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Cue Ball Usage in League Play
Nov 18, 2015, 2:08 am

I assumed everyone was using the league-approved and standard playing equipment, but apparently that hasn't been the case in regards to the cue ball. The agreement we came to many years ago was to use the Aramith Pro Cup brand 'measel' cue balls provided by the league, or independently, as long as they are the same, official, Aramith Pro Cup 'measel' balls. I believe I've seen some imitation brands/models, but the Aramith ones should be able to be spotted by 1) it has 6 spots (not 8 or other amount), 2) the Aramith dots are a little blurry on the edges of the red circles - the imitations are well defined and crisp, 3) most (all?) Aramith ones are more of a tapioca color, almost 'faded' or sun-baked looking. If it's bleached white, I doubt it's an Aramith. Here's the cue ball in it's packaging case and a close-up.

                True Aramith Pro Cup    Aramith Packaging
Here's an example of an imitation model:
Non-Aramith Example

To confirm this is what we agreed upon, you can look at both set of rules (in your binder or downloadable in the 'downloads' section at In the 'CMPL Info & Procedures', section/rule 5(g) discusses it. And in the adapted 'CMPL 8-Ball Rules', section 2 lays it out.
I now realize that Cal might not have one being a new captain - my bad for not seeing this earlier - but I'll get one to him ASAP or in the meantime maybe one of his teammates or opponents can let him borrow theirs when they are at home. 
Arguments can be made which ball is better, or lighter, or cooler, or the world-renowned favorite, but the fact is we decided on these Aramith ones the same as we could have any other. More for consistency from bar to bar rather than solely by quality or ratings. So for this reason, please use the 'real' Measles ball from here on out. Captains, please pay close attention to the opening break because once the match has started with the wrong one only with mutual captain agreement can the ball be swapped out. If it happens, and a swap-out is agreed upon, I would recommend a strategic swap time - between matches, or at least between games. Not during a game.
I'll try to get scores posted from week #3 ASAP. 

Week # 2 Results
Nov 12, 2015, 5:50 pm

As we enter our third week, we are still missing some payments and more importantly rosters. Our original rules say that all rosters and payments are due by the 2nd week, but we all know this is the Chico Mens Pool League and deadlines are only for losers.

So, as I piece together scoresheets and blurry screenshots with nicknames and doodles,, empty squares, and bad math, I come out with a pretty good idea of what happened the past couple of weeks. I got the final scores and team points entered, but I haven't received rosters from a few teams so I'm not totally up on individual stats. So no printouts of those or Top Shooters yet, just team standings. They are accurate online at and posted at the Oasis.

I can't thank Ed Theis enough, and even Micah, for having rosters and payments to me as early as they did. And everyone else who had them in on week #1 or #2. For a one time a year collection, it is amazing how fucked up this gets. If it was CARD, or the real world, deadlines would be met. If it's Scott and the CMPL, "screw it". I couldn't imagine having to collect dues on a weekly basis for green fees like Jackie and Kevin! No way.

Anyways, good luck in week #3 - especially to Ed, Micah, and the other on-timers. You deserve a break and run for your assistance.

Note that tonight (11/12) is our first of 6 all interleague-play nights - all games played will be against an opposite conference opponent.



Binders are READY!
Oct 28, 2015, 12:42 am
Sorry it took so long, but the captain's/team binders are now ready to be picked up for the season. They are ready at the Oasis behind the bar - just ask Stacy or any bartender. 
The binders include score sheets for the year, team roster sheets, schedules, and rules. 
Don't forget - games start this Thursday evening. Check out the schedule online - - or of course, in your binder.
Good luck in week #1!

Scotch Doubles Tournament
Oct 21, 2015, 3:02 pm

In case you haven't heard, just a reminder for you that this weekend at the Oasis is the Scotch Doubles tournament benefitting the oncology massage fund. Cash prizes are available, as well as raffle prizes. Even the food and drinks ordered will help the cause - 20% of those sales will be donated, so bring some friends that don't play pool but like to eat and drink! Entry fees are $10 per person ($20 per team). It is open to everybody, so maybe go crazy and play with a girl! 

Here's the flier. Thanks to Miles for getting it to me, Jackie for running it, and Stacy for hosting it. It's a great cause, as if you even needed a reason or excuse to play.



