Bradley Bowl

Bradley Bowl

  Name: Bradley Bowl  
  Address: 129 Ella Grasso Turnpike  
  City: Windsor Locks  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06096  
  Phone: (860) 623-2597  
  Lanes: 44  
  Lane Type: Synthetic  
  Pro Shop: Yes  
  Food: None  
  Comments: Litchco’s Precision Pro Shop. Since 1997. Norman Major & Mike Lichstein. Call Us @ 860-627-0353. Store Hours: Monday & Tuesday 12:00-8:00 PM. Wednesday 3:00-7:00 PM. Thursday & Friday 12:00-8:00 PM. Saturday 9:00-3:00 PM.  
How Does Bradley Bowl Rate?
Votes:    1973
Lanes: Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5
Food: Actual Value is 2.6Actual Value is 2.6Actual Value is 2.6
Price: Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5
Fun: Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5
Overall: Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5
 All bowling center ratings are the opinions of visitors to this web site and do not reflect the feelings and opinions of
Bradley Bowl Comments

Comment Date: 2/12/2012 Name: Micky D
It is now February 2012. Where is that PBA tournament that’s supposed to be here? Bradley Bowl will NEVER be the way it was decades ago.

Comment Date: 1/30/2012 Name: jessie
I was on a TSA league in 2006 the grill had a manager Dan, where did he go? he knew his stuff what a loss! Bradley get him back

Comment Date: 1/25/2012 Name: anonymous
go to the new shop owned by newlyweds john and alex guadagnino. great ball drillers! great lessons! great people and fair prices.

Comment Date: 10/23/2011 Name: Avid Bowler
The lanes have definitely changed…can’t believe how bad they are. Hopefully when the sale of the place is finalized from Bowl New England to Carl Barnes, he will run it better…meaning he will have more control over how the lanes are oiled.

Comment Date: 8/13/2011 Name: Anonymous
Are they planning on moving Bradley Bowl to Vegas ?

Comment Date: 6/8/2011 Name: Micky D.
In other words, he does not know for sure. I’ll believe it when I see it on the tour schedule.

Comment Date: 1/30/2011 Name: Anonymous
Great news everyone! Carl just told me the other day that the PBA is coming back to Bradley Bowl! I sure have missed them being here…I can’t wait! He said Jan or Feb 2012!

Comment Date: 12/5/2010 Name: Be Serious
Sounds like you lost a quarter in the pinball machine.

Comment Date: 7/5/2010 Name: Gentle
do not even think going there.
horrible place.
run-down grage sale type machines.
rip the public.
staff is dangriously crook.
b’day, not even a chance.
place needs to be inspected for deceptive practices and ripping the public off.

Comment Date: 3/14/2010 Name: Anonymous
Went back to Bradley for the first time in 13 years. What a disappointment. The staff were cranky and not very customer focused. I realize I am a middle aged, ‘non-birthday party participant’ but, for 4 games income, a thanks or a smile would not have killed anyone.

Comment Date: 2/25/2010 Name: Sam
I recently went to Bradley bowl and had a terrible experience . Everyone who worked there was very rude. The bartender told us not to bother her so she could Leavw work early! We weren’t allowed to buy one game at 9:30pm. The entire staff was very rude . I will not be going back.

Comment Date: 9/15/2009 Name: Me
Call and ask for merrilyn

Comment Date: 7/18/2009 Name: Mc
What is the best men’s league to join this fall at Bradley? I am a 205+ average bowler.

Comment Date: 7/5/2009 Name: JB
I could care less about the lane conditions, how clean the center is or how friendly the staff is, if the chairs are not done right, I will not bowl ! Lets make a stand, fix the chairs or lose your leagues and open play ! Let’s face it, having the right chairs will bring in the bowlers, eveyone knows that !

Comment Date: 5/2/2009 Name: sharkey people even complain about the chairs??? This is a first on this site!! (or any other bowling site) With so many complaints..why do you pay to go there and find fault with everything? Take up ping-pong!!

Comment Date: 4/13/2009 Name: Mike
Who ever is re-doing your chairs is ripping you off (if you are doing it yourselves – shame on you). They are poorly re-covered and certainly not re-upholstered. Please spend a few bucks and get it done right so your customers can experience a pleasant stay and not have to endure back torture.
Thank you

Comment Date: 3/25/2009 Name: comment on Sunday night league bowler
He has a great point. Also the kids walk all over the bowling lanes and area with regular shoes on tracking all kinds of crap down there.

Comment Date: 3/24/2009 Name: Sunday Night Bowler
Carl…how could you possibly put a birthday party on a league pair of lanes when you know that the birthday party will go past the time that the league will start. Our league has a contract for specific lanes at 6pm on sundays. We pay really good money to have these lanes ready for us to bowl on at our contracted time. How can the bowling alley ask the league to hold up there end of the contract when the allies itself breaks the contract every week by not having the lanes ready and or having the league wait while the lanes are cleared of presents, people and birthday cake. As a league bowler this is not tolerable!!! Lastly, if you believe that birthday parties will pay the monthly bills, then get rid of the leagues, but at my last calculation our league pays the lanes just under $20,000 for the 35 weeks that we bowl…that’s a lot of birthday parties to fill in for each league that leaves the house…RESPECT EVERY LEAGUES CONTRACT!!!!

Comment Date: 3/20/2009 Name: Fred Stiles
Go to Simsbury lanes. You will be lucky to get a beer at all.

Comment Date: 3/18/2009 Name: Anonymous
How generous!!!

Comment Date: 3/13/2009 Name: Anonymous
Carl bought me a warm beer!!!

Comment Date: 2/11/2009 Name: In reference to Unsatisfied Sunday night bowler
I would have just gone to friendly’s up the street anyway. Breakfast at a bowling alley just doesnt seem right to me. They probably use the same oil to cook as on the lanes.

Comment Date: 2/9/2009 Name: Common Sense
I apoligize for not spending my entire life savings on bowling shoes, but if people would just us some common sense it would best for everyone.

Comment Date: 2/9/2009 Name: Unsatisfied Sunday Night Bowler
Carl, if you’re going to announce that the snack bar is going to be open for breakfast on a sunday morning for the league bowlers, please do not cheat your customers with the tiny/cheap hamburger buns for your breakfast sandwiches instead of the bulky rolls that you use for your regular burgers…what a disappiontment and rip off breakfast was! We will eat elsewhere before bowling if we have to bowl in the morning again.

Comment Date: 2/9/2009 Name: Unsatisfied Sunday Night Bowler
Bradley and Carl have definitly started to cater to the birthday parties ($ that is suppose to be extra income not to pay the bills) instead of the league bowler…last night we had cake, frosting, and garbage all over the lane and setee area and then one of our lanes was broken for the entire 10 min practice session. Never mind the foot prints that were all the way down to the arrows on both our lanes. (Is no one watching these kids? Someone is going to get hurt)! We pay good money ($ that pays the bills) to bowl every weekend and we get this kind of crap service we get.
Carl, please do something to help the league bowlers (Either make sure the house is prepared for them or decrease the lineage so we can have bigger prize funds and no excuse but to deal with this crap)

Comment Date: 2/8/2009 Name: Anonymous
To more common sense, how many Dexter #8 soles do you carry in your bag ? Don’t be stupid, you change soles to obtain a differnet slide on the approach, going to a higher or lower number will alter you approach. People with WET shoes, should not walk intot he setee area. Thats more sence than you have.

Comment Date: 2/7/2009 Name: bradley bowl fan
I went to Bradley Bowl last night.. i had such a blast. I got really high scores with just one ball. I looked a little down the lanes to my right and i saw someone with like 10 balls.. i felt sorry.. if only he knew how to throw one. this dude s*cks.. i cant wait to see his comment about lane conditions. lol its always the lanes faults never the bowler. I’d like to give a shout out to Gary and Elaine.. your the best.

Comment Date: 2/7/2009 Name: bradley bowler
To all of you people who post your comments about Bradley Bowl itself, thank you… to the rest of you who have nothing else to do with your lives than bash on eachother need to try out for a part in a soap opera. This website is suppposed to be a feedback of customers experience, whether its good or bad. Why would management want to look to see this site to fix problems if all they get are comments about every one elses comments? Honeslty, i know most of you and i think you all are acting like children Grow up. Maybe the lanes are fantastic. Instead of you spending your day on here you need to practice more. If you need help, the pro shop is right there. If you took the sticks out of your a**es when you bowl, it would help your scores as well. Hey Carl… you rock

Comment Date: 2/3/2009 Name: More Common Sense
This is to Common Sense, if you buy a pair of bowling shoes with interchangable soles you would not have a worry about your soles getting wet.

Comment Date: 1/22/2009 Name: Common Sense
I can’t believe that there are league bowlers who still don’t have a clue that it’s winter (snow, ice, etc) and walk in the setee area with their wet shoes. They must not care whether anyone falls flat on their face because they have water on their bowling shoes. Come on people lets be a little smarter from now on before someone ruins a $150 pair of bowling shoes or even worse wrecks their knee!

Comment Date: 1/8/2009 Name: Cuda/C Perl with a Cerma Core
Please be advised, its not that Bradley is a BNE house that things are going wrong, its the in house manager. There are plenty of BNE houses, such as Vernon and Shaker in East Longmeadow that run very very well. In fact, BNE put 2k in a Thursday Night Trio’s league last year, and always puts out consistent shots. Just saying, don�t be quick to trash BNE, they are the owners, but need to hear feedback to make the house as good as it can be. Also, at Shaker, they do a pizza wheel before the start of each league night. They spin the wheel, and a team gets a free pizza each week on a certain lane, not bad idea.

Comment Date: 1/7/2009 Name: tyler
I LOVE BRADLEY BOWL it is the best place to bowl if you want to bowl some place this is the place. I LOVE BRADLEY BOWL!!

Comment Date: 12/26/2008 Name: Al white
I love bowling at bradley. I tried simsbury lanes but the competition was too much for me.

Comment Date: 12/2/2008 Name: Chris Mele
It would be nice to see the alley put in the flip down infant / child changing tables in the bathrooms!

Comment Date: 11/14/2008 Name: Anonymous
I know Jason Mele and I doubt very much that was him. Wish this board would not allow people to use anyone name.

Comment Date: 11/10/2008 Name: Jason Mele
In the era of reactive resin bowling balls and most bowling alleys losing teams to other houses because of there easier lane conditions and how they handle difficult situations. Think to yourself, the last thing you would want to have happen if you had a bowling alley is the oiling machine not working. Right? If this happened wouldn’t you want a back up machine or some one on site that could repair it or at least be talked through a repair problem. I guess thats the last thing that bradley bowl is worried about. Since thursday of last week the oiling machine has been broken. Told to me by carl himself. I don’t mind bowling on a tough shot when it is for a tournament, but when I just want to go out and have a good time with my family on my one league night a week. I don’t want to have to be hitting a spot 3 boards wide to strike all night. Thats not what I pay 17 dollas a week for. I know im not the best bowler in the worldd but Im just like everyone else. The better I bowl the happier I will be. Wow a customer being happy? Lets see better house shot equals a happier customer. Thats a great concept for getting the avg. bowler back into your bowling center. So for my final thoughts I would just like to say to carl, you either need to get a new mechanic or you need to handle these situations a little different so you don’t loose the rest of the leagues that you have in that house. Thanks again. Hope the machine is fixed by monday night or you might have a lot more unhappy bowlers.

Comment Date: 11/5/2008 Name: THE REAL RICH MAJORS
for all you chumps,it’s amazing how some idiot,who thinks their yours truly,can claim to be me..lets start @ the beginning,yesterday,i wasn’t online to put this trash on this skip,whoever you are,,i could care less about you.bradley bowl & vernon lanes are owned by bne.bne runs the don’t like how this bne,runs the show,,pack your bags & quit bowling.when i read what skip whoever he is said that the majors dont bowl at bradley bowl,how was i suppose to know who he was talking i dont need fools apolizing for me..there’s this guy i know that bowls there,named darrell.i talked to him last,last yr,sept 2008.he runs a lge oneither wed or thurs nights.he pretty well knows me,&at; least i listen to him speak his peace.he’s one of the few,who knows what he’s talking about.whoever put this trash using rich majors’ name get a life..

Comment Date: 11/4/2008 Name: NOT THE REAL Rich Majors
I would just like to take the time to apologize to you Skip. I am an egotistical moron who only thinks the world revolves around me. When I saw you mention my last name, I assumed I was the only person in the world with that name. While I know everyone wants to be like me, alas, I must admit I was wrong to berate you. Please accept my apology, and the next time I see you, I promise to give you an autographed picture of myself.

I find it absolutely sickening that the center manager thinks he is helping by interviewing bowlers on the conditions at bradley bowl. I bet he could make a hell of a rum and coke but last night he didnt even know how to operate the register at the desk!! Red might have been a mean old guy but he knew how to do his job. any bowling center that turns down the PBA is on crack. BNE is a joke. They have turned one of CT’s top bowling center into a 3 ring circus. It is very unfortunate that management doesnt feel that BOWLING at a BOWLING CENTER should be a #1 priority. I have been bowling at Bradley since I was old enough to walk. I bowl on the Thursday night WL industrial league.I am part of a team that has won 3 straight league titles and holds the highest team triple and single game total scratch in the leagues history.Since BNE took over our league has shrunk considerably. So bad we had to merge with another league so we could actually have more than 10 teams. Our team will not be returning to Bradley next year. Not that anyone on here cares but Bradley should be ashamed of themselves for chasing away the heart and soul of the center, their league bowlers.

Comment Date: 10/29/2008 Name: Anonymous
Dropping the league lineage $2 per week will not bring back the bowlers. This adds up to $8 per month, not that much. BNE did their thing by trying to make the center into a recreation center. They wanted bithday parties with kids spending their parents money on all the games they installed. They thought that open play would increase because the added loud music along with the games. BNE did not want league bowlers or tournaments. Now after a few years of seeing empty lanes and league bowlers going elsewhere, are they changing their minds ? Not really sure what the answer is. I think for Bradley to be successful again, BNE would have to sell to someone else with more emphasis on league and tournaments. I think the bowlers are still there waiting to come back.

Comment Date: 10/28/2008 Name: Anonymous
It’s pretty sad that the Bradley Bowl Pro Shop personal close early to go bowl at another house! Should this tell us something?

