Sports and athletics are a significant part of all cultures. Regardless if the sport is baseball, soccer, or cricket, every sport is going to have it’s fair share of followers that are known as “traditionalists.” These are people who have an obsession with history and continuity, and are often super-hesitant to alter anything about a sport — sometimes even if proposed changes will make the sport itself better.
Ya know what sport needs an alteration? Pool/Billiards. That’s right. Don’t consider pool a sport? I guess you’re not watching enough ESPN2 at 11am Saturday mornings.
Anyway, 8-ball tends to be the most popular game for casual pool players. Basically, in a game of 8-ball, one player tries to hit solid-colored balls into the pockets, while the other goes for the striped balls.
I’ve always thought that “stripes” gets to play with an unfair advantage. Pool is a game that requires accuracy and precision, and when you’re stripes, you can more easily mark where on the ball you intend to make contact. You can say to yourself, “Ok, I need to hit this a little to the left of the stripe.”
With solid balls, there are no visual markers to use as a guideline.
My solution? Put white stripes on the solid colored balls.
Suck it all you pool traditionalists — wherever you are.