Fowling

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Second Lt. Alan Geason, 333rd Training Squadron, plays a game of football bowling on the parade field at the Air Force 64th birthday party.

Years ago, I wrote about curling. I used this space to advocate for our local parks and recreation department to organize a curling league. I even did the groundwork and searched for used stones. I was surprised at how costly the sport was. Like all my great ideas, I failed to follow through.

I’m still pushing for a curling league, especially with talks of upgrades to the Baranof Park Ice Rink. But earlier this week, I discovered a new sport that has the potential to be a huge hit on The Rock — fowling, a hybrid game that combines football and bowling pins. Seriously. I did not make this up.

The Slayton sisters of the TLC television show “1,000-LB Sisters” played the game during a trip to Atlanta. That’s right, we watch that show in the Clarkston Zoo.

Intrigued, I typed the word “fowling” into the Google machine. It spit out a ton of information on this new-to-me sport that was created in 2001 by Chris Hutt and his friends while tailgating at the Indianapolis 500. 

The game is simple: knock down 10 pins by either tossing or rolling a football at them. The pins are positioned in a bowling layout on a platform. The first team to knock down all their opponent’s 10 pins wins the frame. The first team to win two out of three frames takes the match. Fowling is the next cornhole. 

“Fowling is the latest tailgating craze that’s sweeping the nation from coast to coast,” the intro on fowling.org read. “Billed as the next great tailgate game for parking lots and campgrounds, the game of fowling is infectious. It’s a combination of football and bowling that matches the pin-point accurate passing of professional football with the 10-pin dynamic of the game of recreational bowling.”   

Detroit and Atlanta house fowling warehouses. Why not Kodiak? I’m all in. With our endless daylight, fowling would be an excellent summer-time activity. I smell a business opportunity for Tropic Lanes. 

Enough about fowling, let’s talk about real football. Here are my picks for the championship round. 

SUNDAY

TAMPA BAY at GREEN BAY 11:05 a.m. 

It’s Tom Brady versus Aaron Rodgers. Two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks who have combined for 17 conference championship games. What is even harder to believe is this will be Rodgers’ first NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field. Rodgers is 1-3 on the road in title games and hasn’t emerged victorious since 2010 when the Pack

Years ago, I wrote about curling. I used this space to advocate for our local parks and recreation department to organize a curling league. I even did the groundwork and searched for used stones. I was surprised at how costly the sport was. Like all my great ideas, I failed to follow through.

I’m still pushing for a curling league, especially with talks of upgrades to the Baranof Park Ice Rink. But earlier this week, I discovered a new sport that has the potential to be a huge hit on The Rock — fowling, a hybrid game that combines football and bowling pins. Seriously. I did not make this up.

The Slayton sisters of the TLC television show “1,000-LB Sisters” played the game during a trip to Atlanta. That’s right, we watch that show in the Clarkston Zoo.

Intrigued, I typed the word “fowling” into the Google machine. It spit out a ton of information on this new-to-me sport that was created in 2001 by Chris Hutt and his friends while tailgating at the Indianapolis 500. 

The game is simple: knock down 10 pins by either tossing or rolling a football at them. The pins are positioned in a bowling layout on a platform. The first team to knock down all their opponent’s 10 pins wins the frame. The first team to win two out of three frames takes the match. Fowling is the next cornhole. 

“Fowling is the latest tailgating craze that’s sweeping the nation from coast to coast,” the intro on fowling.org read. “Billed as the next great tailgate game for parking lots and campgrounds, the game of fowling is infectious. It’s a combination of football and bowling that matches the pin-point accurate passing of professional football with the 10-pin dynamic of the game of recreational bowling.”   

Detroit and Atlanta house fowling warehouses. Why not Kodiak? I’m all in. With our endless daylight, fowling would be an excellent summer-time activity. I smell a business opportunity for Tropic Lanes. 

Enough about fowling, let’s talk about real football. Here are my picks for the championship round. 

SUNDAY

TAMPA BAY at GREEN BAY 11:05 a.m. 

It’s Tom Brady versus Aaron Rodgers. Two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks who have combined for 17 conference championship games. What is even harder to believe is this will be Rodgers’ first NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field. Rodgers is 1-3 on the road in title games and hasn’t emerged victorious since 2010 when the Packers defeated the Bears at Soldier Field. Losses at Seattle (2010), Atlanta (2016) and San Francisco (2019) followed. 

I don’t have to remind sports fans that playing at Lambeau Field in January is a massive advantage for Green Bay. Brady is 3-3 in road conference championship games, with losses at Indianapolis (2006) and Denver (2013 and 2015). 

Green Bay looked more like a Super Bowl team last week than Tampa Bay did. When the playoff field was set, I picked the Buccaneers to win the NFC. I can’t go against my pick. Wrong. Give me Rodgers and the Packers at home … Packers 32, Buccaneers 24

BUFFALO at KANSAS CITY,

2:40 p.m. 

Will Patrick Mahomes play? That is the question that national sports talking heads have been attempting to answer this entire week. Mahomes’ status for the game is up in the air as he remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol after getting knocked out of last week’s divisional-round victory over the Browns. 

FS1’s Colin Cowherd suggested that the league postpone the AFC Championship game until Mahomes is healthy. Welp. What a take. If it’s Mahomes or backup Chad Henne — a Michigan quarterback — under center, I still like Buffalo. I’ve become a new member of Bills Mafia. Just don’t throw me into a folding table. I prefer fowling as my tailgate game.     

Kansas City beat Buffalo 26-17 in Week 5. That game was played on a Monday afternoon when Kodiak residents fled to higher grounds as tsunami sirens blasted through the town. Josh Allen struggled in that game, passing for only 122 yards, while Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 161 yards. 

The Bills have won eight straight —  and are playing tremendous football. The Bills were my Super Bowl pick … Bills 38, Chiefs 31.  

 

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