kottke.org posts about Bill Fong

A stroke of unluckJun 25 2012

Bowling 899

Amateur bowler Bill Fong almost bowled a perfect series two years ago, something that 21 bowlers have ever accomplished. But he came up short.

His teammates aren't interested in talking about what he can do to make his strikes more solid, though, or even tonight's mildly competitive league game. They're still discussing a night two years ago. They mention it every week, without fail. In fact, all you have to do is say the words "That Night" and everyone at the Plano Super Bowl knows what you're talking about. They also refer to it as "The Incident" or "That Incredible Series." It's the only time anyone can remember a local recreational bowler making the sports section of the Dallas Morning News. One man, an opponent of Fong's that evening, calls it "the most amazing thing I've ever seen in a bowling alley."

Bill Fong needs no reminders, of course. He thinks about that moment -- those hours -- every single day of his life.

There's a twist worthy of the Usual Suspects near the end of the story.

Note: Illustration by Chris Piascik....prints, tshirts, iPhone cases, etc. are available.

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