City: Washington D.C.
Experience: 20+ years
Current USTSA/IFP Ranking: Amateur
I learned how to play foosball while attending a military boarding school in Germany (mid 80’s). In the cold German winter months when outdoor activities were out of the question, the old rusty foosball table in the boarding school’s “foyer” was my true companion and confident. Suffering from a lack of any five-bar skills, I learned quickly to rely on my catching skills to trap the ball on the 3-rod. For years, I depended on my unconventional front-toe push and a fast but predictable spray pull shot on the Dynamo tables. Once introduced to Tornado, it didn’t take me long to realize that I needed to develop some kind of brush series in order to get the ball and the transition to the snake shot was very natural shortly after. In the late 90’s, by accident, (too long of a story to talk about in this forum), I developed his awkward yet effective square pull shot, on which I rely on heavily in local tournaments and pick-up games.
My most memorable match was in Open Singles at World’s in Dallas in the mid 90’s. I had won 3 or 4 matches, having beaten a pro from upstate NY, and was feeling very good about his game. This was my first trip to a major event and didn’t know many of the top players. In the fourth match, I took some guy named Bobby Diaz to Meatball, 5th game. Bastard (and I mean this in the most complimentary way) hacked on meatball and put me out of my misery.
Last Modified: 2/10/2009 10:55:00 AM
"Experience: 20+ years" He plays like he just started last year!
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