Ya I had a bad route to level3 myself, over atdn.net (aol backbone) since I have timewarner. I switched my server to verio accelerated. I am getting 10-20 pings. I am GREEAATTT.
Its all about your route. Some people's route to verio is bad resulting into high pings, whereas level3 has their own route, and you ping great or good. This goes vice versa as well.