The Pinball Wizard / FPHL Madness

Posted: 6 February 2021 by Robbie

Finally, we can have some fun. It’s been slow at both of my jobs and therefore I had a Friday off (sans a couple of hours at my second job). I happen to be near Free Play Pinball Arcade in Fraser, MI. Heard a few good things about this place so I decided to stop in. $15 gets you all the free plays throughout the day. They open at 4 pm and closes at Midnight on Friday. Not only we have Pinball here, but we also have some arcade machines. Old ones to be straight, we have Galaga, Centipede, Off Road, etc. Free Play Pinball also serves alcohol as well, I was able to drink and play at the same time.

25th place? I ain’t that good…

Free Play Pinball had a variety of games to play. They had two Guns & Roses games, a Metallica Pinball game, a The Who game, etc. They also had a couple of pinball machines older than me. I played a game that was made in 1981, I was born a year after. One of my personal favorites was the World Cup 94 Pinball game. That was kick ass!

I remember World Cup 94 when I was 12 years old and was into Soccer (or my international fans of this blog, Football) and played Goalie quite a lot when I played. I had intentions of playing soccer in some real kids league but after I discovered I wasn’t so good, I decided not to. The hatred for practicing was there. And just like now, my lack of patience is yelling at slow drivers. Quite odd mentioning the word patience, that was a Guns & Roses hit. In addition to that, World Cup 94 had that epic fail from that Columbia player who scored on his own goal. Later got shot to death for that. Since I haven’t been to an arcade for a while due to Covid-19 and the madness, I stayed there for a while. A good 2.5 hours to be exact. We also have a pinball/arcade place on 23 Mile in Chesterfield which is next door to the Diesel Concert Lounge, a place I haven’t been to yet.

FPHL Troubles

Fraser, MI was also going to be the home for the future FPHL team called the Motor City Rockers. The team is still in existence, however, they decided not to participate with the FPHL this season. Only four teams are participating and one of them is the Port Huron Prowlers. I’ve seen the Port Huron Prowlers last year a couple of times. I had plans of seeing them on 29 Mar 2020, but Covid-19 came to town and the FPHL was one of the last leagues to pull the plug at around St. Patty’s Day.

The FPHL ran into troubles with the exhibition opener:

This lead to the FPHL exhibition deal being canceled. I gotta say, the FPHL is a goddamn interesting league! I can’t wait until we get some kind of stranglehold on Covid-19, I want to see more of this league. However, I’m not seeing much activity going on with Port Huron besides Matt Graham being promoted to Asst. Coach. I suppose we should wait for Bus League Hockey to update us on more info. Also, Danville Dashers were supposed to be finished but some of the officials at the arena they play in said no to that. I see the Dashers aren’t playing this year (if we have an FPHL season).

I got the high score on Galaga

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