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(Eater)   Bowling alleys being pushed to the brink during the coronavirus pandemic, might throw a gutter ball   (eater.com) divider line
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372 clicks; posted to Sports » on 16 Jan 2021 at 5:20 AM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-01-16 1:34:36 AM  
Old-school alleys with dozens of lanes were already on the endangered list. Closing down for the last year was just a final nail. Lost the closest alley a few months ago (already threatened with shutdown due to a redvelopment-happy land owner). Next-nearest old-school, real alley is 20+ minutes away (were it even open), though there are some lanes at a Dave & Buster's-type place a bit closer.

These new alleys suck, too. The lanes are farking some kind of plastic or such, and not well maintained. Damn near twisted up my ankle and crashed on my first throw on one when my foot caught instead of sliding.
 
2021-01-16 2:44:34 AM  
I haven't been bowling in ages myself.. but the local bowling alley still seems to be there, and even has cars in their lot on weekends.

Back in the 80's, I ride my bike up there to use their arcade room.. put quarters in Joust and Karate Champ and Defender and such.
 
2021-01-16 3:31:22 AM  
A couple of nearby little towns in Oregon have bowling alleys... Covid screwed that up.


The one in Drain had a topless club open upstairs but of course the locals who cry about personal rights and freedom were right there to get that private establishment fined over BS.
 
2021-01-16 3:34:53 AM  
One reason was a revocation of their liquor license over complaints... farking one mile away is literally one of the well-known "watering holes" in that area of the state.
 
2021-01-16 4:07:06 AM  
I doubt it's the pandemic.

Family Guy Peter working at a bowling alley
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2021-01-16 5:37:40 AM  
I take it the industry campaign to call them "bowling centers" didn't work.
 
2021-01-16 6:24:40 AM  
I'm a fan of bowling but don't do it often due to early arthiritis in my wrists.  I can only do a game or 2 before I'm useless for a few days.  But the bowling alley is on my post-pandemic list because the littlest is old enough to try it out now and the oldest is big enough to meet friends there and studiously ignore me all night.

My small private grade school bussed us to the bowling alley for PE for a few weeks each year.  At the time, the bus driver looked like a country/western singer turned truck driver who was eventually fired for driving the bus drunk (I distinctly remember the ride that got him fired).  But he loved doing the bowling alley runs because he could sit behind us, drink a soda, and teach us how to bowl.  You'll never learn as much in a bowling alley as you will from a drunk Merle Haggard-looking dude smoking Cowboy Killers.  Thanks Mr. Pribyl.
 
2021-01-16 7:12:28 AM  
This aggression will not stand, man.
 
2021-01-16 7:21:26 AM  
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2021-01-16 7:43:11 AM  
There's a few around my area of the Jersey Shore still up & running. Haven't gone in ages but would like to again. I just need to find a pro shop that's open normal hours so I can replace my almost 25-year old ball.
 
2021-01-16 8:24:32 AM  
To my knowledge, the bowling ally in my town is still open, adhering to county guidelines.  I wouldn't know but for the cars parked in front.  I have not been in a few years because the last time I went bowling, my back muscles spasmed all at once in the middle of a game as I stepped onto the approach.  It really sucked.  I miss going bowling.
 
2021-01-16 8:25:39 AM  
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2021-01-16 11:00:35 AM  

BigMax: This aggression will not stand, man.


That place closed years ago.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywo​o​d_Star_Lanes
 
2021-01-16 11:09:59 AM  
The best I've ever done is 141 or 144, I can't remember which. So yeah, I suck. Let me have those bumper lanes though and your dreams in life will crumble before my might.
 
2021-01-16 11:13:32 AM  

spiralscratch: Old-school alleys with dozens of lanes were already on the endangered list. Closing down for the last year was just a final nail. Lost the closest alley a few months ago (already threatened with shutdown due to a redvelopment-happy land owner). Next-nearest old-school, real alley is 20+ minutes away (were it even open), though there are some lanes at a Dave & Buster's-type place a bit closer.

These new alleys suck, too. The lanes are farking some kind of plastic or such, and not well maintained. Damn near twisted up my ankle and crashed on my first throw on one when my foot caught instead of sliding.


Bowling was on the rise the last few years, it was one of the fastest growing sports in high schools (probably because of lack of contact). 

In my town, I have about 6 alleys within 20 minutes, all of them are still around right now. Most of them opened after adding plastic to lanes, restricting drinking and a few other things. I have gone once, and the experience was...not great.

I miss it, I was in a league the last two years and greatly enjoyed playing in it.
 
2021-01-16 11:43:42 AM  

WoodyHayes: The best I've ever done is 141 or 144, I can't remember which. So yeah, I suck. Let me have those bumper lanes though and your dreams in life will crumble before my might.


185. The closest lanes that I used to go to as a kid went "upscale" and turned to crap. When I was in high school, one of my life goals was to break 200. Guess that'll happen after I win the lottery or bang 1996 Nicole Kidman.
 
2021-01-16 12:03:11 PM  
Bowling alleys absolutely depend on the fall and winter Bowling leagues to survive the slow months during spring and summer. Those who have had to shut down and cancel said leagues are losing a shiat ton of money.
 