Comment Date: 10/26/2008 Name: Skip Odiorne
I am glad to see that some of my comments sparked some of the truths to come out. To Dave, I appreciate the feedback. I would hope that management would take this to heart and make some better offers to get the income from the tournament lineage into the house. I also appreciate seeing mop respond to see the reasons that some of the top Connecticut bowlers have chosen to leave Bradley also and agree totally with the logic. Rick brings up some good points also, birthday parties and extreme bowling seem to be management priority and leagues take a back seat. They are all good points and I am hoping that they strike home. I have seen Carl try to make the effort to show concern and interview the bowlers to try to get an idea of things to try. They have purchased a new oiling machine and brought in people to help train them. The shot seems to be more consistent this year than the prior two years but it seems all the feedback below seems to target pricing more. I am not sure that Carl and Nono have the power to control this, so I am hoping that BNE has seen some of this feedback and uses it to make some better business decisions. I agree that there doesn’t seem to be too much difference between the open lineage for 3 games and the lineage for leagues for 3 games. This leaves very little for the prize fund unless the league votes to up dues, which tends to drive more and more out, especially in todays economy. I can tell you for the past two years that winning the Elm St Package league, along with individual & team awards for series, game, average, etc. didn’t cover but about half of what we invested to bowl for the year. So, I can agree with the info below very easily. I am not sure that BNE realizes that a 20 to thirty percent drop in lineage for leagues may return more in overall revenues. If you drop the the lineage by 20 to 30 percent and can bring back 20 to 30 percent of the bowlers that left, the revenues would actually be higher. In a declining economy, lowering pricing to increase sales is a practice that successful businesses make. The bowlers may still pay $15 to $16 per week but more of it would be benefiting the prize fund, while the house still gets the same revenues because of increased membership. If the current 80 bowler league increases to 100 bowlers and the lineage drops from $11.50 to $9.50, the house’s revenue goes from $920 to $950 and the prize fund for the league increases by 40%. This formula also works in reverse, which seems to be the trend. The other factor of this is that the league dues are a guaranteed fixed income for about 34 weeks of the year, whereas the parties and extreme bowling are variable. In a business, it makes more sense to grow the fixed income portion of the business because the variable portion is not reliable. At times, the variable may exceed but it is tougher to sustain, especially in a depressed economy. My hopes out of all of this is to get Bradley back to being a thriving house, like it was under Red’s management. It may be a losing battle but as I stated earlier, I would hate to see the leagues get so small that the bowlers just give up because that would be the end of Bradley Bowl. Seeing some of the leagues that used to almost fill the house drop to 10 to 12 teams is a very grim vision and that is where we are at now. I will get off my soapbox now but I hope that this sparks some interest in saving this house.

Comment Date: 10/21/2008 Name: rick
The lanes at Bradley are oiled early in the morning so by the time you bowl league at night they’re drier then a bone. They don’t really care if you’ve bowled there for 20 years or 2 years. All they care about is B-day parties and fun bowl.
The lanes breakdown more now than ever and all they have to fix them is bob the mechanic. So if 3 lanes break down we’re all screwed. It was nice when the lanes were oiled in the afternoon and they had a couple of mechanics at any given time.
I’ve bowled at Bradley for 33 years and has most of my family, so I’ve seen a lot of changes and seems to be getting worse.
One other thing they are suppose to keep the music off during league play but don’t turn it off unless someone says something or complains. If I want to listen to music while I bowl, I will go bowling on friday nights instead.

Comment Date: 10/21/2008 Name: Skip Odiorne
My comment wasn’t aimed at you Rich. The Majors that I was referring to were Nick and Norm.

Comment Date: 10/21/2008 Name: Anonymous again..Mr. ” I know everything about bowling alleys”. Go back to Wallingford.

Comment Date: 10/14/2008 Name: rich majors
To this chump,named Skip Odiome..I hate to break your bubble,,me Rich Majors,,never bowled @ Bradley Bowl..get your facts straight..the only house I bowled in CCBA,area,,was South Windsor Ten Pin New Haven County,,it was AMF Hamden,,before you run your mouth,,put your own foot in it,,my man..

Comment Date: 10/9/2008 Name: Matt
I am having a real ahrd time understanding why anyone would even want to bowl at Bradley. First it’s 13 per week to bowl and if your like some of the people in my league who are rec bowlers they dont have there own shoes. theres another $3 per week. So really you end up paying 16 per week. Now what are you getting for 15 per week that you would nto get for not being in the league. NOTHING. its 4 per game NON league and 3 for shoes. So really you are paying more for being in a league and get nothing in return. Why is it people want to complain that there are not as many bowlers these days. Well let me anwser that for you, People dont want to pay out the rear for less. Screw Bradley bowl.

Comment Date: 10/3/2008 Name: To: Bowlers who whine are jokes – Skip Odiorne
Get your facts straight ghost writer. I work for Covidien (the ones with the banner on Fenway Park) as an Accountant. I have worked there for 20 years, since they were Tyco Healthcare. I am an accountant and worked a second job at Target for about a year or so and haven’t worked there in over 3 years.
Yes. I have purchased some equipment off of EBay but what does that have to do with anything? They are the same balls that you buy in the Pro Shops for a much discounted price. And, actually the recent ones are actually straight from the manufacturer for almost 50% off. But, as I said, what difference does that make?
You seem to chicken to even use your real name. The real point I am trying to make is that Bradley will end up going under if the league population continues to drop.
I agree that some are at other houses because of the prize funds. Would they come back, if Bradley got some sponsors to kick in? That is something that management should be asking. Yes, the Classic League was great and I wish it would come back.
Some of the other league bowlers left because of the ever changing conditions (last year and the year before, this year has been pretty good so far). Your average 160 to 170 bowler is not going to spend money at the Pro Shop to get a range of equipment to handle dry, medium and heavy oil conditions. They are just going to get frustrated and give up or go to another house. Management seems to be addressing this situation and hopefully this will bring some of them back.
I would like to see Bradley be as popular as it was in the 80’s and 90’s and the sport of bowling cannot afford to have more houses close (like Riverdale, Meadows, etc.). I can’t stress enough that I think management is headed in the right direction with polling the average league member for input and making efforts to make it more enjoyable to bowl at Bradley.

Comment Date: 9/27/2008 Name: Dave C.
As a NEBA officer, I can give the reason why NEBA is not going to Bradley. At the end of every bowling year houses are asked to bid for the tournament. Many houses give discounted rates for lineage, location, and bowler turnout for the tournament are also considered. Bradley is a prime location, since bowl new england has taken over they have not offered any break in lineage. Houses that NEBA goes to offers around $2 per game, Bradley offered $3.50 a game and full price for practice. You can’t have a tournament where you lose money. They wouldn’t even put the $50 center donation in. It just goes to show that Bradley has become less of a competitive bowlers bowling alley and more of a persons entertainment center. Don’t get me wrong if Bradley offered a break in price, NEBA would instantly go back there. They do treat the bowlers fairly, it would be nice to see them bring a competitive money league back to Bradley and less of the Have a ball leagues.

Comment Date: 9/27/2008 Name: Bowlers who whine are jokes
Skip first off I didn’t know you had all this time on your hands to write a book of bowling. Second, working at target loading trucks is close to being an accountant. Third, keep buying those balls off ebay they really seem to be working for you. Ok now that I let that out lets get back to what this website is really about. I agree with some points you said especially about the discounted league bowling. I agree they should give the price all the time. I know for a fact that Baral and the bowlers you mentioned aren’t bowling at Bradley because there are no big money prize funds in any of the leagues at Bradley. The classic league was the best league they had. The bowlers you mentioned left to bowl elsewhere because they want to use their ability to make money. Can’t really blame them. It had nothing to do with the shot just the prize fund. As far as my knowledge goes all the leagues at bradley are decent to bowl in but in the end you wont make your money back if you win the league. You lose money and thats a reason why they are going elsewhere. The different houses are also giving the leagues discounts where I believe bradley is around $11 per league bowler per week. Here we are complaining online, this is a bowlers journal and everyone has to right in it. Talk to management instead of writing on this website. Enough said

Comment Date: 9/26/2008 Name: Anonymous
I vote Skip to run the bowling alley!! At Least he seems to care and makes sense!!

Comment Date: 9/21/2008 Name: Skip Odiorne
To the author of the comment on 9/16. You obviously don’t read too well. Mark stated that 70% of his problems were his own mistakes, I stated that Bradley was improving and Nick never blamed the lane conditions for anything. As a matter of fact, I shot my first 300 at Bradley last year, Nick shot 3 of his own and Nick also carried a 220 average, which is probably the highest carried at Bradely last year. Which brings me to another question: If good bowlers adjust to the lanes and “deal with it”, then why don’t Litch, Baral, D-Roy, the Macierowski brothers, the Majors, etc. bowl at Bradley any more? They used to bowl at Bradley all the time and sometimes multiple leagues. We also used to have the pros every year, the world team challenge and the senior tour. Even NEBA has taken Bradley off the regular schedule for the past 2 years. My question, if I were management, is what happened and what can I do to fix it? When you can answer some of these questions, I think you will find that even some of the “elite” bowlers have some of the same thoughts and opinions that we have stated below.

Comment Date: 9/21/2008 Name: Skip Odiorne
Being an accountant, I can agree with some of the comments below regarding the pricing. I am not saying that league prices are too high because $20 per week is acceptable. You would spend $20 doing any type of entertainment on any given night (going out to dinner, a night at the movies, a concert, even shooting pool). The regular rates for open bowling are meeting the average also. The national average is $4.35 per string, according to the latest at and the International Bowling Digest. The one thing that other houses are doing that Bradley doesn’t is unrestricted league discounts. Bradley only gives league discount based on time blocks. Other than those times, the regular rates apply. If I had 5 to 10 bucks in my pocket, I would be more apt to come to the lanes and shoot a couple, if I knew that I would be able to shoot more than a game or two. With the regular rates of $4.50 per string, that wouldn’t happen. If the league rates were applied any time that there were open lanes available for $1.50 or $2, I would make more of an effort to come up. That would make Bradley’s profit $5 or $10 versus the zero that they would get if the regular rates were applied because it wouldn’t be worth my time to come up and shoot 1 or 2 games. Many of the other houses, like Silver, South Windsor, Chicopee, Airway, etc. offer league discounts any time that open lanes are available. This is even during league hours if the leagues don’t fill the house. Just a suggestion.

Comment Date: 9/21/2008 Name: Skip Odiorne
I have not complained about the conditions and do not blame the house for my bad days. I have adjusted and carried over 200 in 90% of my leagues last year, of which most were at Bradley. I am not a 220 or 230 average but can maintain about 200 on any shot. In fact, over my past 3 regional tournaments, I have even averaged about 198 on the PBA patterns, improving my game each attempt. One major step in achieving this, however, was to expand my arsenal to be able to handle different conditions. Most bowlers under 200 are not going to carry 5 or 6 balls with them because they are unsure of the conditions that they will deal with that night in leagues. They will also not spend $600 to $800 or more to be able to carry that equipment because they are just average bowlers trying to have a good time. When they stop having a good time because they are fighting different conditions every week, they quit and find another house. I enjoy Bradley Bowl and have enjoyed it since I started bowling 20 years ago. I don’t want to see it close but the ever declining league membership is showing me that it may be inevitable. The efforts of the management is the only thing that will stop that from happening. Lately, those efforts have been noticed. Keep up the good work.

Comment Date: 9/21/2008 Name: Skip Odiorne
To the guy that can write any name… If you read my comment, I was actually complimenting the house for their efforts. I didn’t say anything about not being able to adjust to the shot. Yes, you are right, the better bowlers can adjust to the pattern. I am currently adjusting pretty well to what is out there. Unfortunately, you have to think of everyone when you are running a business and not everyone is a bowler that can adjust. If you look at the national average of a bowler, 160 is about the norm. Your average 160 bowler is not going to be happy about ever-changing conditions and dropping 10 or 20 pins off their average. Hence, they will go look for a house that conditions similarly throughout the year, where they can maintain their average and possibly improve. I am not trying to look out for myself, I am trying to think of what is best for the house because I have seen the reduction in league membership and would like to see this house stay in business. Only the top 5% of all bowlers are 200+ averages. That leaves 95% of the bowlers in the other category that would like to see similar conditions from week to week, so that they can tell whether their decline is related to them or the shot pattern. I think that Bradley is making the right efforts now in trying to get the conditions out there to get some of those league members back. Carl has been more involved in speaking with the league bowlers of all average capacity, they got the new oiling machine, brought in people to work with the staff on running it, etc. I tip my hat to the efforts that I have seen from the management at Bradley over the past year or so.

Comment Date: 9/20/2008 Name: john johnson
I agree with Mop.It’s amazing how the other lgs can adjust to the lane conditions.Yes,every1 gets the same shot,but these jokers who call themselves bowlers,can’t hit the broad side of a barn.

Comment Date: 9/20/2008 Name: No Mopas Here! A.K.A. – Jason Mele
I agree with every one on this site. You want to know why, I have bowled about every night of the week at Bradley bowl and I know what the lanes will give me every night. If they are going to be oily or not. I know wednesday is a tuff night to bowl and that you NEVER DO get the same shot each week. At least on the right side. Other nights aren’t to bad.People that complain should try bowling tuesday nights. The shot there is pretty good. Or even the shot on Sunday night this year has been pretty good. I just s*ck thats why im avg. 185 so far for 2 weeks of bowling. I just look at this way. When I do start to bowl better I will have some handicap to smoke every one with. But for not having been able to put the time in to bowling Im a lil rusty. I have given up on making excusses for bowling. Im not going to be a pro so why should I care. At this time I would like to give a shout out to Litch, “No Mopas Here”. Hope you get to read that. Those where some good days. In my final comment I would like to say that lets all look at the big picture and think, am I really that good to care that much about bowling. If you are I will probably see you on T.V. some day. Congrats to you when that day comes. To everyone else, PLEASE stop bitching. If you can’t stop then at least go play golf or something like that. Thank you for everyones time.

Comment Date: 9/18/2008 Name: Sunday Night Bowler
The bartender on Sunday is great!! Without her, all I would do is complain about the bowling conditions..

Comment Date: 9/17/2008 Name: Mop
I am suprised that your all complaining how there is no oil and the lanes are dry. When the lanes are oiled you guys complain that there is too much. How bout you whiners do bowling a favor and shut up and bowl. I guess you all are not good enough to adjust to the shot. They make different equipment for todays lanes. Why not spend the money and buy a ball rather that complaining about why your rubber ball wont work. Bowling like everything else is changing. So you must spend money and put the extra time in to become better. To these so-called bowlers who come to their one night a week league and expect to throw the ball in the exact same spot everytime and strike. Well I got news for you, you won’t strike like you want. Try moving, play a different line, move hand positions. Make the changes and stop complaining on here week in and week out. The bowling managers read these things but they are not going to go cater the lanes for you. Funny how that it is always the weds. night bowlers that complain and yet everyone gets the same shot for the week. I mean I get more laughter coming on here than I do going to the Funny Bone. Its ridiculous you guys are obviously never going to be happy. I know what’s going to happen next, Nick Mele or someone is going to say common put your shoes on and bring your balls and I’ll bowl ya for all your money. It’s so predictable. Just because you guys can’t get the average you want, why not blame yourself instead of trying to blame everyone but yourself. You dont see baseball players complaining when they doing get a meatball everytime they are at bat. They have to work to get the hits. What I am saying is you must adjust to what is given to you. Plain and simple.

Comment Date: 9/17/2008 Name: Anonymous
I am not saying that bowlers should not adjust to the current condition on the lanes, but I do think the center should oil at least once per day just before their nightly prime time league. Some bowlers can not afford to purchase new equipment everytime the lane condition is different. For those of you that can, good luck to you. All a league bowler can ask for is a consistant shot from week to week. Yes sometimes something will go wrong, but that should not be the norm. Putting down a fresh shot for the prime time league is just “Good Business Practice”. We all know bowling is on a decline, if putting down a fresh shot will keep the bowlers coming back, then it should be a no brainer. Now, I do not care if the shot is consistantly dry or oilly, just be consistent.

Comment Date: 9/16/2008 Name: skip,mark,mele,olin, I can write any name
Good bowlers know how to adjust to lane conditions. Bad bowlers blame the bowling alley. You know the lane conditions will be hard..Deal with it.. Or quit.. But you don’t quit, you just whine,whine,whine…

Comment Date: 9/14/2008 Name: Anonymous
John, most houses oil the lanes twice per day depending on the amount of play during the day. The houses that oil only once per day, do it before their prime time league (normally around 5pm) and try to keep open play away from these lanes. Yes, when school is out, that is extremely difficult and sometimes during these days the lanes will not be fresh, but this is not the norm. Its hard to call someone a crybaby when the lanes you are bowling on were used by 5 or more people throwing plastic all over the place and the lanes next to you are fresh. Not a fair condition for a league to have to bowl on. Late leagues that start 8:30 or later take what they give you because there is no time to re-oil the lanes. The centers that break these rules are normally the ones that lose thier prime time league bowlers.

Comment Date: 9/13/2008 Name: Nicholas Mele
well john smith who ever the hell you are when ever you want to bowl then bring your equipment to the lanes on a wednesday and we will bowl and you will see that there are good bowlers on wednesday night any not all are cry babies. So if you think you are that good then come to the bowling alley and i’ll make sure you leave there looking like an a**hole.

Comment Date: 9/10/2008 Name: JOHN SMITH
To the joker who left that last remark,,you clowns make bowling look like pinpong..what do u expect when you crybabies,can’t adjust to lane conditions.You guys are spoiled brats,,believe me.I hate to see you clowns bowl on a real shot..excuse me,,condition.You expect the house to re-oil them after lgs in afternoon..then want them to keep open play off them…give me a break.Buy your own house & do what you want to them

Comment Date: 9/6/2008 Name: Wednesday Night Bowlers Brother2
Bowling on wednesday nights is a great time out and great competition, but it looks like most of you trying to bash each other on here should spend more time with Hooked on Phonics then bowling!

Comment Date: 9/5/2008 Name: Gary Olin
I am writing this not because someone ask to write this it is because I wanted to write this. I sorry if I have offended any of the staff or people at Bowl New England. And I am sorry for if I caused any problems on the Wednesday night league. Both Bradley Bowl(Bowl New England) and the Wednesday night league are run well. I had some seriously bad news both family and friends that was told to me the past 2 weeks that nobody wants to hear about. Please don’t ask me. But, I would like to help out Paul and Dan get a sponsor for the league so we don’t have to keep going up on the costs every years. Again I am truly sorry and this will be the last time I will write anything on this website.

Comment Date: 9/4/2008 Name: John Forbes
The song remains the same. After all these years, constant grumbling about lane conditions. Seems like I never left. Nono is right. Bowl, enjoy each other’s company, and have fun. It’s a game.

Comment Date: 9/4/2008 Name: Gary Olin
How many of you bowled down Fairfield County, it is not to far down the Merrit Parkway? I have and maybe I am spoiled by the oiling of the lanes down in that part of the state. ( I still go down once or twice a week to bowl) It is done before the beginning of every league unless it is not specified by the contract with the house. Most leagues are. And most leagues are up in the the 25 – 35 dollar range. So all the bowlers up is this part of CT. should not complain. I sat very quiet (Ha Ha) and not said a word for 4 years at Bradley Bowl. It is my turn to speak. My voice has been not been heard and it is only a start so I say this to everyone. I do not say too much during bowling but I can say this to Bowl New England (Bradley Bowl) if you want to sell or want someone to make you an offer PLEASE CONTACT ME. I don’t mean this in any bad way (or a hostile takeover just if they are ready to talk) Until then I will sit be happy with my new team. Hey Wednesday night bowlers how would you like to get a sponsor for the league? They would be willing to put up a few thousand into the prize fund so we can attrack more bowler.

Comment Date: 9/1/2008 Name: MA Goduto
Hiya Skip, what’s up?? How was the summer?
I hope that you’re right about the conditions getting better. I bowled on Sunday nights this past summer. The condition was okay the first 3 weeks and the last week of the summer league; in between those weeks the middle of the lanes was so f’n DRY I put my Action in the polisher for a minute and a half. There was no outside shot that I could find. I suspected that the lanes weren’t oiled over the weekend but the Sunday night lane guy couldn’t tell me if they were or not.
It wasn’t fun at all.
As with all bowling though, you have to find something for a line and play it well; I didn’t do that consistently. I’d say it was 30% a crappy condition and 70% that I made too many mistakes.
Another slice of humble pie!!

Comment Date: 8/29/2008 Name: Anonymous
Nano, will put open bowlers anywhere he wants to. He is old school, he says if you are good, then adjust to the lanes and stop complaining. He may have a point, but it sure would be nice to give the leagues a nice fresh condition, since we quaranteed money and paying most of the bills.

Comment Date: 8/29/2008 Name: Gary Olin
I also did hear that they purchased a new oiling machine. But that fact is that oiling one time per day does not cut it. If they have 3 – 4 maybe 5 leagues per day than maybe they should lay down 15′ of oil for the last 2 squads. Not reoil the whole lane. This would save time and money. All the house would have to do is schedule an extra 15 – 30 minutes at the most to do the lanes that are used for leagues. I just wish that the league protests over the conditions of the lanes. I keep hearing that it has been like this for years. By the way does the house try to keep the open bowlers off those lanes that are used for leagues after they have been oiled?

Comment Date: 8/28/2008 Name: Wednesday Commerical league bowler
Well, our season has started and it was nice to see all the guys again. I thought things would be a little bit different since the house went up on there prices again. It is like we never had a break from last year. The lanes are even drier than they were last year. Thank you Bradley Bowl for a nice dry welcome back!!!! After this year I say the league take a vote and change were we will bowl next year. Maybe that will wake up the staff. Or doesn’t the league Pres. and Sec. have any {deleted} to do something like that.

Comment Date: 8/26/2008 Name: another avid bowler
To the chump that replied.I hate to tell you,,you jokers on Wednesday nights are the laughing stock of bowling in New England.Bowl for money..lets get a pair outside,50′ ft gutter to gutter and let’s put the match on public tv.,so everyone can see that you my friend s* make things even,,you can only use 1 ball.

Comment Date: 8/20/2008 Name: Skip Odiorne
I will not hide behind some made up screen name. I have bowled at Bradley for about 20 years now. Some years better than others and you can definitely see when there are changes in the staff that is taking care of the lanes. Lately, they have made that a big part of their efforts. They bought a new oiler (that they are learning to use) and have made an effort to get some training for the staff that operates it. I am thinking that this may be the year that they get it all together. I hope it is because we are losing league members left and right and I would hate to see this house get closed down. It would be nice to see it as busy as when Red ran the place and we filled the house 2 or 3 shifts every night. I think it is going to take a little bit of time for that trust to build but they seem to be headed in the right direction.
By the way, if anyone is interested in joining a Friday night league, The Elm Street league is looking for males and females to fill 11 slots. We have a good time and there is just enough competition to keep things interesting.
Take care all and good bowling.

Comment Date: 8/9/2008 Name: wednesday night bowlers brother
Hey avid reader you got a problem with wed night bowlers because if you do then we can bowl for money because i know you will lose because you suck.

Comment Date: 8/4/2008 Name: wednesday night bowlers brother
well this goes out to all the people who think that blue fox rock and bowl is so great, well its not because like pam (12/27/2005)said they oil only every 2 weeks and your equipment gets chewed up by the lanes which s*cks when bowling balls are 200.00 dollars each. Oh yeah to all the parents who think that the staff and dj are so great there well just to let you in on a secret do you know why the old dj there got fired well i do because i used to bowl there all the time. He got fired for playing games with the young girls there like {deleted}. If you think I am lying go the the police station in simsbury and im sure they would know all about that.

Comment Date: 7/30/2008 Name: avid reader
Hey can someone tell me when the Weds night league starts this fall? That way I will know when to look up this website again for some classic whining.

Comment Date: 7/6/2008 Name: Pete
First off, you have to be hired. Then afterwards, if you get hired, you will have to follow the BNE rules. If you do not follow their rules, you will be interviewing for another job real quick. Plus, I was not aware they were even looking for a center manager. Who is leaving ?

Comment Date: 6/28/2008 Name: fred g. carroll
This I got to see.I’d been hearing that from the last 15 yrs or so.Seeing is believeing.These people who call themselves managers,dont last too long.I hear it from AMF,Brunswick.and now BNE.Bowling centers come & go all the time.We’ll see.

Comment Date: 6/26/2008 Name: johnny smith
Future manager..get real..I’ve been in the business for 30 yrs,and what you say & others of said,about,how the house will be.Please!!Get real….soome people think they can run a bowling center.It’s not easy,and managers work 60/80 hrs a week.Salary.Yes,I know that.A long as Bowl New England is running the show,kepp dreaming how you are going 2 run things,,,,Tonto..

Comment Date: 6/24/2008 Name: Future Center Manager
Good afternoon,
I have read all the complaints below and be sure that they will be heavily considered. I’m in the process of interviewing for the Center Manager position at Bradley Bowl and will attempt to address the concerns I’ve read. League bowlers are important to any center, you are the “guaranteed money” for the house. You should be catered to and taken care of. However, keep in mind that your league is only there for 2-3 hous a week while the outside customers make up the 90+ hours the center is open. We’re now in 2008, gas prices are highly increased and families are looking for one-stop-shop’s. Entertainment, safety, food and close to home. Local bowling centers are now Family Entertainment Centers. While I can’t promise a “tube” will be put out there before you leagues, especially on Wednesdays. I can tell you that Bradley Bowl will start to do the small things again. Sweeping the sittee areas before the league starts. Removing all garbage from the tables. Sweeping the approaches, putting freshly sharpened pencils on the scoring machine. I’d also like to get with the times. Create a Bradley Bowl website. Have all league sheets available on-line for your viewing. Discounted practice time, discounts at the snack bar, etc. We’ll see. Hopefully by the time leagues start this fall you’ll see a new face in the center and drastic changes for you, the bowlers! Have a nice summer.

Comment Date: 6/22/2008 Name: Albert
You guys do a wonderful job! Keep up the good work!!!

Comment Date: 5/14/2008 Name: JOHN SMITH
Who cares???!!!

Comment Date: 5/8/2008 Name: Wed. night Commercial Bowler
Well, our banquet is over the food was great did you hear the news of late. I over heard some guys talking about Stroke of Genius team. They let go a bowler that show up all the time and keeps a bowler that never shows up. I would not use the word Genius in the name anymore.

Comment Date: 5/4/2008 Name: Anonymous
how do you find out if they failed the certification?

Comment Date: 4/28/2008 Name: Former Bradley Bowler for 2009
As regards oiling. They also do the lanes on Thursday night around 11pm. This is all the oil the folks on the Friday afternoon and night leagues get too.
The oil pattern we have dubbed the “Valdez”. Sort of a dump and run system. After failing the first PBA certification maybe they will now find out what a real oil pattern should be. Long overdue!!!

Comment Date: 4/26/2008 Name: john

Comment Date: 4/22/2008 Name: Bradley Bowler
Hey Mike. How come Dave’s name is still listed on the pro shop? And, when are you going to get an actual pro driller. Normy can’t drill the same layout twice. Pitches fluctuate, span is inconsistent and almost every ball requires a weight hole?

Comment Date: 4/18/2008 Name: chris jones
hey wed night crybaby,,i bowl on long island at sports plus bowling center & the lanes are stripped/oiled 1st thing in the morning & thats it for the day..our league pays big money to the center and scores are thru the roof.48 lanes brunswick surface.and our lane machine is similar to i dont want to hear it..besides you dont have a clue how these $$$$$$$$$4lane machines operate anyways.

Comment Date: 4/17/2008 Name: A Wed. Night Bowler
I can see why everyone is coming down hard hard on Bradley Bowl. This is the second night (a Wednesday night) in a row that I say the them conditioning the lanes / oiling the lanes / buffing the lanes. For the next day leagues. Is the guy to lazy to get up in the morning to do this on the lanes. So the lanes will sit about 10 – 12 hours before the next league bowls on them. It is sad that I saw this happen. Does this happen every night? Is that why the lanes are is such bad shape (condition) when we get on them. 🙂

Comment Date: 3/31/2008 Name: Andrew Villani
Of course your ball can make that high of an angled turn. There is NO oil on the end of the lane. From (on average) 40 feet and on the lanes are buffed. Not oiled. If there were no oil on the lanes, your ball would be making that little 90 degree angle you speak of a lot sooner than 50 feet down the lane. Start making sense.

Comment Date: 3/27/2008 Name: DAVE FRANKS
To all the bowlers,who’ve been bowling here @ BB,you should be grateful,AMF doesnt own both BB and Vernon.Back in 2004,when Mrs Jarvis passed away,there was 3 companies interested in both.AMF,Brunswick,and Bowl New England.BNE eneded up taking over both.I didnt see any private owner(s),showing interest what soever.So stop saying they show charge this,or do this or that.If you think it’s easy to own/operate a bowling center,talk to Fred Callahan at Bowl A Rama.

Comment Date: 3/21/2008 Name: Ed Mele
I have a better question. If you are going to try and make a point in these message boards, why not use your real name? It brings credibility to your opinions. I agree that the price of bowling has gone too high. $5.00 per game is a joke. The center would be packed at $1.00 a game making more money than they are at 5. It is embarrassing that there can be open bowling during leagues.Every lane should be full with league bowlers.

Comment Date: 3/20/2008 Name: A Bowler at bradley bowl
Can I ask a question to everyone why is that every league has the number of teams have been going down over the years. When my father bowled he told me that they used to do everything to keep the bowlers in the leagues not the open bowlers. If Bradley Bowl and the rest of the bowling center wake up and lower the prices they charge for the league bowlers they would see how many bowlers would come back and on more than one league. I am sad to see and hear that how many bowlers and how many lane each league took up 10 or so years ago. And by the way what is up with the guy that wears those weird shirts.

Comment Date: 3/19/2008 Name: ex amf meadows bowler
i agree with the previous doubt about it.too bad these jokers on wednesday nights some of them,cant adjust to the bad enough,say there’s a new house being built,down the road.too bad wednesdays isnt a pba experience league.they say the lanes have no oil,but someone that bowled after them said otherwise.(FUNNY),these guys should build and run their own house.(oops)i forgot,they know nothing about these high tech lane machines.if they did,they would be lost.

Comment Date: 3/15/2008 Name: new bowling center owner
I am going to open up the new bowling center.I am only going to cater to Wednesday night bowlers. After they bowl their first ball we are going to re-oil the lanes for their second shot. We will apoligize if they have to throw a second ball because wednesday night bowlers should get a strike every time, and if they don’t, it can’t be their fault.It must be the bowling alley’s. Also, we are adding free cheese to go with all the wednesday night whine. And lastly, every bowler will automatically get a 299 game every time..We would give you a 300 game but then how could you complain that it is someone elses fault. The only problem we feel we are going to have is to get you to come to our new lanes.. Because that would mean you would actually have to make an adjustment to where you bowl..And we all know you can’t adjust to to anything..Here’s hoping…

Comment Date: 3/14/2008 Name: ex amf meadows lanes bowler
To Wed.night bowler,for years,I’ve heard about new centers supposely opening around CT.Dont start spreading rumors until you definitely are positive and have proof,a new house will open.If you think its easy 2 run a bowling center,apply to bne and lets see if you can do a better job,making a salary and get no overtime.General Managers are hard to find,like mechanics,with experience.Better yet,get a loan from a bank and own/operate one.

Comment Date: 3/8/2008 Name: Wednesday Night Bowler
Hey bowlers I have good news there will be a new bowling alley opening up a few exits up from bradley bowl. If Bradley Bowl doesn’t want to lose all of there leagues to this new bowling alley, I think they better start listening to the bowlers.

Comment Date: 3/5/2008 Name: Bush
Peace, Brothers!

