HOW LONG IS YOUR CUE???
The legal limit is 6 foot 3 inches. Mine is 5 ½ inches shorter! I don’t know if that’s good or bad, I know Allen and company sell some extra cues because people try to copy me. When people ask me, I tell them “I’m not very tall so the cue doesn’t have to be very long”. I think some people believe me! The real reason is that one day back a few years ago I refurbished Stan Williamson cue and decided to “run the new glides in” by using it in practice. Now any one that knows Stan realizes why his cue would be short. Who else gets the cue caught in the fan at St Cloud and runs like mad so they won’t get hit while everyone else stands there with their mouth open in amazement, SAM CHECKS IN!! (SAM ALLEN, THAT IS)
By now most people are familiar with the names Les and Carol Phillips who are pioneering the ISA Inaugural in England. See their photo in the margin. They are true friends and so giving of their time, monies and energy to see that we all enjoy our trip to England. They have worked with TV, Radio, Newspapers and if the Queen shows up, it would not surprise me!! Should the Queen miss the event, we still plan to tour Buckingham Palace.
Sam Allen. 05 31 2004~~”only Stan”… or smashes his cue on the ground during the National Championships breaking off the runners ~~ only Stan, so it’s no wonder his cue is short. I liked it so much when I was working with it that I had Sam Allen make a special cue for me taking 5 ½ inches off the skinny end of a buggy whip. So many “players” have questioned me about it that after this year’s “Masters” I decide to have Sam make me a new cue of regulation length using the best shaft he had, taking the excess off the skinny end. I tried it for one practice match and couldn’t control the discs, needless to say I’ve “hung” it up and will probably never use it again!! It still seems to me though that guys like Ray Razor and Skip Wilde, being so tall, would have an advantage with the longer cue. When they reach out they are so close to their target I don’t see how they can miss, then again I’m not that tall so I guess my cue doesn’t have to be that long!!
By the way, Sam asked me if I thought the cue with the small wheels would ever catch on in Florida. I hadn’t really thought about it but I told him I didn’t think so. I’ve seen that type of cue in play by Stan Quinn and Red Rudolph from Texas and they told me it was for better control in the wind. Of course that’s the same reason we use the buggy whip in Florida. I guess we all bought the “buggy whip” because Glen Peltier, who over time has proven to be the best, said it was the best; maybe if he says the one with the wheels is better we’ll change! Earl Ball 2004 06 01
SHUFFLEBOARD INAUGURAL IN THE UK “HEATS UP”
Carol and Les Phillips, your UK hosts have sent this message along to Alf & Stan.
The Eastbourne newspaper has carried out an extensive promotion of the forthcoming Inaugural. Not only did the newspaper provide coverage of the game, Carol took the opportunity to record two radio interviews, one for the local station and the other, a live interview with Southern Radio of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) which covers both the Surry and Sussex areas. The local Eastbourne Council is providing active support by promoting the event locally, including extensive coverage on their website and good coverage in the Best of Eastbourne events diary. Here is the press clipping which resulted from the newspaper interview: “THE DEVONSHIRE Park complex usually plays host to tennis-but this week the popular cruise ship game shuffleboard docked in Eastbourne. The International Shuffleboard Association is holding its first UK shuffleboard event in Eastbourne from September 10-12 and fans turned up early to give residents a taste. Originating in the UK during the 15th Century the game which bears closest resemblance to curling, became popular sporting activity for all ages in the USA and Canada. The International Shuffleboard Association is re-introducing the game to the UK — and anyone interested can have a go for free at the September event. Using 52 feet long roll out courts, the aim of the game is using a long cue, to push large discs from one end of the court to the other, landing the disc in the highest scoring box or knocking out your opponents’ discs. Carol Phillips of the International Shuffleboard Association said, ‘With Eastbourne’s popularity amongst tourists and their excellent conference facilities we decided Eastbourne would be the perfect place to host the UK event. The Shuffleboard Inaugural UK event opens 9.00am to 1.00pm each day from September10-12 free of charge at the Devonshire Park Centre.” end of Press article.
Carol’s remarks to THE SHUFFLER: “We can hardly believe the trip is only three months away as the time has gone by so quickly since Sam Allen said to Les and I in March of 2003: “I know you can organise a Shuffleboard Homecoming!” We have yet to meet anyone and ask them if they know about the game of Shuffleboard and they say yes. As a result, we have got it quite off pat now to explain the game to them.” Regards: Carol and Les Philips.
THE SHUFFLER: Another very positive report from the UK. We thought that you Inauguralites (that is a word I just created to aptly describe those of you who attend these events) would like to hear from someone on this side of “the pond”!! Accordingly we contacted Sam Allen and invited him to give us some info!! We will go to press with this report and when Sam gets to us, we will add his remarks! A note re the pix on the left. The first was taken for the Newspaper article, see para. one above, Pat Melton, Les Phillips and Carol Phillips; the second pix is a photo op of one of the roll out courts with the building where play will take place in the background. Remember, if you think you would like to join this group of “travelling shufflers”, Inauguralites as I have named them, just send an email along to Sam Allen @ firstname.lastname@example.org Do hope you enjoy and watch this SITE for more updates as the trip to the UK draws closer!! Stan 2004 05 29
WHY DO YOU PLAY SHUFFLEBOARD?