By Jay Busbee | The Turnstile (Yahoo Sports)
The 300 game in bowling is the pinnacle of perfection, 12 straight strikes delivered without a slip. Few people ever get to the point where they're preparing for their 12th and final roll with a chance at immortality.
Troy Walker was one such person. And the way he was denied his 300 has to go down as one of the more agonizing moments in bowling history.
Walker was playing in the Luci Bonneau Doubles, a charity event held this past weekend in Houston. As you can see in the video above, the rack dropped before the ball could hit the pins! That's like a squirrel stealing your ball on the 18th green at Augusta. So unfair. So absolutely unfair. When Walker got the chance to roll again, he only knocked down seven pins, closing with a 297. Worst of all? Walker acknowledged that he might have caused the mistake himself by asking for a re-rack of the lane next to him.
The odds of a perfect 300 game depend on the skill of the bowler slinging the ball. Perfect games happen relatively frequently in professional bowling events; five players have bowled eight perfect games in a season, according to the Professional Bowlers' Association. For perspective: a bowler who averages seven strikes per game, which would be a professional record, has about a 1 percent chance of ever rolling a perfect game. So, yeah, it's not happening for you … and, sadly, it may not happen for Troy Walker ever again.
"Something to talk about," Walker said afterward. "Won't forget that one."
KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
President Obama spent time with his daughters Thursday, taking them bowling at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe and then heading for shave ice at their regular spot, Island Snow in Kailua.
The president began his day as he usually does, going to the gym at the Marine Corps base, according to pool reports.
It wasn’t really shave ice weather: skies were gray, the winds were occasionally gusty and there had been some rain. But some people knew what was coming when Secret Service agents arrived and Honolulu Police started blocking off Kailua Road. A few minutes later, just before 4 p.m., the presidential motorcade turned up from Kalaheo Road and into the Island Snow parking lot.
“We came for a shave ice because it was a bit wet on the beach, and shook the hand of the President of the United States of America. You don’t get to do that everyday,” said Nigel Watson, visiting from Melbourne, Australia.
“We were actually in the store and what turned out to be Secret Service knocked on the door and let us out, and then they started roping (us) off, and — yeah, it was a bit of a buzz,” said Watson, just a few minutes after the president’s visit.
“It was fun but it was sort of a surprise, and I didn’t know all those vans were going to come up because they didn’t look like police cars,” said seven-year-old Eloise Weary of Virginia.
The president, dressed casually in a navy blue polo shirt and jeans, stepped out of an SUV, waved at the gathering and headed into the shop.
“All of a sudden he came in and shook my hand,” said Taylor Souza, who started working at Island Snow last summer. “When he shook my hand it felt pretty good, like I got to meet the president, and not that many people get to get that option in their life.”
Obama has stopped in at Island Snow every time he’s been in the islands.
“The first couple of times was super crazy and shocking. And now he walks in the door, it’s like ‘I know these guys.’ Shakes hands with everybody and gets right in line,” said Rich Whaley, an employee who’s been in the store for previous presidential shave ice stops.
First Daughters Sasha and Malia walked out with their shave ice cones, along with other members of the family. Then the president walked out with his regular cone, and stepped toward the cordoned off area where about 30 people were waiting to shake his hand.
Watson was able to get a good snapshot of the president and exchange a few words. “I wished him a Happy New Year, and he wished me a Happy New Year in return,” he said.
The president also shook little Eloise’s hand. “And I’m never going to wash my hand again!” she said.
The whole visit took just about eight minutes. Handshakes done, Obama stepped into the SUV and the motorcade headed back to the Kailua compound where the First Family is staying.
Although the visits are becoming routine, they’re not becoming old hat. “He shakes hands with everybody and gets right in line,” said Whaley. “So he’s getting used to the order of everything and we’re getting used to having the president come by. So it’s really cool.”
The president’s shave ice? According to Souza, “Regular cone, no ice cream on the bottom. Melona, lemon lime and cherry.”
Full Story and Photos: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/20500746/for-obama-gym-bowling-and-shave-ice
Muggles and wizzards from all over Southern California gathered for the first ever Harry Potter Bowling Night at Palos Verdes Bowl on November 3rd, 2012. It was a great success with a menu of Harry Potter-themed food and drinks along with the always popular bowling entertainment. The Harry Potter movie and soundtrack played throughout the event on the venue's large screen televisions displayed throughout the center. Guests enjoyed their time in the bar with Karaoke, the Harry Potter-themed merchandise room with great products for sale, or out on the lanes enjoying with fellow muggles, wizzards, friends and family. It was a great time had by all and we look forward to hosting the event again!
