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Teetering on the Brink of a 1st Place Swap

Posted by ScooterJ February 12, 2019 Spring 2019, Week 4 View Score Sheets

The fourth week of Spring 2019 saw four teams climb in the standings, while five teams slipped. One bowler set a new personal best series, and three rolled new personal high games. Freda Schroeder landed this week's high game for the women with a 151, and women's high series was bagged by Monica Hufford with a 404. As for the men, Nick Kinney snagged this week's high game with a 234, and high series was earned by Ian Goetz with a 615. Meanwhile, the Tournament of Champions also kicked off tonight, beginning 13 weeks of one-on-one bowling excitement! Read on for all the rest of the details!

AJ Hofmann is now the first bowler in league history to maintain the exact same average throughout their first four weeks bowling in any season. (Only 5 bowlers have ever even done it for 3 weeks.) Look how excited he is to be the champion of not-improving. (See new Top 25 for more)

First up, on lanes 1 & 2: Earlier today two separate members of Ray & Stevie, each driving trucks, completely failed to see Chantal Jacot's bright neon-green car and totaled her car, keeping her from bowling tonight. Like true heroes, her teammates on CICK Ass avenged her. Spearheaded by trifecta-winner (#1 Head-to-Head, #1 Power-Ranked, and Most Valuable Bowler) Ian Goetz and his above-average 615 series, CICK Ass quickly earned a clean sweep over the Blind Team. CICK Ass remains in 2nd place but is now just a game away from making #MGAGA not-so-great again.

On lanes 3 & 4: Both Bowl Movements and The Pin Is Mightier were disappointed to learn they had to roll on this cursed set of lanes. (As were AJ and Scoot, who wound up not getting out o the bowling alley until 10:00.) Although charging into the fray behind Conor Clarke with his below-average 435 series, Movements accomplished only 1 win against Mightiers. Meanwhile Curtis Whiles with his slightly-off 462 series laid down the law for Mightiers as his team took the match with 3 wins. Bowl Movements plummet 2 spots in the standings to 10th place but take solace in knowing that, unlike last season, that's at least not last place. The Mightiers jump 3 spots to 8th.

On lanes 5 & 6: Extreme Outliers had to cope with the bedbugs and odd smells emanating from JoAnne's Dirty PJs. Although receiving some motivation from Ben Spencer with his above-average 517 series, the Outliers accomplished only 1 win against Dirty PJs. Josh Rothermel, with his shocking 463 series, inspired Dirty PJs as his team took the match with 3 wins. Extreme Outliers plummet 2 spots in the standings to 11th place, while Dirty PJs jump 3 spots to 7th.

On lanes 7 & 8: Scoot's Raging Bone Spur had a rendezvous with We Don't Give a Split. Despite the "strength" of Scott Murdock with his 460 series, Bone Spurs accomplished only 1 win against Split Not Given. Moving on to the challengers, Aubrey Moren with his 558 series dominated Split Not Given as his team took the match with 3 wins. Scoot's Raging Bone Spur plummets 2 spots in the standings to 5th place, while We Don't Give a Split jumps 2 spots to 4th. If it's any consolation to the Bone Spurs, AJ Hofmann now has the most consistent season start of any bowler in league history. (Supporting Top 25 to come later this week.)

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Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-doo,
I've got a bowling puzzle for you.
Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-dee,
If you are wise you'll listen to me.

What do you get when you make a huge mess?
Leaving behind your tower-in-progress.
Napkins, and ice cubes, and lots of beer splat?
What do you think will come of that?

#MGAGA on the bar's shit-list.

Oompa Loompa do-ba-dee-da,
If you're not messy you will go far.
You'll stay in the bar's graces too,
Like the Oompa Loompa do-ba-dee-doo.

On lanes 9 & 10: The oppressive regime of #MGAGA kept stealing sips of beer (and the pitchers) from the long-shots Open Frames R Us (and everyone else, too). Highlighting the skills of the future Mr. Gordon with his above-average 578 series, the red-hats collected 3 wins against Open Frames. On the flipside, Neil Hufford with his 436 series oversaw Open Frames despite his team notching only a single win. #MGAGA remains in 1st place but is teetering on the brink of seeing their first-place tower come crashing down, while Open Frames plunge 2 spots to 9th.

Finally, down on lanes 11 & 12: 3/4 of Pin Is King hoped to get a nice sweep from 1/2 of BDE. However, while showcasing Michael Gordon with his 574 series, PinIs Kings collected just 3 wins against BDE. Chadwick Andrews with his 470 series mastered BDE and prevented a sweep. Pin Is King climbs 1 spot in the standings to 3rd place, while BDE sinks 1 spot to 6th.

Bowlers who flashed their nipples at 200+ leader Jonathan Vigliaturo to get let into The 200 Club include: Aaron Barber (222), Aubrey Moren (207), Ben Spencer (209), Dennis Walling (204), Ian Goetz (211,213), Jonathan Vigliaturo (223), Matthew Taylor (205), Michael Gordon (200), Nick Kinney (234), and Seth Gunderson (230)

New personal high games were set tonight by Ben Spencer (209, previous best 199), Ben Conaghan (171, previous best 152), and Luke Melton (176, previous best 167). In addition, a new personal best series was rolled by Ben Conaghan (413, previous best 379).

