"Jesse Cardiff, pool shark, the best on Randolph Street, who will soon learn that trying to be the best at anything carries its own special risks in or out of the Twilight Zone."
Alone in a pool hall, Jesse Cardiff wishes he could play the late Fats Brown and prove that he, not Fats, is the greatest pool player. Fats appears and challenges him, with Jesse's life at stake. It's a close game, and just as Jesse is about to sink the winning ball, Fats warns him that winning has its own hazards. Jesse ignores him and wins. After he dies he understands Fats warning, he now has to rise to every challenge from ambitious players on Earth."Mr. Jesse Cardiff, who became a legend by beating one, but who has found out after his funeral that being the best of anything carries with it a special obligation to keep proving it. Mr. Fats Brown, on the other hand, having relinquished the champion's mantle, has gone fishing. These are the ground rules in the Twilight Zone."