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"I got oil in my arm"

SETTING THE SCENE  Fast Eddie Felson explains the buzz he gets out of playing pool…

Fast Eddie: Anything can be great. I don't care, bricklaying can be great if a guy knows, if he knows what he's doing and why, and if he can make it come off. When I'm goin', I mean when I'm really goin', I feel like a, like a jockey must feel sitting on his horse. He's got all that sped and that power underneath him, he's comin' into the stretch, there pressure's on him. And he knows, just feels, when to let it go, how much. 'Cuase he's got everything working for him, timing, touch. It's a great feeling, boy, a real great feelng, when you're right and you know you're right. Like all of a sudden I got oil in my arm. Pool cue's part of me. You know, it's a... pool cue has got nerves in it. It's a piece of wood, it's got nerves in it. You can feel the roll of those balls. You don't have to look. You just know. You make shots that nobody's ever made before. And you play that game the way nobody's ever played it before.

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