Thursday, February 22, 2007

Week 8 - February 20

Our impressive 5-2 record in week 7 put us at 22-27 overall and moved us up to 12th place going into week 8. In week 8 we were facing team #3 with a 23-26 record who were in 11th place. A solid team effort could move us up further in the standings.

Apparently the loss of new team leader Jim M. and the burden of carrying our young team on his back for 8 weeks was too much for captain Brian. We got swept off the lane and finished the night a dismal 0-7. Brian, physically and mentally drained from the 8 consecutive weeks of bowling, will take a deserved week off next week. Speculation is he is going to a fantasy bowling camp to try to regain his old form that earned him the respectful title of "captain".

The limited highlight from the evening (unless you call Brian bowling all 3 of his games BELOW his previous low game) was Mark's high game for the year of 181 (previous high from just last week of 159). Mark has clearly shown vast improvement from the beginning of the season by once again increasing his average. This despite entering into the sub 100 region with a 91 in game 1. Speaking of sub 100, Brian (yes the guy with the team high game of 199) became just the 3rd Los Diablos to fail to reach the century mark with a 92 in game 2.

Mark came 1 pin away from the 4 strike burrito, Pat and Dan bowled right at their average and Jim D. had a sub par evening dropping his average 7 pins. 1 more week to go for the burrito and get our collective "mojo" back. Let's go fellas!!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Week 7 - February 13

Emergency services had to be beckoned this week when Mark set the alley on FIRE, increasing his average by over 7 pins! Good thing they were on hand because Brian had to be talked off the ledge when his status as the team's kingpin was thrown into doubt......Jim M. had passed him for the distinction of being the top bowler on the team.

Speaking of Jim M, he became the first Los Diablos to bowl a 500 series (511). Who would have thought fifteen pound blue balls would HELP your bowling!?! This impressive outing put Jim M. as our top average guy by the narrowest of margins. Brian, are you up for a little competition?

Last week's 2-5 showing put our overall record at 17-25 (are we the Cubs or Los Diablos?) and dropped us back to 13th overall going into week 7. Fortunately, week 7 proved to be a very good team effort. For the 2nd week in a row we had our best series (2264 vs 2234) and our high game (783 vs 776). Jim M. led with a 511 series, Dan 456, Mark 446, Brian 434 and Pat "coming in the back door" with a 417.

Some interesting tidbits from the evening: Pat's unusual knack of getting pins to bounce back from behind and knocking down pins he missed on the first pass, Dan's inability to achieve the 4 strike burrito (he had 2 turkeys) and the introduction of a new version of our poker game.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Week 6 - February 6

Our solid effort from last week (5-2 over the number 1 team) moved us up 1 place to 12th overall going into tonight's competition.

We had an overall nice team effort tonight (despite finishing 2-5). We recorded our season high team score of 776 (previous high 761) along with a team series high of 2234 (previous high 2145). Individually Pat recorded a personal game high of 189 (vs. 188) and a season best series of 473 (vs. 413). This solid effort by Pat increased his season average by 4 pins! 2nd time sub Jim H. also had a personal game high of 180 (vs .163) although his series was his season low of 424 (vs 435). Nice job boys.

Leading the way tonight was Pat with 473 total pins, Dan 450, Brian 446, Jim M. 441 and Jim H. 424. The most interesting, amusing and perplexing (based on how he scored so well) tidbit from tonight was Pat losing his "Mojo"and his continued confusion on how to walk while holding a bowling ball (can he walk and chew gum? you ask). Despite this he continued to score well and even got a strike on the dreaded double bounce approach shot. Whatever you did, keep it up if it produces a 473 series.

Be sure to check out the updated averages, personal best's and hall of shame on the left.