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Bowling, Beer & Bocce Ball?

Bowling is one of those sports (activities?) that can inspire passion in some and utter loathing in others, and on Friday night the dream of alley owners across this great land is that an appreciation for beer and near-effortless enjoyment will trump the hatred of ugly carpeting and wearing other people's shoes. It's a modest and reasonable dream. At the end of the day, bowling is all about throwing a thing in an attempt to hit another thing - a worthy foundation for many of our most beloved sports. That should be no surprise considering humans have been <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/toss-games_2380.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">throwing things at other things for sport</a> on Friday nights for the last 2,500 years or so. No kidding. Bowling has its roots firmly planted in ancient Egyptian and Roman history, and eventually evolved into what is now known as <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/bocce-ball_2381.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">bocce ball</a>. Refined by the Italians, bocce ball is a lawn game still played today in all corners of the world by snooty linen-clad aristocrats who wouldn’t be caught dead in a bowling alley. That’s a joke, of course. Despite its loose categorization as a bar sport of sorts bowling remains one of the most popular weekend activities in the country: practically anyone can do it (hello, bumper rails!), lanes are available rain or shine and it’s usually an affordable night out with friends or the family. If it’s good enough for Fred Flintstone it’s good enough to be an American pastime, and anyone who says otherwise can stick to <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/croquet_1200.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">croquet</a>. Of course, bowling will never replace <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/baseball-softball_2687.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank"><em>the</em> American pastime</a>, but that’s one of the most beautiful things about it. It’s <em>really</em> not trying. There is absolutely no pretense or artifice in the game or the people who enjoy it. You don’t have to be a member, there are no ceremonies and everybody has to fumble around in funny shoes. In its own weird way, bowling is the great equalizer. You look silly by default and you don’t get to choose who’s in the next lane – and those don't have to be bad things. Odds are better than even that your lane neighbors will be worse than you are, and by the time you work your way through your second bucket of beers the only thing on anyone’s mind will be that it’s the weekend, fun is being had and all is as it should be. Happy Friday from <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> and enjoy your evening as an alley cat, amusing shoes and all. &nbsp;
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