Thanks for the kind words.
That line from The Hustler is a piece if literature and explains why the movie was so good, not just an exercise for cue artists.
Incidentally, in the course of The Hustler, Fats asks a fellow named Willie to rack the balls and white haired guy is seen on camera. He is Willie Mosconi, the single greatest player that ever was. Ralph Greenleaf fans may take me to task, but the received widom is that Mosconi was shade better. I saw Mosconi play exhibitions after he retired and still have not seen anything like him. His playing was unearthly good.