Strike Jackpot 3/5/18

Joey stepped up to win $135 dollars annnnnnd…..

We move on to next week where the action will surely be poppin’. That’s what the kids are doing this days right? Poppin’?


First comment is that we had more than 24 people want to do the bracket which is bad and good. Bad because I had to turn people away. Good because we can fill it. I’ll comment that most people were much better about paying on time but there is still that odd moment where people are forgetting their $5. We should be past that by now.

The first bracket was won in unusual manner with Jason rolling an unusually bad first game, only to advance by an even worse unusually bad game by Joey. He narrowly beat Michelle in round 2 and then took out Melvin the Destroyer in the finals.

Jim’s consistent bowling and good series earned him the comfortable win. He disposed of my brother, than dangerous Scott G, and finally Eric L. for the W.

Anthony earned 2x bragging rights by coming out of the gate strong with a 235. He followed it up defeating teammate Emory and then trash talked his way past Greg Goldman. Well done.

League Update Week 20

Strike Jackpot
Rich, who apparently is the only person who buys tickets, was selected for the Strike Jackpot for the 2nd week in a row. In a much less pressure spot due to the size of the jackpot, would he come through with a strike?


I’m a bit pressed for time today as I’m leaving the country and will not be back for next week. Winners included Scott G, Ricky, and after taking a break for a while, bracket queen Nichole.

I can’t imagine anyone would want to host the brackets next week so they will be shelved until  I get back.

Week 4 Recap

The standings are tightening.

Gutterfingers vs Two Strikes Short of a Turkey – Solid team rolling by TSSofT put up a 2372 series which was 2nd best of the week and a 3-1 record. Led by #1 series of the week 678 by Warren Umali, TSSofT got off to a strong start winning game 1 by 56. Gutterfingers retaliated with a beast of a game from Jason Bailey (276) to take game 2. The final game saw TSSofT win decisively by 55 pins to take the series. Outside of Warren, both Stephen and Jason put up 600+ series, 621 & 636 respectively. TSSofT are looking to dig themselves out of an early season hole while Gutterfingers are sitting in the thick of things at 9-7.

Banana Split vs Manly Men – Pulling a Cleveland Cavaliers, Banana Split is finding some turmoil after winning the 1st half of the season. The latest battle showed Manly Men coming alive with a clean sweep of BS. Not getting into details, but this game was Manly Men from start to finish. They improve to 9-7 after trying to find their groove in the 1st half. Aaron Drapeylo showed some mettle rolling 26, 11, and 22 pins over his average each game. The true hero of the match though goes to Chris Bartell who rolled 32 pins over his average on the whole. The unique 6 person strategy paid off for the Manly Men. Banana Split suffered from an absent bowler and the team rolling good games at different times.

Rooster Illusion vs Bowling Green Massacre – In a tough spot for Rooster Illusion being 2 bowlers down, they fell victim to a Bowling Green Massacre. Despite a strong showing from Jeff Watts and a 189 average for the night, it was just BGM’s night. Andrew Brennan is finding his groove with a 500+ series. Kitty, Dom, and Ben all bowled near or above average and it was too much for 2 blinded bowlers. The sweep brings BGM out of the basement and looking to continue to roll.

Rack City vs Cheerleaders Gentleman’s Club – Hats off to the Gentleman’s Club for coming to bowl on this Monday. Alan Drazen bowled like a man possessed rolling a 527 series which was nearly 40 pins above his average. Not to be outdone, Mike Reiter rolled the same exact series score. Rack City was lucky to take 1 at the end with some strong performances from Chris, Scott, and Frank in game 3 (216, 206, 230). Happy Birthday to Rich who was on track for a nice birthday series, but fell short in game 3. Rack City drops to 4th in the standings as the Gentleman’s Club looks to take this momentum into next week.

Revenge of the Split vs Bye – Always hard to analyze what happened against a bye, and it’s not really my favorite part, but I’ll do it anyway. Christina rolled a 204 in game 2 which was a nice game. Neil rolled good games 1 and 2 but the teams inconsistency caused them to lose 2 games against themselves.

South Philly Leisure Sports vs Pocket Pounders – #1 team coming into week 4 pushed the Pocket Pounders to a 2-2 tie much to their own dismay after winning the first 2 games. PP can thank Rick K’s 290 in game 3 to even the score. Who knew Rick had that in him after a 189, 163 start? Ever steady Nichole lead SPLS’s with a 639 series. The Pounders  got off to a slow team start only to sort of come alive in game 3. South Philly continues to lead the standings but the margin is shrinking. PP is looking to start putting up some winning weeks to fight back in contention.

