Yes, you read that right.
Move #1: Tonight in league we were supposed to bowl on lanes 23/24. However, the center had sanded the approach earlier in the day. One area where a right handed bowler would normally slide was so rough that some of the bowlers on both of our teams were worried about tripping there. Plus there was fresh sawdust all over the place. So near the end of our 10 minute warmup, both teams unanamously agreed to find another lane pair. So we moved to 15/16.
Move #2: Lanes 15/16 had good smooth approaches and all was well (we thought). We were 4 frames into game 2 when one irate bowler from another team (not the team we were bowling against) said that we had to go back to lanes 23/24 and restart game 2 according to the league rules. He was hot! He also had to bowl on a lane with a rough approach so he felt that this somehow gave our two teams an unfair advantage. Then the league president came and backed him up, and told us we had to move back to 23/24. Plus, we had to start game #2 all over! There went my good start down the drain, oh well.
Move #3: So we bowled on lanes 23/24 for 3 frames (restarting game 2 all over). And then the league president decided to call a meeting with all the team captains. They all decided that we should move *back* to 15/16, and restart game #2 a THIRD TIME. So I packed my gear and went along with it.
We actually got to finish games 2 and 3 on lanes 15/16 without further disruption. Yeah!
I brought my iPod
, played some music at max volume in my headphones and got psyched up to try harder.
After all of this, I bowled my best series in 11 months of bowling - 182, 149, 214 for a 182 average -- 33 above normal. The music helped me relax and not worry so much about my score or all the moving around. The rest of my team didn't do very well.
Unfortunately, we split the series with the other team and it knocked us out of 1st place. Next week is the final week of league. We need to win all 4 and 2 teams in front of us have to lose at least 2 games. Problem is, its a position round and they will bowl each other! So we have a slim chance of finishing 1st, but are still mathematically alive.