This is our column number 300 and we’re celebrating!
It’s almost six years since our first column was published in the
Capitol Hill Beacon and I had no idea our plan to report on the weird,
the unusual, and the absurd on sports would even last 100 issues, much
To all the papers that carry “Silliman on Sports” and to all our readers (all 300 of you) we thank you.
Didn’t celebrate much at 100, a little more when we hit 200, but the
number 300 is significant, especially when discussing sports. The
100 yard dash is 300 feet long, so is a football field. In
baseball, the number that separates good from great batting averages is
300. If you hit over 300 in the majors you’re a great
hitter. 300 is also a milestone number for NFL running backs,
rushing yards in a game very few achieve. If you check out the NASCAR
Nationwide Series, 8 of their 15 races are 300 miles long.
So how did Mike (the Zyk-Man) and I celebrate? We, along with our
wives, dedicated five hours (300 minutes) went to Avis rented a
Chrysler 300C and drove around town looking for things 300. We
even took a Nikon camera with a 300 mm zoon lens. Coming our way
was a Mercedes SL300. High five right off the bat. Next we
drove by the athletic dorm hoping to spot an offensive lineman.
We were hoping to see Kody Cooke, listed in Oklahoma roster at
302. Didn’t find him. Our next stop was Bricktown Burgers
at 300 E. Main in Oklahoma City. Delicious burgers, but they had
far more than 300 calories I had hoped for.
“The fitting finish,” I told our gang of 296 people less than 300
“would be to witness a 300 game. The perfect game in bowling.” I
checked and found that Pete Thomas, OKC resident and pro bowler was
practicing at the Holiday Lanes. And if Casey Buller, who bowled
two 300 games in the same week happened to be there so much the
better. We were hoping to catch both. Thomas once strung 22
strikes in a tournament for a 300-289-259 =858 series. He had
perfect games in practice on many occasions. What better way to
finish off our column 300 celebration than witness perfection in the
We arrived, sat behind lane 17 to note that Pete had completed seven
frames, all strikes. Yes this could happen! I mentioned that Pete was a
pro-bowler and one of our party asks “Does he also play football since
I heard…” Frame 8, nice curve into pocket, strike. Frame 9,
he barely touches the front pin but the action still knocks all the
“If he strikes here, he gets two more throws,” I tell everyone while
keeping my fingers crossed. STRIKE!! Okay, next one will earn a
final shot. I ready the Nikon to capture the pins falling and the
topper to our event. Perfect throw, the Buzz saw ball coming
right into the pocket, wiping swing all the pins. EXCEPT for the
4 pin. 4 pin standing, 289, eleven short.
Oh well, hope everyone stays with us as we do our next 300.