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).




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.

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.

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.

League Update Week 14

16 people visited the site yesterday in hot anticipation of my recap, which is 16 more than I thought would visit. As I wrote in the very beginning of this project, I have no idea what the expectations are or what direction this will go. I’m figuring it out as we go along so hang with it.

Week 14 brought action that sets the tone for the position round of the 1st half. My first season I had no idea what a position round was. Essentially 1 plays 2, 3 plays 4, 5 plays 6, and so on. It gives people in the standings the ability to move up. Since there is no playoff round at the end of the first half, where you finish in the standings is the amount of money your team is awarded. Here is the money that goes with each place.

Yes, we have 13 teams now. Yes, there is additional money from the Strike Jackpot. We’ll have this revised. If any teams are added for the 2nd half, we’ll keep everyone up to date. A final note, I’m well aware that some teams played the bye more than once and some teams didn’t play it at all. From my perspective, this is a relatively new league and we are looking to fill it. What that means is getting 16 teams who are all in it for the same purpose. When that gets established, we can have a more democratic and even idea about what everyone wants and is looking for. Stability occurs when this happens. For now, we make the best of what we have.

Week 14 Recap

  • Banana Split played the bye and gave away 1 game. Joey and Ricky rolled at least 15 pins above their average and Mike Richman continued his ever consistent bowling. The team had a meltdown in game 2 to give away the sweep. There has been some chatter about % vs games played at the top and we’ll resolve it through the break.
  • Anything But The Bottom, the Cinderella of the league from my eyes (and theirs based on their name), lost 3 of 4 to Revenge of the Split with one sided games throughout. Without writing the other recaps, I’d have to give Neil Dessecker a pat on the back for his 556 series which was about 80 pins over his average. Bobby Rodgers missed a 600 series by a pin. Brittany’s 333 series was about 16 pins over avg for much improvement as the season progresses. These two teams are 4 and 5 right now but I have to see if a higher avg gets a tie-breaker or if it’s head to head.
  • Strike You put on a dominant performance to take all 4 vs the Gentlemen’s Club.  By dominant, we’re talking the highest team series BY 140 PINS. It was also the 2nd highest single scratch game.  A bar has been set. Justin Wildon put on a show with a 746 series showing he’s fully back from his injury. Suitable back up by Luis, Eric, and Trevor with a 659, 642, and 595 respectively. Lost in the shuffle was Bob Cohen and his 580 series, which was about 25 pins above average, and Alan Drazen’s 474 which was also 20+ pins above.
  • Ugh. I have to write about my team’s game. Knowing the outcome this isn’t so much fun. Here goes. Prestige Worldwide. Worldwide. Worldwide. won the first game with a 267 from my brother Sam. It was all Rack City from there as they took came 2 behind Chris’s 234 and Scott’s 257. Game 3 was also Rack City as all 4 of their bowlers were right near or over 200. The final frame was set up so all I had to do was mark to win the team total and….I blew it. Scott struck out to slice my throat and our team by 1 total pin and that’s all she wrote. Moving on.
  • Two Stirkes Short of a Turkey took 3 from a hard fighting Manly Men team. Rich Anderson rolled a beast of series with a 722 to lead his team. After the 15-1 start, TSSofT find themselves in 3rd place due to my missing that single pin. We’ll have a verdict moving forward.
  • Bowling Green Massacre and South Philly Leisure Sports battled it out to a 2-2 tie. Game 2 looked extra close as SPLS took it by 1 pin. Dom was rolling his mind out being over avg by near 40 pins in 2 of the 3 games. Nichole eclipsed the 600 mark by 54 pins after getting hot in the 2nd game and kept it rolling. I have this feeling that Anthony is going to break out next week. Mark my words.
  • The Pocket Pounders took 3 from Rooster Illusion in non-dramatic format. Jim is finding his stride with his “new” ball that put up a 651 series. Greg Mortka for RI rolled well in game 2 with a 190. Apologies for the lack of write up for the final matchup. I get a little worn out from the same adjectives and story lines.

Week 11 Recap

Missed last week but we are back at it. 4 more weeks until the first half of the season wraps up. I know we won’t be bowling on Christmas or New Years Days so that leaves 4 weeks until then.

Two Strikes Shorts Of A Turkey is leading the standings with a chase pack of about 8 teams in striking distance. Remember that 4 and 0 weeks can quickly jump ANY team up the standings.

