Last night, we bowled. It was fun to get back out there. We are now live-tweeting our nights @snakesonalane. If I can figure out how to get that into this blog, I’ll be happy. Good thing I’m not a professional wordpress developer or anything.
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Brandon, we were just bowling the blind, not bowling blind. What happened to you?
This week we bowled the “blind” team aka we bowled against ourselves. In order to win our points, we had to bowl 90% of our team average, which meant that we had to bowl 610 or better scratch. The first game was a no brainer, we all bowled well, surpassing our needed score by 96 pins. The second game was a bit dicey. Brandon, the man with a 201 average decided that he was tired of putting up the big numbers and dropped a 134. He did not strike at all during the second game but he was able to get a mark in the last frame in order for us to win the second game by the skin of our teeth. Thanks for the contribution. By the time the last game came around, we figured out how to bowl and easily won it. Brandon got his groove back just in time to hang Bob in the pizza frame so we will be dining on pizza next week on Bob’s dime, again. Man, how many times has Bob had to pay? So the Snakes were able to not be one of those teams that loses to the blind. Whew, dignity is intact.
Oh yeah, did you notice that I put up the big scores this week? I beat all of the guys! Woo-hoo! Totally doing the booty shake!
Tonight was the last week of the first half of the Bill Porter Memorial League, the last chance to make a run at first place. Our awesome bowling last week and sweep of 7 points put us in second place coming into tonight. With two other teams tied with us for second and us one point out of first place, it was going to be a struggle. But it wasn’t just solely a battle with the the other teams, it was also a battle between Brandon and Andrew who were tied going into this week, and Bob, only three points behind them. Let the battle begin!!
We were teamed up with the Flying Pins, who had the same handicap as us, therefore, it was going to be a scratch game. We annihilated them in the first game beating them by over 100 pins. All four of us shot above our average and so Brandon and Andrew were still tied.
The second game was a different story, though. Both Bob and I fell apart and were each a little over 20 pins shy of our average. Brandon also failed to shoot his average. The only one of us that did was Andrew. Omigoodness, Andrew pulled into the lead! Because the three of us did not fare so well, we ended up giving the second game to the Flying Pins. Crap, we were hoping for a sweep in order to cinch first place. Now all we could do is hope that we win the third game and pray the other teams did not win 5 points.
The third game was a vast improvement and three out of four shot above our averages and we won the last game by 52 pins. Due to Andrew’s superior bowling skills and amount of trash-talking, Brandon couldn’t handle it and buckled under pressure. Andrew has triumphed and won the bet!!! Yeah Andrew!
Now, because of the closeness of the teams, we had to stick around and see how the other two teams fared against each other. BP’s House needed to win their third game big to come up with 3 points, and Chuck Bales came up big with a 247 to secure the overall against Abducted. With the third game in hand, we knew we were winner for the first half, which guaranteed us a chance to roll for first place in the league after the second half. We are a force to be reckoned with, I mean, really, we were the newbies on the league and now, they know they can’t mess with us or else we’ll strike with our fangs and our bowling balls! Tee-hee!
Go Team Snakes!!! HISSSS!!!
It’s getting close to the end of the first half, with next week being position round, so we knew we had to bowl well to close the gap between us and the teams ahead. Fortunately, we were able to bring our A+ game. Going up against Team 12, who was missing their third bowler and had to take his blind score, the Snakes struck again and again, with every member beating their average in every game, and 3 out of 4 getting their +50 bonus points. Brandon had nine in a row (aka “The Buffet”). I picked a 2-10 split (and came sooooo close on a bunch of others). I was hung in the third game pizza frame, so there will be pizza next week, courtesy of a bad split. We ended up beating Team 12 with our scratch score against their handicap — that’s how good this week was.
Following an impressive domination of the vacant team last week, SoaL hoped to continue on their winning ways. Sitting in second place, trailing Abducted by only 3 points, a good week could move us closer or into 1st place.
