I'm surprised this isn't a topic that gets more discussion. Perhaps its because we all tell ourselves that muscles aren't necessary in bowling. But do we really believe that at the professional level, more muscle mass won't make a great bowler an elite bowler?
I'm not making any accusations, but is it really all that hard to believe that a young talent like Cimineli, who everyone said would win and win on tour but hasn't yet fulfilled that destiny, might be intrigued to turn to something synthetic to give himself an edge? Doesn't seem that far fetched to me.
Look at baseball's home run heroes of decades past. Babe Ruth was certainly not a fit individual. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were fit, but neither were "muscle men" (not to mention Mantle was a drunk, and was known to play hung-over.) I have studied coaching material from the 70s, and they used to teach hitters that the art of the home run was pure technique and the ability to read the pitcher; muscles supposedly had little to do with it.
Then came the 90s and suddenly guys who look like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds are the ones holding the records.
All I'm saying is that I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if there are a few tour players using PEDs in hopes of gaining an edge.
Nowadays, I open bowl practice and go to Nationals every year.
USBC Open personal bests: 226/602/1690
USBC Open career average: 174.66 (45 Games)
See you in Reno 2020!