Yeah hi, BoPo, what’s happening? We are just over 50 hours from launching our 11th league year, 8th draft league. We will be playing in a fully finished new Bayside, with the Eastside fully turned over to the magic of 12 lanes BoPo. The expansion is great and will hold all the new folks, and the roof will do its thing, but the soul of Bayside will be alive in the original 12 lanes every Thursday. Bayside Bowl is a business that I own, but BowlPortland is a community that I love.
On to the preview. Lots of big time bowlers making their debuts, with Rev Lord, Couch, D $, and Badger all top 10 picks. Now we see how they adapt to the scene and energy of our league nights. The pattern is a little easier than normal, just enough to miss the designation of Sport Pattern (which would have messed with your sanctioned averages at other events), but 4:1 is at least not a super easy house shot. The biggest change will be bowloffs. This Draft League any bowloffs will be contested baker style, so 5 team members compete rather than just sending forward team aces. Looking forward to seeing how it pans out as it may move to BoPo as well.
So, the pursuit of the 1st major of the season begins. My predicted third place team is Glossy. He may have the most talented crew, but D$ and Mama D are BoPo rookies which I think keeps them to a semifinals loss. In 2nd I’ve got Viking, with a deep lineup of Heartbreak Kid, Purple Nurple and Roo for men, and an improved Viqueen and ice water-in-her-veins Bullet making a run to the finals. That’s where I have Roadhouse, always the BoPo bridesmaid never the bride, stopping them for a championship. Soccer Dad’s eve of league 300 strikes me as an omen for these guys.
Oakie and Cupid will be handling lines again this season starting with week 2. I’ll be adding a new twist, recaps. The 6 for $20 shot specials will be back too! Looking forward to bowling with (and against) you all again this season. Good luck!