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Why is the cloth green, the chalk blue?

June 27, 2016 Hits:7316 Opinion by Andy Janquitto

Green has been the traditional color of billiard cloth for over four centuries. Blue has been the traditional color for billiard chalk for about 100 years. Today, chalk and cloth both come in literally dozens of colors, but green cloth and blue chalk remain the most popular choices.

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The Things We Say

November 30, 2016 Hits:2419 Opinion by Andy Janquitto

A compendium of laments, explanations, excited utterances, alibis and excuses

There are sighs, monosyllabic grunts and groans, breathless mutterings. There are references to God. There are curses, of course, and sometimes long vituperative whisperings, best said in a foreign language, questioning the heritage of the table or the balls, or questioning why fate has turned cruel or why we ever took up this infernal game. The vernacular of the billiard world is rich in the things we say when we miss or when others miss.

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