Monday, May 31, 2010

Uncle Sal and the Blue-Collar Bowler (Episode 145)

As Uncle Sal strapped on his orange and mustard yellow bowling shoes at lane 9 of The Chicken Bowl, he asked Giacomo, "We're rolling against Lukasz Zumieski and Zoom Hardware tonight, right?"

Giacomo adjusted his wristguard and said, "That's right."

Uncle Sal looked toward the counter and said, "Say, isn't that Tony 'The Gel' Gelfrido over there?"

"It sure is."

"But he's a professional bowler. What's he doing here? And why is he wearing a Zumieski Hardware bowling shirt?"

"Haven't you heard? He's not a professional bowler anymore. Remember, he had hat match against The Hungarian Hammer? He won the first game easy. I mean, it looked like he was just going to walk away with another tournament championship. But then, in the first frame of the second game, he ended up with a tough split. He missed it. I mean, an open frame for him was pretty unusual. Well, that match didn't get any better for him. He lost the first two games by a bigger margin than he had won the first one. It was just one loss, but after that The Gel seemed like he lost all confidence. He stopped winning tournaments. In fact, he didn't even come close. I don't think he made it to the quarterfinals of any event after that. Then his wife left him, for, get this, a used car salesman. After that, he kind of gave up bowling altogether. But now, he's moved back to town."

"Mmm-hmm. And it's for Zoom The Gel rolls."

This episode featured:
Mauricio "Ten" Pinsternack as Uncle Sal
Logan Streicher as Giacomo
Jellybean Merengue as the wristguard.

Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "Those Yankees are real turds."

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