Gutterballs and Body English

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

My dad’s been in a bowling league for the last couple years.  His team has gone from last place to playing for the number one spot in a pretty short period of time.  I decided to bring my camera along as I went to watch the final series of the season, and the one that would determine the top team in the league.  

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Before getting to the actual three games bowled that day, I have to tell you how Dad has steadily improved his average since he started bowling.  He even got a “most improved average” award after his first season playing.  So it’s not unusual to hear him talk about beating his average after his weekly Monday series.

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

But this is how most of the final series went for him.  I call this the Gutterball Shrug.  Almost unbelievably, it happened a couple times during the day.  He ended up playing his worst series of the year…or so he says.  Of course I happened to be there to witness it, and it occurred during the most important series of the season- the one that would determine which team took first place.

After awhile his teammates started giving me dirty looks, and yelling at me to leave like I jinxed the whole thing.  Turns out the old man’s camera shy, I guess.  Meanwhile, and lucky for him, his teammates rose to the occasion, including 89-year old ringer Nadine.  Check out her score…

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Poor dad’s score is listed just under hers at a pathetic 82 going into the 10th frame.  Ouch.

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

It was inspiring watching Nadine bowl so well.  She plays at least a couple times a week, and her consistency proves it.  Pretty sure she’s gonna be a member of the “Heavenly” Lanes all-star team as well.

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Lenny and Les are the other teammates, and they both had great games, too. I was aware that having my camera there might bring some unwanted pressure, you know, when you know you’re being watched kinda thing.  For that reason, I kept my documentation pretty minimal and low-key from a distance.  I figured if I wanted to get closer to the action, that it would have to be on a day when first place wasn’t on the line.  Though looking back, the only one it affected was my dad.

As it played out, they did in fact take the first place spot for winning all three games of the series, despite Dad’s poor performance.  I just hope his team has him back next season! 🙂

Anyways, it was fun going down to check out the senior bowling scene and watch the big series.  Definitely a lot of characters at the alley, as you would expect anywhere people gather to drink large amounts of beer (or diet Coke) and throw big heavy balls down lacquered lanes at shapely wooden pins over and over.

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

bowling for number 1_159

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

bowling for number 1_197

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Finally, a little clip of Les picking up a nice spare.  I think it’s a simple display of the camaraderie they all enjoy while bowling together, win or lose.

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