Comment Date: 2/28/2008 Name: Bill
Don’t Worry, Be Happy! =)

Comment Date: 2/26/2008 Name: ex amf meadows bowler
i’ve been reading some of this crap thats comes from bowlers,who say theres no oil.whats the matter,did you forget how to use the phone.i mean its real tought to dial 7 think the lanes are illegal,well,call C.C.B.A.what are you waiting for??an invitation???as a matter of fact,tell them(USBC),to check them everyday,right after stripping/oiling.i’m telling you crybabies,the ccba,probably wont find anything wrong with them,or worse scenario,you need bowling lessons BIG TIME!!!

Comment Date: 2/26/2008 Name: 
Are all of you guys serious? Re-read all the comments below and actually tell me if you think any of you resemble anything that may look or act like an athlete. Guys – find something better to do outside of arguing about oil on lanes and who has a better average. You guys must be getting tons of chicks…(that’s sarcasm)

Comment Date: 2/24/2008 Name: I-95 BOWLER
You guys keep saying no oil on Wednesday,night.Why don’t you scaredy cats call CCBA.Frenchie works for the association.Call him.Since you clowns are scared to call them or USBC,retire from bowling and sell your equipment on e-bay.Me and a few others are just sick and I mean sick of these bowlers on Wed. saying no oil.Better yet,call Kegel and sign up for their lane maintenance seminars.I’m sure they’ll take you guys in.You complainers should be on that show,,last comic standing.Or on the comedy channel.

Comment Date: 2/23/2008 Name: favor of change
to all you crybabies,why dont you clowns bowl on the pba tour????i mean,bowl on different conditions every week.thats not including qualifying rounds.your the bowlers buying theseSTRIKE-IN-A-BOX,balls,not me!!!!junior bowlers are bowling on the same thing you are..why dont you jokers attend pba school,maybe you’ll learn something.seems right now,you fools couldn’t do squat when it comes to fact,get in contact with mo pinnell,he’s a ball manufacturer and a ex-head mechanic with years of experience.

Comment Date: 2/23/2008 Name: Mike Brown
In all the discussion about the shot being illegal, did you ever think that you might have to change your shot to move with the shot? I mean do you see pros every week playing the same exact part of the lanes week in and week out? I don’t think so, if they did they wouldn’t score as well either, but the big difference is that you typical house bowlers want the shot catered to where you play. With all the new equipment out, why not try to buy a new ball. STop using balls from 2000. I mean didn’t an ebonite turbo go out of style a while back? Ball companies come out with different balls every month. I know everything is expensive but even a new ball that recently came out will help your average improve. For the guy who said he averaged 220’s four years ago and now averages 200, its called your PLAYING THE WRONG PART OF THE LANE, TRY MOVING, YOU WILL SEE IMPROVEMENT, AND SINCE YOUR SUCH A GOOD BOWLER, WHY DON’T YOU TEACH THESE OTHER CRYBABIES HOW TO MOVE THERE FEET AND THEIR LINE.

Comment Date: 2/23/2008 Name: Greg
I recently bowled at Bradley and I had a nice shot, it was on a wednesday night after the leagues. I am not a great bowler but I averaged 210 for the 4 games I bowled. I didn’t see my ball making a 90 degree turn off the gutter like Wednesday Bowler said it does. I was using Storm Fired Up and it read the lanes nicely. When I found my ball hooking to much I played in and still scored decent. I am pretty unsure why you guys can’t move and find a line. There is always a line, you just gotta find it. Just Shutup and bowl.

Comment Date: 2/23/2008 Name: KidNJ
First of all is you post as Wednesday bowler, how am I supposed to know who is calling me out? It would be easy money in my pocket bowling you jamokes. Instead of donating your money to me, why don’t you go buy a ball for the supposed “bad” condition at bradley.

Comment Date: 2/22/2008 Name: Wednesday bowler
Both the NJ and long island bowlers don’t know what they are talking about coming from states that put out some of the easiest house shots I have ever bowled on. By the way I have averaged between 220 and 225 the last 4 years of my life and I suddenly drop to 200 I don’t think so. Have you dumbies ever bowled at bradley on a late wednesday night league shot? Didn’t think so. When you do come talk to me. Oh ya when your ball makes a 90 degree left turn off the gutter that usually means there is nooooo oil! Duhhhhh! CAN U SAY BUMPERS!!! And thats not always a good thing.

Comment Date: 2/22/2008 Name: Wednesday night bowler
Oh ya NJbowler come down Wednesday nights and I will be more than willing to take your lunch money. Oh I wouldnt want to do that then you wouldnt be able to bowl JBT. Ill save you some time and pain of bowling, just fork over the CASH, you have nooo chance!

Comment Date: 2/21/2008 Name: long island bowler
To KidNJ,i agree,these jokers who call themselves bowlers,are too lazy to adjust to the lane conditions..saying the lanes are illegal!!!!I agree with the few,call CCBA.I know after they check the lanes,they’ll be fine.Since ball equipment changes,thats why these houses these days,are trying to stay up with the times.The machines that run on most lanes in the U.S.,are wickless.How do they work??Very simple.Theres a device that runs on a ateel rodat the end of this device,it applies oil to the roller.Just about all machines,when you push the start button,it starts oiling on board1 (rightside),it goes back and forth,,,l-r-l-r-l-r,until oiling is finished.Dont believe me,call kegel,they’ll tell you the same thing.Oh by the way,this device in these machines,when its not applying oil,it sits around 1st arrow on the rightside.programming isnt easy.It takes quite a while to get the machine to do what you want it to do.The stripping is pumped thru 4 spryers in front of the lane machine.Every so many seconds,it sprays the cleaner,the oil is the same way except,it pumps so many seconds too.If the oil is too thick,forget about any oil(period).These new type machines must be kept clean,or a malfunction will occur.From what I’m reading so far,you jokers,no way,take a vacation.Unless you’ve been to lane maintenance school for this new type lane machine equipment,take all your strike-in-a-box balls and throw them in the dumpster.Better yet,get a bunch of guys together and buy or build your own bowling center.Make sure its not around me.

Comment Date: 2/21/2008 Name: KidNJ
Is it just me or do the Wednesday night house professionals cry alot. They aren’t striking so they are complaining. You had it made last year when Bradley put out a cake shot and honor scores were through the roof. The shot Bradley has out now seperates the decent bowlers who actually can carry a decent average and those who got lucky and actually stink but because of the cake shot they had a year of a lifetime. Half the bowlers in the wednesday commercial league should never have averaged as high as they did last year. I said half and it doesn’t mean all. Im not mentioning any names cause then this weill turn into a big arguement. Those bowlers who had the one year of luck can be described as pretenders. They bowl their one night a week league and expect to be as good as the guy who bowls 2 leagues and practices on the side. Bowling isn’t about honor scores, just like any other sport it takes practice and dedication. Instead of bowling league and going home to complain about it why don’t you practice. If your so worried about the shot and if you don’t have the right equipment for it, why don’t you put some dedication into the sport and buy another ball or something. Lanes change, equipment changes, now all the bowler has to do is change and adapt. Why don’t you all just stop complaining about the shot like little babies and be men and step up. You get what you get, its not like you pay a fee to have the lanes nice and walled up for you. It’s also sad that the junior bowlers are averaging the best in the house and they bowl on the same shot. Look at all the banners juniors put up, how come they are getting the scores. Juniors are just plainly better than the adults so far this year. Even those who have gone adult early still manage the good scores, so its not the shot that makes the bowler score, its the bowler. Ever since coming up, I haven’t ever heard so much complaining about the shot. The shot on Saturday mornings was alot harder than the shot these adults get at night. It just makes no sense to me why these adults sit here and complain day in and day out about the shot being illegal and so on. Like I said before just because the cake shot make you a fluke, a one time wonder, and a pretender don’t take it to heart that you actually are no good. Please all of you complaing do us all a favor and try another sport or something because when the rest of my friends become adults you guys will be blown away.

Comment Date: 2/20/2008 Name: bowlers delight
to the last comment,that person seems to know a lot more than you.bad can speed up these new computerized machines to go faster,the machines in todays times are wickless.thats how the lane machines from kegel are made,WICKLESS!!!!if the machine goes too fast,it’ll put down almost no oil.dont believe me???call kegel yourselves.the only time i want a machine to speed up is in reverse after stripping,then oil normal speed.unless you been to the kegel plant in florida,you dont have a rats butt,what any of you are talking about!!!!maybe it’s time to go back to old school of lane conditioning.strip once of a week,strip back ends once a week.oil 40 to 45ft,gutter to gutter.the oil bradley bowl is using is probably recommened for the machine type they’re using.better yet,buy bb from bne and you can do whatever you want..the 3 units of oil rule been in existence for over 10 the other person said,IF YOU BELIEVE THE LANES ARE ILLEGAL AT BB,CALL CCBA AND THEY’LL SEND SOMEONE DOWN TO CHECK THEM.

Comment Date: 2/20/2008 Name: Also ex weds. night bowler!
For who ever wrote that last comment. You have no clue what you r talking about. I bowled earlier this year and the lanes where definitly illegal and still are by the time you get to that league. I used to work in a bowling allies also and I also did the oiling. The machine can be programmed to go quicker and also put more oil down at the same time. Its that the place doesnt want to spend more money on oil to keep the later leagues happy. You just need to flood the first 37 feet and givge the bowlers some backend. This way when the lanes do break down there will just be some carry down instead of the lanes turning to toast. Ive bowled on that type of pattern and it will work best for everyone in all the leagues. Please listen to me.

Comment Date: 2/19/2008 Name: ex bradley bowl bowler
2 that Wed. night bowler,if you or anyone thinks the lanes @ bb are illegal,call CCBA.Remember,USBC lane oiling rule.min.3 units on the lanes,edge to edge.It’s been like that over 10 yrs.What happened you forgot about it????I worked at a center on Long Island,and guess what???We also did the lanes in the morning,because it takes a while for a slow moving machine to do the lanes.If the lane machine goes too fast,you’ll definitely get no oil.To strip & oil 44 lanes @ 3pm,you gotta be kidding me.If you have any doubts about the lane conditioning rules,call USBC yourselves!!!!!I dont make these strike in a box bowling balls,or the lane machines.The house I worked at Long Island was a 48 lane center.We had synthetic lanes,and leagues during the day too.The oil stayed were we put it(period)…

Comment Date: 2/13/2008 Name: Wednesday Night Commercial League bowler
I just got done bowling on lane conditions that I thought that could not get any worse than they already are. Where is the oil? I would love to have someone come and check the lane conditions to see if it is a legal pattern out on the lanes at that time. They probably don’t have a legal pattern when they oil in the first place. I heard that they (Bradley Bowl) oils at around 10 a.m. and doesn’t oil again until the next day. You can’t expect the oil to last for 5 to 6 leagues. I have bowled in houses that reoil inbetween every league. I don’t ask that from bradley bowl but why not reoil after the 3 league to give the last league of the night some oil. I have also heard from alot of the members that they will quit this league and go somewhere else. I have also heard of the whole league moving to another bowling alley. 🙂

Comment Date: 2/11/2008 Name: billy g.
to the one,dave ozio.i known majors for over 15 have the guts to tell him not to work at bradley bowl.let me tell you something.remember this.mechanics like him know all the tricks to make the machines run decent for the step on his toes,and my friend majors,will make those machines run sooooo slow slow,you and your buddies will take about 4 hours to finish the night.okay,majors wont play with the lanes,he just makes your night/day a living hell,during league mr ozio,take my advice,dont push your luck.the bowling industry is hurting for mechanics as it is a decent guy,he just like most guys,dont know all the answers.

Comment Date: 1/28/2008 Name: someone who got scre*d
In regards to 10/23/06 Dirk Ridley has got to be the worst driller EVER he have me a 3/4 reversed thumb pitch and my span is only 4.53 he is a moron. For the people that done know pitches you wouldnt give someone that pitch unless they had a 6″+ span

Comment Date: 11/16/2007 Name: ointment for rash
263 avg?? When you quit your 9 pin no tap league or put down your computer bowling game, try giving real bowling a try..

Comment Date: 11/15/2007 Name: anonymous
You wish rash…..i doubt you have a 263 average. Maybe you have 263 after 2 games. And i agree with some of the comments about the lanes. I am not a high average bowler, 172 and have a hard time keeping it. Heard that a new person has bought out Bowl New England and that they are helping this company run it for a year. Heard this from a reliable source on the board.

Comment Date: 11/5/2007 Name: rash
you all s*ck at bowling and non of you are good…i could probably dominate every single one of you…averaging 263…who can beat that no one…

Comment Date: 11/2/2007 Name: dave
I agree the shot was so much better last year when b and b had bill holota do the lanes. There were many more honor scores and people were alot happier. I heard they got rid of him because of money. I think by now b and b would rather invest in bill holota than lose all their leagues.

Comment Date: 10/27/2007 Name: Wednesday night bowler
Im assuming you where talking to me another night bowler. Since ozio hasnt complained as much as I have. Just by reading your blurb I can tell you are not a very good bowler and you dont know what the heck you are talking about. How can we adjust when my ball backs up to the pocket half the time. So doesnt every one elses ball when we try to play inside of first arrow. Hey, I bowled nebas that have put sanctioned sport shots out that are easier than this shot is. Why do I even waste my time talking to you guys, youll read this and say I some kind of liar and dont know what the heck im talkn about. I have been around long enough and I have talked to MOST (NOT ALL OF THEM!) of the good bowlers at the b and b and we are all agree about the shot. So I will say this again, bring holota back to put in at least one good house shot for the rest of the year. Just maybe you will have some teams that return next year. Since most of the leagues in the house are shrinking by the season.

Comment Date: 10/27/2007 Name: DAVE – aka ozio!
Hey..”another night bowler”…I never condemned or praised the lane conditiond at BB. If you can comprehend the English Language, all I ststed was the sanctioning body does not do any tape readings as they USED to do. They are only required to take ONE reading, and that is usually on the time area of the yearly certification inspection. I have no clue as to why you thought I was bad mouthing the lane conditions at this, or any other center. I just responded to a comment that someone suggested a tape reading be done because HE or SHE, THINKS the lanes are not in compliance.So, blow off your steam at someone else. People like YOU are the trouble makers that make bowlers start to wonder why there is such turmoil in the industry. Next time, respond to comments after you have properly read them, and format the answer to the actual discussion/topic. If you like the conditions @ BB,more power to you, I wish you many good games, and don’t attack me, as i never posted a negative comment regarding such. I was only quoting a new lane tape criteria that took effect for this season, which is less service from USBC, as the sanction rates continue to swell.

Comment Date: 10/27/2007 Name: wednesday night bowlers brother
Well funny your not to funny but just to let you know that i dont think that i am nasty i know that i am nasty. If you dont think so bring your {deleted} to the bowling alley wednesday night and lets see how good you are. and by the way why worry so much about what i shot, 750 aint good enough for you why dont you post some of your scores. Oh wait thats right i dont play badmiton all the time like you do so i would not know how the scores work in that. Oh by the way i guess you must be to stupid to realize that a 217 average is higher than a 214 dur dur. Well also if you read my last entry i did not talk any crap about mike actually i know and like mike alot so i dont know where you got your information from maybe we should send you back to 2nd grade to learn how to read.

