A little background to start. I have been bowling (ten pin for you canucks) since I was around 6 years old. Take the three years out while I didn't bowl in high school (not cool) and I have a total of almost 18+ years of total bowling experience. I consider myself a pretty decent bowler but definitely not a gung ho, totally obsessed type that has to have the best equipment with 25 ball bags on robotic rollers, but I do have own 4 balls - but really only use (and carry) two. My average has crawled up into around 205 after last night. I only bowl once a week in my faithful Wed night league that I have now been in for 8 seasons...and thats where we begin.... Last week....I started the night with a "good" 165 game. Not good by score, but good in the sense that even though I missed three EASY spares, I was in the pocket on every first ball. Knowing this, I made one small adjustment to increase my entry angle to the pocket and BAM - a 268 game followed. Finally, for the last game of the night, I strung a few together and a few more and before I knew it I was 4 strikes from my first sanctioned 300 game. So as I enter the 9th frame, the crowd begins to build, a teammate goes to the league next to us to tell my wife that I am close to a perfect game. Trying not to notice, I threw a very solid 9th strike in a row and enjoyed the quiet roar that followed. So I waited for the 10th, nervous as hell, and when the time finally came - I could barely stand. My heart pumped like rabbit in mating season, and I proceeded to bury the first one - rock solid. The 11th was a lucky one, it got away from me and drifted out but had enough roll to recover and scatter the pins for my 11th straight. Finally the last ball was a complete let down, I threw it right down the center of the lane - cause I DIDN'T want to gutter. The ball drifted brooklyn and I somehow got a 9 count out of it for a 299 game. Now I was so close, but I always want more - so even though I had a GREAT game and a solid 732 series, I knew I could do better. I thought about it almost every day afterward and I still am thinking about it Enter last night.... Still burning from the previous week, I knew I had a perfect game in me somewhere. That dream ended early when I left an open in the 3rd frame of the first game, but again that whole game I was right there in the pocket. I finished with a 248 game. The second game was a clean slate start, but I got tapped early (f'in 10 pins) and finished with a 231 game. Again another respectable game, but mind you, I haven't had a bad first ball yet. Same day of the week, same situation...I find myself in the same boat as the last week. I strung 8 together to start the third and final game of the night. Crowd builds and I throw a nice ball in the 9th frame for another strike. Again, crowd getting bigger and I can feel the buzz. Everyone gets SOOOOO quiet... Wifey's watching and I saved everyone the suspense in the 10th, when I got tapped on the first ball. I picked up the spare and threw my worst ball of the night - a wash out 5 count split. So I ended up with a 274. Series on the night was 753 - my second highest ever but it still burns. I know I can shoot 300 - in fact, I have done it just playing around with friends. I also have another 299 game that was shot in a side bet game I had with some cocky high schoolers.... So now AGAIN - I know I can do it, but I keep "choking" on the big one. It was my fifth sanctioned attempt at a 300. Those games ended up in 274, 279, 287, 289, and 299. Heres my favorite stat of the two nights however. 6 games 1485 Series 52 Strikes - almost 9 a game!!! Can any bowlers relate? Any advice for my next time? I need to do this, its consuming me.....UGH! Help! Thats all for now...hope you enjoyed the read.