Strike You vs Prestige Worldwide – Easiest to write about because I was there. Strike You had game 1 in the bag, but a turkey in the 10th by Jordan, and then a dual strike by me as the anchor, forced Eric to roll a decent count in the 10th and he went through the nose. Everyone was a tad stunned. PW took advantage of the momentum shift to take game 2. Game 3 was a pumped up Strike You rolling the high team game of the night but it wasn’t enough to take the total pins. PW moves into a tie with Strike You for 2nd in the standings. Good bowling overall with a 655 series from Justin, a 650 series from Eric, a 610 series from Trevor, a 658 series from Tom, and a 596 series from Jordan.

Anything But The Bottom vs Broad Street Bowlers – Anything But the Bottom took game 1 by 31 pins but that was the only bright side for the match. The BSB’s used a combination of big games from random bowlers to dispatch of the Bottom’s to a 3-1 game. Karl’s 157 was 56 pins over average and Kyle’s 149 was 42. Anything but the Bottom had an off night.

Week 4 MVP

Aside from Rich, I can’t imagine anyone else sees the scores like I do so my basis will be actual score vs expected score.

Winner: Andrew Brennan & Alan Drazen

Andrew was 42 pins over avg and Alan was 38, which was tops of the week. It should be added that these scores allowed their teams to sweep and win 3 games (against a top opponent).

Runner’s Up: Warren Umali & Rick K.

Warren had the top series of the night with a 678 and Rick’s 290 game will be posted as his high career score (correct me if I’m wrong).




League Update Week 19

Strike Jackpot
Let’s get started with birthday boy Rich Curro shooting for the strike jackpot which tallied $175 after 2 missed weeks.

I used my phone to shoot this footage and think I uploaded it incorrectly. Apologies to Rich for the sub-par coverage but congratulations for hitting the money shot and resetting the jackpot. Well earned.


3 brand new winners this week which proves that anyone can win on any given night. Don’t forget you can see this more clearly on the Google Docs along with all of the other advanced state.

  • Bracket #1 was claimed by first timer Melvin Turner who slayed a few giants on his way to victory. Toting a nice handicap, and exceeding it, is a good way to win. Evan Cohen’s hot start was not enough when a meltdown occurred in game 3 in the finals.
  • Yours truly rolled through the competition to take down my first bracket in who knows how many weeks.
  • Alan Drazen ate his Wheaties and was a total monster on the lanes destroying not only his average, but anyone opponent that got in his way. Nice work.

This is a video on Facebook of Rick K. attempting to roll a 290. The competition gets better every week.

Week 3 Recap

Wow. Wow. A lot of action. A lot of action.

Broad St Bowlers vs Strike You – A David vs Goliath matchup that ended in a 3-1 edge towards Strike You. I did happen to see the 2nd game in which the Bowlers took and let’s just say it was improbable. Coming down to the anchor, Ryan needed a mark to ice the game. He threw a 1. Eric L struck (I think) and Ryan had all the pressure on his shoulders. With his mighty slingshot he launched his projectile at the pins and sealed the victory. The other games were a bit lop sided carried by monster games of 246 and 256 by Trevor and Greg in game 1, and then a 233 by Eric in game 3. Trevor’s 639 led Strike You. Ryan’s 163 secured game 2 for the Bowlers as their averages are now set and they can start improving as the season continues.

Rack City vs Revenge of the Split – Rack City continues pressing forward with another 3-1 week and residing in 3rd place after a strong 1st half performance. From what I understand, it was Neil’s birthday and I’m sure he was celebrating with water and cake and definitely not shots of whiskey. RofS got off on the right foot taking game 1 behind nice games from Rich Gottlieb and Josh Schoppe. Neil’s 183 in game 2 wasn’t enough to overcome Rack City’s 849 team game lead by Scott’s 258 and Chris’s 219. Game 3 had some magic behind it and was easily won by Rack City. That magic included a perfect game by Scott G. which can be seen here.  Let’s shoot for a few more from the league moving forward. Nice series all around from Rack City with Michelle rolling a 595, Chris with a 638, and Scott with a 728. Birthday boy Neil rolled about 8 pins over average with a nice 514 series. Rich Curro, who cares the most, will rebound big next week, you have my prediction.

Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club vs the Bye – The bye managed to take a game from CG which is always frustrating, but let’s not forget, it could be worse. Besides Mike’s clunker in game 1, the team rolled consistent and well.

