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The Rule of J

Posted by ScooterJ July 7, 2021 Midsummer 2021, Week 3 View Score Sheets

By now every team has bowled each other once, so next week is the mid-season position round. But enough about next week, you came here to read about this week. The third week saw one team climb in the standings, while one team slipped. JoAnne Barber picked up this week's high game (150) and series (402) for the women. As for the men, Matthew Taylor snagged this week's high game with a 223, and high series was earned by Michael Gordon with a 576. Read on for all the rest of the details!

After bowling ended, a question came up in conversation as to how much averages have dropped as we adjust to a new environment. So I did some investigating, and what did I found out? For most of us who bowled at both AMF and Gladstone, averages are down. A lot. In fact there's a good chance your average is down by around 20 pins. UNLESS, you are a male jay. Meaning, if you are a male bowler and what you go by as your first name contains the letter 'J', you are currently enjoying the highest average of your career. And if your name happens to be James, that average is 20 pins higher than your previous best. Weird, eh?

Now to get on with the recaps...

First up, on lanes 11 & 12: Team 2 had been preparing for this moment, at least one deliberately keeping his averages low in order to bring on the full force of his fury for tonight's matchup against AJ's Fault 2: Rise of the Tott. However, despite Aaron Barber's above-average 538 series, they forgot that James is a supercharged TurboTott and Team 2 got swept by AJ's Fault. James Tott with his 567 series ruled Team 3 as they swept the competition. Team 2 drops 1 spot in the standings to 3rd place, while Team 3 remains in 1st. At least, according to AJ, all of his holes remained warm.

On lanes 13 & 14: Team 1 had a romantic candlelight dinner with Team 4. Strengthened by #1 Power Ranked and #1 Head-to-Head and wannabe OnlyFans star in an alternate timeline Michael Gordon and his above-average 576 series, Team 1 felt the glory of a clean sweep over Team 4. Dustin Schmeltz stumbled a bit with his slightly-off 428 series as Team 4 got swept. Team 1 climbs 1 spot in the standings to 2nd place, while Team 4 remains in 4th.

I (Scoot) will not be here for the position round next week. You can still Venmo payments to me, but AJ will take care of everything else and Aaron will continue networking trying to get us a fall league.

Bowlers sneaking past the bouncer at The 200 Club include: Aaron Barber (203), James Tott (202), Matthew Taylor (223), and Michael Gordon (210)

JoAnne Barber earned both this season's women's high game and series with her 150 and 402, respectively.

In this week's Tournament of Champions brackets: Michael Gordon spanked Division 1, while Dennis Walling conquered Division 2. In terms of overall points: James Tott is in the driver's seat in Division 1; and Dennis Walling runs the show in Division 2.


  • First, on lanes 11&12, 1st-place Team 3 (hcp 3) will compete against 2nd-place Team 1. Team 3 is expected to maintain their current strength as they lose the series but avoid getting swept; while Team 1 is forecast to raise their average while they enjoy their victories.
  • Finally, on lanes 13&14, 3rd-place Team 2 will challenge 4th-place Team 4 (hcp 121). Team 2 is predicted to roll a little low, yet still manage to win the series; while Team 4 is anticipated to hold steady as they avoid getting swept.

*(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!)


JoAnne Barber
Runner Up:
(See Posting)


Michael Gordon
Runner Up:
Dennis Walling


Michael Gordon
Runner Up:
Aaron Barber

"Do you need help with your balls? I'm pretty good at handling them."

New bowler Lindsey Campbell, to Dennis Walling, after Dennis's ball dropped.

Pos. Team name Record Percent Total Pins Change
1 AJ's Fault 2: The Last Temptation of James 10-2 .833 5,506 n/a
2 Team 1 7-5 .583 5,682 +1
3 Team 2 5-7 .417 5,481 -1
4 Team 4 2-10 .167 4,147 n/a

Top Individual Achievements for Week 3
Men's High Series Scratch Women's High Series Scratch
Michael Gordon - 576
James Tott - 567
Matthew Taylor - 547
Aaron Barber - 538
Dennis Walling - 508
JoAnne Barber - 402
Lindsey Campbell - 288
LaReash Bridges - 287
Men's High Series Handicap Women's High Series Handicap
Michael Gordon - 648
Aaron Barber - 614
Dennis Walling - 608
Matthew Taylor - 599
James Tott - 595
JoAnne Barber - 603
LaReash Bridges - 541
Lindsey Campbell - 537
Men's High Game Scratch Women's High Game Scratch
Matthew Taylor - 223
Michael Gordon - 210
Aaron Barber - 203
James Tott - 202
Dennis Walling - 190
JoAnne Barber - 150
LaReash Bridges - 113
Lindsey Campbell - 106
Men's High Game Handicap Women's High Game Handicap
Matthew Taylor - 240
Michael Gordon - 234
Aaron Barber - 228
Dennis Walling - 223
Jeremy Varnell - 212
JoAnne Barber - 217
LaReash Bridges - 197
Lindsey Campbell - 189
Men's Pins Over Average Women's Pins Over Average
Matthew Taylor - 45
Michael Gordon - 40
Aaron Barber - 35
Dennis Walling - 32
Jeremy Varnell - 23
JoAnne Barber - 34
LaReash Bridges - 19
Lindsey Campbell - 10

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