Disregarding my own personal opinions about Stone, he is learning more about the game week to week and does have an excitement about it that you can't really find in a lot of broadcasters nowadays.
How much of that excitement is real and not just and act, I don't know. I'm cynical about him because of the somewhat "mocking" and childish tone he has.
As for the hambone thing, I won't use it but if someone else wants to then that's their choice. The phrase does seem to be drawing in more fans which is good, but I hope those fans take the time to learn more about the game than just what they see on TV.
One word to sum up that last part of your statement there; "sheeple"
. Sadly, that encompasses a large amount of people sucking up air in the world. However, that aside, more fans are good. You'll never hear me argue against that point, but hopefully not at the expense of "dumbing down the sport." If you remember, 10 years ago Fox tried little gimmicks to get new fans to hockey when they were broadcasting the games, like with that stupid "FoxTrax" glowing hockey puck. People who understood the sport (like me) hated the concept, and the players hated it as well, but laypeople who were new liked it. I wonder how many of those "new fans" Fox attracted are still fans of the game?
"Dutch 200" has its roots in "going Dutch" when you go out to eat or something. You split the bill down the middle 50/50, and a Dutch 200 is a 50/50 split of strike in one frame, spare in the next, strike, spare, strike, spare, etc.
Ah, yeah, didn't think about it that way. Of course, I didn't have too clear a head when I was writing that last night. I'll blame it on the medication.
Gone are the days when people learn about something or watch something because they're interested in it. Nowadays its all about whats "cool," and unfortunately bowling isn't "cool" because its not "sung" about in hip-hop songs or played in highlights on Sportscenter. But then again, the only things that are are football (which they put on a pedastal) and baseball (which they're dragging through the mud) and basketball (which is the only sport they actually cover the right way).
Well, as long as I've been alive, most people have never thought of bowling as "cool" or something that requires skill. Sure, any fat, beer-guzzling, grizzly bear looking guy in a wife-beater can chuck a ball down the lane and knock pins down, just like any fat, beer-guzzling, grizzly bear looking guy in shoulder pads can "get in the way" of a defensive lineman, but to be good, you have to work at it and skill doesn't grow on trees or explode out of a television. I can make a dazzling catch in my backyard. I can hit a 75 MPH lob 400 feet, and I can dunk a basketball on a 9 1/2' rim, but I sure won't claim it's easy after that and can't play the game at the same level professionals do. But then again, I'm not one of the "sheeple". I understand how difficult it is to be good at those sports and know I don't have those skills to compete with professionals. And if I don't understand something, I research it.
On a similar note, one of my favorite shows is "Pros vs. Joes" on SpikeTV. You get to see a bunch of "wannabes" and "I coulda been a pro in..." compete against former pros. It's so amusing to watch some idiot run his mouth only to get schooled by a former professional. Some of the pros "sandbag" (you can see it), but others will not allow some moron to show them up. And I think it's hilarious to see a "Joe" go on like he just made the best play in sports after he barely beat a Pro once...out of like 10 tries. Amazing. Yeah, I probably could've played pro baseball, but I didn't and I probably wouldn't have made it to the majors. I probably could've played college football, but I didn't, and most likely wouldn't have been drafted, either. Again, though, I appreciate the level of skill those guys have and the dedication it takes to get to that level.