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"That's right: you were a low-ball hitter."
Bud Selig to create task force on blacks in baseball
Someone should tell Selig there's no such thing as blacks. Problem solved.
And while it doesn't have any bearing on The Hustler (emphasis added for Jack and Morty's sake),...
The Cincinnati Kid? A lot of the drama peaked as the card game was played out, I remember, but I haven't seen it since it came out.
DAD always said stay out of poolrooms, and obviously he was right, to judge by what one sees in "The Hustler," which came to the Paramount and the Seventy-second Street Playhouse yesterday. For the characters one meets in the succession of sunless and smoky billiard halls (to use a more genteel term for them) that are tenanted in the course of this tough film are the sort to make your flesh creep and whatever blood you may have run cold.
Indeed, one character says in the beginning that a pool-room looks like a morgue and "those tables are the slabs they lay the stiffs on."
We're glad we took the good advice of Dad.
But this doesn't say the weird assembly of pool players, gamblers, hangers-on and hustlers—especially the hustlers—which they used to call "pool sharks" in our youth, are not fascinating and exciting to watch at a safe distance from the screen. They're high-strung, voracious and evil. They talk dirty, smoke, guzzle booze and befoul the dignity of human beings. At least, the hustlers' wicked betting managers do. They have a consuming greed for money that cancels out charity and love. They're full of energy and action.
That's the virtuous quality of this film....
Next - Howard has Q-(J)-8 suited, Kid has (A)-10-10. Kid bets what he thinks is the best hand, Howard raises, maybe trying to bluff that he's got QQ and get the Kid to fold 10-10-X. Kid calls.
For that matter, the George C. Scott role in The Hustler was melodramatized and exaggerated to the point of absurdity,...
Actually, PP, that hand was an excellent test of who the better player was, and if that's your criterion for absurdity in film, I've got a few real howlers for you.
Yeah--hard to see why the Kid is calling there.
Jack, you posted one image
Piper Laurie's role was obviously one of the major components of the Newman character, and vital to the plot for that reason. But for the great part of the movie she wasn't even on the screen,
Don't ever feel back about throwing out mass market books or common books of any kind, since there's always going to be an oversupply of them.
It's not what you buy; it's what you don't buy.
Probably not, and while great vision is a help on a handful of long cut shots, keeping yourself perfectly still and keeping your stroke fluid is infinitely more important. I got lasik about 12 years ago, but while my vision's gone since then from 20/15 to 20/25 and I've also acquired glaucoma, none of that has affected my game at all.
And anyway, the real secret of champions is never leaving yourself with long shots. To paraphrase St. Vincent, position isn't everything, it's the only thing.
Same way with me for golf - I've barely played in the last 15 years, but give me 10 rounds and I can beat almost anyone who started after age 25. Played HS varsity golf, and that's a lot of rounds...
Historically it seemed to have been easier for pool players to adapt to snooker than vice versa, but OTOH many of the best players in the world today grew up in England playing snooker on the English 6x12.
Willie Mosconi once made 526 straight balls and he led Greenleaf in world titles, but he had a stroke in 1957 and retired to the exhibition circuit. Even Danny D finds himself relegated to the exhibition song and dance occasionally, and one of the best players in the world, Steve Mizerak, teaches school in New Jersey. Probably the only one who makes a good living from the game is Rudolf Walter Wanderone Jr., Minnesota Fats. Wanderone used to be called New York Fats, but he changed his first name after The Hustler came out, and he became a celebrity.
Well, long shots that require a lot of draw (backspin) are hard for anyone, and the power stroke required to execute them is absolutely essential for playing nine ball or ten ball at a high level.
What makes ten ball much harder is that the diamond shaped rack in nine ball is much more conducive to scattering the balls on the break
This may sound comical considering the source, but I've always considered straight pool to be a game for old men.
I've also often wondered why at least some women can't break as hard as the top men, because muscle mass has absolutely nothing to do with the speed you can impart to the cue ball.
Never seems to be a shot where, ok, made that one, and now I have to pull a rabbit out of a hat.
David McCumber's Playing Off The Rail
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