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howilu

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In 1968, the long running syndicated bowling show Championship Bowling underwent a number of changes.  First, the show switched from film to videotape and to me the quality of the show was better.  Second, Jack Drees was replaced by Bud Palmer and Bill Bunnetta.  Third, the format was changed from three games in an hour to a best ball competition that would shorten the show to a half hour.  There would be one addition.  A split making contest at the end of the game where a bowler could win $50 to $100 for himself and his team.  

Anybody think those changes hurt the show?  It would only last a season in this format, airing at 12:30 PM Saturdays on Channel 5 in New York.  I thought Bud Palmer wasn't a bad choice for host, he frequently subbed for Chris Schenkel on ABC's Pro Bowlers Tour when he was on another assignment.  
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I think it killed it. People,me anyway wanted to see
2 bowlers going head to head

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I never saw Championship Bowling.  It probably was not available in my city.  Back in the 1960s, there were only 5 channels -- ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS affiliates and an independent station, so not much air time available for syndicated programming.  Can you explain how a best ball competition worked?  Was it like golf, where two players tee off separately and chooses one result for the team?

Does anyone remember Pinpoint, the 1970s series?  Bowlers had to knock down a specific number of pins per frame -- all 10 in the first frame, 9 in the second frame, etc.  The frame with a 2-count was always the most difficult.
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I remember the show Pinpoint.  It was on CBS Sunday afternoons in the summer of 1971 and it was created, produced and hosted by Johnny Johnston.  Pat Summerall was Johnston's sidekick.  It was a unique bowling show that unfortunately didn't have a long run.  

One thing I remember about the show was the way the closing credits were presented.  They were shown on the sweeper bar, the ball and the pins.  I should also point out that the director was one of the early ABC Sports employees Jack Lubell.  
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