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Old 08-19-2005, 12:08 PM
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Default A One Pocket to 9 Ball Comparison

I wrote/posted this on onepocket.org 4-5 years ago....most of you weren't on here back then and never saw/read it.....Matt's recent thread/question about why you do you love One Pocket made me remember it, and since it's related, I thought I'd post it up again....here it is >>>



" Here's what I've always thought is an interesting, never mentioned aspect of One Pocket playing mentality, that for me is a huge part of it's appeal in being the best and most interesting pool game, ( and I think this is probably also the case for most one pocket players )....and this 'One Pocket-pool-players-personality-trait' that I describe, is the opposite of a 9 ball players mindset....

In 9 ball, you never, ever, have any choice in which ball you shoot at - the lowest number ball that's on the table is what you HAVE to shoot at - you don't get any choice in the matter - for me, for that reason, 9 ball has always been way too dictated, restrictive, repetitive and thus, boring....it's the same-old, same-old, rack after rack.....I think of 9 ball as the pool game equivalent of working on the production line in a factory, or being a filing clerk, or at best, an accountant....

Whereas One Pocket appeals to the pool player-personality types who are intelligent free thinkers, who are adventurous, who are strategic thinkers, and who like to think for themselves and don't like being told what to do......One Pocket's work world equivalent might be, among other things, to be an artist, a scientist, an NFL offensive coordinator, a musician, or a world explorer......And when you play the ABSOLUTE BEST pool game in the universe >>> ONE POCKET <<< , you get to do whatever you want...rack your brain, use your imagination, shoot at any ball that you want, kick a ball 3 rails, carom two balls cross-corner, create a masterpiece, run out, or don't even hit a rail and scratch if you want to! - and in so doing all of this, One Pocket players are exercising that good old...*AMERICAN FREEDOM OF CHOICE*.

And so in closing, I guess we could say here on onepocket.org, that since there's so little freedom of choice in 9 ball....9 ball is, THE COMMUNIST POOL GAME !...........

- Ghost <<<----------- Hopes there's no insulted 9ball players lurking around here.....

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Old 08-19-2005, 08:54 PM
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9 ball is the pool game equivalent of working on the production line in a factory -
An excellent post, OPG! I think you're correct that 1P appeals to those of us who are freedom-loving. Liberty comes in many forms. As you say, in 9-ball there is always only one shot, with a few variations. In one-hole there are many shots with many different variations in any given inning, which makes 1P exponentially more unconstrained. Maybe that's why 9-ballers don't ever want to try other games. They've got their assembly line routine down so well that they'd be lost without the discipline.

Perhaps they'll unionize. "Power to the 9-ballers!" "Assembly line workers unite!" "Lay down your pitchforks and pick up your break cues and jump cues!" "Yellow and white is mellow and right!"

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Old 08-06-2009, 06:56 PM
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I wrote/posted this on onepocket.org 5 years ago....most of you weren't on here back then and never saw it.....Matt's thread/question about why you do you love One Pocket made me remember it, since it's related, so I thought I'd post it up again....here it is >>>


" Here's what I've always thought is an interesting, never mentioned aspect of One Pocket mentality, that for me is a huge part
of it's appeal in being the best and most interesting pool game, ( and I think this is probably also the case for most one pocket players )....and this 'One Pocket-pool-players-personality-trait' that I describe, is the opposite of a 9 ball players mindset....

In 9 ball, you never, ever, have any choice in which ball you shoot at - the lowest number ball that's on the table is what you HAVE to shoot at - you don't get any choice in the matter - for me, for that reason, 9 ball has always been way too dictated, restrictive, repetitive and thus, boring....it's the same-old, same-old, rack after rack.....I think of 9 ball as the pool game equivalent of working on the production line in a factory, or being a filing clerk, or at best, an accountant.....

Whereas One Pocket appeals to the pool player-personality types who are intelligent free thinkers, who are adventurous, who are strategic thinkers, and who like to think for themselves and don't like being told what to do......One Pocket's work world equivalent might be, among other things, to be an artist, a scientist, an NFL offensive coordinator, a musician, or a world explorer......And when you play the ABSOLUTE BEST pool game in the universe >>> ONE POCKET <<< , you get to do whatever you want...rack your brain, use your imagination, shoot at any ball that you want, kick a ball 3 rails, carom two balls cross-corner, create a masterpiece, run out, or don't even hit a rail and scratch if you want to! - and in so doing all of this, One Pocket players are exercising that good old...*AMERICAN FREEDOM OF CHOICE*.

And so in closing, I guess we could say here on onepocket.org, that since there's so little freedom of choice in 9 ball....9 ball is, THE COMMUNIST POOL GAME !...........

- Ghost <<<----------- Hopes there's no insulted 9ball players lurking around here "
here we get to see the mind of the ghost .ressurrected for 1p players only
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:26 PM
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here we get to see the mind of the ghost .ressurrected for 1p players only

A Ghost's mind is a terrible thing to waste... on a bank shot.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:58 PM
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Default Power To The One Pocket Players !

And check out Doc's reply....He loved this post of mine, with it's socio-political/libertarian-one pocket players slant.......it got his political juices all fired up and so he's calling all of the 9ball players socialists........


POWER TO THE ONE POCKET PLAYERS !



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Old 08-06-2009, 09:46 PM
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Why am I thinking a debate over spot shots is about to erupt again?

No need to bring politics / social systems / nor philosophy into this. Psychology probably will do just fine. 9 ball and one-pocket are the two great pathological pool games. 9 ball appeals to sociopaths and one pocket to psychopaths. Schizophrenics like both.

The Texas analogy would be: 9 ballers are gunslingers, one-pocketeers are guerrilla fighters. The gunslingers always get the girl...if they live. The guerrilla fighters never do...regardless.

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Old 08-06-2009, 10:07 PM
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No need to bring politics / social systems / nor philosophy into this. Psychology probably will do just fine. 9 ball and one-pocket are the two great pathological pool games. 9 ball appeals to sociopaths and one pocket to psychopaths. Schizophrenics like both.

The Texas analogy is: 9 ballers are guinslingers, one-pocketeers are guerilla fighters. The gunslingers always get the girl...if they live. The guerilla fighters never do...regardless.

Skin


Skin.......You sure stick up a lot for 9ball players and shooting straight in shots....you sure you're not hanging on the wrong site? -might-could be, you should be hanging out over at azbilliards.........


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Old 08-07-2009, 01:45 AM
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Ghost, girls like games that make them wet. 9 ball is better than 1p for that to them. 8 ball is the best of them all, btw. Just a tip if you want to parlay your winnings into a better night's sleep. Skin


Skin.......Hate to say it, but if one were to meld together Papie's popgun-strength posts to me, with KindlyOldUncleDave's inscrutable posts....the result would be, very much like your recent replies to my posts............


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Old 08-07-2009, 08:44 AM
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My original line, and it has been plaguerized by many pool players, was:

"If I was going into combat and was going to storm the beach, I would want to be with a 9ball player, but if I was going to operate like a guerilla behind the lines blowing up installations, I'd want to be with a One pocket player."

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Old 08-07-2009, 10:04 AM
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My original line, and it has been plaguerized by many pool players, was:

"If I was going into combat and was going to storm the beach, I would want to be with a 9ball player, but if I was going to operate like a guerilla behind the lines blowing up installations, I'd want to be with a One pocket player.
Plagiarized by many...? I've never seen the comment before. But I whole-heartily agree with your comparison!

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