2015-2016 Schedule is UP!
Oct 19, 2015, 2:35 am

Hey everyone. The schedule is now posted. (Click on 'Game Schedule' button on left-side menu buttons). I'll have a paper copy posted at the Oasis soon, and the team binders with player and captain copies (plus score sheets and copies of the rules) will be available soon (I'll let the captains know by phone or email).

As you've probably seen, there will be 2 conferences - Solids and Stripes. These each have 7 teams serpentine-seeded from last year's final regular season standings, and adding Cal's Oasis/Oroville team (the 'Ball Busters') at the end. (Stripes got #1 seed, Solid got #2 and #3 seeds, Stripes then got #4 and # 5 seeds, solids #6 and #7, stripes #8 and #9, and so on). Click on 'Teams & Standings' to see all the teams in both conferences. Note that the Oasis Rack Pack has moved to Shenanigan's Bar & Grill on the north Esplanade (across from Basque Norte, inside (actually underneath) the old 'Albatross' and 'Gooney Bird' restaurants). Teams will play teams in their conference twice, once at home and once on the road. They will play all the teams in the other conference once in 'interleague' matchups. The first 7 nights of the season will include 6 conference games and one interleague game per night. Scattered through the season will be 6 nights of interleague-only games. In the second-half of the season the conference nights will include one bye week for each team, one from each conference each night. 

This will make the regular season end on April 7th. Conference championships and the eventual Solid versus Stripe A- and B-Trophy championship will run from April 14th thru May 5th. Charles Lintz Top Shooter Tournament on May 12th. The Pool Party (at the Tackle Box) will be on May 21st or 28th. The old-way schedule would have ended the season on July 9th or 16th. So we shaved a good chunk off the season, especially with Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and St. Patrick's Day all on Thursdays this season.

It is a different format with the conferences, and it may not be perfect or preferred for everyone, but we're going to give this a shot and modify it (or scrap it) for next year depending on player input. So be patient, have fun, and give it a try.

There could be small changes, but I think it's pretty solid and fair. Each team should have an even amount of home and away matches, and not too many of each in a row. Also consider that the 6 Oasis teams will actually have a bunch more 'home' games when they are actually 'visitors' when they play their other barmate teams. A LOT of time and effort went into making this bear of a schedule, so if it's not perfect - sorry. I'm not paid by the hour - I'd be rich if I was. It is what it is, but let me know if you see any glaring issues before I put it to print.


Captain's Meeting
Sep 24, 2015, 3:00 pm

Hey, hope everyone had a great Summer! But it's just about October - time for baseball playoffs, football, and... Chico Mens Pool League Thursday nights!

Captain's Meeting: Just like always, first Thursday in October, at the Oasis Down Lo, one team representative (only). So that's:


Captain's Meeting

Thursday, October 1st, 7:00pm, Oasis Bar & Grill Down Lo


Games should be starting the third week in October if everything goes to plan. So:


First Games

Thursday, October 15 29th, 7:00pm, Locations TBD


More information to follow. Captains - check your email for a separate email regarding the captain's meeting.




Jun 17, 2015, 3:42 pm

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Campion of the Inaugural Charles Lintz Top Shooter Tournament

Keith Whitworth


Keith fought his way through some tough competition to take home the $100 prize and the first ever congratulatory hand shake from the man himself, Charles Lintz. As the brackets below show, he had to first beat Gregg Taylor in round 1. Keith had Gregg shaking his head as he left after losing 3 games to 1. Next up for Keith was Cal Helton. Keith also dealt Cal a 3-1 defeat and was now on to the finals to take on either Kenny Duff or Kevin Cibart. Kenny had beaten Joel in the first round, 3-1. Kevin had beaten Ty, 3-0. Kenny and Kevin went the full 5 games, Kenny came out on top. That set up the final match, which would be a race to 5, between Kenny and Keith. It was back and forth the whole way. At one point Kenny was up 3-1, but Keith battled back. It then ultimately came down to a hill-hill match - both players tied at 4 wins. Keith took control of the that final game and earned himself the title of 2014-2015 Top Shooter. Thanks to the man of honor, Charles Lintz, for coming down and checking out the games to the final end. Keith earned $100 and a troohy for his efforts. He was sure to thank Mike Karol after the match as he attributed most of his good shots to the tip Mike put on Keith's stick.