  • Revenge of the Split took care of business on the bye winning all 4 games, which is what teams should do.  Neil Dessecker put the team on his back for games 1 and 2 with a 210 & 194, ~ 40 pins over his average.
  • Bowling Green Massacre swept the Gentlemen’s Club with a solid team performance. Andrew and Greg came out of the gates firing being 32 and 42 pins over their avg respectively. This built a big 100+ pin lead into game 2 where they over powered CG for the W. The 3rd game was closer but BGM had the upper hand and closed it out. CG was off their game tonight.
  • Prestige Worldwide took it to the Pounders right out of the gate. A slow start by PP, after having to throw with no warm ups, set the tone. PW started off the night with the highest team game of the evening, 845, to take game 1. This was led by a 278 by yours truly after running off the first 9. Game 2 saw PW with more consistent team bowling winning by 60. Patrick T got hot in game 2 with a 245. The 3rd game had the team total out of hand as PP was trying to take 1. As such, PP had enough fight in them to eke out the 3rd game by a single pin.  PW notched their highest ever team series, 2,399, and my first ever 700+ series.
  • TSSoaT added 3 games to their win total over Rooster Illusion. Game 1 was decided by 5 pins as Warren lead TSSoaT with a 223 and the victory. Game 2 saw nice team balance from TSSoaT as they averaged 200 a bowler to take game 3. Jeff Watts shows up for game 3 and rallies his team to take 1 with a 202 out of the blocks. Ed Mount rolled well bowling 16 pins over average.
  •  Banana Split used Mike Richman’s 268 to win game 1 vs the Manly Men. Game 2 was more BS as the team was able to win by 20 pins on fine team bowling. Manly Men took advantage of an off game 3 by BS led by Aaron Draeylo who rolled 20+ pins over average on the night.  The Manly Men will continue to tough it out with only 2 bowlers a night as the absentees are killing their chances.
  • Strike You laid some pipe tonight (no one read this) against Anything But the Bottom to take all 4. With 3 straight games between 790 and 796, this is the Strike You we’ve come to expect. They are lurking in 7th place but I’ve seen it before, this team is lethal at the end of the season.
  • Rack City took 3 from the short staffed South Philly Leisure Sports. Nichole had pre-bowled and Emery was absent to take a shot at Rack City. Scott Gingrich didn’t fuck around as he set the single high series, 744, for our league (ousting…himself). Rack City posed the highest scratch series of the week with a 2412. Chris Cribbs continues his sharp bowling with another 600+ series. I’m sure Rich disappointed himself with his series but I sense a break out is coming. Anthony on SPLS put up a nice 577 as he blew another chance at a bracket victory.


League Update Week 11

Last night we had good response from the music side so hopefully everyone was bowling happy.

Not much new to write about so I’ll get to the bracket recap. Please note that I may not have every score exactly right in the bracket because some games are over before they complete and I’ll guess on a score. You’ll also see my name a bunch of times, this is because of byes for that night. Week 11 had no byes which is what we are striving for. Also, if you want to be in the brackets and I haven’t asked you, just ask me and we can find a spot most nights. You can see all of the bracket info, and more detailed stats here.

Week 10 Brackets

Ricky Nguyen was the master of close calls in Bracket 1 winning the first match by 9, the second by 5, and the finals by 4. Scott had a chance to take it in the 10th but came up a big short. Bracket 2 was dominated by Robert White who drew a bye in match 1, disposed of Anthony in match 2, and claimed victory over Rich C. I’ll at least mention Rich took down Nichole to stop her winning ways. Justin Wildon, fresh from a knee injury, showed little rust with a dominating 2nd and 3rd game to easily take the bracket.

Week 11 Brackets

Some big scores last night led to some exciting matches. Scott Gingrich notched is first win of the year with a strong 740+ series. He closed out Evan in round 1, took down consistent bowler Mike Richman, and then dominated Anthony for a W. Trevor Mesiter used a series of near 200 games to claim his first victory of the year by beating my brother, Mike Reiter, and Joey To in the finals. Bracket 3 was won by Patrick who after a slow start, heated up and nicked Frank Snyder by 2 pins to claim victory.


Nichole x 4
Mike Richman x 2
Eric L. x 2
Ricky N. x 2
Stephen R.
Sam S.
Jim K.
Evan C
Mike S.
Nick M.
Scott G.
Justin W.
Trevor M.
Robert W.
Patrick T.


Week 9 Recap

After 9 weeks the league is:

1st place is only 9 wins ahead of 12th place which means that it’s still anyone’s ball game. On to the week.

  • South Philly Leisure Sports took 3 of 4 from Rooster Illusion led by another big week from Nichole, who has been bowling on fire. Her 641 series paved the way for a game 1 win and  a game 2 blowout. Looking to take 1, Rooster Illusion fought back with solid bowling to take game 3. Consistency has been plaguing RI for most of this season. Greg Mortka found some rhythm bowling 11 pins over average.
  • Pocket Pounders jumped up the standings and handed Banana Split 3 losses. Jim and Mike carried Rick for a game 1 victory bowling 202 and 213. Not to disappoint, Rick went 200 in game 2 with Mike rolling a league high 255 to take game 2. Banana Split rebounded in game 3 behind a 224 from Mike Richman who rolled a 656 series, tops of the night.
  • The Cheerleaders took 4 much needed wins from the Manly Men in a close bout. Strong bowling from Alan and Nick gave CGC the edge as they rolled 18 and 17 pins above their average respectively. The Manly Men had two absent bowlers who if anyone from the team reads this, should have them pre-bowl. Giving away 10 pins to an absent bowler is a sure fire way to play from behind the eight ball.
  • The bye week is supposed to be 4 wins, right? Not so fast. The team in 1st place gave the rest of the league a chance to catch up as they only took one against the bye due to some unfortunate circumstances and average bowling. Enough said.
  • After getting abused in the finals last year by Strike You, Prestige Worldwide finally had some redemption with Sam Stortz being the backbone. Noteworthy is Justin Wildon is back from his knee injury and nearly back to old form. Sam rolled his season best series at 651 and carried our team with the help of a 604 from Evan. Strike You took game 2 with a monster 871 game behind a 190, 212, 244, and 225 from Greg, Trevor, Eric, and Justin.
  • Revenge of the Split took no mercy on Bowling Green Massacre as they won 3 of 4 games. Nicole and Christina managed to be within 1 pin of each other’s series which must have been some sister coincidence. Kurt bowled great games and finished 28 pins above his average which I would guess was near a league best. Andrew Brennan has shown flashes of brilliance with his 196 in game 1.  Greg needed a few more shots to kick start his game.
  • Anything But the Bottom continues the trend of avoiding the bottom as they stole 3 from 2nd place Two Strikes Short of a Turkey. When you carry the highest average of the league, you don’t have much room for error and Rich had an off night, combined with an absent bowler, which led to the loss. Brittany rolled 15 pins above her average to add to the already handicapped score.

