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Date: 05 Apr 2005 06:23:42
From: Chuck Mularkey
Subject: handicap team dominates league
Hello all,

There is one week left to bowl in my 3 person league. A team with
averages of approximately 177, 149, and 128 has pretty much locked up
first place. I'm trying to reconcile how this happened, their 128
bowler is pretty much a "chuck a plastic ball straight down the lane"
type bowler, the 149 bowler is a "the pro shop guy gave me a few tips
and suddenly I just know how to bowl" bowler with a $220 hook monster
ball(he shot 634 against us the last time we bowled). The 177 bowler
defies logic because he has horrible technique but just sprays the
ball with a lot of speed and spin and knocks down pins. They use a
blind score for their 128 bowler who is absent 3 out of 4 weeks a
month because they don't want to give up their 100+ pins of handicap.
The only thing I can't knock them for is that they always have a lot
of fun when they bowl, heck, I would too if I was just kicking teams
asses whose bowlers averaged 30 and 40+ pins above me.

One mistake we made was to cave into pressure from a bowling center
advisor that told us to raise the handicap from 80% of the difference
between the two teams averages to 90% to bring in more people. Now the
high average bowlers are mumbling that they won't come back if it
stays at 90% and I agree. I know that handicap is supposed to level
the playing field and make the competition fun and equitable for all
but this is ridiculous. I can't believe this team is going to win. Any
similiar stories out there of a team like this dominating a league?

Chuck




 
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