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By Jeanette Lee
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September: Shark Attack
September 2008
Q. I was playing a good friend of mine in a league match that went down to the wire. I was running out when he just flat-out sharked me, "accidentally" dropping his cue. First he denied it, then he admitted it, saying that it's not a big deal and that gamesmanship is part of pool. I'm furious (though I won the match). Am I over-reacting?
Tom J.; Dallas, Texas

A. Everyone has their own sets of morals. I don't blame you for feeling angry. First you have to question if his view on pool is worth losing a friend over. I have found that many of my friends and I disagree on how we deal with different things, but they are wonderful people with many strengths. I'm certainly not in a position to be judgmental, but it does force me to make decisions on whether I want to put myself in the bad position. For example, my friend "Paul" is late all the time. So, I will not ask my friend "Paul" to drive me to the airport to make my flight. If I do, should I blame him or myself if I'm late for my flight? I will just ask someone else. If I have a friend who sharks me during matches, but is a great guy otherwise, then I should refrain from playing him. That way, it won't irritate me and get in the way of my friendship.