Blazing Bowling Shirt Strikes a Chill in Lawless Hearts

Cops and bowling, it's a thing, right? Here's video evidence , courtesy of The First 48.

And because it's summer and we're celebrating any place dark, windowless, and air-conditioned, we've got the perfect sweepstakes for fans of cops (or former ones) and bowling, the noble sport of kings. One registered commenter on this post will win an awesome custom bowling shirt!

The name stitched over the front left pocket of this high-quality,  bowling shirt in white reads A. Ghost, and the back is just as richly embroidered with the flaming team logo. According to Mark Mallen's confidential informant, author Robert K. Lewis, here's how the team got its name:

The burning pin and ball reflect the burning that went on in their lives when they were junkies. They BURNED the spoon. They BURNED the junk. They BURNED their lives. But now? They're bowling for the future!

Even with all the flames on the thing, some winner is going to look damn cool—so let's get down to cops, bowling, Lebowski, whatever!

This sweeptakes has ended. Consult our feature page for current opportunities.

To enter for a chance to win a (very roomy) Men's Medium-sized custom bowling shirt in white, accompanied by a signed copy of Untold Damage by Robert K. Lewis, make sure you’re a registered member of the site, and then simply leave a comment below.

TIP: Since only comments from registered users will be tabulated, if your user name appears in red above your comment—STOP—go log in, then try commenting again. If your user name appears in black above your comment, You’re In!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 or older. To enter, fill out entry at  beginning at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) July 8, 2013. Sweepstakes ends at 8:44 a.m. ET on July 15, 2013 (the “Promotion Period”). Void outside of the 50 US and DC and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules at Sponsor: Macmillan, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010


  1. Mo Heedles

    Cool patch. I was raised on candlepin bowling but went over to the dark side as an adult when I joined a ten-pin league.

  2. L L

    Looks nice

  3. Laura K. Curtis

    Bowl, baby, bowl! It’s better than burn, baby, burn, right??

  4. Christine LaRue

    Mama needs a new bowling shirt …..

  5. Marie-Louise Molloy

    Come light my fire!!

  6. Benita

    Good read! Roomy shirt! What more can a girl want?

  7. Joe Powers

    Dark and air conditioned –must not be MY CELL!

  8. Debbiehagedorn

    Cool shirt. Anything with flames is good!

  9. Victor Gentile

    What a terrific deal. Both the shirt and the signed copy of the book. Thank you for this wonderful offer

  10. Cindi Hoppes

    Oh my gosh…My brother-in-law used to be a pro-bowler, now he is in the senior league! This would be the perfect birthday gift for him…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  11. Benita Glickman

    Sorry for writing twice. My comment should be in the black, now.bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. Marissa Culp

    How cool is this?!? If I win, I just might have to find a bowling alley… or maybe I’ll just wear the shirt while reading the book… IN A BOWLING ALLEY!!! LOL

  13. Vernon Luckert

    Now how cool is that!!

  14. Robin Weatherington

    Cool Shirt

  15. Phyllis Sinclair

    I want to be the envy of all the bowlers in the Thursday Morning Women’s League.

  16. William Hamilton

    I would like to add this colorful and cool shirt to my collection of Aloha shirts. Oh, I would enjoy reading the book as well!

  17. susan beamon

    I used to bowl. I stopped because my scores would go 165, 103, 52 for the three game set we played. It is a pretty shirt and I like books.

  18. Linda Kish

    Cool…a shirt and a book. Hope I get lucky.

  19. Ginny Phillips

    Hope I am the correct color to win, win, win! Or at least to enter, enter, enter!

  20. Bob Alexander

    Spares and strikes are like the best moments in life. Gutter balls….damn.

  21. maryro

    Love the shirt and the book!

  22. jane

    Can always use a shirt and a book!

  23. Desmond Warzel

    Count me on, please!

  24. Sue Farrell

    Haven’t bowled in years—but maybe it’s time to join a league again. Would also like to read the book—it will probably inspire me to head for the lanes.

  25. ravensfan

    Great shirt. Would love to win it.

  26. Judith Barnes

    As long as it’s air conditioned, why not bowl. If not actual bowling, then let’s read about it.

  27. Melissa Dials

    Mysteries and bowling…awesome combo!

  28. Susan Meek

    What a great shirt!

  29. Karl Stenger

    I would love to read the book and wear the shirt

  30. Deanna Stillings

    I haven’t bowled for a long time, but would love the shirt and the book. Count me in. Thanks, Dee

  31. Mike Shea

    Great Shirt

  32. Max Cage

    Pick me! I love bowling shirts! I wear only that general style of shirt in the summertime (bowling shirts, Hawaiian shirts, etc). This would be a great addition to my collection!

  33. Rose Milligan

    Who doesn’t love bowling and mysteries? Thanks for having the giveaway.


  34. Barbara

    VERY clever premise!

  35. Donna Antonio

    This would be just the thing for heathen bowling. Count me in please.

  36. mosaix

    Mosaix needs a bowling shirt! Yes!

  37. Heather Martin

    Really different.

