I was never a great pool player, but I could always hold my own against strangers at the bar. Betting never got beyond a buck here or there. My good friend Jesse once said we should learn to hustle, another activity in our long list of things we’d never get to like host our own local access cooking show and walk from Edinborough to Bristol. The thing is, I’d never seen anyone really hustle, not properly. I’d never seen someone walk away from a table with a couple hundred, or even a fifty.

L. Jon Wertheim, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, has offered this little piece about why hustling doesn’t exist anymore.