Comment Date: 10/26/2007 Name: another night bowler
to you ozio,whatever your name is,i’m tired of guys like you who complain every year about lane and a few other cry babies should build your own center,& call it c.b.lanes!cry baby far as usbc a.k.a abc,this has been going on with lane inspections for yrs.if you think the lanes @ bb are illegal,call ccba,and have them check the lanes.reading what been on this site makes me want to buy violinsts.guys like you are a laughing should be on comedy central,or last comic standing.since you’re complaining,might as well get paid for it..if you’re that good,go on the pba tour.better yet bowl the world team challenge.a couple years ago at bb,wtc bowled there.the lane conditions,they strip each lane twice and only one pass of oil,up and back,that’s it!!!they do this every 2 squads.If you don’t like what you’re bowling on ,bowl somewhere else,buy your own center,or build your own center.also (ozio)whoever you are.i’ll give george carlin a call and i’m sure he’ll tell you what to do about complaining.he complains and gets paid for it.i know a few guys that bowl in at least 2-3 different houses.they do just fine.their average might fluncuate a couple pins here and there.but they adjust to the lanes.remember.what’s a definition of a bowler,that was told to me lots of times??.a bowler is a person,he or she,that can adjust to lane conditions,given to him or her at any given time any day of the week,good or bad.

Comment Date: 10/25/2007 Name: Wednesday night bowler
Thats so funny that my brother could fri some one so easily! I wouldnt bowl him for money if I where you. One thing out of his mouth and you would be done, just hand over your money. I am his older brother if you where wondering. A little older and wiser. I know that I have my ups and downs and Im not a pro and never would want to be. But I do know a good house shot when I see one and bradley bowl is not putting one out! Again I will say this TO MUCH OVER/UNDER. Shawn (Regional for bowl new england)I know you must read these. Im at the lanes more than just one night a week and I know they play about the same. FLOODED all the way to about the 7th board. BONE dry 1st arrow out. I used to work at a bowling allies and I used to put a shot out similar to this until about the second league night when I got my a** chewed for changing the shot. I thought it was the best shot for the bowlers. Now that I look back on it it wasnt a very good shot. Just like the B and B shot. At least bring back Bill Holota to put a good shot out. And for you Carl, just because you put a shot in the oiling machine doesnt mean that it is in there for good. Its not locked! As long as you have the password you can change it. Well for righht now unless you guys change something I think you will be losing a league next year. If not a league at least 2 teams which means about half the leauge any ways. Oh ya by the way funny there is two bowlers higher than 214 thats my brother and Scott P. So get your eyes checked, THANKS! Last comment; {deleted}

Comment Date: 10/24/2007 Name: Funny
Here we go again with a guy thinkin he is nasty at bowling. Funny how you only post your good weeks, and after shooting 290 and 299 and only shootin a mid 7oo aint all that impressive. You couldnt shoot 800 so that means the lanes were good for one game. I have seen the averages for weds and no one is averaging 214+ so keep making up averages, really if it makes you feel good about yourself then do it. I do agree the weds night league is full of jokes who think they are actually good. Juniors on saturday are having better scores than adult bowlers, what does that tell you. And why are you talking so much garbage about taking money and puttin it in yours. What accomplishments have you done, least Mike has accomplished more in his life than you will ever. All you are is a HOUSE BOWLER, so just shut up and bowl your house ball league.

Comment Date: 10/22/2007 Name: Anonymous
Bowl New England do NOT want tournaments. To them bowling is NOT a sport. They threw them all out with their rediculous price for lineage. They prefer bithday parties and open bowling. My opinion, Bowl New England is extremely BAD for bowling.

Comment Date: 10/18/2007 Name: wednesday bowlers brother
first of all i just have to say that i am just plain nasty at bowling. And i have no complaints about the shot on any night EVEN WEDNESDAY. Lets see i only shot 737 and 750 with a 290 and a 299 games and you complain about what shot its to easy i think, but that just might be because i am so nasty at bowling. And i guess you were right about the pro bowlers on wednesday night because i am averaging what 220 is that not good enough for you. Maybe you should stop down on wednesday some night and i will take some of your money because you know it will look better in my pocket anyway. I would hate to see you bowl on a tough shot because you would just make a** of yourself because you would shoot a 120 game. because if you are an actual good bowler you would be able to move and adjust to the shot when need be. And you cant come on here and complain about the shot here because i have seen some people bowl here that just plain s*ck and they shoot 240 and 250 games when they really should be playing badmiton or something like that where you can s*ck and you wont get made fun of like i am doing to all you people right know. But instead you come on here and try to talk {deleted} about BB and other bowlers that you know you cant even beat. Which is stupid because you might get beat for talking to much crap out of your a**. And for mike he aint washed up he is just left handed, and he cant help that. mike is a great guy great bowler and he has a great pro shop. So dont come on here and try to talk crap about someone you cant beat in bowling meaning MIKE AND I.

Comment Date: 10/13/2007 Name: Bob
The shot seems to be decent, not as good as in other houses but decent. How come there are no tournaments there rarely. Didn’t NEBA go there and now I don’t see them on the schedule. How come?

Comment Date: 10/13/2007 Name: Ozio
USBC does not run tapes for lane conditions anymore! Just ONE, usually pre-season, so it really does not matter what ANY Center put down. USBC just wants sanction $$$. All the rules have gone out the door! And, Majors…with 25 years experience…how come you have 30 years experience on the Bowlerland comment section?? I am now calling your “expertise” in the bowling business as BS. Not everyone here is an idiot. There are some PROS in the industry reading these things! I was at BB as requested from Shaun M. from BNE on 8/21 , and I think this place will just get better. Just don’t you get a job there!

Comment Date: 10/12/2007 Name: Sport Seeker
Hey Carl. Still looking for that sport league or PBA Experience. I have tried it in other houses and had a blast. Do I have to continue to look in other houses or will I be able to stay in yours? Even a shortened season league for 13 or 14 weeks would be cool.

Comment Date: 10/12/2007 Name: Elm Street and former Wednesday Night Bowler
Your both right. The shot changes from day to day in that house since the new ownership took over. The over/under this year has been terrible. If you shoot around 10-12 it is fine at first but breaks down quickly and you are forced to move before the end of the first game, outside of 8 is very aggressive and inside around 15 is oily as heck. The worst part is that on many occassions it is not the same on the left lane as it is on the right. Last week, I found my best game was to play tight in at 15 on one lane with a strong ball and swing 10 to 6 on the other with a weak ball. This method finally awarded me a 6 bagger to cap off in the 230’s for a low 600 series for the night after fighting the shot all night. The lanes have been similar throughout the week and the scores have not been all that great on any night. The good bowlers now have to prove their skills in adjusting to the conditions. I don’t believe in the house putting out a scoring shot because that doesn’t help anyone become a better bowler. The more the house mixes it up and forces bowlers to adjust, the better the bowler will be in the long run. If every house put out the “optimal” shot, yes scoring would improve but would the actual bowler?

Comment Date: 10/9/2007 Name: Wednesday bowler
Thats funny that you only bowl one night a week elm street package store bowler. I guess you dont know how the lanes play from night to night. When you have to start the night out around third arrow and end up around the fourth arrow by the end of the night that kind of s*cks. Not because im a bad bowler and dont like to play that far inside its just I dont pay money every week to bowl on a shot that is similar to how the parking lot would play! Also the averages on wednesday are all down compared to last year. Not one week has even been close to a good shot. To much over/under. And for any jona out there that doesnt know what that means, it is when the middle is flooded and the outsides are bone dry. Please B and B try to taper the shot a little better. I used to work for a bowling center and I oiled the lanes and I could put out a better shot then there has been. I doubt if usbc came out after some one ever did shoot an honor score on wednesday the shot would not be legal!

Comment Date: 10/7/2007 Name: Friday Night Elm Street Package League Bowler
I have to say the shot was great for the first 3 weeks of league everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, but this past friday the lanes were horrible. I just want to know why you have to change the shot. I heard that people on wednesday nights were complaing so why cant you put a different shot to satisfy them. As far as I know no one was complaining about the shot on fridays and now we have a different shot. Just because the guys on wednesday nights cant hit a 210 average when they really should be averaging about 190 it s*cks that us bowlers who bowl one league on fridays have to get the same shot as the pros on wednesdays. Its not fair I dont think, and I know Im not the only one who feels this way.

Comment Date: 9/1/2007 Name: rich majors-mechanic
recently,i was at bb.the gm,& i talked for awhile.i still felt welcomed & bb.the center looks nice.i dont know about the lane condition problems.try bowling on the pba tour.they even bowled in florida outside.try doing that yourself

Comment Date: 8/30/2007 Name: rich majors-amf mechanic
i havent been to this center,this year,and i understand,a lot was done to it.when i worked for vernon lanes,2002-04,id fill in time to time at bb.the pro shop to me,is great.i know mike,for a couple years.we get along just fine.the staff,no problem.ive been in the bowling business for 25t

Comment Date: 8/30/2007 Name: rich majors-amf mechanic
when a center gets taken over by new owners,things somewhat will change.the pro shop has a excellent staff,that knows bowling.yes,the games expensive,thats normal.prices to keep the center running go up,so does other things.

Comment Date: 8/11/2007 Name: me
The DJ that flirt with the girls is not alan his name is doug

Comment Date: 7/22/2007 Name: Anonymous
I agree with the comment about the DJ on Saturday nite. He is a grown man who needs to get a life. Come on Alan …you know better then that.

Comment Date: 7/11/2007 Name: Bowler
Hey Carl,
Any chance of getting a sport league or a PBA experience league soon???

Comment Date: 4/22/2007 Name: New Bowler
If you have so much time to complain then you should have plenty of time to find a new bowling center.

Comment Date: 4/6/2007 Name: Anonymous
I think it’s quite silly that people have the time to b*tch, and complain about a bowling alley! I will laugh at myself for reading all the bs. Anyways, enough of that.. i would like to know as to who the DJ is for the Saturday midnight bowling?.. What is the deal with him flirting with High School children? No one wants to witness a grown man getting all google eyed over a bunch of teenie boppers jumping around to “cotton eye Joe” GET A NEW DJ!

Comment Date: 4/4/2007 Name: Bubba Bowler are STOOOPID. For a few free shots, you may have cost someone their jobs. Then…you are STOOOPID enough to post it where the world can see. Good luck to you, loser.

Comment Date: 3/9/2007 Name: Free shot Thursady and Sunday nite only
Lisa and Linda are great! I always get a free shot from them.If you tip them well they will give you the drink at no charge.I know this is a kind of stealing, but when it is the staff who gives it to you, who cares!Be nice to them and they will take care of you!!!!!

Comment Date: 2/19/2007 Name: Have a Life
U People on here need to get a life if you have nothing to bitch about your not happy … its just a bowling alley … its not perfect.. things break .. things don’t work there and they get fix … nothing perfect in this world GET A LIFE!

Comment Date: 2/12/2007 Name: somebody
The pins are horrible! You don’t get any pin action!!!!!! I wouldn’t reccomend this bowling alley to anyone!!!!

Comment Date: 2/7/2007 Name: league bowler
hey im from brokeback mountain… want to come? one suggestion to the snackbar is that they should put something healthy on the menu perhaps peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.. they should make it the managers special. i notice how their food is unhealthy.. they need to have more salads and fruits there on saturdays for the kids.

Comment Date: 1/31/2007 Name: Anonymous
After reading all this I have a headache, and I now know bowling is a hillbilly sport.Only a hillbilly from Broke Back Mountain would spend time on this site YEA HAW!!!!!!!!!

Comment Date: 1/21/2007 Name: league bowler
In response to the league president’s comments on 10/23/06 It was me who posted that comment so leave mike out of this. I am stating what happened…the facts. and by the way mike does not work in the bowling industry full time anymore.

Comment Date: 12/31/2006 Name: sunday bowler 2
I would like to see the proshop open for a couple of hours on sundays. I would like to see better seating. I have been bowling at bradley for about 20 years and I haven’t had any major problems. It would be nice to have a bathroom on both ends of the house because I coach on saturdays for the kids and takes a long time for them to walk all the way to the other end. Maybe they should put the little kids next to the bathrooms. I also think that the other coaches should start coming down to the little kids with me and help the ones that need help. the big kids don’t need as much help anymore.

Comment Date: 12/19/2006 Name: Sunday League Bowler
I guess the only thing I could say about the pro shop is I wish was open on Sundays. There are two leagues on Sunday nights. Maybe you could try to be open for a couple of hours before they start? Just a suggestion.. Not being mean like some others.

Comment Date: 12/17/2006 Name: Anonymous
it’s nice to see that someone appreciates the hardwork of the bar staff!! they’re awesome-well most of them anyway!!

Comment Date: 12/14/2006 Name: CJM
i just want to say i think this is one of the best bowling alley’s around..everything here is new and up to date…this is a great place to bowl at and the tournaments here are pretty good to…

Comment Date: 12/12/2006 Name: Friday Night Leaguer
I would just like to comment about all of this i believe that this place is the best around and as for the pro shop I just bought a ball there a few months ago and i love it and when i need a new ball for any reason I will go back to them they are very helpful and very knowledgable. As for the staff I dont blame them becuz on friday nights some of the children there are little devils and if they were mine they would get a swift kick in the *ss. Stop bashing the place if you dont like it there dont go back. All of you people on here are adults yet you all sound like children. Grow up.

Comment Date: 12/11/2006 Name: Anonymous
With all the comments about the front desk, the pro shop, and the snack bar, Lisa the bartender is very upset that she has not been included. So let me be the first to say Lisa makes a great bottle of Bud! Good going!!

Comment Date: 12/10/2006 Name: marney*
do you have cosmic bowling?�…me and some friends are looking for a good time.

Comment Date: 12/3/2006 Name: Anonymous
hello like morgan like do you know how many times you said like in 2 sentences? and as a bowler i have to say that it is very annoying to me to try to bowl when there are disty barbie dolls that are 18 and bowling with bumpers on the lane next to me. I agree we need to separate the lanes, one side actually where bowlers can do what they are paying for professionally and another half where bowlers like yourself can like bowl and like not even like care what you are throwing. if you like want to like socialize and look stupid than like go somewhere else not to Bradley bowl where 90% of our bowlers are there to bowl seriously. like you are a waste of time.

Comment Date: 11/25/2006 Name: morgan
hi, could you maybe have lik,e different sectioned lanes for certain bowlers who are more proffesional and experianced and who like, want to play by the rules? I’m not a very experianced bowler and i went to your bowling alley to play and i have only bowled like, twice in my life and i don’t really know the rules and when i went there the other night with my friends and the guy in the lane next to ours started yelling at me becuase he siad i wasn’t having proper bowling alley respect. apperently, there is such a thing as bowling alley manners and i didn’t have them. when i went up to bowl, the man accused me of crowding his space and was all like “EXCUSE ME!” “don’t you know the rules?! your not supposed to be up bowling when the other lane has someone up bowling! I was here first, and you need to wait your turn! i’m just trying to bowl here!” so, yea, I was just having a little fun with my friends and it was only my second time actually bowling and after the man yelled at us we left the alley becuase he made us feel stupid and he was kind of mad at us. so, basically, i was just thinking that maybe you could separate the alleys or just put up like, reminders just so that nobody ruins another persons game b/c they didn’t know the rules. or you could have specific hours for different age groups or levels. thanx.

Comment Date: 11/23/2006 Name: RJ
92% of bollers kant spell. They can brag, complain, cry about conditions and spend the rent money for new balls that can do everything but talk to you. The game is not fun anymore…just depressing. Everyone wants to be the top dog. Strange..this stuff goes on in EVERY Center. Get a grip on life and enjoy it!

