So here’s something that I’ll never understand. Every year there are celebrity billiards events and these events never get covered by the billiards industry. Last week, NY Giants defensive end Justin Tuck once again held his annual celebrity billiards event and while it did make it on to a number of mainstream entertainment news sites, I haven’t seen mention of this on any of the pool media sites. Check out this highlight reel and count the ballers that showed up to this thing. Mark Sanchez, Bernard Hopkins, Ryan Grant, Ray Rice, Hakeem Nicks and of course Jeanette doing her thing. Seriously, how often are you going to find pictures of celebs and A-listers playing pool on Getty Images? How often are you going to see b-rolls of people playing pool on Access Hollywood and other entertainment news shows?
In the past, PoolDawg has participated in these events, sending reps to Tuck’s event and Dwight Freeney’s event as well as doing the swag bag thing for Shaun Livingston’s event. The value for PoolDawg was getting pics of Frank with celebs (which both Sarah Rousey and Debbie Schjodt kicked ass at), but there’s much more value for these events for the industry. In order for pool to reach the tipping point here in the states it has to be viewed as, for lack of a better term, “in”. The pubs should be all over these events, writing articles, posting pics, using b-roll footage, but they never seem to. How is this not newsworthy? Is it because it isn’t “real pool”? Someone please explain this to me, because I just don’t get it.
Oh, and if you think I’m going to stop saying what I think just because someone outed my anonymous (and no longer existent) blog, you are mistaken.