Bringing back all of my starters from last year's championship team, my team
started off against a possible contending team. And as the hard rule applies
(in Week 1 only), "beat them scratch," my team didn't have what it took as my
opponents shot 1,000+ pins scratch in the first game and my team just wasn't
able to make up the deficit.
My consistency wasn't much better than my team's effort, but I really flourished
in Game 2. In preparing for the season-opener, I was able to bowl 6 strikes in a
row twice -- obviously not in the same game, but about 10 games apart. And that
was without a ring finger grip in my LT48.
The same was said for this game.
Spare, open, spare, then I just unleashed all I had with not 4, but 6 strikes
in a row. I added another strike in the 3rd ball of the 10th for a sweet 236.
Summary: Being last after one week doesn't matter to me, especially when there's
only six teams in Coquina Juniors 2. There could be more teams coming, but it'll
still be a small league. It won't keep me from trying my best to get to first place
and win some more "gold". More on that in March 2003.
The interesting stats:
It took me two games with the LT48 to do two things I couldn't do with the
Ebonite Pantera in 140 games. The two things are:
1. Bowl higher than 213 (Pantera: CJ2-2002 and Coca-Cola tournament)
2. Bowl more than 5 strikes in a row (Pantera: Coca-Cola tournament)
And the main reason that the LT48 outperforms the Pantera is that the
LT48 does NOT deflect on a solid shot, unlike the Pantera, and that's
with the LT48 weighing three pounds LIGHTER than the Pantera.
I won't try to set impossible goals, but I should be able to do MUCH
better than I did last season. Enjoy the ride!