Hakim Emmanuel, a 38-year-old from Stoughton, Mass., had never rolled a perfect game in his life when he got to the lanes on Thursday night, but he left with three-in-a-row for an ultra-rare 900 series.
Bowl.com reports that Emmanuel has been bowling competitively since age 15, and was taking part in a doubles league in Brockton, Mass., when he rattled off 36 consecutive strikes for just the 27th 900 series recognized by the United States Bowling Congress.
Emmanuel told Bowl.com he just took it one frame at a time
"Toward the end of the second 300, in the back of my mind, I was wondering if it was real and if I could do it again. People stopped bowling as I entered the 10th frame of the last game, and I just reminded myself that I'd made it that far, so throw another good shot and see what happens."
Watching Emmanuel get mobbed by his fellow Thursday night bowlers is one of the most satisfying sports clips of 2015 so far.
- Brendan Maloy