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Bowler throws ball into wrong lane, embarrasses himself... wait, what?

Posted by Jack Pickell  January 13, 2011 12:31 PM

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It's a shot that might be impossible to duplicate, even on a Nintendo Wii.

At the recent United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Team USA trials in Henderson, Nev., Josh Scanlan's tenth-frame shot went wide left -- really, really wide left -- and bounded in the the next lane.

(It's Scanlan's third shot in the above USBC video at the 56-second mark.)

Scanlan cringed as soon as he realized what he'd done, then, as he was walking back to his seat, looked over his shoulder, noticed that he'd just thrown a strike, and celebrated with the standard bowler's fist-pump -- as if he makes that shot in his sleep.

The strike didn't count on Scanlan's score, but that's probably all right with him, and with the USBC for that matter. After all, when was the last time you actually watched a bowling clip?

In the Greater Boston area, most bowling alleys are of the candlepin variety, rather than ten-pin, a difference that is fairly difficult to explain to those who have only been exposed to ten-pin. On the flip side, there are lifelong candlepin bowlers who have never stepped foot inside a ten-pin alley, but have likely seen that version of the sport being played on television.

Have you ever seen a strike thrown from the wrong lane (or thrown one yourself) -- in ten-pins or candlepins? Tell us in the comments section of this item, then see if any of your fellow readers believe you.

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