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#107557 - 11/12/09 08:58 PM Re: PBA Reality TV? [Re: kwik8]
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Originally Posted By: kwik8
hope to see more of the young lefty in upcoming telecasts.

Me and you both, and lucky for us, he is on the finals again this week. I just saw it previewed on
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#108584 - 11/25/09 07:06 PM Re: PBA Reality TV? [Re: Justinmill14]
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we just got to see it over here on the weekend. loved watching it!! anything to do with bowling and im in my glory! That young Ciminelli looks like he will be around for a while, im a fan now!
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#108587 - 11/25/09 08:12 PM Re: PBA Reality TV? [Re: Upriser]
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I liked that they showed what really takes place prior to the finals, though do agree that the finals were missing that live, one game and it's over feeling. So I think a mix of behind the scenes, qualifying rounds, informational/educational commentary, and then a live one game semi-final and finals would work well. And not necessarily all of that every time, but at least some of each every time.
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#111409 - 12/28/09 01:15 AM Re: PBA Reality TV? [Re: Tim Gerard]
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I thought it was good for the sport and interesting for me as a viewer. I would have liked more emphasis on the lane preparation and lane patterns so that viewers could see why the pros don't bowl 280's all the time.

#111420 - 12/28/09 07:53 AM Re: PBA Reality TV? [Re: Justinmill14]
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Originally Posted By: Justinmill14
Originally Posted By: kwik8
hope to see more of the young lefty in upcoming telecasts.

Me and you both, and lucky for us, he is on the finals again this week. I just saw it previewed on

Ryan Ciminelli will get his chance on the national tour. He along with six other bowlers earned their exemption at the Regional Players Invitational. The other bowlers, one a local for me (Bobby Hall II), are listed below (from

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FINAL STANDINGS (after 30 games; top seven designated with e- earned exemptions to bowl on the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour)
1. e-Scott Norton, San Francisco, 6,482, $7,500.
2. e-Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 6,417, $4,000.
3. e-Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 6,324, $3,000.
4. e-Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 6,304, $2,500.
5. e-Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 6,289, $2,000.
6. e-David Beres, Greenfield, Wis., 6,277, $1,700.
7. e-Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 6,263, $1,500.
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#111426 - 12/28/09 10:26 AM Re: PBA Reality TV? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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I don't watch PBA since I bowl on Sunday and don't have a DVR and they took it off ESPN classic.
However, I remember Jim McKay and his "Up Close and Personal" on ABC Wide World of Sports. It made everything more interesting, even the sports that bored me (e.g. winter olympics biathlon). I'd always find myself rooting for whomever they did the bio on.

I believe Roone Arledge and his gang invented that, if I'm not mistaken, which I often am, but I usually admit it when I am, so you can still keep listening when I speak but just take it with a grain of salt if you disagree....

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#111634 - 12/29/09 11:03 PM Re: PBA Reality TV? [Re: 10PinGaloot]
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I remember they used that same "Up Close And Personal" during some of the Professional Bowlers Tour telecasts on ABC as well, to give the fans watching a home a closer look of what life is for their heroes off the lanes and away from the constant grind of the PBA Tour.

One particular piece, conveniently aired after his storied perfect 300 game in his hometown of Erie, PA during the 1996 Flagship Open, was a piece on Bob Learn Jr. (the Tour dearly misses him and his 300s out there now these days), and in the tail end of that piece, filmed before the TV show, Learn mentioned of how great it would be to bowl the most memorable of his (then) 51 300 games, on ABC.

Then they went to his next match against whom would become his next victim during his running of the table, 6-time (at the time) Tour champion John Mazza, with Chris Schenkel, simply stating "Dreams Come True".

And boy they do, believe me.
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