Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weber Cup 2011

It shouldn't come as a surprise that I watch an obscene amount of bowling videos. Each time I'd watch, links would suggest other video to watch.  Which led me to a treasure trove of bowling matches outside the United States. Great stuff.  I drool whenever a new release comes up on YouTube.

One particular tournament that's gotten my attention is the Weber Cup.  Played in England and named after bowling legend Dick Weber, it's an annual competition that features a team of  bowlers from Europe and the United States to compete in a series of singles, doubles and team matches played on a single lane.

In 2011, teams consisted of 4 bowlers, rather than 5 in previous competitions.  The United States defeated Europe 17-15.
Team Europe:  Osku Palermaa, Mika Koivuniemi, Paul Moor and Dom Barrett
Team USA:  Tommy Jones, Chris Barnes, Bill O'Neill and Mike Fagan

The video I've featured on this blog is a singles match featuring Tommy Jones against Dom Barrett.  The first time I saw Dom was in 2008's Weber Cup and was very impressed with his controlled power game.  I consider myself part of his "Domination" of fans.  In November 2011, Dom won his first PBA title in the Scorpion Open.

And to those of you who don't like seeing bowlers like Dom Barrett or Stuart Williams (also from UK) make it to the stepladder or elimination games on ESPN, too bad.  There are a lot of US pro bowlers that compete internationally and those venues welcome Americans with open arms.  Look at the number of foreign born pros that now play in the NHL, NBA and MLB. They're not going away anytime soon.  I find it only makes the sport more competitive.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Message To My Girl - Split Enz/ENZSO/Neil Finn

Originally released in 1983, "Message to My Girl" became one of my all-time favorite songs.  Simple, poignant lyrics and heartfelt vocals by Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House.

I don't want to say I love you
That would give away too much
Hip to be detached and precious
The only thing you feel is vicious

I don't wanna say I want you
Even though I want you so much
It's wrapped up in conversation
Whispered in a hush
Though I'm frightened by the word
Think it's time that it was heard...

As I did with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", I've presented the videos next to each other. The first video is the original version.  The second video is part of Split Enz's 2006 tour and a part of the ENZSO project with the New Zealand Symphony.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mission Bowling Club

Inside Scoop SF » Let’s talk about Anthony Myint’s full service dining program at Mission Bowling Club

Officially announced today, Mission Bowling Club will open on Monday, March 19 at 3176 17th Street (near South Van Ness).  Its primary focus is a restaurant/bar/nightclub with bowling as a theme. There will be 6 bowling lanes, of which 3 can be reserved.

I wish Mission Bowling Club and Lucky Strike well.  You'll bring in a lot of folks who'll want to eat, bowl and unlike me, won't care about the score.  If I do come, it'll be only as a customer. I'll leave my bowling balls and shoes at home for league nights and practice.

photo courtesy of

Friday, March 09, 2012

Coming Brentwood Bowl

Yes, the photo says it all.  I can finally talk about a new bowling center opening rather than closing on the San Francisco Peninsula. Brentwood Bowl will be opening a new center across the street from their current El Camino Real location, the former Century Plaza theater in South San Francisco.  I got the news last week from bowling pal Jon when I ran into him at Classic Bowl.  After my other bowling buddy Rich put up a picture of this sign on his Facebook page last night, I had to drive out and see this for myself.

I've been told the new Brentwood won't open for about another year.  When it does, there are two huge pluses: 1. 40 lanes, (24 lanes more than what they now have), and,  2.  the theater's HUGE PARKING LOT.  In very close vicinity are many family restaurants (Red Robin, Pasta Pomodoro, Fresh Choice), Tanforan Center and Mall, BART San Bruno, Highway 380/280 and San Francisco International Airport.

I bowled in a summer league at Brentwood 3 years ago. I stopped bowling there because of the difficulty to find parking and the lack of suitable leagues at my playing level.  Once the new Brentwood opens, it's likely many bowlers from Serra and Classic will also bowl here, including me.

While this doesn't diminish last week's bad news about Serra's closing on April 15, knowing new lanes will open cushions the sting.  A lot.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Say it ain't so...que Serra Serra part 2

I blogged 2 days ago that Serra Bowl lost their lease and will close on April 15, 2012.  They posted the following on their Facebook page,

"The entire community is invited to Serra Bowl on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from noon to 3pm, in an effort to protest the proposed closing. Please come and show your support by peacefully gathering in our parking lot with as many people you can bring. We hope to see everyone who has ever bowled in our establishment or participated in "Kops & Kids Day", "Turkeybowl", "Fun Day", Junior, Senior or Adult bowling leagues! Let's all show the land owner how many people closing the Bowling Center will affect. Thank you all for caring."

This announcement is already on my Facebook page.  I plan to attend and show my support.  For anyone who's ever bowled or visited Serra, I hope you can make it too.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Say it ain't so...que Serra Serra

Serra Bowl to close its lanes April 15th | SF Arts

I found out 3 days ago from 2 bowling friends. I currently bowl league there on Thursdays, and yes, my league season will be cut short. As was the case when Mel's/Redwood and Palo Alto Lanes closed, the land in the area is in high demand. Money talks. Classic, Sea and Brentwood Bowls will be the remaining alleys open in San Mateo county.

In San Francisco, there are 3 bowling centers: Lucky Strikes, which will open this month, Presidio Bowl, and Yerba Buena. Once Serra closes, Classic Bowl will be the only center in San Francisco and San Mateo counties with more than 40 lanes. Serra has 44.  For me, large bowling centers like Serra and Classic are ideal for league play and practice.  

That's a lot to lose. Especially for serious bowlers like me. I am glad to hear the article mentions the search for a new center is in the works. However, if there's going to be a fight to keep Serra open, let me know. I'm in.