Comment Date: 11/22/2006 Name: KATHI
Is there no bowler on this site with decent spelling ability??? You may all be fantastic bowlers, but really folks there is more to life than bowling. Education should rank up around #1.
Mike and Norm are doing a great job at the pro shop. Norm has obviously learned his job well over the past several years. My daughter has no complaints with any of the half dozen or so bowling balls he has drilled for her.
Dirk Ridley is a terrific coach and great ball driller. There is probably no one else in the area as knowledgable as he. He was and still is my daughter’s coach. (She is a certified Bronze Level coach, coaching at Bradley.) He left Bradley under his own volition to open his own shop at Amity. He is now also at S. Windsor.
The center’s staff has had to make big adjustments from “old time” lax ownership to BNE management. I think they have done an admirable job under less than ideal conditions.

Comment Date: 11/22/2006 Name: who cares
Hey Andy!!
I’ll bet you $50,000 I can spell better than you!

Comment Date: 11/22/2006 Name: northeast bowler
This is supposed to be a website where you can talk about the bowling alley. It is not meant for people to come on and verbally attack another. The person or should I say kid should stop and acknowledge what Mike has done for the sport. Many doors have been open by him for future aspiring bowlers. I still do not know why anyone would want to trash his reputation. The only reason I see someone doing this is because they are so jealous of Mike. He does not go around bragging of his accomplishments nor does he complain. He keeps it to himself. Andy Cain keep your mouth shut, what titles or tournaments have you won that have been so big. You couldn’t even make a legitimate run at a neba title.

Comment Date: 11/21/2006 Name: WNEC
I had great service in the proshop at bradley two great guys norm and mike. both knowlegdable and are always willing to help mike is not wahsed up no one is still beating him hes just amazing and a extremely good guy.

Comment Date: 11/21/2006 Name: Anonymous
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Comment Date: 11/21/2006 Name: norm
andrew cain huh? first off he’s an arizona kid that has never stepped foot in the shop to my knowledge. he’s a great bowler and a nice kid. this isn’t his word. whoever this really is, show up with 60,000k and we may have a deal. p.s. it was only 200,000 he won and that was 20 years ago

Comment Date: 11/20/2006 Name: Alright Mike game on
A match you want a match you will get.lets see how good you are.In case you don’t know me my name is Andy Cain I saw you in Navada you didn’t impress me then,and I saw you two weeks ago In Bradly Bowl. I still wasn’t impressed then either.I walked into your pro shop it reminded me of the show Biggest Looser.The fat guys eating and haveing a good time must do wonders for buisness. Ok,here is the offer you say anytime anywhere we can have a match? Put your money where your mouth is. $60,000 5 games in your house I pick the lanes.We will put the money in an escrow account.I have used many times and found it to be very dependable.Looser pays the escrow fees.I know you one a tournment for $250,000 years ago so you must have some cash left.I’ll be back in CT. in the first week of December.When your ready to rumble let me know i will watch the web site and call you when your ready to loose.

Comment Date: 11/18/2006 Name: Open-Shoulder Leftover
I recently stumbled on to this site and I have never been so disgusted in my life.All these comments about Mike Lichstein and his pro shop are rediculous. Mike has everything a bowler could need. If he doesnt have it there, he will have it in a day or two. Try sitting down and talking to the guy for a minute. Not only is probably the best amatuer bowler around, he also one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Also to call him washed up?? ARE YOU OK?? Mike has more talent in his classic mullet than all of you house bowlers have in your entire body!!! (BRING IT BACK MOP!!!) I’ve made numerous amounts of purchases at the pro shop and have bowled numerous times with Mike. Sorry but there is nobody better!! Keep on Rockin Mike!! Lefties rule!! Also all these comments of the lane conditions? Learn to adjust rookies!!!! I’ve bowled at Bradley my entire life and never had a problem. “WAH!!! THERE’S NO OIL!!” THEN MOVE!!! Go spend some money at the pro shop and get a ball that best suits your game!! If anyone has problems with scoring at Bradley Bowl
I am available for lessons m-f on lanes 1-44.
Bring It!!! –

Comment Date: 11/18/2006 Name: i wont hide behind a screen name
as far as the center is concerned, i agree the staff could be better, and bowl new england may have ruined the old image.. prices aren’t too high in comparison to competition but the game has gone up in cost. as far as the pro shop, i’d like to know the amatuer thats complaining. I NORM MAJOR DRILL THERE AND I HAVE YET TO GET A COMPLAINT. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM COME SEE ME AND I WILL FIX IT. i GAURENTEE MY WORK and do not bash other people or their business. Not to mention i learned from the same person you all speek so highly of until you get 50,000 reasons as to why your stuff doesnt work. and here’s a fun fact for you, we HAVE MORE out of state customers than any shop in CT. and if mike lichstein is so washed up, yes i actually spelled his name without a T, then why isnt anyone beating him yet?

Comment Date: 11/17/2006 Name: Mike Lichstein
I feel bad about the negative comments some of you have written about me and Litchco’s. As for being washed up and having a washed up pro shop, i’m a little confused. We always try to stock all of the hottest brands of equipment. Brunswick, Columbia, Ebonite, Hammer, Storm, etc. etc. If you are not happy with your fit or ball reaction we back our work 100%, and will work with you untill you are 100% satisfied. As for Bowl New England chasing out Dirk Ridley, that’s not the case either. Dirk left Litchco’s on good terms to run his own pro shop’s. Something Dirk has wanted to do for many years. AND FOR MIKE LICHSTEIN BEING WASHED UP…WELL ANYTIME YOU LIKE TO FIND OUT JUST HOW WASHED UP I AM, “PLEASE CALL LITCHCO’S @ 627-0353 AND WE CAN ARRANGE A NICE LITTLE MATCH ANYWHERE. Good luck and good bowling!!!

Comment Date: 11/17/2006 Name: harleygrrl525
I’ve read all these comments and let me say people YOUR GAY!!! As for the cocky loser who thinks Litch is a wash out………hello are we talking about the same person. He could wipe your *ss all over the lanes. Are you a pro bowler, umm think not so don’t be a pathetic jealous norm duke wannabe and go polish your balls!!
p.s you should challenge him and then write another tasteless comment

Comment Date: 11/17/2006 Name: lady bowler
The pro shop is a very great place to go! Mike is very honest and knows what he is talking about. The guy knows what he is doing. He is a very awesome person who tries to help everybody. I know Bradley has made some changes that people aren’t happy about but, they are trying to keep up. If all you have to do is complain then go bowl somewhere else. I have never had any problems and I have bowled there since I was like 12(I’m 27 now). I’m so sick of hearing about all the bowlers complain about the staff, lane conditions, etc. This isn’t the PBA and your not on TV so have some fun all you Roy Munson’s!!

Comment Date: 11/8/2006 Name: Lichstein days are over
I agree Mike Lichstein is washed up,to old school.If you want to be on top of the bowling equipment buisness you should be on top of the new trends and systems for improving a bowlers game.Polishing balls is not going to help anymore,and this is all you’ll get at Lichstein’s shop.Oh yea if you are intrested in buying a second rate ball you’ll find plenty in stock here.

Comment Date: 11/3/2006 Name: bowler
Has anyone else bought a ball in the pro shop this year? If not, you’re lucky!! I got a new one about 2 weeks ago and it is killing my hand. I brought it back in and the kid there said I was gripping it too much. Someone suggested that I goto Dirk in South Windsor to help me out. I think I should’ve gone there in the first place…maybe he know what he’s doing.

Comment Date: 10/23/2006 Name: league president
attn: mike liappes
That was a very good message you wrote about yourself while trying to sound like someone else. Try re-reading it. Sorry they didn’t give you a raise.. maybe you didn’t deserve it. I too have bowled for over 20 years, and the one thing i’ve noticed is things change just like the lanes themselves. Those who don’t like change whine and moan, and always blame someone else.I too liked Dirk and was sad to see him go. But let’s all remember, things are alot better than they were a year ago, and it seems the management is listening to the bowlers when they offer suggestions. Not yell and whine. Give it a chance. By the way, lindi didn’t leave because she wanted to. Good luck getting a job at south windsor .

Comment Date: 10/14/2006 Name: bowler
I have bowling at Bradley for about 26 years. It was great until Bowl New England took over and gave the shaft to Mike Liappes,one of the mechanics. He knows his stuff and they were unwilling to give me a decent raise. He helped in the pro shop also. When they got rid of Dirk Ridley, Mike left also because of the crap they were doing to Dirk. Now Dirk has opened in own shop at South Windsor Ten Pin. I will go out of my way to go see Dirk before i spend any of my hard earned money with Mike Litchstein. The front desk people are horrible. I called one day to see what time the $1.50 special started and the woman was very nasty to i was putting her out of her way. And Marily Digam has the worst personality. Dont know how she has her job working with kids. I can see why Lindy Tekaz left..because of Marilyn. The food at the snack bar looks good on the menu but looks nothing like the picture. I would not eat something that has been touched by the gross young kid that puts everything into his mouth then touches my food. HOW GROSSS!!!

Comment Date: 10/14/2006 Name: sick customer
At the snack bar the people behind were eating as they were cooking. This is the most disgusting thing i have ever seen,just think what happens when you’re not looking.Close this place down untill you can get in a real professional staff not a bunch of mcdonalds rejects.

Comment Date: 9/26/2006 Name: Anonymous
I have been bowling at Bradley on and off for many years. People at the counter have always been helpful and friendly until recently. I was there a few weeks ago and both women behind the counter were arguing with each other other a telephone call and how one of them handled it. They totally ignored me for several minutes. There appears to be alot of tension among the workers. You are there for the customer and your employees need to be reminded of that.

Comment Date: 8/11/2006 Name: Syl
If this is a bowling post why is there all this crap. I have just joined 2 leagues in this house and I thought you people were a litle nicer than Westchester,NY bowlers. I guess I will have to wait and see. I bowled in Bradley for the 1st time last Sunday and did pretty well. So bowlers can we stick to bowling talk? By the way prices here are cheap. Bowling in NY can be as high as 7.00 a game.

Comment Date: 8/9/2006 Name: league bowler
To “new bowler”
I bowl in the Guys & Dolls league on Sunday night at Bradley bowl.It starts at 6:00 pm and is a blast. I just joined last year and have made so many friends. You don’t have to be a great bowler either. If your aversge is 138, you’ll fit right in. I would call the alley to sign up.

Comment Date: 8/3/2006 Name: new bowler to area
does anyone know of any good saturday or sunday leagues in the fall in the northern ct area? i just moved to enfield, ct, and i am not into serious bowling, just having a good time with fun people.(that’s my way of saying i have a 138 average)

Comment Date: 7/5/2006 Name: New rules for Bradley
New rules for bowling
Supplemental Rules for Bowling
If you holler “overs!” before the ball passes the arrows, you get to throw the ball over, unless of course, you get a strike. In which case, you can renege on the “overs”.
When your team is about 10 marks down in the 8th or 9th frame, you can invoke the rule “First Team Through Bowling Wins the Game”, and your team still has a chance.
After a member of the opposing team bowls 4 strikes in a row, he/she must bowl the next 4 frames blindfolded. If he/she continues to strike, his/her shoelaces will be tied together for 2 frames.
When you leave the 10-pin and you know you can’t make the spare, but another member of your team can, invoke the “Designated Bowler” rule.
After you have 4 splits in one game, you may say “Kings X” and take those 4 frames over. However, if you split on the 2nd time around, you accept it. After all, “Fair is Fair”.
If your ball goes in the gutter and jumps back onto the lane, knocking dow pins, by golly, you get them! That’s much harder than to knock them down the conventional way. Good bowling should be recognized.
A ball should be declared dead when you bowl 3 games without a strike. It shall be the owners privilege to decide on the disposition of said dead ball – Burial at Sea, Dropped from an airplane over a live volcano, or a simple burial in the city dump. For a small fee, a league officer can be bribed to deliver a short eulogy.

Comment Date: 6/25/2006 Name: Me
Prices at bradley bowl are: $3.75 per game per person mon-fri between the hours of 9am-5pm after 5 and on the weekends its $4.25 per game per person shoes are always $3.00 ..EXCEPT ON TUESDAY & THURSDAYS after 9pm games are 9.99 AND SHOES ARE 1.99 AND YOU CAN BOWL ALL NIGHT UNTIL THAY CLOSE

Comment Date: 6/20/2006 Name: Anonymous
you must have come an a special day because you should have paid a lot more than that for bowling here.

Comment Date: 6/16/2006 Name: Anonymous
I just went bowling at Bradley Bowl for the first time in many years. Is $3.00 per game and $2.00 for shoes the going rate? or is it cheaper at other bowling alleys?

Comment Date: 5/10/2006 Name: Anonymous
Wow! Very entertaining web-site. It has everything in it except about bowling. Ha-Ha. If you want to try bowling in a league without the long-term commitment, try a summer league. they are usually only about 10 weeks long with a very nice banquet at the end. Then you can find out if all the thing you read are true.

Comment Date: 5/4/2006 Name: dear cupid
Carl and Nono are married already bright one and i think you need to grow up a little bit here. Talking about civil unions and {expletive deleted} may offend people who are gay and have that. And just a question if you are a girl then y is your name cupid? are you the man role in your relationship should we be trying to have a civil union ceremony for you?

Comment Date: 5/3/2006 Name: cupid
The wedding is just three days away,I can’t wait.The Hartford Courant will be there. I called them to so they can report this historic event.

Comment Date: 4/29/2006 Name: Mike
i agree with Thurs.

Comment Date: 4/21/2006 Name: Cupid
To the guy named Bill who says I don’t have the nerve to print my real name. Who are you? Bill Clinton, Billy the kid, Bill Buckner, and you tell me I don’t have a nerve to put my real name down. By the way I’m a woman 100%

Comment Date: 4/17/2006 Name: Thurs
Get over yourself people. I work in the education business and I will tell you one thing, children today are disrespectful and rude. although their parents are at fault, the staff at the alley should not be blamed for children misbehaving. Can you tell me why people bring their children ( ages weeks old to 10 yrs old) to the alley until 10:00 at night. Maybe your children would do better in school if they got a better night sleep.
It’s funny how I never seem to have a problem with the staff at Bradley, but then again I treat them with respect. Try it sometime, say ” hello” ” thank you” and ” how is your day going” you might be surprised how nice the people at the center can be.
I have been bowling at the center for 10 years and in that time I have never been treated less than I treated them.

Comment Date: 4/16/2006 Name: hey stupid oh i mean cupid
I have just recently learned of this website and have read your comments. As a professtional in a field that you need not to know you sound to me as being of the jealous type. GET A LIFE

Comment Date: 4/10/2006 Name: Bill
Cupid, we know who you are. Its funny how you post that and don’t have the real balls to post with your real name. This is a bowling website and not one to be filled with crap like that. I know your probably some guy who gets off on typing this stuff but there is no need for pervs like you to be posting this stuff on a bowling website.

Comment Date: 4/7/2006 Name: Jenn
I would like to say first that its a nice bowling alley. but i called to see what time bowling started and how much it was, and a lady answered and was very rude. new phone service asap.

Comment Date: 4/5/2006 Name: Cupid!
Bradley Bowl is proud to announce the first civil union between two men.The State of CT.passed the law that civil unions are now legal here,And Bradley Bowl is honored to be part of this historic event. Please join us on May 6 2006 at 7pm for the civil union between Carl and Nano, they have been together for 15 years as life partners and now want to make it offical at a ceremony held at Bradley bowl where they have bowled for 25+ years. Carl and Nano welcome all to attend as they start there new chapter in life together as a married couple.
Please no gifts you make a donation in there name to the rainbow foundation.

Comment Date: 3/19/2006 Name: jimmy r.
guess no more free beer..the word is out!

