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    Yesterday I had the pleasure of playing 1pocket w/Mike Massey whom I've known for many years. He is doing a couple of exhibitions at the pool room I play at in Fort Collins on his way to WY for a couple of tournaments. Always fun to see Mike so we arranged to play a couple hours of 1pocket before dinner and his show.

    He was talking about the seniors one pocket tourney in Houston and is thinking about going. I hope he does as the stories to be told by him and the other "seniors" would be worth the price of admission. Sounds like it will be a blast. Good luck to all.

    My wife, Diane, insisted on taking a picture...glad she did.

    Dave
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    Great pic Dave, thanks for sharing!

    I have seen many of his trick-shot exhibitions but never have seen him play one pocket.

    With all due respect, how is his game?

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    • #3
      Great pic Dave, you look healthy! Stay well my friend!

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      • #4
        Here is a video of him playing Brandon Shuff at the 2015 Hardtimes 10 & 1 Open courtesy POV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBI5IQdYjwA&t=1s

        If I recall Brandon won the match, can't remember how Mike played. I do remember that it seemed like his ball striking abilities let him down some. I think Rodney Morris beat Raphael Martinez in the finals of this event.
        Erik in Lancaster, PA

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        • #5
          Mike is competitive in pretty much all the games, and I believe his one pocket would be the same. I know he finished near the top in some bar table tournaments in the last few years and I know he finished second in the US Amateur Snooker Championship some time back.

          Like most of us old timers he plays all games and I look forward to seeing him in Houston next month.
          JOHN HENDERSON
          Al Romero Cue
          Magic Chalk

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by cincy_kid View Post
            Great pic Dave, thanks for sharing!

            I have seen many of his trick-shot exhibitions but never have seen him play one pocket.

            With all due respect, how is his game?
            Mike's game went down a little when he started to concentrate on his trick shot shows (good career move) from what I was told, he used to be a monster in his day (before we met). In the last couple years he's been playing more tournaments and getting himself back in playing shape, well as much in shape as a 71+ year old can get. He still does many things really well and we may have split the games. So enjoyable to play Mike and he helped me with shooting over a frozen or near frozen ball.

            I mentioned to him that he stays solid and down on shots, especially the long tough ones, better than most pros I've seen and executes those shots really well. He said well being 300 lbs helps you stay down. Hahahahaha. I'm not sure he's 300 lbs but I'm now loading up the calories to add a little weight. LOLOL

            Originally posted by mr3cushion View Post
            Great pic Dave, you look healthy! Stay well my friend!
            Thanks, Bill. I'm pretty healthy these days and wish the same for you.

            Originally posted by Erik View Post
            Here is a video of him playing Brandon Shuff at the 2015 Hardtimes 10 & 1 Open courtesy POV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBI5IQdYjwA&t=1s

            If I recall Brandon won the match, can't remember how Mike played. I do remember that it seemed like his ball striking abilities let him down some. I think Rodney Morris beat Raphael Martinez in the finals of this event.
            Thanks for the video, Erik. His ball striking is fine now, but like I said, there was a time he didn't practice because of his trick shot shows. This is probably one of those times.

            Originally posted by jrhendy View Post
            Mike is competitive in pretty much all the games, and I believe his one pocket would be the same. I know he finished near the top in some bar table tournaments in the last few years and I know he finished second in the US Amateur Snooker Championship some time back.

            Like most of us old timers he plays all games and I look forward to seeing him in Houston next month.
            John, before I moved from No CA (maybe 1998ish) Mike was around for like a month. He played in a one pocket tourney at CA Billiards where we were playing each other and asked me if he could use a jump cue, I said I don't think you can. He asked Chet and he allowed it. He hit the jump shot so badly that he opened the stack and sold out. I was laughing so hard and teasing him suggesting he could use the jump cue anytime, I missed my first ball so he ran out. hahahahaha

            I hope he makes it to Houston, you all will have a ball.

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            • #7
              "Tennessee Tarzan" meets the "Colorado Crusher"...

              CK asked about Mike's 1P game. I watched him play Cliff a few years ago in Tunica. He gave Cliff all he could handle. Cliff squeaked by for the win, but not by much.

              ~Doc

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gulfportdoc View Post
                "Tennessee Tarzan" meets the "Colorado Crusher"...

                ~Doc
                hahahaha Thanks I think.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the replies!

                  I guess when you have a good stroke, it translates well into all billiard games! I would not have thought he would be able to compete at a higher level in one hole but I see I am wrong, thanks again for the feedback!

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                  • #10
                    great pic dave of you and mike massey
                    i understand mike plays pretty sporty 3 cushion also

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                    • #11
                      You with 300 pounds? Youre going to lose a hunnert? Tough road.
                      Coyotes, Eagles, and Deer, oh my!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 12squared View Post
                        I'm not sure he's 300 lbs but I'm now loading up the calories to add a little weight.
                        Earl showed me a healthier way by putting 150 lbs on my arm.

                        I hope he makes it to Houston, you all will have a ball.
                        Fingers crossed.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cincy_kid View Post
                          Thanks for the replies!

                          I guess when you have a good stroke, it translates well into all billiard games! I would not have thought he would be able to compete at a higher level in one hole but I see I am wrong, thanks again for the feedback!
                          I’m working on my stroke for Derby time next year. See you then
                          If I only had Dave to help me it would go a lot faster and better

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lll View Post
                            great pic dave of you and mike massey
                            i understand mike plays pretty sporty 3 cushion also
                            Larry, Mike loves 3-cushion but doesn't play it enough to really play well, but some of his shots and strokes are amazing.

                            Originally posted by Scrzbill View Post
                            You with 300 pounds? Youre going to lose a hunnert? Tough road.
                            I'm determined! hahahahaha

                            Originally posted by LSJohn View Post
                            Earl showed me a healthier way by putting 150 lbs on my arm.
                            You are a funny man. Here's a picture of me and Earl as teamates during one of his exhibitions (I paid $10 and tried to explain the concept of solidarity and talked him into letting me wear one of his arm weights), I know what you mean.



                            Originally posted by jtompilot View Post
                            I’m working on my stroke for Derby time next year. See you then
                            If I only had Dave to help me it would go a lot faster and better
                            Woe is Me! I can't stroke, I can't play, I don't have a beautiful and charming wife....

                            You're a funny man, Jim. Hope you're well Champ! (but thanks for the compliment).

                            Love, your roomie.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 12squared View Post

                              Love, your roomie.
                              Uh oh. Looks like we have our first 1P org love triangle:

                              Dave loves Jim's roomie. (So do I, but I'm stayin' out of this one.)

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