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jpkaina

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I hope everyone is doing well throughout these times. At least here, I'm not alone when I say that I miss bowling. With my job being in bowling, I can't work. Not gonna lie though, I even miss the customers that make me want to pull my hair out.

This isn't about that though.

About a month before the lockdown, I scored some absolute relics from my coach that were in absolutely pristine condition from sitting in her garage for so long. 

I had asked for one ball, and got FOUR

The ball I asked for? An Ebonite Magnum Seven. This ball made history for a lot of people. It's one of the balls Earl Anthony used in his million dollar run (not as exclusively as he used the Magnum Six) and it's what my coach used to roll back to back 300 games in some center in Rochester Hills, Michigan back in the 70s. The reason I wanted it was to use it as a "burn" ball during the Masters, but right now, it's mostly a spare ball.

The other three balls in the case were a Thunderbolt Dual Block (this thing is a freakin' TRUCK going through the pins) and an Omega LM. Coach remembered that my dad had one, and she gave that to me so I could have something to remember him by. I drilled it E up on the clock, and this thing is so predictable. 

The fourth ball was for my brother. A TurboX which he won City Youth Singles with, shooting his first 700 series with (246 268 206)

 

But the other day, I caved to the "new equipment" nagging that was going on in my head. I had to cash out my paid time off from work and got a decent amount, so off to the Internet pro shops I went.

Ended up buying FIVE balls (four off one site, one off eBay) rolls of insert tape (because I know I'm gonna need it when I get back to bowling) and a new bag for the kid brother. 

As the brother's graduation gift, I got him a Black Widow Pink off of eBay (he throws mine and kills with it, shooting his previous high game of 237 at a house that is not friendly to left handers with my RH drilled one) and a new Roto Grip Idol in his weight (his first ball that I bought him at the beginning of his junior year when he wanted to start bowling) along with the new bag.

As for me? I got me a few rocks. A Ebonite Destiny Solid, the magenta one (I really like low-end equipment, and the triskele symbol on it makes me love it more), a Track Paradox Red and the new Ebonite Omni. Funny story behind the Omni, I was just about to check out online when I got a phone call from Coach, and we went back and forth talking about random things before she asked what I was doing. Told her "buying bowling balls". No sooner were the words spoken by me did she say "Buy an Omni."

The Omni is the first Ebonite release under the auspices of Brunswick, and everyone is loving them on juice from what I hear, so I'm excited to get these to the pro shop and start bowling again. 

 

Has anyone else decided to keep from going stir crazy with a little bit of retail therapy? Because it sure helped me feel better.


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Hammer Black Widow Pink
Columbia 300 Scout Urethane, Slate U-Dot
Brunswick Speed Demon, Radical CA$H
Ebonite Maxim, Magnum Seven, Omega LM, Thunderbolt Dual Block, OMNI, Destiny Magenta Solid

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Here in NY we have absolutely no idea if/when we'll be allowed to bowl again, so I'm not going to spend money on bowling balls I may never have the opportunity to use. 

I will say, however, that those Thunderbolts are good balls.  I love mine.  Last decent balls Ebonite made IMHO.


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The Omega and Vortex lines were pretty darn good. 
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I had a V2 Vortex when I got back into bowling in 2006 or so...thing hit like a wet blanket!
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I threw one of the Vortex's in a demo once. Loved it. It was a pearl one. By the time I decided to pull the trigger it was obsolete. 

If they came out with a Omega/R again I would jump on that in a heartbeat. 


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I'd love to have a bag full of Omega's (if I had to pick an old resin bag):

Omega Black (the one Handegard won at 57 with)
Omega Lion (Ringener's only win...the shiny green ball)
and then a light blue Omega with that Acrylium cover or whatever it was! Rumor has it that it was exactly the same as an Omega Dry, also the same color --- meant to sell more balls probably.


When I decide to bowl again, the bag will just be a bunch of Angle's and an AMF Ammo -- and a Nitro R/2, just in case they are not hooking. 
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I'd love to have a bag full of Omega's (if I had to pick an old resin bag):

Omega Black (the one Handegard won at 57 with)
Omega Lion (Ringener's only win...the shiny green ball)
and then a light blue Omega with that Acrylium cover or whatever it was! Rumor has it that it was exactly the same as an Omega Dry, also the same color --- meant to sell more balls probably.


When I decide to bowl again, the bag will just be a bunch of Angle's and an AMF Ammo -- and a Nitro R/2, just in case they are not hooking. 

 

I have the black Omega. The blue and black had the Acryllium cover. Only thing I have to say about it is it doesn't take hand applied surface very well. 

 

Freeze, The Thunderbolt D/B is good. I'm looking for the original, the M/D and a Magnum 12


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"Tomorrow's just your future yesterday" Craig Ferguson

High Game: 300 x5 (3/20/2014, 5/29/2017, 4/15/2018, SPORT 300 11/13/2018, 12/19/2019)
High Series: 811

In the Bag:
Storm IQ Tour Pearl, Hyroad
Track MX10, 300A, Alias, Ultra Heat, 706A, Paradox Red
Hammer Black Widow Pink
Columbia 300 Scout Urethane, Slate U-Dot
Brunswick Speed Demon, Radical CA$H
Ebonite Maxim, Magnum Seven, Omega LM, Thunderbolt Dual Block, OMNI, Destiny Magenta Solid

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I have an original Thunderbolt and at one point had a Magnum 12 up in the attic but may have gotten rid of it.  Had a Mag12 back in the day, can't say it was the greatest ball I ever owned but don't have any real memories of it being junk.
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I'm not buying anything related to bowling because by the time we get back into bowling I will have forgotten everything and will think all my stuff is new.  That is the advantage of being old.
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