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calendar   Tuesday - April 27, 2010

End of Season: meh

Finished off the winter bowling league last night. Got outbowled “tactically” yet again. Which means we lost the first game by 2 pins, won the 2nd game by 4 pins, then lost the 3rd game by about 14. We are going to have to find a way to beat that next year. Somehow force our opponents to win by huge amounts.

It is to any team’s advantage to win by just a tiny amount. And if they have a real ability to do so, a skill which is generally known as sandbagging, they can amass a serious number of wins without driving their averages up hardly at all.

We haven’t mastered this skill. Heck, we’ve never even attempted it. Silly us, we get out there each week and roll the best that we can every game, and then fate and luck work together to decide who actually wins. Which is why we often wound up giving away handicap points to better teams. And it’s also why we finished in 11th place out of 16 teams, even though our team average and the total number of scratch pins we bowled for the season would put us up around 7th or 8th place. I don’t know our pins with handicap total, but it may have been enough to raise our expected final position another slot or even two.

I’ve got a bit of research to do. Not that it’s my responsibility to do so, I just want to learn things for my own benefit. This league, and indeed most of the leagues at this bowling center, uses the old team handicap method. USBC, the national bowling association, wants everyone to use the individual handicap method. I want to look them both up and see if one is more fair than the other. I’d like to see what kind and what amount of handicapping makes things most fair. In horse racing, the heaviest jockey rides clean, but all the other horses have to carry weight so that they are carrying the same amount. In bowling, handicap usually stops at 80%, which gives the team with the better average a 20% advantage, at least in theory. That theory didn’t pan out too well for us this season, either because a) we suck, b) everyone else in the league is a sandbagger, or c) we forgot to sacrifice a couple of chickens back in the fall and, thus offended, Fate conspired against it. Probably more a) than c), but there sure seemed to be a lot of b) sometime weeks.

I think the problem with the individual handicap method is that it has to be based on a higher average then anyone in the league has. We’ve got one guy, young Mr. 300, who is carrying a 244. And that’s without really trying too hard half the time. So the individual method might have to be based on a 250. And what happens when he gets his average above that mid-season? You can’t give him a negative handicap. The rules say that specifically. And how does the individual method work? Is it 100%? Like I said, I’ve got a bit of research to do.

Nearly 3 weeks off and then summer league starts. Woo hoo!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/27/2010 at 06:53 PM   
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