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THE STRIKE THAT WASN’T


Six-time Team USA member, Bill O’Neill, is some-


times referred to by the moniker “Real Deal,” and he has 16 gold medals in international competition to back it up. He probably deserved another medal for this unbelievable shot, in which the ball comes up just a shade light and mixes up the rack for a strike. Until it wasn’t a strike anymore. The shot was such a no doubter that O’Neill casually


turns around and heads back to the settee area, sure he has just thrown another strike in a career that has seen many of them. Well, not so much. Watch as one stubborn pin somehow finds its way back onto the pin deck, standing upright and ready for O’Neill to throw the spare shot he never expected to throw.


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‘TIL DEATH DO US PART. OR BOWLING. Justin Blair had a lot more


LOST WEDDING RING TURNS UP EIGHT YEARS LATER UNDERNEATH A LANE GUTTER AT WISCONSIN BOWLING CENTER.


than his score to keep track of after throwing the first shot of his league session at Wildcat Lanes in the Madi- son, Wis., suburb of Verona eight years ago. He heard something a


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little different than the usual bang of the ball landing on the lane or the crash of pins that followed. He heard a jangling somewhere off in the distance. Then he looked


at the wedding ring on his finger, and discovered something that would haunt him for the next eight years: He no longer had a wedding ring on his finger. The ring popped off


during that first shot and landed somewhere. He called his wife to tell her he might be home from league a little later than usual. What he did not tell her was that he might be coming home


without something kind of important — you know, their wedding ring. In what might be the understatement of the year, his wife, Becky, told a local news station that she was “upset” when she learned the reason why her husband took a little longer than usual to get home that night.


But thanks to a little di-


vine intervention, Becky got the ring back. It just took a


while. Well, a decade, almost. Becky learned that the Sugar River United Methodist Church was slated to replace the bowling center this year, and asked them to keep an eye out for that wedding ring her husband had not worn in nearly a decade. She called it a “shot in the dark.” But, as you are about to see, sometimes the dark provides all the light you need to find what you’ve lost.


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EVERYTHING BOWLING, ALL THE TIME


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