- Abducted 52 – 18
- SoaL 49 – 21
- Flying Pins 46 – 24
- BPs House 45 – 25
- Pops Family 43 – 27
Tonight, we were going up against Pops Family, the fifth place team, who trail us by only six points. A bad week and we could potentially fall to fifth place but we haven’t had a losing week yet, much less been swept. The first game didn’t get off to a good start for anybody and many marks were missed. Bob and Jenn eventually found their rhythm while Andrew and myself continued to struggle. I found my grove near the end but it was too late and I missed my average with Andrew. Pops ended up winning the first game by 31 pins.
The second game came a drastic change from the first and the first of us began to dominate. It wouldn’t matter that Pops improved on their first game by 20 pins because we jumped up by 165 pins and won game 2.
The third game ended up being a close one even though we all bowled pretty well in general. I ended up throwing what should have been 11 strikes in a row but the 10-pin was hating on me. The game came down to the 10th frame and we were slightly ahead. Andrew and Bob ended with a good finish leaving me to obtain just one mark for the win. I struck and secured SoaL the third game win and the series win, earning us another 5 points in the standings. However, the first place team, Abducted, won all 7 points and we fell another 2 points out of first place. We’re pretty happy though with our .720 winning %.
Jen, Andrew and I each earned two more points for the Bet and Bob ended up with 3.
So, it’s been a while since this has been updated with our bowling shenanigans. It’s not my fault, really, I blame Andrew for this. I mean, he started it with not posting for two weeks and so I had to follow him by not posting last week. Shameful, I know, but I’m a follower, that’s who I am. So, I won’t discuss last week’s bowling too much because I really don’t remember it at all. Except that I bowled my FIRST CLEAN GAME! How crazy awesome is that? My first game ever with no open frames at all. It was fantastic. And looking back on the scoresheet, it seemed like, overall, we bowled well as a team, enough to take 5 from the other team (who had really strong bowlers, they gave us pins).
This week, we bowled against the blind, which was great because we didn’t have to deal with people so we were able to concentrate on our own bowling. The only thing we had to do was be within 40 pins of our team average to win points. The first game was easy-peasy, considering I bowled a 205 (54 pins above my average!) and Brandon was 56 pins above his average with a 246. The man can never let me beat him in bowling, damn him. Now the second and third games for me were shit, you wouldn’t have thought I could bowl a 205 with the way I bowled the other two games. Thankfully, Andrew, Brandon and Bob picked up the slack for me. Andrew had a great last game, earning himself a 223, which means that he’s still in the lead on our Bet, but Brandon is only one point behind. Andrew, you better watch out, Brandon’s gunning for you! So, we were well within 40 pins of our average all three games, which means we won 7 points. The Snakes are a force to be reckoned with. HISSSSS!
This week, Bob and I had to pre-bowl because we had tickets to the Death Cab for Cutie concert. When we got there and started bowling, we knew right away the lane conditions were not comparable to what we were used to on Monday nights. It agreed with Bob because right away, he started off with a bang and churned out a 194. Holy cow, I think that was 50 pins above his average! I was pretty even-keeled and bowled just a tad shy above my average which means 1 point for me. Bob tripped up in the second game but I made up for his poor showing. During the third game, though, I was starting to get tired and didn’t achieve my average (I mean, I biked 20 miles before bowling and was stinky). It wasn’t too bad, though, so Brandon and Andrew, let’s get 7 points this week!
Oh, and by the way, we both struck in the fifth frames during the first two games so the Pizza Frame is still on!
This year, we’ve modified the bet so to encourage consistency to better improve averages. Last year, if we beat our average or beat our average by 25 pins, we would get 1 or 2 points respectively for a possible of 6 points per week. Now, we can get 1 point per game over average and an additional 2 points for 50 pins over our series average. Consistency equals improvement. Hopefully.
