GREAT article on our great sport and the lack of respect it gets amongst the society at large.
INDEED WE ARE athletes and PDW was spot on with his quote of "walking 5,000 miles a year (on the approach) and carrying over 50 tons of weight (the various bowling balls used during that same approach) every year".
And how about "The Beast" himself, and our reigning US Open Champion, Wes Malott, his own son, Jordan, now carries a 190 average at the age of 10 and even shot a high game 287 last year, my hats off 2 ya Jordan :), I hope I see you on Tour real soon, he definitely has the championship meddle that his dad does right now, look out PBA!!! Come 15-20 years time, he will be perhaps one of the newer "Young Guns" out there trying to take down the legends (remember the "Young Guns vs. The Legends" angle the PBA tried in 2006-07?) and maybe even win a million dollars and a few majors as well in what will hopefully be a successful PBA stint.
I'm giddy about the USBC Masters this season, as I am every year, as it's one of the very few PBA tournaments that are broadcast LIVE as opposed to tape-delayed for a later air-date, in which the PBA now does for a majority of its tournaments.
As for moving PBA telecasts from bowling centers to arenas, we've been there, done that, we know how much more exciting it is bowling in front of THOUSANDS of fans in an arena, who are cheering for you every shot you make, remember when Bob Learn Jr. made the Flagship Open show on ABC in 1996? (yes I know it was pretty much a "wall shot"-type, high-scoring lane condition that famous day on ABC when he bowled a 300 game (against PBA HOF and then 49-year-old Johnny Petraglia who himself shot 279 in that first match) and went on to shoot 1129 (a 282.5 average for the 4 matches in that telecast, which today is still a PBA TV
And as for the low game on that show, it was shot by PBA Hall Of Famer, ESPN color analyst, and 13-time PBA tour titlist, Randy Pedersen, a big 257, now normally a 257 is good enough to win most matches/tournaments, but not when Bob Learn shoots 279 at him.