Gutterfingers vs Bowling Green Massacre – The massacre is continuing as Gutterfingers jumped on Jason Bailey’s back. Newcomer (to the league), Jason slammed his way to a 708 series behind big 192, 268, and 248 games. The rest of the team also stepped up as Karrianne, Steve, and Paul all rolled well above their averages which will take some games to stabilize and makes this a dangerous team. Bright spot Andrew  Brennan rolled 23 pins over his average for the night and Dom started to get a feel for his new ball. I know times are rough for Bowling Green, but I think there is plenty of potential in their future.

Rooster Illusion vs Banana Split – How the tale of two halves is developing. 1st half winner Banana Split was pecked to death by a Rooster non-Illusion. Rooster Illusion was led by possessed Michael Zimmerman who gets MVP for the night. His 615 series was 60 pins over average (and that’s factoring in that score into his prior) and he obviously had it going. These types of performances are what it takes to sweep solid teams. It helped that his team was providing enough back up and Banana Split had no answer. Joey rolled a fine 582 as an absent bowler and an off night from Mike Richman dropped 4 games. RI sits in 4th place and looking to do some damage.

Prestige Worldwide vs Anything But the Bottom – It’s easy to write about my own game because I was there. We took the first 2 and our team was looking to play for the sweep. Unfortunately for us, Brittany, Melvin, and Chris came alive for game 3 to even the score as we settled for a 2-2 tie. Sam and Jordan got little back up from their team with 614 and 591 series respectively. I want to take this sentence and give respect to Anything but the Bottom and their dedication to the game. I doubt Melvin reads this but his series was nearly 30 pins over his average and real improvement isn’t far away. A little more discipline in his pre-roll routine could make serious strides. I’ll say the same for Brittany and Chris who were 5 and 20 pins over as well. I enjoy this team’s enthusiasm for the game.

Manly Men vs Pocket Pounders – The Pounders got back to their winning ways taking 3 vs the Manly Men. Led by Patrick’s 672 series, with 3 games over 200, the Pounders got off to a good start winning the first 2 games only to relent to a handicapped 805 by the Men in the last game.  The Manly Men had a line up of 6 people which is kind of cool seeing who had the hot hand. Led by steady David Castro’s 568 series, the Men were able to take 2 with Mitch Gyger stepping up with a 167 (50 pins above average).

South Philly Leisure Sports vs Two Strikes Short of a Turkey – Longest team names battling it out to a 3-1 victory by SPLS. A newly revived team now holds the coveted 1st place in the league through 3 weeks at 11-1. This team showed some serious resolve by taking game 1 by 37, losing game 2 by 37, and then (and I’m guessing) Nichole dismantling Rich Anderson in the final game to win by 6 pins for game 3 and the total. That’s a complete joke obviously but this is what I’m talking about if anyone wants to feed me what actually happened. I’ve seen both teams bowl better average wise and we’ll chalk that up to lanes 15 and 16 and that godforsaken wall that couldn’t be built two feet further right.

Week 3 MVP

Let’s introduce this section as another fun thing to do that will be me determining who I feel helped their team benefit the most based on expectation.

Winner: Michael Zimmerman

No questions asked. You bowl 60 pins above your average and your team goes 4 and 0.

Runner Ups – Jason Bailey & Scott Gingrich

I don’t know a whole lot about Jason’s game but 700 series are nice by whoever. I’ll try to keep Scott’s name off this list but it’s hard to do that when the guy is throwing 300’s. Nice job gentlemen.

League Update Week 17

Let’s get started with an exciting video of Scott going for a perfect game.

We are going to need some other people to step up so Scott doesn’t dominate the air time. Just kidding obviously as 300’s are tough to come by (by normal standards) and Scott deserves this one after last time.

Bracket Week 17

We had 3 brand new bracket winners this week which is good for the sport. The scores may not be exact for some, and this is because if you tell me you lost, I don’t bother to get your exact number. You’ll also see my name in a there a few times with a 1 as a score, this is a bye because we were short 2 people to fill them.

  • Rick edged me in the last frame throwing 2 strikes in the 10th to seal the W. I’ll be the first to say that I was surprised Rick came through in the clutch. Nice work, jerk.
  • I’m going to go out on a limb and give Chris a nomination for top notch bracket player as consistency is what it takes to win these, and 3 games over 200 did the job. He ousted a red hot Sam who couldn’t find the rhythm in game 3.
  • The 3rd bracket was won by none other than Anthony I whose new ball is already paying dividends. With his handicap, he put on 200+ games and took down the competition without much fight. Well done after a few finals appearances and no cash to show.

