As Char and I began our pool match, I was enjoying a two event winning streak and a 162-112 lead in the 2011 Traveling Twosome Olympics. It appeared as though Char’s streak of amazing come from behind victories was over. A win on this event would give me a comfortable 100 point going into the final two events. On the other hand, if Char were to win she’d tie it back up at 162 a piece. So needless to say, a lot was riding on this event and momentum was clearly on my side.
As the game began, Char was clearly shooting better pool. Therefore, I did the only thing I knew to do: I pulled a “Char.” That’s right, I launched a comeback – quite successfully, I might add – and it looked as though I was headed for my third straight victory in this year’s Olympics.
Competitive as we both are, Char wasn’t giving up that easily. Before long, we were both shooting for the 8 ball and the victory. After missing an opportunity to put the game away, Char left me with a relatively easy shot for the corner pocket. It was written all over her face: this year’s Olympics weren’t going so well after all for her…
I took careful aim, pulled back my stick, and hit the cue ball just hard enough to land in the pocket.
Only, the 8 ball didn’t land in the pocket. It hit the rail just to the right of the pocket, bounced over to the rail just to the left of the pocket, and rolled to a stop not too far from the pocket. It would all depend on where the cue ball landed. Two possibilities crossed my mind: the cue ball could land so close to the rail that it would make her shot difficult or it would roll back just far enough for her to easily win the game with a gimmie shot.
Neither one of those scenarios played itself out. Instead, the cue ball rolled right into the other corner pocket. Scratch. Game Over.
Char immediately began her cheering… and I immediately began sulking.
Two events remain in this year’s Traveling Twosome Olympics to determine the winner. And after this event, the score is tied at 162-162. It’s going to be a photo finish…