Storm Products is setting up a free contest in which guessing my score in league each week this season can win items from the company.
Here is the Tweet sent out Wednesday by Storm (@Storm_Nation):
Announcing our #GuessTheScore contest - we will follow @riggs7465 in league Thursday nights. Guess his score and win. 11thframe.com/page/blog
To enter, you must Tweet your guess of my score to @Storm_Nation using #GuessTheScore. There is a limit of one guess per person per week. The person that comes closest to guessing my score without going over will win a towel and if someone hits it on the head they will win a shirt. If there is a tie for either one, there will be a random drawing from those that tied for the win.
Storm is handling the contest and the company will notify winners through a message and then tweet.
(Obviously, if you don't have a Twitter account, you can't enter.)
I bowl in the Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters League on Thursdays at 7 p.m. (Madison Bowling Association) and will report my scores in my daily scores blog each Friday at my 11thFrame.com, with some details on what equipment I used and how I played the lanes.
We start this Thursday night (Sept. 20) and will be bowling on Team USA Sport patterns again this season, although we again won't be a Sport certified league due to budget/staffing cuts at Ten Pin and its sister centers that prevent us from having someone there to tape the lanes before each league session. (Yes, I again will be declaring my average as a Sport average for the few handicap tournaments I bowl.)
We bowl three rounds and we will be bowling on three patterns I've never bowled on before: Beijing, Montreal and Mexico City. (We had a practice session last Thursday but, hey, it was Packers-Bears!)
The first round will be on Beijing, the second round on Montreal, and the third round on Mexico City. Our league runs until late April, with the playoffs on the 2013 USBC Open Championships pattern.
The Team USA patterns we are using are 35, 41 and 45 feet, respectively, and PDFs with the graphics for them and comments from Team USA members are attached. I do not have access to the specifics of the pattern (such as oil volume).
The guys who did practice last Thursday said Beijing was fairly difficult, Montreal was fairly soft, and Mexico City was super tight.
That is significant at Ten Pin, which has a Brunswick synthetic surface that has always hooked more than about any I've ever bowled on, even though the center just opened in 2003.
For the record, I averaged 222 last season when we bowled on Los Angeles, Athens and Paris.
The only nights I am scheduled to miss this season are Sept. 27 (an annual Vegas weekend with some buddies) and Nov. 29 (competing in the Senior High Roller).