League Update Week 9

Let’s start with the music and lighting which wasn’t necessarily ideal for “league” bowling. People look at me and say “why are they playing this music?” First off, I don’t tell South Bowl what to do. I can tell them that the league members weren’t huge fans of what was playing. If you feel strongly, which some people did, vote and I can show South Bowl:

Do You Like The Funk Music and Dimmed Lights?

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Bracket Update Week 9

This is turning into free bowling for Nichole and I have to ask who is willing to step up to the challenge? Here’s the spreadsheet that I’m pretty sure no one reads but has great stats that nerd bowlers would enjoy.

Mike Stafford and Nick Meyers notched their first wins of the season. Big game in Stafford’s 2nd round when his 255 beat Eric L’s 245. He then knocked off teammate Jim for the victory. Nick Meyers showed that if you can consistently roll above your average, you have a great chance to win as he rolled handicapped games of 216 & 215 against his first 2 round opponents, before knocking off teammate Mike in the finals. What more can I write about Nichole in these brackets? Knocks off Mike in the first round. Trounces Trevor with a 246 in the 2nd and then fends off new whipping boy Evan in the finals for her 4th win.


Nichole x 4
Mike R x 2
Eric L. x 2
Stephen R.
Ricky N.
Sam S
Jim K.
Evan C
Mike S.
Nick M.


Week 8 Recap

I’m aware that week 9 was started last night, but I never got a chance to recap 8, and I have to wait for the League Secretary results to do the brackets, so I’m going to do a shortened version of a week 8 recap until the new stats come out.

  • Prestige Worldwide took 3 from the Gentlemens’ Club with not much drama. CGC took game 1 with Nick Meyers balling out 39 pins above his average. Game 2 saw the Stortz brothers throw up a 219 and 244 to win game 2. The 3rd game saw Mike Reiter get hot with a 181, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 235 from Tom and 224 from Jordan in the 3rd game. PW moved to .500 and CGC is looking to rebound strongly the next week. Definitely no foreshadowing.
  • Judging by the scores of Anything But The Bottom vs Rack City, it was probably the game of the week. Game 1 was decided by 37 pins, game 2 by 11, and game 3 by 12. Rack City took 3 of 4 but lets give some props to ABTB for staying tough all 3 games. Rack City had the highest league series total this week with 2396, led by the 2nd league high series total 724  by Scott Gingrich. Chris Cribbs has also been consistent with a solid 640 series. On ABTB, Bobby rolled a 611 and Chris Leffbine was 15 pins above his average.
  • In a back and forth shoot out, South Philly Leisure Sports and Two Strikes Short of a Turkey bowled to a 2-2 split. Monster games by Nichole in game 2 (299) and Rich Anderson in game 3 (289) were quite impressive. Rich’s 653 season kept his league high average at 221. TSSofT stays at the top of the leaders board tied with Rack City while South Philly stayed at .500
  • Banana Split took it to Rooster Illusion to snag all 4 games. Mike Richman continues his strong performance posting the 2nd high total of the night at 687. Consistent bowling from the rest of the team, with spotlight on Joey To’s 256, helped earn the victory. Greg Mortka rolled 11 pins above his average for RI.
  • Pocket Pounders came out of the gate hot with an 877 to start set the tone for the game. This gave them an early lead which Revenge of the Split couldn’t quite overcome in total. Oddly though after a hot start, they started to fizzle and RofS pounced in game 3 with a big game from Nicole of 187. RotS stays in 4th while the PP’s move slightly above .500
  • Strike You had the bye week and got off to a slow start only to rebound and take 3 of 4. They also posted the high team game of the week at 879. Robert White had a solid 677 series to continue his strong bowling on the year.
  • Bowling Green Massacre pulled the broom out on Manly Men to take all 4. Ben Herman’s 182 was 69 pins above average which would generally be league best except for some near perfect games.. Andrew Bennan also fired a 172 in game 2 for a 38 pin advantage. Manly Men moved to 15 and 17 on the season while BGM jumped up 4 games.