  38. Susan P.

    I have someone in mind for the bowling shirt!

  39. Anna Mills

    Crime and a bowling shirt; I know a trend when I see it!

  40. Timothy Anderson

    I’m the “Dude” with this bowling shirt.

  41. s stoner

    bowling shirt for black light bowling – yes please

  42. Shannon Baas

    Cool giveaway.

  43. Marjorie Pawley


  44. Jeffrey Tretin

    Thanks for the unusual giveaway. Can’t wait to read the book.

  45. John Clark

    Waay cool. I’d enter just to snag the shirt, but the book would be a really big bonus and would be enjoyed by plenty of my library patrons.

  46. lynette barfield

    What a great sweepstakes please Enter me.

  47. David Holtzclaw

    Bowling rules, but I kinda like reading better!

  48. Louis Burklow

    I’ve wanted a bowling shirt for a while now. Maybe I can go to my local alley wearing something other than a t-shirt now. Great idea for a contest.

  49. Joyce Benzing

    Bowling just goes with anything!

  50. John Maline

    I don’t bowl but the shirt is great!

  51. sherri steinert-brown

    I would love this would make a great slipping shirt as well as walk around in it shirt I wonna win

  52. Anne Marie Carter

    Bowling shirts are always in style!

  53. Anita Yancey

    Great shirt, and I’d love to read the book. Thanks for this chance.

  54. Vicky Boackle

    sounds terrific.

  55. Clydia DeFreese

    Writers keep coming up with new angles! Wonderful idea. Thanks.

  56. Julie N.

    I feel lucky.

  57. Deb Mosora

    Great bowling shirt! Would love to win.

  58. cheryl wong

    looks like a good read

  59. Angela Dyrcz

    Bowling! Yay!

  60. Taylor Duncan


  61. vicki wurgler

    I love the bowling shirt

  62. Nick Graybeal

    Daddy needs a new pair of shoes, bowling shoes to go with his new bowling shirt from The First 48 and Robert K. Lewis. I’m your man.

  63. runner

    Groovy Bowling!

  64. judy oliver

    I’ve never owned my own bowling shirt. I still have bad memories of high school bowling class and wearing a gym suit. More embarrassing than my bowling score!!

  65. Loren Palmer

    wow 300

  66. Karen Terry

    My late father was into bowling all the time. He played for a league and he won trophies too. He would take me when I was a little girl. I haven’t went bowling in a long time.

  67. Don Gentry

    Bowltastic !

  68. vickie dailey

    out of the ordinary giveaway – great fun – plus a new book to read – one lucky summer

  69. Phoenix

    Very cool shirt.

  70. Joe Hauser

    Very nice!

  71. julie hawkins

    I’d like to read this

  72. Colleen Welander

    I think it would be funny to wear this bowling all by myself. A team of one kind of thing.

  73. Fred Gillis

    Count me in.



  75. Kathy Fannon

    I would love a chance to read the book and look ulta-cool in the shirt

  76. Daniel Morrell

    sounds like a fun one

  77. Peter Tomaszewicz

    Bowling? BOWling? BOWLING? Love

  78. Regina Marlborough

    my all our lives be filled with strikes, or at the least spares. No gutter balls.

  79. Merikay

    What a cool giveaway! I promise to wear the shirt with pride, and pay the book forward with a giveaway to me readers. Whoot!

  80. Merikay Noah

    What a cool giveaway idea! I promise to wear the shirt with pride, and pay the book forward with a review & giveaway for my readers. Whoot!

  81. matt lehman

    awesome, who wouldnt want it?

  82. Marisa Young

    Cool shirt – cool book……

  83. Kimberly Hilbert

    Love the idea of the burning pins and ball. Much better than to burn your life away.

  84. Carolyn Dileo

    Awesome prize and exciting book? What could be better?!

  85. Vernon Luckert

    Would love to win this prize.

  86. Debra Kidle

    I love bowling, and this shirt!

  87. Allyson Becker

    Hook this girl up with a new bowling shirt and a great book too!

  88. Buddy Garrett

    Oh Yea! My kind og giveaway. Thanks.

  89. Sand Lopez

    I’d love to win!

  90. Tim Moss

    Good deal!

  91. Mihaela Day

    Love the shirt and the book!

  92. Gianna

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  93. Michelle Curry

    Awesome shirt and book!

  94. barbara stenby

    This book looks like a great read! I love bowling & crime dramas so it’s a double plus! A signed copy would be a great addition to my collection! The shirt is so cool too!

  95. William Causey

    how cool! please count papa in

  96. kathy pease

    Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in 🙂

  97. Susan Smoaks

    oh i need this, thanks for the chance to win!

  98. Ed Nemmers

    I would love to read the work of Robert K. Lewis!

  99. Gary Ford, Jr.

    Bowling! Bowling! Woohoo!

  100. RkLewis

    Wow! I had no idea so many people would enter! Thank you, guys! You’ve really made my day and I hope the winner not only enjoys the shirt, they enjoy UNTOLD DAMAGE, too!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.