bulldog Keith Whitworth and Kevin Cibart of the Down Lo. Keith got one win, but Kevin scored three to knock Keith out, and Kevin went on to round 2.

Round Two

In round two, Jim Brown was paired against Joel Russo. In a close match, Joel knocked out Jim with a 3-1 victory, which propelled Joel to the Finals.

In the other final four matchup, Mike Karol had to take on Kevin Cibart. The winner would face Joel in the finals. In another close match, Mike Karol held on to win 3-1.


In the final game two of the leagues best stepped to the table to see who would be crowned this year's Top Shooter. In another 3-1 match, Mike Karol out-dueled Joel Russo in a great match up. Both players shot well - each had some great runs, and of course made some excellent, clutch, high-pressure shots, but Mike made the right ones at the right time and earned himself $100 and the designation of the Chico Mens Pool League 2009-2010 Top Shooter. Congratulations Mike - you can pick up your trophy at the league party on May 15th at the Empire Club.

That concludes the 2009-2010 season! Congratulations again to the Bulldogs - 2009-2010 champions, and Mike Karol - Top Shooter. The only thing left is to party. The league party again will be on May 15th at the Empire Club in Durham, starting at 1:00pm. There will be awards, raffles, and some great food. This is where your league dues go, so take advantage of it - you deserve it after such a successful year.

Have a great Summer - practice a lot - we'll see you in the fall. Don't forget to check back with this web site for more information, and of course some great discussions in the forum. Thanks to everyone for their help this year, especially the captains. Your assistance and patience made my challenging transition to interim president an easy and fun one.


2009-2010 Championships
Mar 26, 2010, 7:23 pm

Bulldogs Win!...Bulldogs Win!

2009-2010 Champions - Oasis Bulldogs



With no disrespect to either team, I (as well as many in attendance) didn't see this one coming. The #2 seed Bulldogs came out and shot their asses off, knocking off the undefeated #1 seed  Down Lo.

Charles started things off getting all 3 from Dennis, and that's about as good as it got for the Down Lo. Henry was next up for the Bulldogs, and he got all three from Jason. Then Keith stepped up, and got all three from Kevin Cibart. The Bulldogs #4 shooter, Jim Brown, got two out of three from Russ, giving the 'Dogs an 8-4 lead at the beer frame. The Bulldogs then got the beer frame as Frank and Henry competed against Charles and Mike Leitner. At this point everyone knew the Bulldogs were in great shape heading into the second half of shooting, but if any team could overcome the 4-point deficit, it would be the Down Lo and their remaining shooters. The Down Lo's sixth spot shooter was Gregg Prenderagast, going up against Chris Urbach. Gregg won one, but gave up one game with an accidental 8-ball scratch, and Chris earned his second win with some great clutch shots. Now the Bulldogs were on the hill with a 10-5 lead, needing just one more for the championship. Up to the table stepped Frank, taking on the Down Lo's Larry Hiller. Frank took care of business and got the deciding and championship point in his first game, giving the Bulldogs a decisive 11-5 victory, and the honor of being the 2009-2010 Chico Mens Pool League Champions. The Down Lo earns silver with their 2nd place finish.

The consolation match to determine the third and fourth place teams took place the night before, in a match between the #3 seed Oasis Nuggets and the #4 seed Towne Lounge.

This tense and close match started off with Mike Karol getting two versus Ed Tice. Mike Brandt, Sr. was next up against Tony Tokarski, and Mike got two out of three. Steve Hale took on Kenny Duff in the third game, getting two out of three for the Lounge. Paul Airth was the Nugget's fourth shooter, getting two out of three from Stephen Wells. The Nuggets were up 7-5 at this point heading into the beer frame. Jason and Kevin won the beer frame for the Towne Lounge in two straight games against Bill and Lee. Jason was the only 3-0 shooter on the night, getting all three against Moses, putting them in the lead 8-7. Kevin Kinnell came out in the 6th spot and put them on the hill with a two out of three effort against Jimmy Scott. The final shooters were Izzy for the Nuggets and Jessee Hill for the Towne Lounge. Needing just one more for the victory, Jessee gave up the first one to Izzy, making things more interesting at 10-9, but Jessee came through in the second frame and got the deciding eleventh point, giving the Towne Lounge a close 11-9 victory, and a place on the podium in 3rd place overall.

So as the playoffs are completed, here are your final top teams:

Champions: Oasis Bulldogs 

2nd Place: Down Lo

3rd Place: Towne Lounge 

Congratulations to all the teams making this 2009-2010 playoffs a success. For everyone else - October is only 7 months away. Keep practicing for the 2010-2011 Chico Mens Pool League season!

Only two more events left for this season - Top Shooter Tournament on April 1st at the Oasis, and most importantly(?), the end-of-the-year Pool League Party and Awards Ceremony at the Empire Club in Durham on May 15th at 1:00pm.

Quick note for those stat watchers - when you are viewing the list of players in the 'Statistics' page (located in the green left-hand column), all stats will be displayed by default - including regular season stats, playoff stats, and tournament stats. Now that playoffs have been included, some players will have more games and stats because they were involved in the playoffs, compared to those who weren't. You can filter these stats to show only the ones you are looking for, or a full summary, by checking or un-checking the appropriate boxes next to 'Game Types', then pressing 'Refresh Stats', in the upper yellow area. And of course you can filter these stats just for one team or the whole league. FYI.

And finally, be sure to vote in this month's poll - located in the bottom of the right-hand column.


Playoffs - Round 2
Mar 20, 2010, 2:26 pm

Here are the results from the Final Four match-ups:

The #1 Seed Down Lo team was 'home' taking on the #3 Seed Oasis Nuggets. The Down Lo showed why they were in first place, shooting out to a 9-3 lead at the beer frame against a very talented Nugget team. Charles started the night getting all 3 versus Mike Brandt, Jr., top-shooter Jason got 2 against Mike Senior, Kevin got all 3 from Mike Karol, and Russ got one from Kenny Duff. Jason and Kevin returned for the beer frame, getting 2 of 2 from Moses and Paul A. Larry came out in the 6th spot needing 2 from Moses for the win, which he got in the first 2 frames, giving the Down Lo an 11-3 win, punching their ticket to the Championships next Thursday night. The Nuggets will be back in action fighting for third place on Wednesday night.

Over at the main table at the Oasis, the Town Lounge showed up with their traditional bucket-o-wings and their game faces on, ready to take on the Oasis Bulldogs. Keith got the first two wins of the night against Tony, Henry got two from Kevin, Steve Hale busted out a 3-spot versus Chris, and Ed Tice got two from Jim Brown, giving the Lounge a 7-5 lead at the break. After the beer frame, Frank Jarvis got two versus Dave Larabee, and Jason Jones got two against Captain Steve. At this point, the Lounge was up 10-8 going into the final match, needing Howard to score just one against Brian Augustine. Brian brought his A-game and won all three in the clutch, propelling the Bulldogs to a tight 11-10 victory, sending the 'Dogs into the Championship Match against the Down Lo on Thursday night. The Lounge now needs to re-group and come back to the Oasis on Wednesday night for the 3rd place game against the Nuggets.

After these next two games, we'll have our final team winners for the year, and turn to our last matches of the year - the Top Shooter tournament on April 1st, at the Oasis. Here, the top 8 contestants will battle for the prized Top Shooter accolade. To see the contestants, click on the 'Top Shooters' link in the left-hand column.

Be sure to make plans to be at the Oasis the next few Wednesdays and Thursdays for some great pool action!

While I was down at the Oasis checking out the action, I was approached by several players with different ideas and changes they would like to see for the 2010-2011 season. Ideas and suggestions ranged from rule clarifications, procedures, to different playing formats. A Scotch Doubles beer frame format was entertained, an idea to have your own team rack for you was brought up, a better defined explanation of what a 'push' shot is, a defined playoff schedule, web site suggestions/changes/additions, and many more were brought up. I'm sure there are many more ideas out there floating around. The bottom line question is - "What would make our league better, more fun, and less ambiguous/conflict-prone." As we are nearing the end of the season, our web site has been visited almost 3,000 times, but I'm sure web traffic to this sight will decline going into the off-season. So now, while items are still fresh on your mind, please become a registered user (free) and start some discussions in our forum section, or chime in on your thoughts on posted ideas. I started a new thread with some of these ideas to get things started. If, for some odd reason, you do not want to be part of the online discussions, send me an email with your ideas and I'll start a conversation on your behalf, anonymously if needed. Nothing will become concrete until they are voted on in October's captain's meeting, but the thought process can begin now and expand during the Summer.

Good luck to our final teams, and Top Shooter contestants - here's to some good games and shooting!


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