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Bill Murray really bowled three strikes in a row in the scene where his character, Ernie McCracken does the same. The crowd's reaction is genuine and is actually for Murray. Woody Harrelson, on the other hand, was a terrible bowler and according to the Farrelly brothers maybe got one or two strikes throughout the filming.
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The person shouting "Ernie, you 'da man!" at the final showdown between McCracken and Munson, is Will Ferrell.
As is the case with most of his films, Bill Murray ad-libbed virtually every line he spoke. He would read over the script, get the general idea, and then discard it. The Farrelly brothers, on the DVD commentary, said that they're very glad he did, because it was funnier.
The entire commercial Ernie McCracken does for the kids, is ad libbed by Bill Murray with only the scenes scripted.
According to Chris Farley's agent Doug Robinson, Chris was offered the part of Ishmael, but his contractual obligation to appear in Black Sheep (1996) derailed this plan.
Roy, played by Woody Harrelson, dreams that the Gambler will pay him $1,000,000 to sleep with Ishmael. This is a reference to Indecent Proposal (1993) starring Harrelson.
Jim Carrey was the first choice of the Farrelly brothers to play Ernie McCracken.
In the scene in the bowling alley restaurant just before Ishmael is about to get beaten up, the three are eating burgers and fries. However, Roy is eating a salad because actor Woody Harrelson is a vegan.
The scene where Ishmael gets the garbage thrown at his feet by the truckload of "indians" is a reference to the public service announcement from the early 1970's.
Among others, Pro Bowling Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III and Mark Roth appear briefly during the final tournament scene. In one scene Roy shakes Mark Roths hand after defeating him in a head to head match.
In the original trailer, Roy chops Buttercups legs off at the knee, explaining why its so much shorter.
Major League Baseball pitcher 'Roger Clemens (I)' has a small cameo in the film. In the restaurant scene where Roy punches out Ishmael, Roger Clemens plays the part of Skid Mark. Clemens currently ranks 8th on the All Time wins list for major league baseball pitchers.
In the Cheers episode Cheers: From Beer to Eternity (1985) Woody Boyd, played by Woody Harrelson, reveals that he is an ex-bowling ace who retired due to crippling a man in a bowling accident. In this film his character is forced into retirement due to a bowling injury at the hands of Ernie McCracken.
In the big bowling tournament at the end, an unseen person in the stands yells "Attaboy, Luther!". Everytime Don Knotts character speaks in public in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), an unseen person also yells "Attaboy, Luther!".
The back rows of fans at the Reno bowling stadium are made out of cardboard.
Michael Keaton was originally considered for the Roy Munson role
Roy's car is a 1972 Cutlass Convertible.
Urge Overkill are the band that sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Reno tournament.
John Dennis, A Boston sports radio talk show host, is the play by play announcer for the final bowling tournament. John Dennis is in several Farrelly Brothers' movies.
The signer on Roy's Odor Eaters championship check is Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr., the movie's production designer.
PGA Tour players Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade both appear in two scenes, when Roy enters the bowling alley in the opening sequence, and when he leaves for the first tournament. Both players have numerous wins on tour.
Real-life sportscasters Chris Berman and Chris Schenkel cover the Reno bowling tournament for ESPN.


John Popper:  lead singer and harmonica player for Blues Traveler, has a bit part as the announcer for the Reno bowling championship. Blues Traveler, in Amish garb, appears at the end of the movie playing one of their songs.

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