Comment Date: 3/14/2006 Name: A concerned mother
The blond lady at the desk with the 5X shirt she is nasty to the kids,I heard her say something about some little kid that should get her fired on the spot. And I know that the older manager heard her also and did nothing but laughed. Disgusting on both your parts!!!!!!! If she has children herself, she should be ashamed as a mother. All I can say is disgusting!!!!

Comment Date: 3/14/2006 Name: Charles
I was going to have my daughter’s birthday party at your place this April 2006, but after reading all the comments, I think I’ll take my business elsewhere. I was at a party a few months ago and some of these comments I find to be true. As a business owner, I think that the ownership needs to critique their staff a little more because you do have a beautiful facility, but your staff is going to send you into bankruptcy staff. As for your bartender, be very carefull because liquor liability in all yours… Good Luck with your future modifications…

Comment Date: 3/2/2006 Name: Anonymous
Poor Linda..

Comment Date: 3/1/2006 Name: Anonymous
People wonder why prices are always going up. It’s because when there is a loss in sales the cost needs to be passed on to the customer. Employee theft is the number one reason so many buisness out there have a loss prevention department not so much the customer stealing it is the employees they watch the most, and it is the employee that is caught the most. So when you are drinking your free beer on Linda just remember she stole and now you just did by not paying. And when the price goes up you have a part in the blame game.

Comment Date: 2/28/2006 Name: Weds
Referring to the 2/9/2006 post talking about how the staff doesn’t keep the leagues away from the one bowling. I bet you’re the league at 4 or 5pm that always takes 3 hours to bowl league and makes the other leagues wait for you to finish. Hate to tell you but you guys s*ck and aren’t bowlers. You need to bowl faster so real bowlers can get onto the lanes. Bowling is a competitive sport and not a coffee shop, so more bowling and less sitting around and talking. Thats why you guys never get out of there on time because you always talk too much and can’t throw strikes to make up time. Join a morning league, maybe then you’ll be done in time for the 7pm league to actually start on time. There is a Starbucks down the street, instead of wasting everyone’s time, go there and do everyone a favor.

Comment Date: 2/20/2006 Name: Bowler
I just see that everyone is saying how wonderful Linda is by giving free shots and $5 pitchers of beer….I would suggest not spreading that around or Linda won’t be an employee anymore……I’m sure she’s not SUPPOSED to be doing that for us….

Comment Date: 2/9/2006 Name: Anonymous
They have done a nice job inside. But it is too bad the staff does not help out with the concerns of some leagues. Such as keeping the next league away from the one bowling!!!!

Comment Date: 2/8/2006 Name: Cupid!
On Saturday Feb. 11 Bradley Bowl is having a Valentines Singles Galactic Bowling Night!! Lonely? Want to meet that special someone? Bring a single rose and share it with the one that MIGHT be Mr. or Miss Right. Request a song for that special Valentine you see on lane 15! Valentines Galactic Bowling starts at 10pm-1am. be there or be SQUARE! You never know next year this time you might be going bowling with your SPOUSE!

Comment Date: 2/6/2006 Name: me
It seems a lot of people think the prices are too high at Bradley Bowl. What are the prices as compared to other bowling alleys? I have only bowled at Bradley.

Comment Date: 2/6/2006 Name: league bowler
I agree in part with the message from 2/4/06. The people at the front desk had this new computer system thrown at them in one week with no manual to guide them. If you bowled last year, you know how horrible it was when the computers first went in. And, of course, that would make anyone “grumpy” when they are getting the blame for everything. They are only doing what the “big bosses” in Vermont tell them to do. As far as the kids are concerned, the game room was built FOR kids to use. Kids make noise and messes and have fun. That’s called being a kid. While parents should monitor their children,(and most do), the front desk people should remember that’s why the game room was built. If you didn’t want kids to play, don’t give them a GAME room. Just lighten up a little. If we the bowlers have to deal with it, then the employees most definately have to as well.

Comment Date: 2/6/2006 Name: bernie g
In response to the person who is not getting that extra shot in their drink, maybe if you tipped once in a while, you might actually get that extra shot. Then again, maybe the bartender realized you didn’t need an extra shot.

Comment Date: 2/4/2006 Name: Anonymous
This is to all the people who posted comments about problems with the staff at Bradley Bowl. I personally know many of the people who work there and some of them are family members. My grandfather has worked there for over 40 years and you say he should be replaced?? He may be grumpy a lot but it is not because that’s the type of person he is. With the new management everything is harder and the customers don’t help it either. Half of the people that come in are rude and disrespectful. Also, you say they are mean to the children? Well the children’s parents/guardians should be reprimanding them. The only time I have seen anyone yell at children is after they have repeatedly done something after asked nicely to stop, such as running up and down the alley and playing in the bar. One other thing, you say they yell at the kids for asking for their money back? Well half the time they mess up the machine by themselves.

Comment Date: 1/31/2006 Name: Anonymous
If you’re a family of five you can buy a mini vacation for the price of bowling here. Go to Bowlorama in Newington you can bowl for $1.50 and $2.50 shoes.

Comment Date: 1/21/2006 Name: Karen
Bradley Bowl isn’t too bad, but I agree that the prices are way too high. By the time I pay for shoes for a family of 5, pay for 2 games of bowling for each of us…we could’ve purchased a season’s pass at Six Flags! The birthday parties were good years ago, but not since the new management took over. The place looks nice and the food is good, and I haven’t had too much trouble w/ the mgmt being rude. They need to have more specials (i.e. 1.50 bowling, family specials, etc.)

Comment Date: 1/12/2006 Name: bowler
You all act as if you are jealous of “Carl Barnes” or something. If you want your mom to plant flowers outside of your work area, ask her. Just because you are working at a 711 all your life and he went from lounge manager to head it may mean he has potential. Go to school learn to talk fast. You’ll get to his level. I have faith in you. Ask for his autograph if it makes you feel better.

Comment Date: 1/12/2006 Name: bowler
To all the bowlers out there who complains about bowling “lane conditions” answer this question as well. A guy who bowls on a Monday and Friday night league carries 1 6 ball bag and ends up with a house ball by the end of the night. If he is such a pro at this sport lugging six good balls around wouldn’t he know which balls of his are good for that night? Face it, all you complainers are jealous of Budd Muska who can shoot 8 300’s in his life and Michael Lichstein who shoots 300 in practice. Give it up. Go to Vernon, go to Shaker and this new Rock Bowl place and you will still s*ck. Take lessons from them GOD stop wasting time on here complaining.

Comment Date: 1/11/2006 Name: Bowler
If Linda is the waitress you can give $5.00 for a pitcher of beer. So don’t pay full price if you don’t have to.

Comment Date: 1/7/2006 Name: Dallas
This bowling alley is the best – especially the bar! Linda the bar tender is always hooking me up with free drinks! I love her! If you can’t score an extra shot free from Linda you are a loser.

Comment Date: 1/7/2006 Name: YO
If you want good pizza and soda go to Pizza Hut or something, If you want a good bowling alley stay away from Blue Fox Bowl, better off lawn bowling.

Comment Date: 12/31/2005 Name: Bar patron
How come some bowlers get an extra shot of liquor in their drinks and don’t pay for it? I am at the bar once a week and the bartender Linda gives extra shots to some people, I pay the same amount as everyone else for a drink so don’t give free shots when people are watching. I guess the shot meter doesn’t work or she would not be stealing from the bowling center.

Comment Date: 12/27/2005 Name: Blue Fox Rocks
The best place for you kid is Blue Fox Rock and bowl. You will never here any staff member raise their voice ever. And do they have fun with the kids. Pizza, soda, never runs out. Have your party here and you will never go back to Bradley.

Comment Date: 12/27/2005 Name: Pam
For all of those wishing to go to BLue Fox, after a game you will need to go to a pro shop because your ball gets beat up by the lanes, they also oil once every 2 weeks so the shot is horrible. Don’t go to Blue Fox, it should be called boondocks.

Comment Date: 12/22/2005 Name: na
For all you unsatified people I highly recommend Blue Fox Rock and Bowl, polite and trained staff quick and cool. DJ played games with my kids and we never ran out of pizza or soda all included in our package. It was cheap and easy to find.

Comment Date: 12/10/2005 Name: Coffee
If you come on Sunday you can bowl for free because the guy that works at the desk is always sleeping.

Comment Date: 12/7/2005 Name: bowler
People who read this please answer these questions. 1) Why do bowlers who average 150 complain about the shot when they throw a straight ball and own one plastic ball? 2) Urethane is a non reactive ball so why does a guy on a Wednesday night league at Bradley always complain because his urethane isn’t working? 3) People who bring 8 balls to league and still complain aren’t bowlers but whiners, why is that?
Just letting stuff that has been bugging me off?

Comment Date: 12/4/2005 Name: Just the facts
Just because your mother plants flowers outside the bowling center dosn’t make you a good manager………

Comment Date: 12/1/2005 Name: Sado (Ex-bowler)
Interesting comments. We all have our gripes/complaints and nothing will ever be perfect for each individual…but Bradley Bowl has been functioning for many many years and some of the same people are still working there and bowling there. Ever wonder why it has the money to do renovations and improve the customer experience? It’s successful…why? It does things right for the majority of the population. People in, people out…it’s the nature of business. Clients in, clients out…managers in, managers out. The bowling world must change as the world changes. What is the average tenure of a bowling alley manager?? Who knows, but change is good…for the alley, and even for those who got let go. They will take their talents elsewhere and probably realize their worth in salary is higher than what they were getting paid at Bradley Bowl. Bradley Bowl is changing…South Windsor Ten Pin and other run-down bowling alleys are not. Those are the ones that will not survive. In another year or two, once the transition is complete, you will want to take back your comments and return to Bradley Bowl for a great bowling exprience. If not, take your kids to Six Flags for $50 each.

Comment Date: 11/28/2005 Name: just the facts
Just because you’re a good bowler, doesn’t mean you’re a good employee, Bernanski league bowler.

Comment Date: 11/21/2005 Name: A VERY Unsatisfied Customer
Wish I could take my last post down…
My daughter had her 8th birthday party at Bradley Bowl this past Saturday. Our party was scheduled from 2:00-4:00. Since we had 15 kids coming, we got there around 1:45 to setup. Thought we would put out some snacks, drinks, the cake, etc… When we arrived we stood in the corner holding everything until about 2:15. I then went to the desk to ask where we should put our stuff. We were told that we were suppose to be bowling the first hour and half and that’s why there wasn’t any room. So I asked exactly where we were suppose to put presents, the cake, the coats for about 20 people and the only response I received was “I don’t know”. This is how the management treated a guy who’s been doing there weekly for the past 20+ years. I’ve never been so pissed in my life. So I took matters into my own hands. Setup a table, grabbed chairs (which I was then yelled at for by some 15 year old kid). At about 2:45 another kid finally helped up. Went and got a table cloth, plates, cups, napkins, etc… you know all the stuff you’re paying for and suppose to receive. The kids ended up having a great time bowling but I WILL NEVER, NEVER recommend having your party at Bradley Bowl and I will be very hesitant to bowl in another league there and give them another dime of my money.

Comment Date: 11/15/2005 Name: Bernanski league bowler
Let’s take a look at the issues at Bradley,
1, They don’t oil the lanes for this league, I come early and never see the lane machine out. 2, Carl Barnes fired the best bowler in CT. that worked at the front desk (Mike Litchstein). 3, Carl Barnes is a non bowler. 4, Carl Barnes was a bartender for many years and didn’t bowl then either. This is a big problem when you have a bartender running a bowling center!!

Comment Date: 11/15/2005 Name: Derek
I’ve been bowling competitively for 25 years. While I don’t agree with all the changes they’ve made to Bradley Bowl, you can’t blame the owners. It’s a business and they’re trying to make money. The bright lights, games and loud noises attract kids, which attract their parents to pay for them. As a matter of fact, my daughter is having her birthday party there this weekend. As for Lichstein and the proshop, you will NOT find a more knowledgable guy about bowling. Mike will not steer you wrong and make you purchase a $280 ball if your game is suited for a $60 Viz A ball. Mike is probably the best amateur bowler in New England and still has a very level head and is loyal to his customers. You guys obviously haven’t been to S.W. Ten Pin, Skytop or Simsbury. If you did, you would think Bradley is the best, cleanest, biggest center in CT. Just shut up and bowl!

Comment Date: 11/13/2005 Name: Uncrew
Pretty funny, whoever stated that they were Carl Barnes, the center manager, must have no time on their hands. If anyone on this board believes that the comment made by “Carl Barnes” was authentic, think again. First off, if any league is upset, they will have a chance to meet with management, bowling alleys are never not invited back. And the concept of an IMAX, dude, that’s pretty amazing, considering the fact for width, that would take lanes 1-20, and height, impossible with the airport right there. Try and use that one on Vernon, maybe it may make a lil sense there, but make sure you change your name, can’t be the same guy twice, can you?

Comment Date: 11/9/2005 Name: Carl Barnes
As the center manager I can tell you this, all the leagues that are not happy here will be asked not to come back when your contract is over. I can also tell you all the staff will be replaced with a new younger staff. I will let you in on this the owners’ are selling me this center and it will be a place for kids to come with games, batting cages, and the bar will be a juice bar, no more beer ever. The locker area will become an Imax theater with loud effects that a younger crowd will love. And finally we will be loosing 20 lanes and that space will become an indoor race track. I hope you will love my new center in late 2006.