In this week's Tournament of Champions brackets: Ian Goetz staked a claim for the Iron Throne in Division 1, while Rob Kaszuba shut down Division 2. Ben Conaghan swept Division 3, and Dennis Cummings decimated Division 4. Finally, Ben Spencer (Division 3) won this week's Interdivisional bracket. And Emily DeCoursey (Division 4) proved that she belongs in the Master Bowling Nation by playing with herself to completion. In terms of overall points: Ian Goetz runs the show in Division 1; Rob Kaszuba leads Division 2; Ben Conaghan and Ben Spencer dominate Division 3 in a tie; and Emily DeCoursey and Dennis Cummings call the shots in Division 4 in a tie.


  • First, on lanes 1&2, 1st-place #MGAGA will share a couple of pitchers with 8th-place The Pin Is Mightier (hcp 194). Hashtags are expected to perform well and sweep the series; while Mightiers are forecast to hold steady as they endure a rough night.
  • Moving to lanes 3&4, 11th-place Extreme Outliers (hcp 196) will throw some gutter balls with 2nd-place CICK Ass. Outliers might perform well, yet still manage to lose the series but avoid getting swept; while CICK Ass ought to hold steady as they enjoy their victories.
  • Then, over on lanes 5&6, 3rd-place Pin Is King will hang out with 10th-place Bowl Movements (hcp 160). PinIs Kings will likely have a bit of an off night, yet still manage to win the series; while Movements will probably hold steady as they avoid getting swept.
  • Next up, on lanes 7&8, 9th-place Open Frames R Us (hcp 71) will socialize with 6th-place BDE. Open Frames might roll a little low and just barely miss getting swept; while BDE ought to drop their average a bit even as they enjoy their victories.
  • Moving to lanes 9&10, 5th-place Scoot's Raging Bone Spur will battle 12th-place Ray & Stevie (forfeit). Bone Spurs will likely roll a little low and get swept; while the Blind Team will probably just sit in motionless silence. [Editor's Note: WHAT IS THIS CRAP???]
  • Finally, on lanes 11&12, 7th-place JoAnne's Dirty PJs (hcp 86) will face 4th-place We Don't Give a Split. Dirty PJs are predicted to have a bit of an off night and lose the series but avoid getting swept; while Split Not Given is anticipated to drop their average a bit even as they enjoy their victories.

*(Remember, the predicted results above are based on mathematical extrapolations and can be changed by all sorts of factors. If you don't like how your team's results are predicted, you and your teammates have the power to prove the math wrong!)


Ian Goetz
Runner Up:
(See Posting)


Ian Goetz
Runner Up:
Josh Rothermel


Ian Goetz
Runner Up:
Ben Spencer

"It's okay, Emily, I'm playing with myself too!" [followed with a high-five]

Pat Hamell, to Emily DeCoursey, on their placement in the new ToC bracket tonight.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins Change
1 #MGAGA 14-2 .875 8,825 n/a
2 CICK Ass 14-2 .875 7,732 n/a
3 Pin Is King 10-6 .625 8,668 +1
4 We Don't Give a Split 9-7 .563 7,332 +2
5 Scoot's Raging Bone Spur 9-7 .563 6,664 -2
6 BDE 7-9 .438 7,472 -1
7 JoAnne's Dirty PJs 7-9 .438 6,173 +3
8 The Pin Is Mightier 7-9 .438 5,908 +3
9 Open Frames R Us 6-10 .375 6,516 -2
10 Bowl Movements 6-10 .375 6,382 -2
11 Extreme Outliers 6-10 .375 4,994 -2
12 Holy Forkin Shirt Balls 0-16 .000 1,440 n/a

Top Individual Achievements for Week 4
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Ian Goetz - 615
Aaron Barber - 578
Michael Gordon - 574
Nick Kinney - 568
Aubrey Moren - 558
Monica Hufford - 404
Emily Nicolet - 361
JoAnne Barber - 350
Freda Schroeder - 347
Christy Schlosser - 295
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Ian Goetz - 658
Josh Rothermel - 640
Ben Spencer - 639
Aaron Barber - 630
Nick Kinney - 623
Emily Nicolet - 586
Emily DeCoursey - 576
JoAnne Barber - 566
Freda Schroeder - 555
Christy Schlosser - 547
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
Nick Kinney - 234
Seth Gunderson - 230
Jonathan Vigliaturo - 223
Aaron Barber - 222
Ian Goetz - 213
Freda Schroeder - 151
Monica Hufford - 147
Emily Nicolet - 123
JoAnne Barber - 121
Emily DeCoursey - 111
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
Nick Kinney - 252
Ben Spencer - 249
Josh Rothermel - 240
Seth Gunderson - 239
Aaron Barber - 239 (t)
Freda Schroeder - 220
Emily DeCoursey - 207
Emily Nicolet - 198
JoAnne Barber - 193
Christy Schlosser - 184
Men's Pins Over Average Women's Pins Over Average
Ben Spencer - 60
Nick Kinney - 57
Josh Rothermel - 55
Dennis Cummings - 55 (t)
Chuck Kissee - 53
Luke Melton - 52
Freda Schroeder - 38
Emily DeCoursey - 31
Emily Nicolet - 17
JoAnne Barber - 11
Christy Schlosser - 5

One Response to “Teetering on the Brink of a 1st Place Swap”

  1. avatar AaronBarber says:

    Perhaps if our weak league president followed through on his campaign promises of bringing lane servers back to Gutteralley we wouldn’t have to try to force their hand with such rebellious towers. #Sosad #MGAGA

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