this week's column is popping in a little
late. I made an excursion to the old South
Jersey stomping grounds this weekend (land
of the Pennsauken Mart and White Castles!),
and by the time I arrived back in the Steel
City it was 11 pm on Sunday and I could
barely uncramp my hand long enough to type
this little missive.
Unfortunately, my cramped
hands weren't from driving or hoisting too
many beers over the course of my visit.
Nope, I dusted off Emil, my trusty bowling
ball, and heaved him down the lane for the
first time in about two years. Perhaps "rusty
bowling ball" would be a more apt description
after yesterday's fiasco.
The first of the three games
was actually a pretty good synopsis of my
entire bowling career. Without the benefit
of any practice tosses I swung my arm across
my body and threw Emil into the left-hand
gutter. An inauspicious debut if ever there
was one. Fortunately I struck out the tenth
and clocked in with a not-quite-respectable
139 for my first game in two years. I should've
quit while I was ahead. Game 2 featured
a less-than-respectable 129, and my thumb
was so swollen by the start of Game 3 that
Emil was hanging on for dear life. This
caused me to search for an adequately heavy
house ball (I like 'em about 15 or 16 pounds)
that'd move through the pins with the proper
speed for the action my straight ball requires.
Ball 3 did the trick, but respectability
was well out of reach by that point...I'll
take the 5th regarding my Game 3 score.
I know Emil needs to be redrilled
(which my father has been telling me for
years), but I kept ignoring the facts. Until
yesterday. But, I've got bowlin' back in
my system, so I went searchin' for a few
bowling-related sites on the web this morning.
Unfortunately, most of what I found was
pretty dull; none of the sites captured
the boozy, smoky charm of the bowling alley.
I'll keep lookin', but here's a few of interest
that I discovered...
Fantasy Leagues aren't simply
the property of the major sports any longer.
Fantasy Bowling League lets you join
a virtual team comprised of kegglers from
all walks of life and geographic regions!
Simply visit the site, read the rules, and
you can join up for the 1997-98 season.
But hurry, most leagues start the week of
Labor Day, so there's not much time to "spare."
Anyone with an e-mail address can join.
I always view tenpin bowling
as a distinctly American sport. Hey, the
Japanese are sendin' over baseball players,
there's a bunch of foreigners in the NBA,
and hockey...well, you can't swing a dead
cat without hittin' a hoser, Commie, or
Swede! And now there's a site called Tenpin
World that's based in the UK!!! What's
next?! This was voted a "Top Bowling
Site," and who knew any such award
existed? There's some league results, links
to bowling newspapers and the like, but
the site hasn't been updated in quite some
time. Just like those limeys...can't count
on them to stick with anything.
Too bad that I can't say the
opposite about the Bowling
Home Page. Guys, it's August and your
site hasn't been updated since December
of 1996! I can understand it if you're in
the midst of a league battle in the second-half,
but come on...it is the off-season!
You can go here and fill out the Ball Survey,
get info on Organizations and Tourneys,
plus explore their links of home pages devoted
to the sport, leagues, a Hall of Fame, and
more. Put down that brewsky and update this
thing before the new season starts!