Date: 02 Mar 2005 21:16:17|
Subject: Handicap 20 years later?
A friend asked me to sub in a coed "Beer and Pizza" league a few weeks
back. I haven't participated in a bowling league since 1984, and I was
never any good. I might have averaged around 160.
I had knee surgery not too long ago and the doc had just cleared me for
bowling so I got out my original black Angle out the basement and hit
the lanes. My knee hurt and I put up a stellar 128 average.
No biggie, but a couple weeks later I was asked to sub again and we
happened to be playing the ONE team in the league who takes the whole
thing seriosly. One of the guys, Sid, was an employee of the center we
Well, my knee felt a lot better, I had more confidence, rolled a 505
and we took all the points. Sid and his teammates were incensed.
During the second game, he started yelling "Rolls pretty good for a
128!!" and other accusatory comments during my setup. Booze was
flowing (on our side anyway) and both teams were at each other, yelling
during other's shots, hollering "SPLIT!!" and all sorts of other stuff
that didn't fly in '84. I thought it was funny, but Sid would not get
off me and kept accusing me of sandbagging.
I took him aside and said "Look I haven't league bowled in 20 years and
I am coming off knee surgery. I can't help it the first week back I
He would not let it go, so I just joined everyone else in needling the
shit out of him. I told him next time we would not get so drunk and
then we'd really kick his ass. His last line cracked me up: "You roll
a good ball, but you gotta update your equipment." My dad, who gave me
the ball back when Duran Duran was huge, thought that was pretty funny.
I have a question though - was I supposed to estimate my league
handicap the first week? In golf they take injuries and layoffs into
account when setting league handicaps.