So, I went and practiced at my local 10 lane house last night. I was trying to work out some issues with my timing and targeting. After about 7-8 frames I kind of figured out what I was doing wrong, and started banging the pocket pretty good, shot 202. Second game was about half decent and half still messed up. The problem was that despite missing my mark by 3-4 boards the ball would settle in and bang the pocket anyways. Shot 237, 228 for those games.
The whole time I am practicing, the owner is watching me bowl. I was making some small talk with him and commenting on how screwed up my game was. I had filled out a form inquiring about leagues next season and he apparently knew who I was, and asked if I would be interested in the Wednesday Night Mens League. I told him that was the league I was interested in, but I didn't know anybody on the league and would have to be placed with a team if they had a spot. He says, "That's not a problem, you are going to be anchor on my team"
I was kind of shocked. Here I was struggling like hell to try and correct what I felt was a major deficiency in my game, and what this guy was seeing was an anchor man for his team. I explained to him that it had been a long time since I had bowled regularly and that my game was totally screwed up. He didn't care, he said if my game was screwed up and I was shooting 200-plus that he would gladly use me on his team.
I am flattered that he asked me to bowl with him, and in the end I agreed to join his team, mostly because he seemed like a good guy, and the league is nearby. I am currently driving 80 miles each way for league play.
I am frustrated on the other hand that the highest average at that house is a 208 on what I consider a pretty easy and walled up shot. It will not do much for me competitive juices, but it just may be a fun way to spend a Wednesday Night. I will likely join another PBAX League in the Winter if they run it again at the other house I bowl. I really hope they run it again for Winter, it would be a shame if these PBAX leagues dwindled away like they seem to be. I guess people just don't want to be challenged. Its understandable, Joe Six Pack worked all day in the sun or snow, and he just wants to have a few beers and feel like he can score decent. I just hope there is enough demand for the higher levels of competition to keep these sport leagues going.
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