In week 4, we were hoping for some consistency to kick in. The previous two weeks, we’ve won 2 games but were blown out in one game, costing us the total point. Well, bowling is simple. Bowl your average, factor in handicap, and you have a good chance of winning. Good thing for us, we started off the season pretty low, unintentionally of course. This was a good week for the most part. Jen was the only one whose average has started off close to last year but she had a rough week. The rest of us have started off pretty poorly but finally rebounded this week. Even though we gave up 50 pins a game to the Roadkill Crew, they just couldn’t keep up with SoaL and we swept them.
On a side note, we had Andrew on the hook for a pizza in both the first and third game. However I choked each time and saved him from buying our dinner. I also choked in the third game and missed my third game point. After tugging ball 1 in the 10th and leaving a nasty split, i only needed two pins to beat my average by one. Instead, I tugged it again and only got one. Choke. Speaking of Choke, the recently released Choke was produced by ATO Pictures, founded by Dave Matthews.
Avg Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Points
Jen 149 157 134 138 1
Flash 144 146 163 153 3
Bob 144 176 145 192 5
Duke 179 212 236 179 4
After a huge scare last week in which I allowed Brandon to come with one point of me in the Bet, I kicked it up a notch and bowled my booty off. We started off well, with two of us bowling over our averages and two just shy of it. But we couldn’t overcome the Fabulous 4 with one teammate bowling 44 pins over his average. That was okay, though, we still had a potential to win 5 points. Second game: we all bowled over our averages (it’s been a long, long time since that has happened) and for sure we thought we had them but somehow, they got that game as well. Let’s just try and get at least two points…we can do it. Last game, two of us bowled over our averages and two did not so when the other team earned two points, we couldn’t blame anybody but ourselves for our disappointing showing. Lost 7 points, very sad.
So while Brandon was pouting, he put Bob in charge of adding up the scores and that was when things got interesting. Bob couldn’t figure out why the numbers weren’t adding up to what was on the screen. Apparently he had drank a bit too much beer. After quite of bit of chattering, we found out that the other team had put their handicap in the computer incorrectly, thereby giving themselves more of a handicap, which means…we really won 5 points! Woo-hoo! We’re not losers after all. Hopefully, these points will keep us in the top because we want to win some money!
And by the way, because of my awesomeness at bowling, I am now five points ahead of Brandon in the Bet. Let’s hope I don’t eff it up in the last week of bowling.
So last night, i headed up to Olivette to pre-bowl since I will be out of town this weekend. This was my first time prebowling this season and generally, I don’t prebowl well. Bob came with me to be my “oral” support, meaning so that I have somebody to drink with. Of course, he was already half-cocked from the wine.
The first was a typical pre-bowl game. I struggled to find a line and was all over the place. The lanes were pretty dry and my black widow was finding it hard to stay on the right side of the head pin. I ended up shooting a 171. Not really a great start but I was closer to my average than Bob was when he prebowled the week before.
After the lack of control during the first game, I switched over to my well-used Messenger that typically never lets me down. Meanwhile, Bob and I engage in our 2nd pitcher. The second game started mediocre and I was on pace for a dutch 200 through the first five frames. But I was able to string some together and ended with a 220, which was more than 25 over average so thats two points towards the bet.
Yeah, a 3rd pitcher is definately a good idea. My goal was to try to stay consistent in the 3rd game and just best my average. However, that was not the case because I put together a good run of strikes. Meanwhile, Bob has now passed the “buzzed bowling is good bowling” point and was now on the “i can’t keep it out of the gutter” path. That’s ok though since I was driving and he wasn’t prebowling. I ended up with at 244 earning another two points towards the bet.
So, recap. 171 220 244 = 635 and 4 points. More beer seems to be the way to go to bowl well. This also gives me four weeks over 600 and averaging 214 during this stretch. Ah, its good to be back. I just hope I can stay here and help get us back to 1st place.