The Making of a Billiards Champion (Series III of V)Written by Jackie "The Angel" Broadhurst
“Stun Strokes” Once your fundamentals are correct and you are shooting with a straight and level cue, you need to master stun stroke. This shot is most important shot because it gives you a reference for cue ball positioning.
Straight-In Stun Stroke When you hit a stun stroke on a straight in shot, it will produce a “stop shot.” In other words, ball stops as soon as it makes contact with object ball. Factors that influence this are a blend of following; cue tip location, force, follow through, and quickness (the amount of time it takes cue tip to accelerate through ball). There are an infinite number of blends of these variables that produce a stop shot. For example, you can use 4”of follow through with a small force OR only 1”of follow through with a large force to produce a stop shot. Play with these variables until you can manipulate each one and still get same cue ball position. Measure your follow through by placing a ruler beside your cue tip. Then, vary distance between balls. Once you’ve mastered a stop shot with 1 diamond or 12” of distance, keep increasing it by another 12”. The more distance you have, more forward rotation or “high english” ball picks up before it strikes object ball. So greater distance, lower you must hit cue ball to produce a stun/stop shot.
Super Bowl Long Shots - Part 1Written by Leo Mendelsohn
Most of you know there have been seven teams to win back to back Super Bowls but never three in a row.
But did you know that year after back to back run an AFC team won Super Bowl following year first 4 times and NFC has been victor past 3 times. Does NFC produce next Super Bowl winner to complete trend?
Staying with trend that NFC will produce next Super Bowl Champion, perhaps Buccaneers at 35 to 1 might be worth chance to come through. No, we are not big Tampa Fans but we like Gruden as a coach and think he might be ready for another run.
John Gruden did wonders for Rich Gannon and I think Brian Griese will start to show similar results this year. Clayton is a great young wide receiver and young stud running back Williams will make Florida fans forget about other Williams. Also look out for Larry Brackins at wide receiver; he