Kinder's Meats, which never finished in the top half of the league in the previous year, entered Monday night with a commanding 50-point lead on Smile Family Portraits. With the two teams facing off for four games, Kinder's Meats didn't need to do much to clinch the top spot. And Kinder's didn't do much - but just enough. With a double in the 10th of game two, Paul Elmer shut the door on Tim Piper and Smile Family Portraits 208-205. And the Champagne flowed freely as the celebration lasted deep into the night … actually, it was cheap draft beer and everyone had to wake up early to fight traffic. But wouldn't the story have been more exciting if one of the Indiana Pacers had been there?
Led by captain and anchor bowler Vaughn Karabedian, Smile Family Portraits took 46 points from Kinder's Meats to capture a second-place finish. AutoBugPVL.com won 20 points against HansonRealEstate.com and 16 against Cooch's Fishing in the season-ending position round to climb two spots into third.
But it was Kinder's Meats 10-point effort that locked up the crown. Captain Clark Walmer paced Kinder's to a very consistent season in which they won no less than 22 points until the last night. "We worked hard all season so that we could cruise home tonight. We just tried to grind it out and take as many points as possible on weeks that we didn't have our A game."
With tough lane conditions on Monday, only three keglers managed to shoot 900 series. Steve Choate of DominatorUSA.com led all bowlers with games of 215, 216, 211 and 270 for a 912 four-game pinfall. Don Sylvia of The Right Approach and Chris Bennett of East Bay Welding Supply were the other two bowlers to do so with sets of 902 and 900, respectively. Lorrie Sims, captain of Photography by Victoria, led all women with games of 246, 186, 232 and 205 for an 869 series.
As for the talk of a repeat constituting a dynasty in today's modern era of free agency, I say bunk. The last teams to repeat in the four major sports, five if you count Kinder's Meats, are the Lakers, Patriots, Red Wings and Yankees.
Now, I know what you're saying: these are four pretty big franchises. But we're not talking about Magic and the Showtime Lakers, rather the soap opera that was Phil, Kobe and the Diesel, who coincidentally got swept in five by a Pistons team that literally put Bill Walton to sleep. And these certainly weren't Babe Ruth's Yankees. If you spend more than $200 million a year it should be shocking if you don't win, and the Yankees haven't since 2000. So I'll withhold on the dynasty talk for now, even though Kinder's Meats accomplished the feat without Scott Boras' help.