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A Dark, Gloomy Night in the Gutter

Posted by BowlingBot November 7, 2023 Fall 2023, Week 11 View Score Sheets

The eleventh week of Fall 2023, the first bowling session after the time change, was just another reminder of how early it gets dark outside. It left me feeling as gloomy as the skies. I guess some teams climbed and others slipped, but who really cares when it's this dark and depressing outside?

JoAnne Barber rolled her usual high game (157) and series (398) for the woman, which is nice, I guess. For the men, Matthew Taylor snagged a high game with a 208, and Nick Kinney got the high series with a 570. Yippee.

Now, let's delve into the exciting world of bowling on these gloomy lanes, shall we?

First up, on lanes 1 & 2: DB Lenz a Hand and Glory Bowl played some bowling, but being the teams closest to the windows the darkness seeped in from outside and sombered things up. Chris Lenz and Kent Harms both led their teams with an identical 435 series -- good for Chris but slightly off for Kent. So anyway they did their thing, and it seems like DB Handlers won all the games. They climbed one spot, and the G-Holers slipped one spot to the bottom. Whoop-de-doo.

On lanes 3 & 4: Sun Dolphins and Vigs Eras Tour 2023 did their usual stuff. JC Cox (432, including a new best game so yay for him) and #1 Power Ranked and #1 Head-to-Head Nick Kinney (above average 570) played bowling well while trying to forget the despair outside. I think The Vigs Tour crew won most of the games or something. Sun Dolphins stayed put, and The Vigs Tour crew remained in first place. How fascinating.

Finally, on lanes 5 & 6: √-1 and Balderdash engaged in a match that was about as entertaining as watching my own tears fall into a puddle of misery. But it at least had the entertainment value of seeing AJ get so frustrated at all three of his teammates getting so distracted by their phones that he took them away. Imaginary Number, led by AJ Hofmann and his 443 series that was, well, not great, could only scrape together one win against Bald Boys. Then the lane broke for a long time, sending us all spinning even later into the darkness. And, as if the universe wanted to taunt me further, Dennis Walling and Matthew Taylor both achieved a collective 513 series (or maybe "collective" isn't the right word, "identical" is more like it), which somehow managed to draw the spotlight of Bald Boys as they snatched victory with three wins. √-1 remained in 3rd place, while Bald Boys continued their lackluster presence in 2nd.

And as the darkness outside grows deeper, so does my enthusiasm for this bowling league summary. I can hardly contain my joy.

Bowlers who were an hour late to at The 200 Club because of the dreary darkness and because they wouldn't stop playing on their phones include: JC Cox (206) and Matthew Taylor (208)

A new personal high game was set tonight by JC Cox (206, previous best 177).

Adding to the excitement, the 157 rolled by JoAnne Barber is this season's new high game among women.

In this week's Tournament of Champions brackets: Nick Kinney shut down 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. Nobody claimed victory in Division 3 (though Jeremy Varnell came closest), and Chris Lenz ruled Division 4. In terms of overall points: Aaron Barber is in the driver's seat in Division 1; Ben Spencer runs the show in Division 2; Nicholas Knight calls the shots Division 3; and Brian Schaben and Chris Lenz reign over Division 4 in a tie.


  • First, on lanes 1&2, 4th-place Sun Dolphins (hcp 144) will test their mettle against 2nd-place Balderdash. Dolphins are expected to roll a little low and get swept; while Bald Boys are forecast to drop their average a bit even as they rack up a sweep.
  • Moving to lanes 3&4, 6th-place Glory Bowl will face 3rd-place √-1 (hcp 2). The G-Holers might roll a little low, yet still manage to win the series; while Imaginary Number ought to drop their average a bit while they avoid getting swept.
  • Finally, on lanes 5&6, 5th-place DB Lenz a Hand (hcp 107) will challenge 1st-place Vigs Eras Tour 2023. DB Handlers are predicted to maintain their current strength as they lose the series but avoid getting swept; while The Vigs Tour crew 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!)


Chris Lenz
Runner Up:
(See Posting)


Nick Kinney
Runner Up:
JC Cox


Nick Kinney
Runner Up:
Chris Lenz

"I don't want that beard near any orifice."

Dennis Walling, at least we think it was him, it was hard to hear under all the saddened groans that followed, denying a specific pleasure to the group of bearded men he was surrounded by.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins Change
1 Vigs Eras Tour 2023 30-14 .682 21,651 n/a
2 Balderdash 26-18 .591 22,240 n/a
3 √-1 21.5-22.5 .489 19,243 n/a
4 Sun Dolphins 20-24 .455 17,485 n/a
5 DB Lenz a Hand 17.5-26.5 .398 17,712 +1
6 Glory Bowl 17-27 .386 17,630 -1

Top Individual Achievements for Week 11
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Nick Kinney - 570
Dennis Walling - 513
Matthew Taylor - 513 (t)
Ben Spencer - 500
Seth Gunderson - 479
AJ Hofmann - 443
JoAnne Barber - 398
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Nick Kinney - 630
JC Cox - 614
Dennis Walling - 597
Chris Lenz - 593
Ben Spencer - 579
JoAnne Barber - 587
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
Matthew Taylor - 208
JC Cox - 206
Dennis Walling - 198
Ben Spencer - 196
Nick Kinney - 195
JoAnne Barber - 157
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
JC Cox - 266
Dennis Walling - 226
Ben Spencer - 222
Nick Kinney - 215
Matthew Taylor - 213
JoAnne Barber - 220
Men's Pins Over Average Women's Pins Over Average
JC Cox - 82
Dennis Walling - 33
Ben Spencer - 29
Nick Kinney - 20
Brian Schaben - 19
JoAnne Barber - 36

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