December 11, 2012
The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever : In a bowling alley one night, Bill Fong came so close to perfection that it nearly killed him. (Michael J. Mooney, 6.20.2012 From D Magazine)
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2012 6:53 PM[A]ll 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.Most people think perfection in bowling is a 300 game, but it isn't. Any reasonably good recreational bowler can get lucky one night and roll 12 consecutive strikes. If you count all the bowling alleys all over America, somebody somewhere bowls a 300 every night. But only a human robot can roll three 300s in a row--36 straight strikes--for what's called a "perfect series." More than 95 million Americans go bowling, but, according to the United States Bowling Congress, there have been only 21 certified 900s since anyone started keeping track.Bill Fong's run at perfection started as most of his nights do, with practice at around 5:30 pm.