Speaking of trophies, and cash, and Mike Karol - don't forget! Pool party and awards banquet THIS SATURDAY, 1:00pm at the Oasis. As usual - tons of food, tons of free beer, tons of free pool, tons of trophies, and best of all - TONS of prizes for our reffle! I have spent the most ever on prizes this year, so make sure you buy plenty of tickets. Meredith and her CWPL will be there as well with their prizes, food, and trophies. Again, the action starts at 1:00pm - Oasis - THIS Saturday, June 20th! See you there!



Championship for 2014-2015
Jun 7, 2015, 6:23 pm

It's official - the Oasis Outlaws defeated Duffy's Tavern last Thursday night to claim the top spot - 2014-2015 CMPL Champions in back-to-back seasons.

Kenny started things off with a 3-spot against Baback. Ice Cream got the first win for Duffy's in the second match against Gregg Taylor. Gregg got the other two. Woot tried to get things going for Ed's squad as he got 2 out of 3 against Ricky Martin, making the score 6-3 Outlaws - still in reach for the Duffers. But Bulldog came up fourth and simply went lights-out shooting, beating Prana 3-0 quickly and cleanly. Izzy shot fifth and needed two wins for the trophy - he got them in quick succession against Kevin K. Final score: 11-3 Outlaws.


Congratulations to this year's Champs! 



Captain: Mike Karol

Paul Airth

Shawn Bell

Ken 'Bulldog' Bolin

Mike Brandt

Kenny Duff

Matt Fields

Ricky Martin

Jimmy Scott

Izzy Taylor

Gregg Taylor


In the week prior, we had the 3rd/4th place match between the Oasis O-Team and the Down Lo Damned. I don't have the details, but I have been told that the Damned won the match 11-10. UPDATE: The details - It was a back and forth match in the first half. Philo beat Stacy 2-1 to start things off. In the next match, James won 2-1 against Tony. Then the Damned struck back as Goran got 2 against Brian V. To round out the first half, the momentum swung back to Oasis as Chuck beat Stephen 2-1. So at the half it was tied 6-6. The teams declined a beer frame, and shot on. Mike Clarke kept things rolling with the Oasis as he beat Steve McGrill 3-0 to make it 9-6 Oasis O-Team. Joel got the first win in the 6th matchup to get the O-Team on the hill at 10-6. Only problem was Jason Jones got the next two to make it a closer 10-8 Oasis lead. It was down to Oasis Carlos and his opponent, Pat Altenberg. Pat needed all 3, Carlos needed 1. Pat came out clutch and got all 3 to bring the Down Lo Damned back from behind and on top in the end, 11-10. Congratulations to the Down Lo Damned - they earned the 3rd place trophy.

We also had the B-Trophy Championship between the Eagles and the Last Call Oasis Rack Pack, held at the Eagles 2 weeks ago. In another 11-3 victory, the Eagles were all over the Rack Pack. Robin beat Kevin L. 2-1 to start it off. David Napier beat Gary 3-0. Then Bobbo beat Matt Altenberg 2-1. Donny was up 4th and beat Pat all 3 games to get his team to the hill, up 10-2. The two teams decided to play a beer frame - Jon Cox and Bobby teamed up against Curtis and Kevin Nickas. The Eagles tandem won 2-0. In the fifth frame, Mike Daniels got the deciding game off of Brian Aguilar, making the final score 11-3 Eagles. Congratulations on your B-Trophy!

That leaves just 3 things between now and next season:

1. The Charles Lintz Top Shooter Tournament - June 11th, 7:00pm at the Oasis

  • Leland
  • Kenny 
  • Kevin
  • Gregg
  • Ty
  • Keith
  • Joel
  • Cal

Cele and David Napier will be the first and second alternates.

2. The end of the year Pool Party and Awards banquet - June 20th, 1:00pm at the Oasis

3. Kevin Cibart will be hosting a Thursday night 8-ball league starting June 25th on the newly renovated tables of the Down Lo. It will be co-ed, teams of 4 (plus alternates), handicapped. It will be limited to just 8 teams, and 16 weeks. It will end the week before CMPL starts up again in October. The kicker? ALL of the entry fees/league dues will go into the prize pot - ALL OF IT! Crazy talk, I know, but it's true! The format will be similar to Thursday night league, but smaller. It will be the same 3-game format. The first 2 players play their matches, then a scotch doubles match, then the other 2 matches are played. More details will be coming soon. Contact Kevin as soon as possible if you want to play, especially if you have a team of four ready to go.


Congratulations again, and good luck to those top shooters. Don't forget about the party - June 20th, 1:00pm. Be sure to pass the word on to your teammates.


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