Balls Out

November 8th, 2010

Balls Out - Behind The Awkwardness

“My Brother-in-Law, Norbert (second mullet from right), is a semi-professional bowler and used to bowl in many different state/national leagues and tournaments. This photo was taken at the big Las Vegas National Bowling Stadium Championship Tournament back in 1985. This was the man and this was his team and they didn’t mess around.”

(submitted by Annie)

79 Responses to “Balls Out”

  1. Cristina says:

    I see that a few people keep asking if the first man to the left is Kevin Smith, It’s not him. I am not sure of this either but I think it is/looks like “Tinker” (John Young) He played in the movie Roadhouse with Patrick Swayze. In the end on the movie “Tinker” gets scared because a stuffed polar bear falls on him.

  2. duh says:

    you people aren’t even worth it.

  3. gknife says:

    These actually look like some cool dudes

  4. Millie says:

    They take their bowling as serious as their mustaches. Rock on!

  5. Natasha says:

    I never thought I’d say this about anyone in a random blog/website….but I know the guy in the middle!!! That is crazy!!!!

  6. Mikey Boom-Boom says:

    I know the bowler in the middle. He is a manager of bowling alley in Minnesota.

    Never thought I’d see someone I know on this site.

  7. Fanboy Wife says:

    I didn’t know Kevin Smith was on a bowling team!

  8. KMC says:

    The first thing I thought was…KINGPIN.

  9. Kyle says:

    Business in the front, party in the back!

  10. EGD says:

    This would have been a great submission for the mullet competition.

  11. Jessica says:

    the third guy is my daddy ((:

  12. algonquin says:

    This is a glimpse into the future of my five nephews.

  13. Anthony says:

    although this picture is awkward, no one finds it really awkward that there is a National Bowling Center.

  14. Dlee says:

    Serious question: What’s a mullet?

    • Scripted says:

      A mullet is a hairstyle. Short in the front, and long in the back. Famous for his mullet back in the day was Billy Ray Cyrus, for example.

    • CB says:

      Dictionary definition: 1. pl. mullet or mul·lets
      a. Any of various stout-bodied, edible fishes of the family Mugilidae, found worldwide in tropical and temperate coastal waters and some freshwater streams. Also called gray mullet.
      b. The red mullet.
      2. A hairstyle that is formed by cutting the hair short on the the top and sides and allowing it to grow longer in back.

      To expand on the second definition (the one that is in context here), it’s just as someone said already: “Business in the front, party in the back” (being the official slogan of the Mullet hairstyle, as I know it). Those who sport this highly criticized fashion statement may argue it’s the sweetest hair ever.

  15. Canucklehead says:

    I am strangely turned on…they rock that look! Rawr 😉

  16. Noneya says:

    Is that Kevin Smith on the left?

  17. Jon Lindert says:

    This photo was definitely from 1995..unfortunately. I was actually on this team and in this photo (big man on the far right). I was the ONLY one that didn’t have a mullet…I went with the mohawk look instead. I still bowl with one of the guys in the pic..I’ll need to bring this to our league tomorrow and show him how famous we are! Haha!!

  18. Rosieposie says:

    OMG, I just choked on my spit reading the title! TOO FUNNY!!

  19. Mary Pat says:

    The men behind the ‘Balls’

  20. Bruce says:

    Semi-professional, I will say that again, semi-professional bowler. Shoot for the stars, and some day all your dreams will come true!

  21. Sandra says:

    Steee RIKE!
    Those are some mighty fine ball hugging, mullet sporting hunks of manliness.

  22. I may have to print this photo out and carry it around in my wallet or frame a copy and put it on my desk at work, when people ask, who is in the photo, i’m just gonna smile and say Roy Munson. Priceless!!!!!

  23. Beth says:

    Apropos of nothing, why are all the little cartoon bowling balls skiing?

  24. Binkymae says:

    The open collar ensemble to display the gold chains, the classic 80s stash and mullet combos, the arrangement by height, the hands draped over their balls, the blue M&M skiers and the random number 21 handle showing on the bowling photo op sign, the white Sears curtains for a background, ….yes, this one belongs in the next book.

  25. Joe says:

    Possibly the best part of this is in the description…….Norbert! Priceless!

    • pittipat says:

      I was madly in love with a Norbert when I was in 7th grade – I think he was in 9th grade. My Norbert had surfer hair, not mullet hair.

  26. George says:

    They’ve got big balls

  27. carol says:

    These guys mean business!

  28. steph says:

    and yet they managed to pose for their pic in size order.

  29. MidwesternMom says:

    Total awesomeness!

  30. kultgirl says:

    So if you’re making the sign, why not spring for the extra letters and spell out “National”?

  31. Mike says:

    If I remember correctly, Ernie McCracken won that tournament.

  32. Kate says:

    Everything about this picture screams awesome.

  33. Andi from NC says:

    I understand why they have them in order of height but I think it would have been more fun to have them in order of mullet growth – we’ve clearly got several distinct stages of “mulletness” going on here.

  34. Ian says:

    I coloured my mullet in Reno once just to watch it dye.

  35. Stacey says:

    Love the identifier — 2nd mullet from right -lol

  36. Heather Wood says:

    1985, 1995 — This photo is ageless!

  37. memike says:

    The national bowling stadium is in Reno, not Las Vegas, and to Reno residents there’s a big difference, although I live in Vegas.
    I have family in Reno and I was there one weekend at least 15 years ago when they were having a big tourney of bowlers. Talk about casinos full of mullets and beer bellies!!

  38. Nicola says:

    Business in the front, party in the back.

  39. Lozzajase says:

    And I thought us Australians grew the best mullets……..I was totally wrong! Absolute classic!!

  40. Becky says:

    This is the most epic picture that has ever been submitted to AFP.

  41. Dlee says:

    This Nevada photo is a hoot & it surely belongs in AFP…

  42. Jennifer says:

    Being the looser I am…. lol I looked up the 100th Anniversary of the ABC (which has now been renamed and it was in 1985 in Reno NV)

    So… wow… I am glad it is 85′

  43. Lily says:

    They ALL had blue balls?!

  44. Steph says:

    The sign says Reno, 1995.

    • Just sayin' says:

      It *does* say Reno…but it *could* say 1985.

    • Native Renoite says:

      As a native Renoite, I’d like to point out (like so many others) that the National Bowling Stadium is in Reno. The sign says Reno 1995. But I agree with Just Sayin’, it could totally be 1985. Poor Reno, always lagging behind the times and always overshadowed by Vegas.

    • Rosieposie says:

      Founded in 1895 as the American Bowling Congress, a national tournament didn’t being until 1901 in Chicago with only 41 teams. The tournament reached 100 entries in 1904, surpassed 1000 entries in 1922, and set the all time record of 17,285 team entries at ABC’s 100th anniversary during the christening of National Bowling Stadium in Reno in 1995.

      • buffy says:

        I have actually been to this tournament, I’m sorry to say, and yes, it is in Reno.

      • LMAO says:

        Thank you RosiePosie for that history lesson. You can clearly see that the sign says 92nd Championship Tourney, not 100th. So do the math, it’s definitely NOT 1995 in that picture. To all yall that just have to kill the laughter with your over analyzing, I pray you wake up in the barber chair only to realize you have just been given a BRC mullet. 😛

        • Jimbo says:

          even worse: over-analyzing the over-analysis and being WRONG. The sign says its the 92nd TOURNAMENT, but it the 100th ANNIVERSARY of the ABC. I know nothing about either, but i CAN read. LOL

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