Strike Jackpot

I didn’t get footage of Frank missing the shot. I believe we are carrying over $100+ into next week. I try to get footage of the shot each week, but I don’t know when people are going all the time so if anyone can take their phone out and document it if you are on the lane, that’d be great.

No Bowling 2/5/18

South Bowl rented out the space because this is how they stay in business. No bowling next week.

Week 2 Recap

Let’s jump right in.

Bowling Green Massacre vs South Philly Leisure Sports – Looks like there is a new sheriff in town. SPLS going ham to start the season winning their first 8 games. The latest whipping post was the BGM who is still searching to find their early season form. I have a question regarding this game but now is not the place. Anthony and his new ball came to play rolling a 561 series which is about 17 pins over average. Chris wasn’t far behind with a +14 and Nichole continued her quality play with a very consistent 661 series and bumping her average to a few shades below 200.

Rooster Illusion vs Pocket Pounders – These are the type of games where I wish I had some deeper bowling analysis of how it played out. PP is coming off of great bowling last week (not a great result) and this week it was like a different team showed up. Rooster Illusion took advantage winning game 1 handily, then edging game 2 before PP came back to take the 3rd but it wasn’t enough for total pins. Jeff Watts came to play rolling heat in game 1 (213) finishing with a 562 series (+20). Ed Mount picked up the slack in game 2 with a +42 over average game and Mike Zimmerman killed it in game 3 with a +33 game. It wasn’t until the 3rd game when PP rolled an 818 series, but that was only enough to go 1-3.

Gutterfingers vs Banana Split – 1st half winners Banana Split took 3 from The Gutterfingers in a spot where games 2 and 3 were decided by 13 pins each. BS got started hot with an 813 team game to put a big lead on the board. GF fought back bowling their averages while BS fell apart (aside from Mike Richman). Game 3 was tight but was eventually won by BS. Nice 660 series by Mike Richman who earns the consistency award for hitting the pocket.

Rack City vs Broad Street Bowlers
– The grizzled vets vs the newbies. In surprising fashion, the new guys took game 1 and developed a 40 pin led by the +50 game by Karl G. The 2nd game evened up the score with Rack City rolling an 803 team game driven by a 234 and 236 games by Chris and Scott. Game 3 saw Michelle rattle off strike after strike for a 233 which was too much for the BSB’s. Rich, I need more to have you make the write up.

Strike You vs Cheerleaders Gentleman’s Club – These two teams have a long history and Strike You wasn’t thinking about anything but the future taking all 4 games in rout fashion. Robert White wasn’t fucking around throwing a 257 in our high game for the night and Eric L continued his strong performance with a 657 series. Strike You also set the league high team total for the night with a 2421. Alan Drazen’s 190 was the high point for the Gentleman’s club as they struggle to find their early season footing.

Two Strikes Short of a Turkey vs Manly Men – Manly Men showed up to take 3 of 4 from TSSofT who I’m sure was none too pleased. Chris Garber threw a +50 2nd game and Chris Bartell was +40 which is near unbeatable. It wasn’t like TSSofT bowled that poorly, but Manly Men rolled on their averages with a few outliers, which was more than they could overcome.

Anything But the Bottom vs Revenge of the Split – Nichole Marchesani rolled 21 pins above her average for the series and was above all 3 games and the MVP of the match. This bumped the team to a 3 and 1 night in hard fought games. Total pins was decided by a mere 9 pins. Chris Leffibine tried to keep his team close with a 192 3rd game, but it fell just a bit short. RotS moves to 5-3 while ABtB goes to .500.

Prestige Worldwide vs the Bye – We lost a game against the bye and bowled like sheeeeeet. ‘Nuff said.

Strike Jackpot 1/22/18

Anthony, new ball and all, managed to pick his own lucky lottery number for the “first time” in ages. Was the new ball enough to overcome his lack of confidence?

Alas, it was not. Strike Jackpot moves onto next week. Let’s juice it up!

Week 1 Recap

Payouts for the 1st half are coming. League Secretary needed to be renewed (still not sure where week 15 is) and South Bowl had to dive into their pockets and fork it over. Good news is that I’m back with recaps after I had someone in the league tell me they read it (and liked it). Fantastic. Now that I have a half under my belt, and know everyone a little better, I can start roasting your play like I have more fun doing.