Comment Date: 11/8/2005 Name: Uncrew
Ladies and Gentleman, when looking at a bowling center, there are a couple things one should consider:
1.) Lanes
Bradley Bowl has recently improved their lanes by installing AMF lanes. These lanes, being only three years old, have a life expectancy of 6-10 years. The old lanes were replaced after ten years. (Fact) Bradley has maintained a respectable playing surface for all.
For those of you out there who love to pick on the lanes, either being to wet (lots of oil) or dry (no oil), learn one thing, TO BOWL. Bowling is a competitive sport, and with that competitive conditions. People like to cry right before league if they have a novice bowler bowling on their lanes, “oh they are going to mess the shot up,” are you kidding. You don�t hear the Patriots crying because the Rolling Stones Destroyed the Turf they are still playing on. Understand that no matter the shot on the lanes, it�s your ability to adjust that makes you a house bowler, or competitive bowler.
2.) Staff
People, please, do we not have anything better to do then insult bowling alley employees? If Wal-Mart had a forum, after Christmas rush, would you mock them as well? Please understand when working at a bowling center, unless you have ever done it, please think before you post. Believe it or not, bowling alley employees are very busy; making sure you can enjoy your time there. When a person approaches a desk, and wants change, it’s understandable that the attendant cannot get to you in time, and trust me when I say it is very annoying (having only 15 min of practice). But also understand how many other bowlers are around you, how many guests are at the desk, how many guests are calling the center, making sure the system is being updated with subs on that night. Making sure the lanes are running, and if not, making sure they are getting fixed. Making sure the snack bar and bar have sufficient funds, and while doing all this, making sure everyone is following the rules. Ladies and Gentleman, this happens every night of bowling, it gets very stressful, so please understand the wait at times. Now I read a comment a while ago about someone commenting on the way a desk attendant sounded on the intercom. Sighhhhhhhh, are you kidding me, when you have a group of 20-30 children, running around, playing games, bringing food into the settee, and crossing the foul line, CONSTANTLY, then yes, you do have to make sure you talk to them as children, that is what they are. Because no matter how slow, how calm, and how clear you sound (which is hard on the intercom) the children will continue to break the rules, heck, adults break the rules. So yes, for a safety standpoint, children talk for children is needed.
3.) Snack Bar
Guys, it is what it states, Snack Bar, not meal bar, not Texas Road Bar, Snack Bar. Be thankful that they have nice meals, and you know what, you don�t have to eat them. You grab chips from the machine, then after you’re done bowling, you got Taco Bell, Ruby Tuesdays, Subway, heck Dunkin Donuts if you want.
4.) Price
Guess none of you have recently gone to the movies lately and paid 9.50 for a movie, and another 8.50 for drinks and popcorn. 4.50 for a game of bowling, AT THE MOST, people they have so many discounts at Bradley, that 4.50 will be the highest you ever pay. Think of it, a game of bowling, ten frames (twelve if your hitting your house shot) which will take, if you pace yourself, 30 min, 45-1 hour if with a friend. Is it really that bad? Not only is it cheaper, you get to talk with people, enjoy yourself, and not having someone kicking the back of your seat.
5.) Management
Man, I love this topic.
Listen, I have been around bowling alleys all my life, in fact to some point, bowling alleys are my life. I have been to bowling alleys in CT, MA, VA, NJ, VT, DE, NY, MI, PA, NH, FL, MD, and you know what, they were all different. Different lane patterns, different staff, different appearances, and they all had management. Now let me tell you something, out of all of these states I have bowled in, Bradley is one of three that shows dedication to bowlers. So don�t get into a huff and puff because the pizza slices were too small, shame on you for not asking all of this prior to booking the party, shame on you people who complain on a bowling centers progress, unless you’re behind the doors, you don�t know what�s going on, trust me when I say they do all that they can for the customer, being without customers, there would be no bowling center.
On a side note, to the person who stated a comment about the pro shop owner of Bradley bowling at Silver Lanes. Listen, if you own a pro shop at a bowling alley, meaning you have all the tools there for you and everyone around you, you are going to be forced to bowl at a different center so customers aren�t always asking you to do work for them. And yes, Litch does bowl at AMF, and he also bowled at Shaker Bowl in Mass. Litch, who owns Litchos Pro Shop, is a competitive bowler who needs to go from center to center for different forms of competition, not because one center is better then another, they all provide a difference which any competitive bowler will tell you. And yes he does still own Litchos, and Dirk, who drilled for Mike, has opened up his own shop in Amity. Both shops are very well stocked, and very well knowledgeable.

Comment Date: 11/6/2005 Name: Bowler
Bradley bowl Rules! I have no idea what everyone else is complaining about. The staff is the best, oh well if your lane isn’t oiled, deal. I’ve been to many alleys all over CT and the NorthEast Bradley is by far the best. And if you use Bradley Bowl as Daycare as all you horrible parents do, seeing as you can’t deal with your horrible kids why should they. . . they need to discipline the kids more. If you kids getting yelled at I’m almost certain the kid had it coming. . . I used to bowl here when I was younger. . . and I was terrible . . . I never got yelled at though, but I should have for sure. Bradley rocks my world I love it to this day.

Comment Date: 11/5/2005 Name: Al
In a certain league, the president and the secretary bowl on the same team, each uses one ball and one only, funny how if they can’t score on the shot, they call it a sport shot. Funny how it is. There are a few of us who take this sport seriously and we buy balls for different conditions. So I am sick and tired of hearing those who own one ball and ball the occassional one league a week complain and complain. Please do us all a favor and shut up. The managers don’t need to hear complaints from house bowlers who want the shot set up so they score. Everyone throws a different line and equipment so it is impossible to find a shot to please everyone. So just take what you get and PRACTICE. PRACTICE is needed in bowling like every other sport. You don’t see baseball players complaining how the grass is cut different day after day and they are going to quit because of it. This subject of the bowling alley needing to oil or whatever is dumb. If you’re a good enough bowler, you should be able to hit any shot. Anyway spares are important to make if you want to shoot a decent score. Bowlers these days worry more about striking rather than sparing.

Comment Date: 11/5/2005 Name: Monday Night Bowler
The person who replied under the name Monday Night Bowlers, are you trying to speak for everyone? What league do you bowl, the have a ball league that uses plastic balls? Just wondering or maybe you should practice more and stop complaining. If you’re one of those people who own more than one ball and buy a new ball for a condition and still can’t score well, you shouldn’t think you’re good enough to complain. Bowling is supposed to be tough sport and not a cake walk. It’s people like you that cause everyone frustration. Just because the shot is hard for you, a majority of bowlers like the shot so just s*ck it up and shut the mouth. Thank You.

Comment Date: 11/2/2005 Name: Mike Davidson
I was here for open bowling on Saturday and went to the snack bar for a bite to eat. They have this menu so you think you’re at the Outback Steakhouse, but when you get your food it looks like it came from the trash barrel. The cook was nasty – he was eating everything he put his hands on. I’m calling the health department. This place is groooooooooss.

Comment Date: 11/1/2005 Name: monday night league bowlers
Here is an idea oil the lanes before league play!!! The lanes are oiled for a school fun league but not league play? If this is the case next year you’ll lose even more teams. And who is in charge it looks like a big free for all around there.

Comment Date: 10/31/2005 Name: FAT MAN
Don’t go to Bradley on a Saturday. Especially if you want to go to the pro shop or anywhere near the beginning of the center. I went there a couple of Saturdays ago and I couldn’t make it to the pro shop, seems like they put the table right in front of the shop. It’s a wonder how they do business. If you try to go by the parents, they make it seem like it’s your fault you have to go by them. Do they oil after a birthday party or any consecutive days for that matter. Need these problems addressed before you become the center to go to.

Comment Date: 10/31/2005 Name: Dickey
I bowl league every week and it would be nice to see the same house shot out every week. One week we get oil, next there is none. That’s the only complaint I have.

Comment Date: 10/19/2005 Name: Lisa
The employees are at a first grade level what do you expect? The manager maybe second grade. League manager prekindergarden. Front desk drop outs. The cost of bowling elsewhere priceless.

Comment Date: 10/14/2005 Name: 20 year league bowler
Every year it gets worse and worse,when will we get the proper bowling stats? When will the staff stop makeng excuses about the computer system? Is there any training for the staff? And to close I don’t believe the managers are top notch. This center must make about 2 million a year – you can pay for a great staff with that kind of money.

Comment Date: 10/7/2005 Name: John M.
You should get rid of the short very big blond that works at the desk. Listen to her voice on the speakers when the after school childern bowl, she talks to them like they are dumb. She is the one to never to go to college and get a real job. The children are smart treat them like they are!!!!!!!

Comment Date: 10/3/2005 Name: Barney
Just to respond to ballgeek, you’re right that Litchcho’s didn’t close but wrong that it moved. Litchco’s is still well run by Michael Lichstein, as it says right on this site, guess you didn’t read. But for all the confusion it was Dirk Ridley a ball driller, who left Litchco’s and opened up his own pro shop at Amity Lanes. That’s all.

Comment Date: 9/25/2005 Name: Me
I’ve been to Bradley Bowl lots of times and some of these kids do need to be yelled at if the parents can’t control them. For example the bathrooms were just painted and not an hour later kids from a birthday party scraped words and drawings all over the fresh paint. Warned and not long after that thay still did it again. I don’t agree with mistreating kids but I know they won’t yell at a kid for no reason. Parents need to take some resonsibilty for their kids and do teach them to behave in public and to respect other peoples’ property.

Comment Date: 9/16/2005 Name: Stephanie Windsor locks
I was looking for the Bradly website and came across this site and glad I did. I was wondering if there was an after school bowling program this year? But after reading the comments I will not send anyone in my class to this bowling center. Last year people would say the employees would yell at the children and I didn’t believe it was this bad, But I was wrong how can you think that yelling at someone else’s child is ok for you to do? And don’t even think about putting a hand on a child. You are setting yourself up for a lawsuit. Good luck, you will be out of business in no time. The state gives classes in child development – your staff should take some of these classes.

Comment Date: 9/10/2005 Name: ballgeek
Litchcos pro shop isn’t has just moved to Amity Lanes in New Haven. I was told that there is still a pro shop in Bradley bowl and is run by the lanes.

Comment Date: 9/10/2005 Name: Buc
Everything is going up pricewise, and yet bowling is not a neccessity but it is a leisure activity. I don’t know why people are complaining about the high prices of bowling, if you don’t have the extra money don’t bowl, plain and simple. People seem to blame the managers for yelling at their kids, they do this so your kid will not get hurt bowling. They want the kid to have fun and not get hurt, some parents seem to allow their child to run around without supervision and the kids get hurt and they blame everyone else but themselves for it happening. The managers and employees who work the desk at BB do a very good job of keeping the place safe for kids.

Comment Date: 9/9/2005 Name: It’s Jason again
I have the solution to Bradley bowl. Out with the old staff and in with a young fresh staff. Bowling is not about old folks and smoking anymore, So get rid of the old folks and start over fresh and young. With a new building you need new blood.

Comment Date: 9/7/2005 Name: Zartan, AMF Silver Lanes
Nice to see managers checking out this site. But the issues with Bradley is the managers. My child was yelled at by the manager so it doesn’t make sense to go the manager for a problem when they are the problem. That is why many of their bowlers are now bowling at AMF. At Silver Lanes you have the best bowling experience, for open and league bowling. And Mike in the Bradley pro shop – he bowles at AMF Silver Lanes – that tells you a lot about Bradley. All Bradley Bowl customers are welcom at AMF for the most professional bowling experience..

Comment Date: 9/4/2005 Name: Me
People Chill out! As we all see the bowling center has remodeled to better serve there customers. And in order to keep that up I think thats why the price went up. Get real people you don’t think the prices were going to stay the same forever did you? As cost of living goes up every one has to go with the flow. If you can’t pay then don’t go! $4.25 a game to me isn’t bad. You go to bowl, Chill out for a few, you’re in no hurry so take your time to bowl, spend some time with the family, put some money in the Juke box and there you go! And right now as I see they have a lot of good deals going on there. Go in ask for a flyer with the different nights of fun with some great prices. My favorite is Friday and Saturday Nite Galactic Bowling. you got your Music, Lights, DJ and of course bowling.

Comment Date: 9/4/2005 Name: Me
3 Hours of bowling for just 16.00. All you can bowl until 1:00am. What more can you ask for?

Comment Date: 9/2/2005 Name: Management
By the looks of these posts, there seems to be some unhappy people with all of the changes that have been made at Bradley Bowl. In order for anyone at the center level or corporate level to better your experience, you should contact the Manager and express your comments and concerns. The management will be willing to listen to you and hopefully rectify any issues you may have or had. If you feel the problem was not handled to your liking, Bradley Bowl has a district manager who has an office right in Bradley Bowl. If you address your concerns with either one of them, the issues can, at a minimum, be responded to if not solved. We have spent a considerable amount of money to enhance the bowling experience for league and open play bowlers. We hope that if you have any issues from here out, you will let the management know so we can respond accordingly. Our goal is to make sure your experience here at Bradley Bowl is an enjoyable one. We are willing to listen, and we sincerely hope you will come to us when you have any questions or concerns. Most in house feedback has been very positive, but we can not help when we are not aware of how you feel. We are looking forward to your next visit. Also, Litchco’s Precision Pro Shop is the best pro shop in CT and by no means is leaving Bradley Bowl. We are proud to have their shop in our center. Stop in and see Mike and his staff for all your bowling needs.

Comment Date: 8/17/2005 Name: Anonymous
I hear this pro shop is being removed very soon. Where to go next? Maybe bowl master for all your needs.

Comment Date: 8/7/2005 Name: WR95174
Just had my son’s birthday party there and when the pizza came out I was totally embarrased in front of the other parents. The kids got ONE VERY small piece of pizza, period. With fair warning I would have supplemented the pizza from a local pizza shop. Never again, and at $12.50 per kid.

Comment Date: 7/26/2005 Name: Longtime bowler
I think the lanes need more oil and the leagues and staff need to be more organized and know the equipment that is in the bowling center. MOSTLY they should keep there own personal comments to themselves. Liking or disliking a person should not effect the way you treat a person while working there or otherwise.

Comment Date: 6/11/2005 Name: Kenny G.
I bowled in a league this past season, 1st time bowler. I don’t see any of the problems most people are saying about the crew who works there. Maybe the problem is with the people who are having the problem with the crew.
I enjoyed the season and am looking forward to next year (well, actually Sept, hehe)

Comment Date: 5/27/2005 Name: Iggy
I stopped in there on a Saturday and saw the junior league was bowling….I would never bring my kids to that league……all the people at the desk did was yell at the kids. Didn’t look fun.
I can’t see why the kids would want to come back and bowl in a organized league there……..

Comment Date: 5/26/2005 Name: Melissa Sullivan
I went to Bradley Bowl last week and the place looked terrific. I like all the renovations. The game room looks phenomenal and my sons loved it. I had a few problems with the machines, but the staff took care of it right away. The food is much better than before. The burgers are now edible, and the cooks are very professional. Management are ok. They could be nicer to the kids. My son was too scared to talk to him because he yelled at him before. Overall, I am very pleased with my experience, and I am sure you will be too.

Comment Date: 5/18/2005 Name: C-LO
It always amazes me about all the complaining. The staff deals with rude people that can’t afford to bowl and probably should not. Why not complain about gas prices, in order to give a better experience you have to pay the price, you want them to spend millions of dollars remodeling, at the same time charge you one dollar a game, grow up. Bowl Thursdays and Sundays it cheap a buck fifty. The staff is like any other business, staff members are tired of people complaining about dumb things….. I bowl there and would go any other place… See-Ya..

Comment Date: 5/14/2005 Name: DH
The problem with the staff is when you go on busy days they take forever to get one lane, very unorganized. But the lanes are good, food is good, and the pro shop is great, I just got my ball there, and they were very helpful.

Comment Date: 5/3/2005 Name: Anonymous
Center managers should be replaced by a team of dedicated managers,Bowlers are not happy, cost to much to bowl, desk team is in no way customer service friendly. All that matters to management is the building just ask them they will tell you how good it looks, Well looks are not everything. Bowlers pay the bill did we forget this? I think so.
So,for the company who now owns Bradley bowl take a good look at the people who wear your company logo. And for the bowlers sake make changes!!!!!

Comment Date: 5/2/2005 Name: Jason
They have a new game room but if you loose your money in the game, management gets mad and takes it out on the kids. Don’t have a game room if you don’t want it used.

Comment Date: 4/15/2005 Name: lefty
Can you charge any more for bowling, the answer is yes bradley bowl.

Comment Date: 4/15/2005 Name: joey
Lanes just OK, food is great, scoreing awsome, ally management is the worst i’ve ever seen. The desk staff well that is a joke.

Comment Date: 4/13/2005 Name: bowling babe
Over all good center, food much better, lanes ok, front desk staff all very rude and no one else cares.

Comment Date: 3/24/2005 Name: Sandman
Remodel looks good. Staff – well thats another thing.

Comment Date: 3/20/2005 Name: Anonymous
I like Bradley. I just bowled there for a JBT. They just remodled I heard. The only thing they have to do is paint the side walls. I had no problems with the lanes and the food is pretty good.

Comment Date: 3/16/2005 Name: April
I’m not too crazy about the carpet either, but everything else is awesome.

Comment Date: 3/2/2005 Name: Tina
Yes, they did just remodel the entire place. Not crazy about the carpet, but the food, arcade and the new scoring system is great. Glad they didn’t remodel some of the people who work there though. Nono, Marilyn and all the others are just wonderful!

Comment Date: 2/9/2005 Name: Mooch
They just remodeled, food, bar, arcade, best in Northern CT.

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