The Hustler

I’ve often remarked when shooting pool with the regulars after some phenomenal shot that we ought to have these games on tape. “Can you image”, I would say, “after a month or two of just shooting around the collection of outstanding shots we would have? We could make a movie using only the best shots, they would be all real shots, not staged, and we could build a movie around that.” Yes, the homies agree. That would be a great idea.

Then I finally got around to watching “The Hustler” with Paul Newman as Fast Eddie and Jackie Gleason playing Minnesota Fats. It’s an excellent movie, both storyline and pool shot wise, but when I was watching the movie with commentary from trick shot artist Mike Massey I learned something else: one of the shots that Fast Eddie (Paul Newman) calls cross corner actually goes in as an accidental combination but since you couldn’t tell it wasn’t intentional they kept it in the movie!! What kind of shit is that, everybody loves a good hustle and in this one shot the director actually gets away with hustling the viewing audience. It helps that Paul Newman was coached for this movie by the great pool legend Willie Masconi.

Pool hustling is timeless. I see Paul Newman on the screen but it could just as easily be Lansing’s Nate Haddad who took the BCA Junior National Championship in 1990. They have that same arrogance, the same belief in their own superiority and that they will ultimately prevail. I love this movie. I’ll be sure to watch it over and over again. When I get home, that is. Right now I have to eat a Colossal Olive Burger and onion rings from Kewpees. Mmmmm, Colossal!

24 Responses to “The Hustler”

  1. Mexigogue says:

    They forgot the onion rings. (dropping to knees and screaming at the sky): WHYYYYYYYYYYYY????

  2. Nice Rack says:

    That is another name that is not supposed to be mentions Mexi

  3. Mexigogue says:

    I mean, um, the other Nate Haddad who won a pool champion– Ok that will never fly. Sorry.

  4. Nice Rack says:

    It’s ok, I forgive you this time. The guy can play pool, he’s just psycho too.

  5. Mexigogue says:

    You have to come to Auggie’s on Friday so I can mur-, er, loan you that DVD.

  6. Nice Rack says:

    I’ll see what’s up for tomorrow night. I have to work early Saturday morning, so I shouldn’t stay out too late. I might come up for a while, it just depends on what is going on. And please don’t murder me, but I will borrow that movie. I watched the Skeleton Key last night, it was pretty good.

  7. Mexigogue says:


  8. Linny says:

    and here, from the title of the post, I thought I was gonna see nekkid pictures…

    pool is easy if you are a relatively attractive woman with large breasts and a low cut shirt…

  9. Mexigogue says:

    Ha. so you would think. Nice Rack used to try leaning over and waving her boobs in front of the 8 ball when I was shooting at it to win the game (to make me miss). I developed the art of lining up my shot then staring at her boobs while sinking the winning shot (without looking). So she learned how to beat me with sheer pool skills.

  10. Linny says:

    it’s worked for me…

    of course, now that they are down by my waist it’s not as effective 🙂

    makes me think of something though, using the clevage to line up shots… interrsting

  11. Mexigogue says:

    If it’s like that then just untuck your shirt then reach down and chalk your nipples when your opponent is shooting. It would work against me!

  12. Linny says:

    GOD ALMIGHTY that’s a great idea…

    will that come off my nipples ya think?

  13. Linny says:

    oh you are an evil evil mAxiKlan

  14. Linny says:

    hey… I just realized on Jenn’s blog, I’m linked under “smart people” and you are under “treehouse gang”

    NOW WHAT!!!???!!!

  15. Mexigogue says:

    You were smart enough to seduce a midget. I haven’t risen to that level yet. I’m still working on it.

  16. Linny says:


    good point

  17. HMT says:

    Dude, Mexi.

    you could be the originator of the “And One Mix Tape for Billiards”

    it would be rad. You’d find a bunch of other mexicans, blacks, and some mixed up sole white dude. Get on a bus and go to all the ‘Leroys’ of the nation. I’d put down some dope rhymes for ya..

    wait. I would never buy, nor watch that.

  18. Mexigogue says:

    It wouldn’t work. I’m scared of Mexicans. And black people. And white people.

  19. Nice Rack says:

    You should be scared of white people. And the tits and ass in front of the pocket does still work on a few gentlemen that I play pool with. So does straddling the pocket.

  20. Linny says:

    isn’t it funny that boys never think the boobs thing works… but we women know better, its just that sometimes we’re in the mood to work it and sometimes we arent…


  21. Mexigogue says:

    Man, I was shooting pool at the Irish Pub last night and I could not miss! Didn’t lose a game. People were all on my nuts like crabs!

  22. Linny says:

    Just in case that ever happens again…

    Nut Crusted Crab Cakes

    1 lb lump crab meat
    ¼ red onion, finely diced
    ¼ red bell pepper, finely diced
    2 stalks celery, finely diced
    ¼ t old bay seasoning
    1.5 t Dijon mustard
    4.5 t Hellman’s mayonnaise
    ¼ t Mccormick’s garlic and herb seasoning
    1/3 c all-purpose flour
    2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    1.5 c bread crumbs
    2/3 c crushed macadamia nuts
    ¼ c vegetable oil

    combine all ingredients, form into patties and fry in hot oil

  23. Mexigogue says:

    Got damn that sounds good. I’m going to have to make that.