There’s really something to be said for ESPN’s Sunday afternoon programming, when the Worldwide Leader cedes all sports coverage to the broadcast networks and airs bowling or weightlifting competitions. Here’s a clip from today’s PBA event, in which we see Shawn Stockman—you remember him as Boyz II Men’s…
Neat bowling tricks, Andy Varipapa.
Check out this fun post on the rise and fall of professional bowling by Zachary Crockett over at Priceonomics:
Bowling is a ritualized behavior that requires strength, coordination and an often decidedly idiosyncratic technique in order to aestheticize a communally sanctioned exposition of controlled violence. Orrr . . . maybe it's just a fine example of the sort of loud, explosive fun that humans sometimes get up to indoors.…
Friday, what better time for a good bowling story? This one, by the late Jeff Felshman, is a keeper, a funny and understated gem:
At a charity bowling tournament in Houston this weekend, poor sonofabitch Troy Walker was one strike away from a 300 game. As his ball rolled toward perfection, the pinsetter went into action with perfect timing to deny him.
Bowling leagues' popularity hit its zenith sometime in Ronald Reagan's first term, but they appear to be making a comeback among the elderly in competitive leagues played on Nintendo's Wii console.
PBA Hall Of Famer Parker Bohn III dropped by Holler House, a Milwaukee bar home to the oldest league-sanctioned bowling lanes in the U.S., to roll a few frames. (Paul Lukas calls it the holiest shrine in all of bowling.)
It goes without saying that Terrell Owens, at 39 years old, probably isn't going to be catching any footballs anytime soon. Still, a man's got to find an outlet for all that aggression and adrenaline and competitive spirit. So...bowling? Bowling.
Did you know Terrell Owens and Jerome Bettis own bowling teams? You probably didn't know that. We sure didn't, so when this popped up on ESPN's lazy Sunday PBA coverage it gave us a bit of a start. After all, T.O.'s last stint as a pro sports team owner didn't go so well. We're told this time around it's a bit more…
Scott Norton won the WSOB Chamelon Championship back in November, but it only aired on ESPN this weekend. Fast-forward to about the two-minute mark of the video above, and you'll see the aftermath. Norton, overcome with emotion after just his second PBA win, first shakes the hand of his opponent, than shares a brief…
It costs $4,500, it's easy to set up, and it lets you live out your American Gladiators-induced dreams of riding around inside a giant ball, wreaking havoc on your surroundings. It's called the Human Bowling Ball, and it's basically a giant, inflatable bowling game that lets you (the ball) knock down oversize pins…
I know, I know. Bowling? But seriously, the story of Bill Fong has it all: ups, downs, more downs, family ambivalence, redemption and a near brush with glory.
What you're looking at is an artist's conception of the U.S. Women's Open, which will follow in the footsteps of the NHL's Winter Classic and the NCAA's aircraft carrier game by being held outside, under the desert sun, in downtown Reno, Nevada. I can't think of a better gift for your worst enemy.
There was a lot riding on Pete Weber's final roll at last night's Professional Bowlers Association's U.S. Open. The 49-year-old Weber needed no less than a strike to defeat Mike Fagan to become the first man to win the tournament five times, and to become the oldest man to win the event. But this was about more than…
Josh Blanchard is a rookie PBA bowler. If he manages to have a long career in pro bowling, he's unlikely to ever live this moment down, from a World Championship qualifier in Las Vegas today.
"Whatever way you frame it, a group of men with their morals in the gutter did not spare any regard for human life when they opened fire in a bowling alley early yesterday, striking one man down, according to police." [Philadelphia Daily News]
Let tipster hoseman666 explain this bit of profane professional-bowling fury for you: