May 8, 2012…article by Brett Forrest
Below is an excerpt from the ESPN article featuring Dennis Orcullo…
What Reyes doesn’t know, what the bettors don’t know, what nobody but Orcollo knows, is that the cue he is now screwing back together is a cue he can believe in. It’s a Ted Harris cue, American-made, which Orcollo has borrowed from a Chinese-Filipino collector in Manila. It has “good sound,” Orcollo believes, “good hit, good control.”
For the first time in a long time, Orcollo feels like he’s in control. He looks over at Mariano. They both know what the money-game king of the Philippines had to do to get a match. He had to lose.
The rack is set. Orcollo grips his cue. The scar on his right hand goes white, recalling the sting of molten gold. The best player in the world silently levels his cue stick above the table’s green felt. He shoots. He does not miss.