I was fortunate enough to have attended the World Series of Bowling V last weekend in Las Vegas at South Point Casino. As I've said in the past, this event is a bucket list item for any diehard PBA fan, it's simply unmatched by anything else you will ever experience. You have the best in the world from Sean Rash to Pete Weber to Wes Malot who you can meet at anytime during your stay at the South Point. Pete Weber and his wife just sitting at a machine playing the slots or video poker after he just got done playing in a TV taping finals. That's pretty cool!
The other thing you get to see are the new things that the PBA is bringing each year before everybody else does. For instance, this year the PBA has brought blue dyed oil to the lanes. PBA bowlers can now see where the oil is on the lane, this is history in the making. The average bowler sitting at home, thinking they bowl on the same patterns as the pros do are now going to see that don't. This new feature to the PBA tour should help immensely to showing people just what the professionals are up against each and every show.
This year you might have also met former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens walking around the casino, as he was trying to qualify for World Series of Bowling V. It was a struggle for T.O. but lessons were learned and he will be back again to give it another try. I had a chance to do an interview with him while I was there and you'll hear that later this season on the Spare/Time Bowling Show on Sportsradio 1250, WSSP.
If you missed it this year, don't miss it next year!
Hello Spare/Time Bowling Show fans! Hope y’all are having a great summer! Have you been working on your game at all? Because Fall Leagues are now forming! Check your local bowling center for more information. :)
Well, two months after competing in the PBA Summer Swing, I still continue to work on my game! Tuesday nights, New Berlin Bowl, Team USA Sport Shot League, where a good sized group of men, a few women and youth too, challenge ourselves on World Tenpin Bowling Association Oil Patterns. These oil patterns are more of a challenge vs. your typical house shot and forces you to be more accurate! Frustrating? YES at times, but once you scale it back, do a little studying and find your groove, the payoff is excellent!
Unlike, The Petersen Classic in Hoffman Estates, Illinois which was NOT so excellent for me in my first time out! But I still had a great time nonetheless. My father always talked about The Petersen Classic, even competed a few times at the old location and won some $$$! If you’ve never heard of The Petersen Classic it’s a tournament like no other. 8 games across 16 lanes of HELL! You can only use two bowling balls, no practice beforehand, no arrows or dots on the lane for aiming and the oil, or lack there of... it really depended on which pair you were on. It really beats you up mentally unless you have the right equipment! 1100 after 8 games which I guess is ok for my first time. Can’t wait for next year!
Another way I challenge myself is Friday Nights in Dyer, Indiana, just over the Illinois /Indiana border, at a house called Stardust Bowl III. There, Sean Ciesielski and their fine staff run a boatload of tournaments including a weekly King of the Hill, where the BIG names and little names, like myself come to play on challenging oil patterns for $$$. Just a few of the BIG names I’ve run into while down there... Eugene McCune, E.J. Tackett, Brian Velenta, Jerry Mars, Kevin Kullman and many other PBA Regional and Tour Pros who will help you out if they find you struggling! Nice to see and have a passionate group of bowlers that love the game and help each other out! I’m not saying it doesn’t happen here BUT I wish we had a tournament like this in OUR area. If you’d ever like to join me and the carpool and challenge yourself, just let me know!
Before I go, I always get asked about my GEICO / PBA Summer Swing experience and how it was bowling against the BEST bowlers in the world, I’m always willing to share stories so don’t be afraid to ask. I just wanted to share a couple of memories and remind you that you can re-live my time on PBA Xtra Frame for a small subscription price OR watch my training and listen to stories about the experience on the show (for free), click here.
Getting yelled at by the great Walter Ray Williams Jr., “JUST BOWL!” I guess I was giving to much lane courtesy. I know better now! :)
Beating one of the greatest bowlers of our time in Norm Duke not once, but TWICE! It was all about the small victories for me as I was shaking in my boots at the competition during that two weeks they were in town.
Remember to ALWAYS fill out your PBA score sheet completely, no matter how well you bowl, otherwise it’ll cost you and the person you verify for some $$$! In this case it was Anthony LaCaze and he playfully, “let me have it” if you will! Whoops!
As you can see from the picture above, that didn't happen. Those guys up there are your Top 5 for TONIGHT's 6pm CBS Sports Network Telecast of the GEICO / PBA Summer Swing Lucas Oil Bear Open from AMF Bowlero Lanes in Wauwatosa, WI.
