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Historic League Records Go Up In Smoke

Posted by ScooterJ April 16, 2019 Spring 2019, Week 13 View Score Sheets

Woe to you, oh Earth and sea, for the Devil sends the Beast with wrath
Because he knows the time is short
Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the Beast
For it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty six,... plus six

The unlucky thirteenth week of Spring 2019 featured the rise of the Antichrist, who entered our world specifically to shatter a whole slew of league records. It also saw one team climb in the standings, while one team slipped. Two bowlers set a new personal best series, and two rolled new personal high games. Alison Radke picked up this week's high game (170) and series (424) for the women, while Satan himself AJ Hofmann earned this week's high game (279) and series (672) for the men and destroyed several league records in the process. Read on for all the rest of the details!

'I don’t know why people always complain about bowling against the wall… it’s easy' --AJ

First up, on lanes 1 & 2: With what should have been closely-matched team strength, Scoot's Raging Bone Spur deliberately ate cheese sticks in front of Bowl Movements. Propelled by the skills of #1 Power Ranked and #1 Head-to-Head AJ Hofmann and his amazing 672 series, Bone Spurs landed a clean sweep over Movements. (AJ was supposed to stop at 183 in game 3 to earn a 666 series, but naturally he decided to tack on another six.) Conor Clarke tried to throw some holy water on the fire with his slightly-off 440 series but his team's hopes for any wins tonight turned to ash. Scoot's Raging Bone Spur remains in 6th place, while Movements sink 1 spot to 9th.

For a complete list of the records AJ broke tonight, see the "Broken Records" section below. (Special note to #MGAGA: See? Not everyone bowls their best against you.)

Moving on...

On lanes 3 & 4: In a rather lopsided matchup though in the opposite way one would expect in any other season, what should have been the long-shots Open Frames R Us did battle with (the in any normal season but not this one) villainous #MGAGA. Strengthened by James Tott with his above-average 502 series, Open Frames collected 3 wins against Hashtags. As this was happening, Nick Kinney with his 510 series showed off for Hashtags despite his team notching only a single win. Open Frames R Us remains in 7th place, while Hashtags remain in 10th.

On lanes 5 & 6: Holy Forkin Shirt Balls waged a heated competition against CICK Ass. In spite of top-billing by Garrett Rathbone with his 480 series, Shirtballs accomplished only 1 win against CICK Ass. Moving on to the challengers, Carl Goetz with his better-than-normal 597 series took charge of CICK Ass as his team took the match with 3 wins. Holy Forkin Shirt Balls remains in 12th place, while CICK Ass remain in 1st.

On lanes 7 & 8: An unusually (and unnecessarily) sober JoAnne's Dirty PJs rejected the kind PBR overtures of The Pin Is Mightier, and it showed. Notwithstanding the leadership of Pat Hamell with his 379 series, Dirty PJs got swept by Mightiers. Most Valuable Bowler Luke Melton and his shocking 485 series took the lead among Mightiers as they swept the competition. (Honestly, had AJ not goe completely berserk tonight, Luke might have been the top story.) JoAnne's Dirty PJs remains in 11th place, while Mightiers move up 1 spot to 8th.

On lanes 9 & 10: In a pairing of teams of similar strength, a split-in-half We Don't Give a Split accepted a challenge by BDE. In spite of the prowess of Phil Schroeder with his below-average 413 series, Split Not Given accomplished only 1 win against BDE. Jeremy Cline with his slightly-off 510 series propped up BDE as his team took the match with 3 wins. We Don't Give a Split remains in 3rd place, while BDE remains in 4th.

Finally, down on lanes 11 & 12: With a battle so mismatched that the outcome could trigger the apocalypse, the mischievous Pin Is King fought to a draw with Extreme Outliers. Emboldened by Russell Bingham with his 524 series, PinIs Kings split the series with Outliers. Ben Spencer with his better-than-normal 561 series emboldened Outliers as they matched their opponent in wins. Pin Is King remains in 2nd place, while Outliers remain in 5th.

Bowlers getting the VIP treatment in The 200 Club include: AJ Hofmann (204,279), Ben Spencer (203,212), Carl Goetz (229), Ian Goetz (210), and Ken M. Wilson (218)

New personal high games were set tonight by AJ Hofmann (279, previous best 215) and Luke Melton (197, previous best 185). In addition, new personal best series were rolled by AJ Hofmann (672, previous best 569) and Luke Melton (485, previous best 448).

Now, a closer look at all the records AJ matched or broke tonight.

First, a few of the quirkier items:

  • Losing only to Luke Melton in game 2 and Ben Spencer in game 3, his was the 6th's best head-to-head performance in league history and the best head-to-head performance this season.
  • His first game (279) also achieved the 6th highest jump from a previous personal best game, at 64 pins above his previous best.
  • With an improvement of 103 pins over his previous best series, he is one of only 7 bowlers to ever roll a new personal best series that was 100 pins or more over the previous.

And now, the big stuff:

  • Tied for the 5th highest scratch game in league history. (Matthew Taylor also joined this tie earlier this season.)
  • Shattered the all-time league record for high game handicap.
  • Shattered the all-time league record for high series handicap, despite that record having been shattered by Matthew Taylor earlier this season.
  • At 137 pins over average, his first game shattered an 8-year-old record for most pins over average.
  • But, most-impressively, AJ toppled a nearly 14-year-old record for Top Power Ranked Performance, a record set by John Richardson in 2005 that held for exactly 27 seasons!

