Last week while at the office, I asked Daily News sports writer Dustin Turner a question that made him smirk and shake his head at me. The question at hand was, “What day were the bowling results published?”
The reason Dustin reacted the way he did was because I wanted to see my name in the paper under the bowling results, but hey why not? Every Wednesday at Cardinal Lanes, my team, “The Younger Professionals,” and I bowl as members of the This Bud’s For You League.
We are probably the worst team in the league, but I guarantee you no team has as much fun losing as we do. Our sole purpose is to have fun and we only try to win if the team we are playing against happens to be a tab bit arrogant or unpleasant, but other than that, it’s all about having fun.
I also think we have a nice balance on our roster. We have our captain Nicole “Rojo Grande” Lindstrom, who is such a serious bowler she has her own ball and shoes. It turns out her mom is a huge bowler as well and she is second generation pin maven.
I don’t even own a bowling shirt and I’m about as streaky as they come.
In addition to being captain, Rojo is our best and most consistent bowler. She is the heart and soul of the Younger Professionals.
The only person who is about as bad as me consistently is Dustin himself. To give an example of how unfocused we are as a duo, last week we spent more time focusing on collecting MLB-themed ping pong balls than knocking down pins.
No wonder we lost all three games, however, we had a great time and he get a Boston Red Socks ball we’re both convinced will make them win the World Series.
I’m not a Red Sox fan (Go Royals), but I am a fan of sports superstition. Remember, it’s only weird if it doesn’t work.
Next up is another Daily News staff member Dave Hon. Dave actually took a bowling course in college and is without a doubt our next best player.
Unlike my clunky, but awesome Fred Flinstone-esque delivery, Dave delivers his ball with absolute precision and focus.
He makes it look so effortless and it’s great to have that kind of consistency on your team.
The final member is my good friend Zach Johnson. Zach is the wild card. One week, Zach could bowl worse than me and the very next this guy can have multiple strikes and spares in a frame. Zach is a very competitive guy and when he gets fired up, victory can all but be assured.
So that in short is a snapshot of my motley crew whom I spend my Wednesday evenings with. Are we the best team? God, no! However, I doubt no team has as much fun as us.
Also, I’m sure we knock back the most pitchers and we have some pretty good beer pong and quarters players.
Other teams may beat us on the lanes, but I dare the “Pinheads” or “Team Samurai” to challenge us at anything involving beer. I guarantee we will win each and every time and have fun doing it.