Well that was interesting. Competition brings out weird things in people. At the end of the night the kind of weird, semi-angry, testosterone heavy self motivation will be forgotten, and what will be remembered are some excellent finishes, including the most exciting shot and finish in BoPo history. For another year there is no repeat champion. For a second time in three years an expansion squad is in the Finals. How’d we get here?
The quarters didn’t offer much excitement. LOS crushed BEER 8-2, GOB crushed Yahtzee 9-1, and Lesiure Rolls crushed B&B 9-1 (I think). That left the entire building watching one game – XXX Club vs BIB. That game was 5.5-4.5 and had bowl off written all over it, but in the end the Club overcame Stevie’s top point and won, leaving the fans without the bowl off we were hoping for.
The semis were much more interesting. Lesiure Rolls jumped out to a 4-1 lead on GOB in their usual way, no one over 200, no one under 155. They did the same thing in game 2 but GOB put up some better numbers to tie things up. In game three Magic, top scorer in all three games, finally broke the 200 barrier for Rolls, and they grabbed 4 for a 9-6 win and a spot in the Championships.
Next door the Club jumped all over LOS early. LOS had averaged well over 200/guy in the quarters but came off the break cold and all struggled out of the gate to a 4-1 deficit. It looked over in game 2 – so over that Tango was shaking hands and celebrating, and Double Cheese was shaking his head and packing up his equipment. Then Precious had his first big moment. With the season on the line, he got the turkey in the 10th he had to have and kept things alive at 7.5-2.5. That set up the most unbelievable finish in BoPo history. LOS was cruising to a 5-0 game three win and a bowl off. Everyone knew it, everyone was ready for it, all Precious had to do was mark in the 10th, then..split. The 6-7. Game over. Well, except he picked it up, and Bayside has never been louder. It was the most clutch shot we’ve ever seen, and set up our first ever Semifinal bowl off.
Big Rig and Precious both started with two opens, then a spare. Then they both had a double, which Precious turned into a turkey. Precious looked to be pulling away after a couple Big Rig opens, then he rolled a couple opens himself to open the door back up. In the end he needed just an 8 in the 10th to win, and he got a spare to put his team in the finals. Pretty amazing stuff.
So we’ve got the new guys in the Leisure Rolls who don’t put up big scores but grind you down and just grab points, leaving every team in their wake shaking their heads. Then the Twin Towers and Stiffy, all of them monster scorers but a bit streaky. The cries of “Bowl Shithawk” will certainly fall on deaf ears. Should be a very interesting final, two new teams, a new champion, new colors going up on the wall….
See you Saturday