MATCH #9: 8-BALL: Ahead 5-3, Strickland summoned an 8-ball skill set worthy of any champion.
Earl Strickland (6-3) def. Mike Sigel (3-6) 8-1
Commentators: John Bender, Bill Hendrixson
What: LIVING LEGENDS CHALLENGE: Mike Sigel vs. Earl Strickland
Where: Aramith/Simonis Arena at Sandcastle Billiards, Edison, NJ
When: February 23-25, 2018
Accu-Stats introduced what turned out to be, as Mike Pannozo at Billiard Digest, "The most entertaining way to watch pool ever"
What's so different about this one-on-one? Both players have open wireless microphones strapped to their hip.
Pat Fleming compounded Pannozo's observation, "It's not so much about the score, it's about the banter!"
And the banter got more acerbic, and profane, as "Mike the Mouth" struggled in the opening disciplines. Earl, no stranger to sharing his pearls of wisdom with the crowd, soon responded in kind.
So beware, the unexpurgated version gives new meaning to "colorful" commentary.
And, now that you have been made aware that this may not be your usual sedate, and sanctified, Accu-Stats commentary, let's get to the six discipline format of the first ever LIVING LEGENDS CHALLENGE.
Six disciplines are 8-Ball, 9-Ball, 10-Ball, Straight Pool, One Pocket, and Banks. After six matches, if a player has fallen too far behind, in an offer of the opportunity of redemption, he gets to choose the next game.