You can find out more about the telecast and CBS Sports Network...click here.
As for the oil pattern, YES! it was a "bear" but somehow this was my best outing. Maybe it was because I had two other tournaments under me, or maybe it was because I started to pick up spares! I've said it before, I'll say it again... PICK UP YOUR SPARES!!
It was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget! Made some new friends and earned the respect of the guys I grew up watching on TV, even some of the new guys! Who knows, with even more hard work over the summer, maybe I'll be packing my bags and bowling balls for Las Vegas... We'll see! :)
Before I go, a very big THANK YOU to everyone who was involved. I have the best job in the world, blessed to do it and am grateful for my friends and family who supported me along the way! I got to live out a dream or a "what if", if you will.
What if I woulda joined the PBA when I was 18 and not go into radio?
I have my answer now and lemme just say, it's never to late!
Like the "shwoosh"... JUST DO IT!
That's how I felt after the physical and mental circus that was Round 1 of the PBA Summer Swing. I know I can bowl, I've made whatever spare a million times, etc, but with the difficult oil pattern, pressure of the situation and the GREATEST bowlers in the world!? You learn LOTS and FAST!!
Bowling with the big names? No problem! Walter Ray Willimas Jr. politely telling me to, "JUST BOWL!" when I was taking to long, I can handle that. Missing spares though, is the death of not just me, but any bowler out there! And when you miss a spare against the big dogs, you're just giving away pins and you keep digging yourself into a hole, a hole that gets big fast if you're not paying attention!
In the end, I took 82nd out of 84th! Took lots away from this first tournament and got ready to do it all again a few days later for the GEICO / PBA Summer Swing Lucas Oil Wolf Open at AMF West Lanes. I'll bring that to you next week before the next telecast!
The final episode as I get ready for the PBA Summer Swing. The fun starts with a practice session today at AMF Waukesha from 2-4pm, qualifying Monday ad hopefully some Match Play on Tuesday. Get the entire schedule and your tickets to watch and Pro-Am information...click here.
Here is a break down of what is going on the next few weeks...
Your first chance to throw with the "Greatest Bowlers In The World" is this Sunday, May 19th at AMF Waukesha for the PBA Badger Pro Am.
Cost to Bowl: $25 Kids / Seniors $50 Adults
Cost to Watch: $10 For PBA Badger Pro Am information...click here.
Sunday, May 26th AMF Bowlero hosts Essential Bowling Concepts, 2013 Youth Challenge Series SUPER CLASSIC and PBA Bear Pro Am!
2013 Youth Challenge Series Super Classic
Cost to Bowl:
Scratch - $64.00 Includes $20 Scholarship Prize Fund Fee Add $6 Late Fee if paid after 5/23
TV finals will be taped for June Telecast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.
The top finisher in each division will advance to the television taping, where they will be paired up with a PBA Tour Brunswick Pro Staff Bowler to bowl for BONUS merchandise awards!
Youth Challenge Series Director Phil Brylow said, "This tournament is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have youth bowlers pair up on TV with some of the best bowlers in the world! How many people dream of having a Sean Rash, or a Walter Ray Williams, Jr., or a Tom Hess or Tom Smallwood pair up with them for a doubles tournament? Well, now here is the chance for six bowlers who make the Time Warner Cable Sports 32 finals."
The journey has been filled with LOTS of up's and down's but either way I'm working harder than ever before thanks to USBC Coaches Dwight Albrecht and Phil Brylow. I even have a personal trainer in my corner. Former PBA Champ and fitness guru Johnny DiSantis has been training me with bowling specific workouts and let me tell you... IT'S WORKING!
I've been asking everyone and their mother for advice on how to handle this venture and the majority of people are saying, just get out there and start working hard. Well, I have been! From working on my physical game, which has been transformed by the way, with the help and patience of USBC CoachesDwight Albrecht and Phil Brylow to actually doing bowling specifc workouts with former PBA Champion and fitness guru Johnny Di Santis.
So, this past weekend I had tournament action in Madison, WI at Bowl-A-Vard for a PBA Sweeper and the right to compete in an upcoming Regional Tournament. How'd I do... Not well! PBA Shark Pattern gave me a hard time all night and I couldn't find my game to save my life!