Granola Rollers – Thursday B: Captain – Silver Fox
old rivalry laced with partying and digging deep when it counts.With the birth of Bayside Bowl, Danny Diesel went on to captain a new team and Bingas Ringas went threw some big changes. One of which was changing the name to just Bingas. With a core emphasis on respecting our opponent, good sportsmanship and having fun, the Bingas family grew. You may notice a Rasta flag draped on our bench at every match. Each week everyone is encouraged to bring 1 sometimes 2 “jah-ferings”. These are symbols of our day, week, or self. Before, during and after our games we draw energy and talk about said jah-ferings. Jah is always in our corner and guides us. Our rasta flag of Jah also gives back. BoPo use to do 50/50s to help offset the cost of the Bowlers Ball. We would buy tickets for the team, always giving one to Jah. The one time Jah won,as planned, we donated the $ to local food pantry ,the Good Shepherd food bank.
Still on board was female superstar and man-eater Chernobylayne. With positive energy and belief in all of us,she has helped Bingas persevere in tough times. Mix that with her laser beam accuracy it is no wonder why she is a such a key part of the team. Then there is BoPo veteran Hot Mango Mike, he brings an eruption every time he gets up to bowl, always raising our team energy to new heights. New to the team as a bowler, was my long time manager and Chernobylane’s now husband, Cookie. Bringing heart, attitude and killer dance moves to the squad, Cook has proven himself to be a key player. In later years Cook and I would go on to win a 2v2 championship. Another addition to Bingas, BoPo, and bowling all together was Genral Tso. Tso had a true love of bowling from the get go and it showed in the hours of practice put in. His youthful energy and endurance has pulled the team through long playoff nights. That year he went on to win the “Rookie of the Year” award and proved himself a crucial part of the team. The last new member was PB&Jenny. Jenny’s care free spirt and determined mindset is just what Bingas needed.
In late 2014 with myself and Tso by her side, Chernobylane captained a championship winning draft league team. In 2015 Bingas had the opportunity to bowl against PBA team Philadelphia Hitmen on ESPN. We became quick friends with the legendary Hall of Fame bowler Norm Duke and with him on our side, we were victorious. Dubbed the “team of destiny” Bingas made an epic run to the BoPo championship that same year only to fall short with a loss in the finals against BoPo greats BiB.
After many rounds of shots, dance-offs, beer frames, melt downs, parking lot breaks, roll-offs, great wins, and humbling losses we find Bingas in this 2016 season. PB&Jenny relocated, still on the team, but will roll much less. Filling in that void is BoPo female all-star Knuckles. Fitting in like a glove, Knuckles brings a masterful shot and a pure natural energy. She is no stranger to high games and high scores. Its safe to say the 2016 Bingas team is a thoroughbred party team, but I feel the word “team” does no justice. Through all the adversity over the years Bingas has become more of a family. Our true power comes not from bowling skill, but from harnessing the love and respect that we have for each other and the game. When playing the red eyed,iron-lung bowlers known as Bingas, be sure to tell your babysitter she will be there late. The bowling and laughs will go on well into the night, but it will all be worth it.