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July: Celebrate Good Times
July 2011
Q. Last month, I won a big match in our league playoff. Right when I made the 8 ball, I just raised my cue and yelled, ‘Yes!’ Then I went right to my opponent to shake his hand. He was (and still is) mad at me. How much celebrating do you think is OK? How do you handle feeling so great when the other player feels so bad?
Brent B.; via BilliardsDigest.com

A. It doesn’t sound like you did anything wrong. I don’t think there’s anyone in the world that should expect a person to contain their excitement when they win a tough match. Sure, when you lose it’s no fun to hear your opponent celebrate, but it’s not like you were excessive and you weren’t enjoying his pain — it was more of what you accomplished. The fact is, you’re never going to please everyone! If it’s really bothering you, approach him and say that you never meant to make light of his loss. Be sincere and honest. If he can’t accept that, there’s not much else that you can (or should!) do. Just continue being the best sportsman you can be. Pool is a great game played by a lot of amazing people, so it’s fantastic you’re getting so much enjoyment out of it.


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