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By Jeanette Lee
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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, ĎYes!í 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 doesnít sound like you did anything wrong. I donít think thereís anyone in the world that should expect a person to contain their excitement when they win a tough match. Sure, when you lose itís no fun to hear your opponent celebrate, but itís not like you were excessive and you werenít enjoying his pain ó it was more of what you accomplished. The fact is, youíre never going to please everyone! If itís really bothering you, approach him and say that you never meant to make light of his loss. Be sincere and honest. If he canít accept that, thereís 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 itís fantastic youíre getting so much enjoyment out of it.


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