Them’s the Breaks

Inside Minimalism Nº124

Words by Shawn Mihalik

In billiards, after the balls have been racked, a player takes the first shot, hitting the cue ball into the other balls to send them around the table. This opening shot is called the break. Wherever the balls end up, they end up. They can’t be reset or reracked until the next game. “Them’s the breaks” or “that’s the breaks,” a pla…

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