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Date: 15 Oct 2005 03:12:46
From: Gary Hunolt
Subject: When you have a night so bad, sandbagging seems like the only viable option...
So, I'm bowling in my competetive friday night 3-man handicap league
and our leadoff man is absent. We couldn't find a sub for him so we
use his blind (172). I bowl ok the first game, 219....we take 6 points
the first game (21 point system). All seems well then the bottom falls
out....my thumb swells and I can't for the life of me fit into any of
my balls....all the tape is out of them, I use ez-slide...nothing
helps...I bowl a 150 the second game, our middle man can't carry and
leaves nothing but 10 pins....we lose 6 points. The last game I am so
desperate I use my other teammates ball whose thumb hole is way
big...so I stick some tape in there, get a strike or two....but the
rest are 10 pin taps or worse and my spare ball sticks on me so I
can't make any. The other teams' 158 average bowler starts stringing
strikes and then they all start striking and the writing is on the
wall by the 6th or 7th frame....all I felt I could do was sandbag, I
mean, why bother trying at this point...the 158 avg guys ends up with
5 in a row and a 201...I miss 3 or 4 spares, end up with a 139...we
lose 13 points out of 21 total.

Now it doesn't seem so bad, I mean, I somehow managed to shoot 508 and
we took 8 points with a blind....but I never felt like such a piece of
crap in my life feeling so powerless that sandbagging was the only
viable option. My 201 avg dropped to 195...so I will get 5 more pins
in handicap next week but...Am I making too much of this or did some
of you out there feel the same way in a similar situation? I hope I
never feel that way again.

GH




 
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