Yet, despite all this, AJ was knocked out of the Tournament of Champions in the second round by Luke Melton. :) Go figure!

In this week's Tournament of Champions brackets: Carl Goetz routed Division 1, while nobody claimed victory in Division 2, and in fact we aren't even going to talk about Division 2 as it was a complete embarassment. Luke Melton mopped up Division 3, and Nicole Yancy got the better of Division 4. Finally, Sean Miller (Division 2) cleaned up this week's Interdivisional bracket. In a disappointing footnote, nobody successfully played with themself this week. In terms of overall points: Ken M. Wilson holds the reins in Division 1; Sean Miller dominates Division 2; Ben Spencer runs the show in Division 3; and Nicole Yancy is in the driver's seat in Division 4.


  • First, on lanes 1&2, 5th-place Extreme Outliers (hcp 92) will share a couple of pitchers with 7th-place Open Frames R Us. Outliers are expected to perform well and win the series; while Open Frames are forecast to hold steady as they avoid getting swept.
  • Moving to lanes 3&4, 9th-place Bowl Movements will hang out with 8th-place The Pin Is Mightier (hcp 10). Movements might roll a little low and get swept; while Mightiers ought to hold steady as they rack up a sweep.
  • Then, over on lanes 5&6, 6th-place Scoot's Raging Bone Spur will challenge 11th-place JoAnne's Dirty PJs (hcp 51). Bone Spurs will likely maintain their current strength as they sweep the series; while Dirty PJs will probably drop their average a bit while they endure a rough night.
  • Next up, on lanes 7&8, 1st-place CICK Ass will battle 3rd-place We Don't Give a Split (hcp 45). CICK Ass might maintain their current strength as they sweep the series; while Split Not Given ought to drop their average a bit while they endure a rough night.
  • Moving to lanes 9&10, 12th-place Holy Forkin Shirt Balls (hcp 135) will chill with 2nd-place Pin Is King. Shirtballs will likely roll a little low and get swept; while PinIs Kings will probably drop their average a bit even as they rack up a sweep.
  • Finally, on lanes 11&12, 4th-place BDE (hcp 64) will throw some gutter balls with 10th-place #MGAGA. BDE is predicted to have a bit of an off night and lose the series but avoid getting swept; while Hashtags are 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!)


Luke Melton
Runner Up:
(See Posting)


AJ Hofmann
Runner Up:
Ben Spencer


AJ Hofmann
Runner Up:
Sean Miller

"Oh, we're saving that for GutterAlley After Dark. It's premium content available only to our gold-level subscribers."

Scoot, after a Dennis asked why AJ hadn't cashed in any of the humpings earned from his six turkeys tonight.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins Change
1 CICK Ass 41-11 .788 26,234 n/a
2 Pin Is King 32-20 .615 28,305 n/a
3 We Don't Give a Split 31-21 .596 24,135 n/a
4 BDE 30-22 .577 24,609 n/a
5 Extreme Outliers 29-23 .558 16,992 n/a
6 Scoot's Raging Bone Spur 27-25 .519 22,189 n/a
7 Open Frames R Us 26-26 .500 21,534 n/a
8 The Pin Is Mightier 25-27 .481 19,619 +1
9 Bowl Movements 22-30 .423 20,242 -1
10 #MGAGA 21-31 .404 27,830 n/a
11 JoAnne's Dirty PJs 20-32 .385 19,758 n/a
12 Holy Forkin Shirt Balls 5-47 .096 8,180 n/a

Top Individual Achievements for Week 13
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
AJ Hofmann - 672
Carl Goetz - 597
Ken Wilson - 576
Ben Spencer - 561
Ian Goetz - 546
Alison Radke - 424
Freda Schroeder - 351
JoAnne Barber - 322
Chantal Jacot - 320
Nicole Yancy - 309
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
AJ Hofmann - 811
Luke Melton - 660
Ben Spencer - 654
Carl Goetz - 645
Sean Miller - 639
Nicole Yancy - 580
Alison Radke - 563
Emily DeCoursey - 561
Christy Schlosser - 537
Chantal Jacot - 521
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
AJ Hofmann - 279
Carl Goetz - 229
Ken Wilson - 218
Ben Spencer - 212
Ian Goetz - 210
Alison Radke - 170
Freda Schroeder - 132
JoAnne Barber - 126
Nicole Yancy - 123
Chantal Jacot - 116
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
AJ Hofmann - 325
Luke Melton - 255
Carl Goetz - 245
Ben Spencer - 243
Ken Wilson - 226
Alison Radke - 216
Nicole Yancy - 213
Emily DeCoursey - 202
JoAnne Barber - 191
Christy Schlosser - 188
Freda Schroeder - 188 (t)
Men's Pins Over Average Women's Pins Over Average
AJ Hofmann - 137
Luke Melton - 70
Ben Spencer - 51
Carl Goetz - 49
Carson Oldson - 40
Nicole Yancy - 36
Alison Radke - 28
Emily DeCoursey - 25
Christy Schlosser - 10
JoAnne Barber - 8

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