Monday, April 19, 2010

The Next Level

The last three weeks I’ve had a no-show and two matches. I beat a guy with an 8 handicap 7-3, got myself raised to an 8, then beat one of my more quirky opponents 7-1, despite giving up a ball. He didn’t have the best night, but he wasn’t playing terribly. I just took advantage when he made mistakes and got out when I should have.

I’ve wanted to increase my handicap from a 7 to an 8 all season; it feels good to finally make it happen and to get a big win my first match with the new handicap. However, one match doesn’t mean anything. When I start having to give up one or two balls regularly, and I start playing guys even who used to have to give me a ball; all of that will be the real test. I look forward to it.

My team is doing great: first place in our division, and the best record overall among Wednesday night teams. Jen is doing great, especially considering this is her first season. Two weeks ago, she nailed a tie-breaking nine-ball(and a combo, no less) like it was nothing. Mike has been raise from a 4 to a 5 and just keeps winning anyway. Alex is as solid as ever, which considering he and I play the two best players on the other team every week, is remarkable.

Maybe this year we will not only make it into the money, but walk away with the trophy.