“G-Ball!… Not My Team!” –
If you are fortunate enough to bowl at 11th Frame Lanes in East Aurora on a Tuesday eve, you may occasionally hear someone
yelling the phrase “G-Ball!… Not my team…” The phrase was originally crafted by
a gentleman known as “Wheatie”. Legend has it one night
at the lanes Wheatie observed a fellow teammate bowl a gutter and took it upon himself to announce to everyone what he had witnessed. He coined the term “G-Ball” to opening poke fun at his teammate. This soon became a tradition and when people on other teams would throw a ball in the gutter, he would announce “G-Ball!… Not My Team!” to differentiate that it was a G-ball that was thrown by someone not on his team. Thus starting a tradition of ridicule at the lanes if someone ever throws a gutter ball.
“Chop Suey!” –
Chop Suey! is another phrase you may hear yelled at 11th Frame Lanes. It is generally yelled out after someone misses a specific spare. The bowler is typically trying to pick up the 6 and 10 pin if the bowler is right handed (4 and 7 pin for left handers). After the ball is released it typically looks like it is going to hit both pins, then hooks just slightly enough to clip the 6 pin and leave the 10 pin untouched. If the ball had been an inch to the left it would kick the 6 pin into the 10 pin, and inch to the right it would hit both pins resulting in a spare. Instead the ball basically threads a needle and “chops” the 6 pin resulting a frustrating open frame. Then just to add insult to injury, anyone who witnesses the miss will yell “Chop Suey!”
Deadwood is what you call a pin when it is missed by the pin rack and rolls into the gutter. It will be out of reach of the rack so it gets stuck in the gutter. While it usually does not pose a problem (unless you throw the ball in the gutter), it is usually cleared out by throwing an intentional gutter to get the pin back in the pit. You may be in the bowling alley one day and hear someone yell that they have deadwood over on lane 9. Do not panic, it is only a pin in the gutter.
A sandbagger is someone that keeps their average low in order to get extra handicap points. Sandbaggers are generally regarded poorly as they tend to be jerks. Avoid sandbagging at all costs and try not to associate with them.
When you are bowling and about to
attempt to pick up a spare and someone tells you that you have a sleeper, it means that there is a hidden pin hiding behind the front pin. It may look like you only have one pin standing, but in reality there is a pin directly behind the pin you see. People will tell you that you have a sleeper so that you know that you have to hit the front pin straight on in order to hit the hidden pin. If your ball comes in at an angle, it will kick the front pin out and you will miss the back pin, resulting in surprise followed by some self-loathing.
A snow plow is when you get a strike by hitting the head pin straight on. It is considered a sloppy strike and you may earn you some raised eyebrows and muttered curses from your opponents.
Sour Apple is a term that describes a 5-7-10 split. They are rare and pretty much impossible to pick up. The split usually results from throwing a weak ball that doesn’t carry through.
When you try to hit on one of the pretty barmaids at the lanes and they laugh in your face, you just struck out. Typically using the term striking out denotes something negative, but in bowling terms it is quite the opposite. When you strike out in bowling it means you finished the game or the tenth frame with all strikes. Which is a way better feeling than rejection…