Payout Night

Tonight was the payout night at our bowling league, followed by a potluck and a no-tap bowling game.

Last week, which was the final competition week, we arrived in first place. We needed to win two games to get a clean first place standing (71 points). We needed one game to get a very probable first place standing (69 points). If third place won all three games, they’d end up with 70 points total, so they were the unknown.

There was a study done on Olympic winners. Gold winners are the happiest, bronze the second happiest, and silver the least happy. Second place thinks about how close they were to first, while third place thinks of how close they were to not placing.

This might explain why one half of team we were against ended the night saying, “Yeah, you lucked out the first game, you know that right? I sucked and that’s the only reason you won. What’s ‘Hanmi'[our team name] mean? Huh? HANdicap is Most Important?”

“No, ‘han’ refers to Korea, and ‘mi’ refers to America. Korean-American.”

“Oh, well, your name should be handicap is most important.” (Yes, so says the man whose partner has the highest handicap in the league…)

We finished the season with 69 points. They ended with 68. Third place ended with 66.

Guess it sucked being silver.

One thought on “Payout Night

  1. Comments originally posted:

    Jonathan in Gimpo
    Ugh what a sore loser. This is something I really dislike about competition – bad sportsmanship. It’s just so ugly. You and Good Man joined the league to have fun right? Hopefully that kind brattiness is not the norm for the other people in the bowling league…
    05/20/12 @ 20:45

    Yeah, most people in this league are just fine. There’s always one or two teams, though, who make it really competitive when it’s a pretty low-key league. It’s a handicapped league. If you don’t like a team with a lower average beating you, join a scratch league.

    We didn’t get to first place in one week. We were there most of the season. We had a long run of good luck.

    The second place team didn’t even show for payout week (a potluck and a no-tap game). They eventually showed up in the middle, just to get their money. Oh well, their loss. The food was awesome, and no-tap is always fun.

    (No tap is where if you get a certain number of pins on your first ball, it counts as a strike. We played so under-140 averages needed 8 or 9 pins to get a strikes, and 140+ needed 9 pins to get a strike.)
    05/20/12 @ 21:11

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