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#8470 - 11/15/05 04:28 PM “Machuga Flop”
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I was just wondering what the folks out there thought about Mike Machuga's choice of celebration following his first ever title win. I can't wait to see how many bowling center employees freak out when they see the teenagers replicating what they saw a "professional" do on national television.
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#8471 - 11/15/05 05:12 PM Re: “Machuga Flop”
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I think it was retarded. A professional should set a good example and not do something stupid like that.
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#8472 - 11/16/05 02:11 AM Re: “Machuga Flop”
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Can you fill in for those of us who missed it what happened?

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#8473 - 11/16/05 08:34 AM Re: “Machuga Flop”
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Apparently Mike Machuga is also a bit of a comedian and after pro-am events he finishes with a "stunt" he has dubbed the Machuga Flop. He approaches the lane in a normal manner and then instead of releasing the ball he hurls himself and the outstretched hand still holding the ball and "flops" 10 feet out on the lane. It was very amusing although at the time he did it he still needed 2 pins to win the match. It it true that he is not given a foul since he did not release the ball but it would have been a bad time to perform the stunt and be seriously injured (a possiblity) and not been able to complete the frame for his first national title. While the event was being replayed he brushed himself off and threw the last shot for the win. I also think he was lucky that the lane oil on his sliding foot did not cause him to stick and foul for real on the last shot. Again it would have cost him the title. I don't see a rapid influx of people hurling themselves onto the lanes anytime soon. And if they do a few torn rotator cuffs and bloody noses will ensue and it will be passe. It did friek me out though.

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#8474 - 11/16/05 10:53 AM Re: “Machuga Flop”
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Here is what he did...

You need windows media player.

http://media.putfile.com/The-Machuga-Flop
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#8475 - 11/16/05 12:03 PM Re: “Machuga Flop”
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Rewatch that video, Chief. He didn't need 2 pins to win. Machuga had already locked up his first title before he did the flop.
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#8476 - 11/16/05 01:25 PM Re: “Machuga Flop”
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I have the match on tvo but have not rewatched it yet, I was flipping between football and bowling and I thought he needed the count. I still would question the wisdom of the stunt when you depend on the game for your living.

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#8477 - 11/16/05 01:52 PM Re: “Machuga Flop”
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Well, I don't think he worries about hurting himself while doing it. He possesses some kind of wisdom about it as he has supposedly been doing it since he was very young, and has been doing it in Pro-Ams lately. I'll tell you what... that is one way to dry up flooded lane conditions real quick. smile
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#8478 - 11/16/05 02:32 PM Re: “Machuga Flop”
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Think he will still do it when he is on the Senior tour? It was entertaining, I guess I am one of those worse case scenario guys.

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#8479 - 11/16/05 04:07 PM Re: “Machuga Flop”
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Gotta love that TiVo huh Chief?? Anyway, what happened was, good ol' Randy P. stated after Machuga bowled the 9th frame that he needed two strikes and 2 pins in the tenth to lock the victory. As it turns out, bitter old Randy was wrong. Anyway, I thought it was entertaining, yes, just not sure it was the right place and time to do it.
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