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Brodie's Thought of the Day

by Brodie Brazil / San Jose Sharks

Think about how much money $49,000 is. Better yet - contemplate how much "good" it can accomplish.

That's an amount the Sharks Foundation raised... in one night, last week. It was a result of the 3rd annual "Sharks & Strikes" tournament at Bowlmor Lanes in San Jose.

Players, coaches, and broadcasters ventured outside our "comfort zones" in exhibiting bowling "skills" side by side with those who donated so generously.

"Somebody must have saw that, right?," Joe Pavelski said, after bowling a strike in front of our CSN camera.

Joe, like most of his teammates, were self-admittedly inexperienced on the lanes, as opposed to the ice.

"Bowling kind of intrigues me," Pavelski proclaimed. "It's a sport I never spent much time with. To see those guys [the pros] spin the ball, watching that, it's something I'd like to learn. How to spin that ball, and really get it to snap in there."

Others were a little less humble about their game, including Andrew Desjardins, who had (apparently) been reminding teammates of his (around) 240 score at last year's event.

"I think I'm pretty good for an average guy. I don't play very much, so I'm happy with my game," Desjardins told us.

But that's why we double-check with multiple sources...

Like what Tommy Wingels revealed about his fellow forward: "I know for a fact - his wife told me he plays in a couple leagues in the summer, back in Canada."

I could relate mostly to Marc-Edourard Vlasic's approach on bowling.


"I'm consistently above 100," said the defenseman. "But when it's going bad I just try different things."

Overall, "Sharks & Strikes" continues to be family-friendly, and a fan-favorite on the calendar every hockey season. If you want to meet the players up close, and see what they are really like away from the rink - I highly encourage you to participate next year, while benefitting the the Sharks Foundation.

By the way, I haven't forgot to include a review on my own bowling performance.

At one point, I asked Head Coach Todd McLellan to advise me, in picking up a spare.

"Yeah, you might not want to quit your day job," Todd said. "How's that for advice?"

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