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"behind the eight ball"

Posted by Smokey Stover on July 12, 2006

In Reply to: "Behind the eight ball" Posted by Jt on July 11, 2006

: Why "behind the eight ball" when facing adversity, especially when some place eight balls on things like "hot box suicide shifters" for good luck?

There are many varieties of pocket billiards, or "pool," which is probably the most common type of billiards played in the U.S. In a very popular variety of pool sometimes call eight-ball, the eight ball is not allowed to be sent into a pocket until all the other balls have been pocketed. If you find the eight ball between the cue ball and the ball you are trying to hit--that is, you are behind the eight ball--it will be pretty hard to hit the next ball into a pocket without hitting the eight ball (which is not allowed). Obviously being behind the eight ball is an undesirable position to play from (until all other balls have been dispatched). Need more be said?

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