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Fordman

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Have any of you ever curled? 
Have you ever seen a curling alley, center? 
Do you thing Curlers are athletes?
Why are they in the Olympics?
Why not bowling?

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Athlete's? Yes. The game is mostly based on skill, but there is an endurance factor involved so to me that qualifies them as athletes.

Why is curling a Olympic sport and not bowling? Easy. You can't manipulate a sheet of ice like you can a bowling lane. You can't shut out lefties. You can't shut out straight players. You can't shut out two handed bowlers. Also equipment is all exactly the same. No one has an advantage over the other.

On a side note how do the sweepers never fall or accidentally kick a stone on their way down? NEVER! That always amazed me. I know they have slip resistant shoes, but you would think once in awhile one would slip.  
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Bowling could be legislated with everyone using the same ball.  Only one handers.  Oil the lanes after every game.  You would have to have maybe 10 pairs ready and keep running the machine.  Have one standard pattern.  On practice on the lanes after oiling. 

Throwing a 15-16 lb. ball with your finger tips and thumb more than 100 times in a day makes you more athletic than not falling on your ass on a ice.

There are million and millions of people who bowl.  In my 72 years on this earth I have never met or knew anyone who knew a curler.  Are there more than a few thousand in the world?

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I would agree on bowlers being better athletes, but both are none the less. I would challenge any non bowler to bowl multiple squads over a 12 hour period and see how they feel the next morning. That's if they make it through the last squad.  

A venue was always one of the things the Olympic committee said was an issue. They claimed they didn't want to travel outside the Olympic village to a "bowling alley." They hated that, plus they said it's a security risk. Easy fix. I'm sure Brunswick or AMF could set up a bank of lanes in a building somewhere in the village. I would think 8 lanes would be more than enough. If they can do it in an arena for TV shows and in a convention center for nationals, it could be done just as easily there. 

While you could regulate the balls being used, you can't pick who can and can't bowl. They'd never want the world's poster boy Belmo left off the squad. If you did people would say you didn't beat some of the best bowlers in the world weather it's true or not.

Still comes down to oiling the lanes. By punching a few numbers on the machine you can dictate who scores well and who doesn't. They don't want any finger pointing if someone doesn't bowl well. Could you lay out a simple flat pattern? Sure, but someone would b***h that the pattern doesn't give them a fair chance.
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If bowling had ONE and only ONE approved lane pattern, you would learn to bowl well on that pattern. If you really wanted to.

In today's game, people don't worry about learning to bowl well on patterns they don't like. They will hunt and peck at tournaments until they find one that is putting out a lane pattern they can bowl well on. I've seen and heard of bowlers coming to a tournament, looking at the pattern graphs, and then walking out because they know they won't score well.


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Of all the bowlers in this assn. there are only 2-3 dozen who would have a reasonable chance of winning.  The rest just donate.  Ever notice that of the 60,000 members you are lucky to get 50 in most tournaments.  There are a few in my league that assures me to save my money.
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Its the Winter Olympics so it's for games that require ice or snow remember. I don't think bowling will have an argument to get into the Winters Olympics.
Is bowling more of a worldwide played game than Baseball or Softball? 

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