Well it’s time again for another issue and I was trying to figure out from everything that I feel is needed to be said in and about this subculture that we call pool.
I sat up long nights and pondered away hot days trying to weigh the most important thing to say to all the readers out there and since it’s the beginning issues of what is going to be—no doubt—a hugely read publication. I wanted to set an imprint in people’s minds that will stick first and foremost thought the life of Sneaky Pete Magazine.
And here it is:
Be happy, proud and congratulatory for the winners of events and action.
There’s a saying: “To The Victor Goes the Spoils.”
Yet this is not so true in pool I’m afraid, unless you’re a professional. The majority of the population in the local pool scenes hate the guy who wins the most. They talk bad behind his back, they jack up his handicap so hopefully he can’t win anymore even when he’s already the highest handicap in the city and they even go as far as to ban him from tournaments and establishments when he wins even through all that effort to stop his success in this game.
Not only does this hurt this players life—-its hurts the rest of the pool community because now you have taken away the ability to witness and play against a high level player who has been handicapped down so that you have a very good chance to beat him.
I remember an article that Samm Diep wrote called “When Handicaps Handicap” or something to that effect. She talked about how her now husband Mark “Spain” Vidal played in a local tournament at a handicap where if he lost one game. He was out of the tournament. He ended up winning the tournament and people not only complained, they tried to get him banned from the event. She talked about how he had to play at an amazingly high level and had to have luck on his side at that and when he won it was another high level player who had won the event many times in the past. This person was the biggest complainer and was trying to have him banned.
This same scenario has happened to me many times—and I’m sure to many other players who have worked hard to be a good player—to have their efforts pay off by finally getting to a level where they can win tournaments. If we don’t give people in this game love and credit for their very high level of play and the respect they deserve, why would anyone want to be a good player?