I had not been planning on entering it, and I felt rotten when I woke up the morning of the Big Quarterly 8-ball Tournament. I didn't get much sleep at all. I was listless, and unfocused, and when I tried to hit a few on my table, every shot missed by a mile. My vision was fuzzy. I figured there was no way I was going to win the tournament, so why even show up for it?
But, the deciding factor was that I kinda missed hanging with the guys who frequent the room; I hadn't competed in this tournament since I won it 9 months ago. That was the second time I won it, so I have been staying away in order to not wear out my welcome.
So, with my fuzzy vision, and well over 2 years of not practicing at all, this was a good opportunity to show up and let them beat up on me, and we can all have some good fun, and then the Next time I'll try for the 3-peat. This was my humble plan.
Strangely, I won it anyway. I wasn't happy with my game at all. I missed some shots that were inexcusable, giving my opponents many opportunities. I lost one match to "Lefty" Bob, who won it last quarter. But somehow I just hung in there until the end.
So what can you learn from all this? I guess it kinda proves what Woody Allen was saying: "80% of success is showing up". Thanks, Woody!