There’s something universal about the eternal struggle bowling presents between man and pins. Trying to achieve the ideal stance, straining to put the perfect spin on the ball as it leaves your hand. The interminable wait to see if your execution was pinpoint—or just a bit off. And, of course, lots and lots of beer. You may not care for bowling, but admit it: You’ve tried it (or watched it) at least once. Its appeal is literally worldwide, and this month 46 countries will vie for international honors at the 2013 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships. This year’s field of 36 men’s teams and 36 women’s teams squares off at Sunset Station’s 72-lane Strike Zone. It’s finally time to get the answer to the burning question: Which country has better bowlers? Austria? Costa Rica? Greece? Italy? Indonesia? One thing is sure: Even if you’re just a spectator to this craziness, you can still have lots and lots of beer.
World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships August 16-30, times vary, $10 a day, $75 for World Pass. Sunset Station, 547-7715.