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#8420 - 07/18/05 09:23 AM ESPY's A Joke???
kagekikr Offline
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Congrats to Walter Ray???

Chalk this one up to name recognition. A lifetime achievement award would seem more suitable than an Espy for "Best Bowler." IMHO, there are only two "real" candidates for that title this year, and one didn't even get nominated for the ESPY! Of course I am talking about Patrick Allen and Tommy Jones. WRW got yet another High AVG. award, but only won one title. Isn't that what the PBA is about, titles? That is what they get $PAID$ for. My vote would have gone to Tommy Jones had he been there, but out of the group, it clearly should have gone to P.A. Admittedly, Allen has never been one of my favorites, but he deserved this. Mika, my hometown favorite,and Barnes also deserved this more than WRW. As for Liz Johnson, I don't have anything against women, heck, I love them, but to have her standing there instead of Tommy Jones is just ridiculous. Just my opinion... what's yours?
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#8421 - 07/22/05 07:08 AM Re: ESPY's A Joke???
Darrell Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
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"kagekikr", Tommy Jones would have gotten my vote. Because he was nearly indomitable this season when he got to the TV finals.
Never-the-less, I like WRW, he was a statistical force as well as a major treat when he appeared on TV finals. He even very humbly demurred the fans choice when he recieved the title.
Congratulations WRW!
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#8422 - 07/22/05 09:31 AM Re: ESPY's A Joke???
Chief Offline
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Registered: 06/20/05
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Hey guys, sounds like the Michigan Contingent is pretty much in agreement on this subject. I can say that Mika is very approachable although he is quite reserved off the lanes. However how there could be any dispute regarding Tommy Jones is beyond me. Maybe our sport is becoming more mainstream because this selection reminds me of some All Star ballots in other sports. As for Liz Johnson, she excelled when the outside line is there but obviously struggles when she has to move inside. Besides am I the only one who thinks she looks like Peggy Hill on the King of the Hill show? No problem with Female Bowlers on my part since I am a student of Aleta Sill who I admire greatly. 20+ titles.

#8423 - 07/26/05 12:07 PM Re: ESPY's A Joke???
Jeff B Offline

Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 21
A/S/L: M/33/WI
LMAO Chief with the Peggy Hill comment!!!! Aleta is great! ESPN has been BEGGING for someone to step up on the PBA younger to help make their coverage sell and it almost seems like Jones doesn't fit what they are looking for. FOr awhile they had Pete on everything, promos, the Hot Seat, all that stuff. PBA bowlers don't have the same makeup as NFL or NBA guys, hence they don't seem to get the ESPN clout at the ESPY's WRW was a safe choice for them, deserving or not.

#8424 - 08/18/05 11:44 AM Re: ESPY's A Joke???
Flamenco Offline
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 219
A/S/L: 21/m/Singapore
Its like the MTV awards. just for fun, no actual point.
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