Rooster Illusion vs Revenge of the Split – 2 new teams from the first half battled it out. Rooster Illusion started out hot in the first half only to peter out in the later weeks as Jeff Watts assured me would happen. Revenge of the Split ran a respectable top half placing in the first half to set up the 2nd half nicely. Without holding suspense for week 1, these teams battled to a 2-2 split. The first game was decided by 14 pins to RI and the total pins were only 17 apart to RofS. Ed and Danielle were able to bowl a few pins above their average with a mostly middling performance by RI. Neil Dessecker came alive in game 2 with a 204 to sway the pin count total and take game 2. Nicole and Neil were able to out bowl their averages by a few. Since it’s impossible for me to know specifics of what actually happens, this is how I come to conclusions about performances.

Bowling Green Massacre vs Gutterfingers – When new teams join, it takes 9 games until averages become averages. The way I understand it is that new bowlers roll 3 games, take the average of those 3 games, then the computer will use what they rolled vs that average to come up with a handicap. Since Gutterfingers are a brand new team, this occurs. The first game went to GF being led by Jason Bailey’s 193. The 2nd game was a bit closer but the Fingers were able win by 42 with a nice game from Steve Boligitz. Greg finally put his foot down in game 3 rolling 20 pins above his average to avoid the shutout.

Prestige Worldwide vs Two Strikes Short of a Turkey – PW had a sub this week which made the score difficult to calculate during the game which obviously came into play. Game 1 went to PW behind the dual 212 by the Stortz brothers. TSSoaT rallied back with a big 875 team game as bowlers Rich, Frank, Stephen, and Warren were 226, 202, 213, 234, respectively. Game 3 was decided by 1 pin which was unknown at the time due to the sub and the scoring I mentioned above. It didn’t help that I went open in the 10th as Rich struck out. Fortunately for us, it was enough. Props to my brother for a big 681 series, Rich with a 663, and 3 other 600+ series from Frank, Warren, and Tom.

Pocket Pounders vs Strike You – Big game of the week. Let’s start with Strike You blowing out the SEASON team total by about 144 pins with a 2646. How PP managed to win a game is impressive against that. Eric L set the 3rd highest series total of the league with a 736. Not far behind was Trevor with a 677, Justin with a 635, and Greg 2 pins shy of 600. In order to stay close, Jim Kenngott rolled a 705 and Patrick kept it close with a 654. It’s hard to call yourself the dog when you roll 2 and 7 pins below your average (cough Rick and Mike cough) but that’s the kind of game this was. Great bowling by both sides. The PP’s averaged 203 from each bowler and only won 1 game. If this happens again this season, I’ll be sure to point it out.

Cheerleaders Gentleman’s Club vs South Philly Leisure Sports
– In the only sweep of the week, SPLS returned from an uninspiring first half performance to come out firing on all cylinders. Nichole’s 596 series was tops of the lane (and females) with Emery and Chris not far behind. The GC didn’t necessarily bowl bad, but they were a few pins below their average and had an absent bowler which immediately puts them behind the 8 ball. Chris Reed was 22 pins above his average which is a great start out of the gate. GC…it’s a long season, don’t get discouraged.

Anything but the Bottom vs Manly Man – I’d say AbtB was the Cinderella of the first half and they are looking to keep up their sharp bowling…which they did against Manly Men. After losing game 1, they stayed tough and tight to take games 2 and 3, and also the pin total. Bobby led the team with a 633 series as he crept into the 190+ averages. Chris also rolled 15 pins above his average to help out. David Castro of the Manly Men was rolling well as he was nearly 20 pins over his average. His 214 helped propel the MM to game 1, but the team needed some additional help if they were going to overcome AbbT’s team bowling.

Banana Split vs Rack City – In a rematch of the position round 1v2, Rack City caught some revenge with a 3-1 victory. Aside from bombing game 2, Rack City had control of the match with extremely solid bowling in games 1 and 3. Scott G’s 299 in the 3rd game was a huge WTF as you can actually see the pin wobbling going for the perfect game. Rich needed to jump harder. There will be a 300 in the near term. Banana Split suffered from big games by random people at random times. Joey’s 233 looks nice in game 2 and Jason and Mike were both over 200 in game 3. I”m sure we’ll hear more from the top teams from the first half of last season as we progress.

Broad St Bowlers vs Bye – The BSB are relatively new to bowling so let’s welcome them with open arms. I have a feeling that by the end of the season their averages will trend upwards which I wish I could say about my game. Josh Nick rolled a career high, 193, in the first game of the season, throwing his first ever turkey. He was greeted with a shot of old crow which is a great recipe for throwing lower the second game. Bowling against the bye with no averages, they took all 4 games and find themselves tied for 1st place.