Bowling and bonding

Coach Pete Carroll’s “Always Compete” mantra was on full display on Tuesday night.

Not on the practice field or in the meeting room, but at a local bowling alley, as the head coach surprised his players with a night off from business and a trip to the lanes. And the competition was on, as players competed in five-man teams for the best average score.

The all-lineman team of Jacob Phillips, Mike Gibson, Mitch Erickson, Jonathan Lewis and Joe Toledo edged out the second-place squad by 0.4 pins, averaging a 137.0 score to take home the bragging rights and the bounty. The highest individual score of the night went to Phillips, who bowled a 174 to pace his team to the victory.

Eighteen days and eighteen practices into Bing Training Camp, the diversion was welcomed news for the players, who received word of the agenda alteration at the start of the night’s meetings when Carroll breathlessly announced the event. They erupted into cheers, with the excitement lasting through the competition until they walked out of the alley to applause from the other bowlers at the lanes.

“Stuff like this is so fun for our guys and such a great bonding thing for us,” Carroll said. “And it always helps juicing up the competitive side of things too.”

Receiver Mike Williams winds up during tonight’s team bowling tournament at a local alley.

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