Bowling Stuff

The Future…

Oooooooooo the future…lol. OK OK so I do want to talk about the vision I have for MSBS’s future for a minute. I generally get so busy and never have time to do something like this, so with all this time off from the current pandemic, now seems like the perfect time to paint a nice picture and get a discussion going.

Let’s talk about Sprummer!

In 2020 the plan was to run about 85 Sprummer sweepers. There were a few combined events, and I think 85 is pretty close. There are 7 different regions, and some run weekly and most are bi-weekly. Northern MI and Lower Mid-MI were kinda scheduled whenever I could fit their 9 events in (apiece). With only a few centers hosting multiple events, it’s a fair guess that we might run these 85 events in about 80 different bowling centers.

Every year I worry about how the Sprummer is going to go, because our events during the season haven’t quite been as big as they were in years past. It is clear that people look forward to the Sprummer Sweeper Series each year, because once again we have kicked things off with a bang. We’ve had almost 150 bowlers in total so far over the first three events!

With the addition of the $10 membership fee that started in 2017, we have had $6000 added to the Sprummer Championship each year so far! Each year we have been just a little bit short, but I have added a little extra to get us to that number. The point races have been exciting. I have adjusted the Sprummer Championship to be easier to follow and understand, and I think the bowlers are happy with what we are doing with that now.

This year for the first time in 8 years we voluntarily raised what we are paying for lineage at most of the centers to $9/bowler. Let’s take a quick look at the main goals we have with MSBS…

  • To offer great competition to the masses at different levels.
  • To help grow competitive bowling
  • To help bowling centers stay busy and keep their doors open
  • To help the industry as a whole

This feels like the perfect time to head into the future talk now…

Now let’s fantasize about Sprummer a bit (lol)

OK I can show you better than I can tell you…

Be sure to check the “payouts” tab on that link.

$800 added per sweeper would be AWESOME. Notice we’d be paying a 1:3 ratio, and the top non-cashing lady and senior would cash regardless of entries. The only weird thing is the top payout is exactly the same with 60 entries as it is for 30 entries. That’s just how it works out with the prize fund being dominated by the added money and the 1:3 ratio and the extra spots paid for seniors and ladies. I think we can come up with an idea to build more added money with bigger turnouts, like a raffle at each event which will obviously make more money with more entries.

“Brian Regan, you must be crazy! How on earth is this even possible?”

Well the way I see it is…if I can think it, then it can be done.

I mean is $800 really SO much money? A lot of the host centers only host this event for us each year. Some host multiple events. So we have an entire year each year to build this event up and raise $800 for it. This is where the fun begins, and I don’t want to throw too many of my personal ideas in here to bog down this article. Let’s get a discussion going on this, and perhaps I’ll follow this up with an article where we answer the question in quotes above 😉

Normal stuff

Day 1

I know I post a lot of, well, everything that is somewhat personal to me. I don’t hide much. And I always make sure I put the little mention in that is true…that I share these things with the thought that maybe others can relate a little or a lot.

My brain is all over the place with this Corona stuff. I’ll save my thoughts on that for blogglewhop for now.

I will say it felt good to sleep most of the day today. I woke up for a few hours and just got back in bed and zonked out from like 1pm to 5:30pm or so.

I feel like I go 1000 miles an hour all the time…and it never stops. Stress levels have been high. I’m preparing to declare bankruptcy, which has my brain all over the place. I currently pay for a home in Flint and am renting in Westland. It’s ridiculous, but my mortgage doesn’t allow me to sell my home. It was part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, so there’s a 15 year lien on my mortgage. I can actually sell it now I think, but I’d lose my ass if I did that.

I work 40+ hours/week on the bowling tournaments…what a ride that is. That’s my heart and soul, man. I was putting in closer to 70-100 hours when I traveled to all of them, but I’m cutting back this year and having others run a lot of them. I think this is the direction it all needs to go, but I have anxiety about it being what’s best for the tournaments.

I work 40+ hours at work. I take pride in my work. I am self motivated and love the job that I do. But at times it is overwhelming handling all of that plus the tournaments plus everything else. I am constantly making choices on what gets done today and what gets put off until I have time. That’s…every day. Some things in my life have been pushed off for months and years. That’s not good.

So it feels kinda good having a break all of a sudden. Today was nice resting and not doing much of anything. But I already feel antsy…eager to tackle some things tomorrow. I’ve been working out again and want to keep that momentum going. The gyms are closed, but there’s plenty I can do toward the goal of getting in shape.

I’m eager to attack some of the things I’ve been putting off. Some of that is embarrassing, and I’m actually going to keep it to myself for now. I suck so bad at taking care of some things that needed my attention…so now is the time to catch up on that.

Does anybody else feel like they just blast forward a million miles an hour and might be missing part of the ride because of it? Am I the only one who feels guilty about leaving a pile of crap on the side of the road that I needed to give more attention to? And now I go back and look for it and can’t remember where it all is? Am I alone on this?

I feel like I’m gaining some new perspective on life…one day into the coronavirus…quarantine. Is that what we’re calling this? The quarantine?

Either way, I’m going to label this as Day 1 and go forward from here.