Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Xericity

Things were not looking up for the Movements. With three weeks to go, we were sitting 12 games below .500 in sole possession of last place. For the sixth time this year, we faced the Lazers. Yet, by some twist of fate, we shut them out and took all four. I think I'll chalk this one up to climate change.

The inconvenient truth was that the lanes were on the dry side. How dry were they? When we arrived, a horned viper was slithering across Lane 14. After the 2nd frame, a sand storm delayed play for ten minutes. In Game 3, I thought I could see oases with belly dancers at the end of the lanes. If you stepped up to bowl without an ample supply of water, there was a good chance you would not make it back. On my first practice ball, I lost it to the right, it neared the gutter, and then broke all the way across the lane beyond the Brooklyn pocket. I'm telling you, it was Taklamakan dry.

If there is one thing I have learned, it is that bad conditions favor bad bowlers. The Lazers had a rough night, especially the Kid Wonder. By Game 3, Cody was so dejected that I actually felt bad for him, not so bad that I stopped talking smack, but almost that bad. I have watched him bowl at least two perfect games this year, yet in Game 3, he did not crack 140. I'm certain he'll be back again to kick ass next week. So, we had a bit of good fortune in that that Lazers had an off night, but the Movements actually had a decent night.

Everybody was having a hard time finding the pocket, so we only had 30 strikes on the night as a team. On the flip side, this gave us many chances to pick up spares, and we took advantage of them. In fact, we set new team records for spares with 49 and pickup% with a 53.3% effort. Everybody was over 50% on the night except Johnebob who missed the halfway mark by one (11 for 24).

The Rookie had a very nice night with a 465 series, and I continue to be a follower of the HCLC Doc method because I don't think I've dropped below 500 in Bernaksi since I started using it. Last night was no exception. Two more weeks to go.

17 comments:

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  2. [sorry for the deletion, i have an inattentive typist]

    Okay. Point for you. I had to Google Taklamakan.

    Impressive-- and I mean IMPRESSIVE-- risk in the blog world, brother, by using xericity, not ONLY in a post, but as the title! I now christen thee A Titular Logomaniac (actually, given your gender, you may be An Atitular Logomaniac...).

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  3. You like the funny words. All of you Scrabblers are the same that way.

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  4. Speaking of xericity, I have no idea why I have never used "xeric" in scrabble. I bet it comes up commonly for serious players. do you see it used regularly?

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  5. Only as a start word or to clean a rack of a weird X-C combination... I've seen it, but not often.

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  6. and, speaking of Scrabble, I played a game this morning and got spanked (tile gods didn't favor me). This same thing happened last Tuesday. Good thing I don't/can't see the signs all around me... (ha!)

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  7. Thanks Doc. Good luck tonight.

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  8. "If there is one thing I have learned, it is that bad conditions favor bad bowlers."

    I tend to disagree. I think good bowlers make the necessary adjustments to lane conditions while bad ones don't know how.

    Congrats on the win and the 500+ series!

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  9. MD, I think you are probably correct. Here is why I say that. Conditions don't vary much in our league. I think the old timers have pretty much learned how to deal with the "typical" conditions very well and struggle somewhat when those change. Also, I think that bad bowlers are much less affected by conditions because poor technique and lack of consistency is really what is driving low scores. So, while both are affected, I think there is a greater drop in score among those bowlers with higher averages. Does that make sense?

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  10. Makes total sense, however, it doesn't explain back to back 500+ series.

    I think you've gotta be a good bowler to get a 500+ series on typical conditions and then do it again on totally different conditions. You made the necessary adjustments and it reflected in your score.

    You may not have the muscle memory that they have on the typical lane conditions yet, but it'll come.

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  11. That's true. I was adjusting all night long. The 500 series was mostly about taking advantage of spare opportunities. Also, it feels like there is a huge mental component. I am just trying to relax and make good shots. Seems to be working.

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  13. Next season, You, me and EB should start a little weekly virtual league. I have bowled 3 500+ series in the past 3 weeks and think it would be a great little motivational tool.

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  14. MD, You have been kicking some serious ass lately. I'd be up for it. I told EB we should put a team together for nationals.

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