Wondering what to do on Sundays? Look no further. Starting this Sunday and every Sunday from here on out, Palos Verdes Bowling Center is excited to offer Quartermania Sundays! With just a $6 cover charge per guest, each guest will be entitled to bowl for only $.25 cents per game and purchase select food items, sodas and more for only $.25 cents each, It's our best deal of the week and a great place to go bowling and hang out with family and friends. Great music, great entertainment, and a fun atmosphere! Get ready and come join the fun with the best deal in town. We'll see you there!
A 10-year old California boy who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as an infant is defying all the odds.
Sam Grayston, 10, of Laguna Hills, Calif., bowled a 300 last Friday at the Forest Lanes Bowling Center in Lake Forest, Calif.
“The pressure started to build and I threw the ball a little weird,” Sam said. “I was really nervous, but it kept going right to left and then all the pins fell.”
Sam’s mother, Laurie Grayston, said that Sam had part of his intestine removed and was fed through a feeding tube until he was nine months old. She was also told that Sam would never be able to sit up on his own.
“I didn’t want to believe it,” said Laurie. “We didn’t believe he was going to be held back. We thought he was going to be normal.”
Now Sam has to undergo daily treatment for his cystic fibrosis. This includes a few arduous breathing treatments every morning and night, including a treatment that requires him to wear a vest that shakes him vigorously to clear mucus from his lungs. He also has to take medicine each time he eats and has to drink constantly to avoid dehydration.
Despite what therapists and doctors predicted, Sam started to walk and has spectacular hand-eye coordination.
His father, Joe, a Los Angeles County fire captain and former professional baseball player for the Texas Rangers, taught his son how to play baseball and golf.
“He is great with almost any sport that uses a ball and a bat,” Joe said. “He is such a great athlete and he has a quiet confidence about him.”
“He has the most amazing swing as a lefty, in golf and baseball,” Laurie said. “He was on the 10 and 11 year old baseball All-Star team as a nine year old.”
According to his mother, Sam just wanted to try bowling for fun and now he can’t get enough of it. He wants all of his birthday parties to be at the bowling alley. The Graystons also set him up in a Youth Bowling League and started setting him up with private lessons.
“He just took off from there,” Laurie said. “I drop him off around 10 and he will play until 6 p.m. He is just focused on it; he is focused on any sport he does.”
However, Sam’s passion for bowling conflicted with his ability to play baseball and he had to make a decision.
Sam decided to take some time off from baseball so he could participate in his weekend bowling league. But, initially, this decision was met with some resistance from his parents.
“I had been his baseball coach for a few years and when he told me he was going to stop playing baseball and bowl instead I was like ‘Um, what?’” Joe said laughingly.
But, Sam’s parents said that they want him to follow his dream and do whatever he wants.
When Sam saw the last pin fall in the 10th frame he was elated.
“Happiness, lots of happiness. Most of my friends were there and everyone was watching,” Sam said.
Sam said that his favorite sport is bowling and his next big goal will to bowl a 700 series over a course of three games.
“Sam is an inspiration,” his mother said. ”He never complains and he is always in a good mood. He is just an all around amazing boy.”
Beat the summer heat with Kids Bowl Free At Palos Verdes Bowl in Torrance
As the summer of 2012 nears the mid-point, it's already proven different from the past as the heat and humidity normally reserved for Sun Belt states has reached virtually everywhere in the country.
With parents seeking ways to get their children off their video games and out of the house, what better way to help them keep moving and beat the hot weather than to introduce them to bowling.
Families in Torrance can bowl two free games every day for the rest of the summer, is participating in the national Kids Bowl Free summer bowling program. Bowling is a great way for your family to have a safe, secure and fun place to spend some time together.
Don’t forget about the Kids Bowl Free Family Pass which allows up to four adult family members to bowl up to two games each day with their children. The family pass is a great deal and using it just a time or two makes it an awesome investment for your family this summer.
Whether bowling with mom and dad, friends or relatives, youth can have a great time learning the basics. Competitive players can even use the free bowling games to practice their skills as they prepare for fall youth leagues and tournaments.
Remember to register your family today by visiting www.kidsbowlfree.com to get started. Then just print your coupons and redeem them at Palos Verdes Bowl
If you are looking for things to do this summer when the kids start screaming “I’m Bored” bring them bowling!
Palos Verdes Bowl is one of the finest chains of independently owned bowling centers in the country. We own and operate a modern bowling centers located in Torrance.
Our mission is to provide a top quality bowling experience so that our bowling guests and their families will return again and again. We provide top notch bowling centers, quality activities, and events along with exceptional service and personal attention to our guests.
Did you know that kids vote bowling birthday parties #1? At Palos Verdes Bowl we have great Kids Birthday Party Packages available or we'll customize a birthday party package for your child. We also offer great bowling leagues and host local, state and national bowling tournaments too!
At Palos Verdes Bowl we have also helped groups, charities and many others raise over $100,000 with bowling fundraisers. Fund raisers can be a real hassle, but we make it easy to raise lots of money FAST!