2021-01-16 2:02:04 PM  
Man..I want to go bowling now, even though my knee would hate me the next day.

Still have a ball from when I played league in HS (floated around 200ish avg). I've heard they can get fragile over time if not left at a regular temperature (it stayed in trunk of a car for few months during season change couple years ago). Is there truth to that or is there way way to check if it has gone bad?

I hadnt thought abiut bowling for years, this makes me really want to go play a few games once lockdown eases up.

/could mask up and carry sanitizer, but dont want to play THAT bad
 
2021-01-16 2:33:07 PM  

proco: There's a few around my area of the Jersey Shore still up & running. Haven't gone in ages but would like to again. I just need to find a pro shop that's open normal hours so I can replace my almost 25-year old ball.


Hah, amateur...
I still have a 42 year old AMF Powerball; need to get it re-drilled for my fat fingers before I can use it again. Still the only ball I ever used when I was a league bowler.
 
2021-01-16 3:12:13 PM  

proco: There's a few around my area of the Jersey Shore still up & running. Haven't gone in ages but would like to again. I just need to find a pro shop that's open normal hours so I can replace my almost 25-year old ball.


3D printer, do it at home, get with the times gramps.
 
2021-01-16 4:49:31 PM  

Trocadero: WoodyHayes: The best I've ever done is 141 or 144, I can't remember which. So yeah, I suck. Let me have those bumper lanes though and your dreams in life will crumble before my might.

185. The closest lanes that I used to go to as a kid went "upscale" and turned to crap. When I was in high school, one of my life goals was to break 200. Guess that'll happen after I win the lottery or bang 1996 Nicole Kidman.


It's been a number of years since I've actually bowled, and even longer since I did any kind of league. IIRC my average was in the 140-160 range. A good game I could get to ~180 (but I wasn't consistent, the next game I'd often crash). Twice I've made it just over 200, I think the key was being a bit buzzed at the time.


madcitymac: proco: There's a few around my area of the Jersey Shore still up & running. Haven't gone in ages but would like to again. I just need to find a pro shop that's open normal hours so I can replace my almost 25-year old ball.

Hah, amateur...
I still have a 42 year old AMF Powerball; need to get it re-drilled for my fat fingers before I can use it again. Still the only ball I ever used when I was a league bowler.


Heh, I have a 12 lb. ball I got as a teenager as a gift (so ~30+ years ago). It has a small crack in it from the ball return at a shiatty alley (that no longer exists). Otherwise it's still fits perfect, and the lighter weight means I can throw it fairly hard (I've never been good at hooking the ball).
 
2021-01-16 5:16:13 PM  
I live in a bowling Mecca. There are easily 20 houses in the area. For the most part they've gotten away with staying open.
 
2021-01-16 7:43:01 PM  
I haven't been in a bowling alley since I quit working in one about a decade ago. I just checked and they are apparently still open, but I don't see how they can stay open without leagues. The leagues paid for the building and utilities, the open bowling paid for the employees, and the bar was the profit.
 
2021-01-17 8:33:51 AM  
Back in grade school I was in a league. On Fridays after school we'd walk to the alley. It was only a mile, but most of it was along the side of a highway. It was managed by a really nice old woman. We called her "Ally." She said it was her name but looking back it must have been a joke our 9- year- old brains didn't recognize. It was purely candlepin lanes. It had a novelty items vending machine and this really old "Bluebird" pull-tab canned juice dispenser. It always smelled like cigarettes, the lanes were never sticky, and there were certainly no lasers, bumpers, or thumping music. It closed down years ago and transformed into a Dave & Buster's type place.
 
2021-01-17 10:50:39 AM  

spiralscratch: Trocadero: WoodyHayes: The best I've ever done is 141 or 144, I can't remember which. So yeah, I suck. Let me have those bumper lanes though and your dreams in life will crumble before my might.

185. The closest lanes that I used to go to as a kid went "upscale" and turned to crap. When I was in high school, one of my life goals was to break 200. Guess that'll happen after I win the lottery or bang 1996 Nicole Kidman.

It's been a number of years since I've actually bowled, and even longer since I did any kind of league. IIRC my average was in the 140-160 range. A good game I could get to ~180 (but I wasn't consistent, the next game I'd often crash). Twice I've made it just over 200, I think the key was being a bit buzzed at the time.


madcitymac: proco: There's a few around my area of the Jersey Shore still up & running. Haven't gone in ages but would like to again. I just need to find a pro shop that's open normal hours so I can replace my almost 25-year old ball.

Hah, amateur...
I still have a 42 year old AMF Powerball; need to get it re-drilled for my fat fingers before I can use it again. Still the only ball I ever used when I was a league bowler.

Heh, I have a 12 lb. ball I got as a teenager as a gift (so ~30+ years ago). It has a small crack in it from the ball return at a shiatty alley (that no longer exists). Otherwise it's still fits perfect, and the lighter weight means I can throw it fairly hard (I've never been good at hooking the ball).


I have the bowling ball my father used when he was in his early 30s, which means it's 50+ years old.  He used to average just over 200 and I averaged around 175, if I remember correctly.  This proves that bowling balls get worse as they get older.
/ I haven't used it in 10 years, so if I got it out of the attic I'd probably bowl a 40.  And then have my knees hurt forever.
 
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