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Completed watching the 1990 PBA Tour Season via Youtube, and here are my thoughts:

-Wow...another year and Walter Ray goes winless again. (But killin' it in horseshoes in 1990)
-Where was Pete Weber?  Seemed like he only participated (or cashed) in around 10 tournaments.  He still managed 2 Titles and around $90,000 in winnings!  And did he marry the Kim Schultice(sp?) lady that ABC said was his fiance and who they showed during the Fair Lanes Open?
-Jim ("Always let them see you sweat") Pencak had one helluva run. btw, His redheaded wife is very interesting looking.
-Many matches seemed unexciting and somewhat boring for the 1st time since I have been watching via youtube...Folks winning like Lawrence, Warren and Polombi just felt kinda bland to me. However, seeing McCordic miss a 'single pin spare' in the 10th to lose a match was heartbreaking.
-Baltimore native Wiseman gets his first two titles!
-Toyota Classic might of been best tourney to watch from start to finish.  
-My Mark Williams and his wife questions were answered:  He did divorce Karol and married a lady named Kim. (They show Kim on the Toyota Classic telecast)
-Amleto, quietly wins another Player of the Year honors.
-Mark Roth fell off rather quickly and Wayne Webb is all but irrelevant after starting the 1980's so strong.

***1991 is next***

One more thing, the Dick Weber coming out of the suitcase for Choice hotels commercial was my favorite during the telecasts.
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Completed watching the 1990 PBA Tour Season via Youtube, and here are my thoughts:

-Wow...another year and Walter Ray goes winless again. (But killin' it in horseshoes in 1990)
-Where was Pete Weber?  Seemed like he only participated (or cashed) in around 10 tournaments.  He still managed 2 Titles and around $90,000 in winnings!  And did he marry the Kim Schultice(sp?) lady that ABC said was his fiance and who they showed during the Fair Lanes Open?
-Jim ("Always let them see you sweat") Pencak had one helluva run. btw, His redheaded wife is very interesting looking.
-Many matches seemed unexciting and somewhat boring for the 1st time since I have been watching via youtube...Folks winning like Lawrence, Warren and Polombi just felt kinda bland to me. However, seeing McCordic miss a 'single pin spare' in the 10th to lose a match was heartbreaking.
-Baltimore native Wiseman gets his first two titles!
-Toyota Classic might of been best tourney to watch from start to finish.  
-My Mark Williams and his wife questions were answered:  He did divorce Karol and married a lady named Kim. (They show Kim on the Toyota Classic telecast)
-Amleto, quietly wins another Player of the Year honors.
-Mark Roth fell off rather quickly and Wayne Webb is all but irrelevant after starting the 1980's so strong.

***1991 is next***

One more thing, the Dick Weber coming out of the suitcase for Choice hotels commercial was my favorite during the telecasts.

 

Reactive in the early 90's almost killed Pete Weber's career. His snap around the ball release proved to be too strong for those covers. But he adapted. He went to a crazy amount of under pitch in his fingers and a Scorpion wrist brace to get him to slow down his action. You'll see the brace from 97 to about 2000


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I completed my watching of the 1991 PBA tour....on YouTube.   Very entertaining year that could of been even more entertaining and enjoyable if they didn't Suspend Pete Weber for 6 months right in the middle of the year.  I don't get it.  Babe Ruth, Mantle, Namath.  They all partied, drank and caroused without major suspensions.  Pete needed a better lawyer?  Was it that bad?  Heck it's all "Off Camera."   Jeez, let a guy live and have a personality.  Who would wanna always have to watch "robot" Dave Ozio or "boring' Parker Bohn on every telecast?  Not me. Give me PDW, Voss, and Holman anyday.  Guys you love or love to hate.
   
   Anyway, back to the recap and thoughts on the play on the lanes in 1991:  It was mostly entertaining due to great matches that featured key and infamous gutter balls (Ballard, Jr.), 2 successful conversions of the 7-10 split (Mazza, Stayrook), finally a win for Walter Ray (funny to say that now), a relieved Ferraro win,  Mazza's tears of relief and joy after his first PBA title in Florida, and a Grand Return by Pete Weber in November when he threw 3 straight strikes in the 10th, to beat Ballard and haunt him even more. 
Great Season!  Much better than the 1990 tour.  And one where Pete Weber is again (probably) denied Bowler of the Year due to his lengthy suspension.

   Also of interesting note after this season:  WRW: 32 years old 6 PBA Titles,   PDW: 29 years old, 18 Titles,   Norm Duke: 27 years old, 3 titles.  
Weber with such a big lead in titles over these 2 guys!!!  What happened?  I will soon see.  Now it's on to watching the 1992 Events (And from looking at the Youtube comments, no more NBC Fall Tour broadcasts with Jay and Earl...bummer.)

PS:  Best Wives moment was when Stayrook's wife (Cathy?),  and Ferraro's wife (Gloria),  sat right next to each other during a tense match at the Tucson Open and pretty much had that same "scrambled eggs" hairstyle the was actually popular in the 1980's.

PPS:  During this season we also witnessed maybe the worst shot ever when, in the title match, Wayne Webb threw the ball off his ankle and instantly in the gutter.  I forget the tourney but it was insane and so surprising to see.  (I had seen Voss do that but it was on a spare chance I believe)
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I have completed my watching of the 1992 PBA Tour Season via Youtube during these COVID days and here are my thoughts:

-Overall speaking, ESPN's coverage is more enjoyable to watch than ABC and I was sad to see no NBC broadcasts in '92

-Amazing and very fulfilling to see the "virgin winner" Justin Hromek assist 20+ winner Dick Weber in getting a Title in 5 Decades!  Unbelievable feat.  Having the whole family and Pete's new haircut up on stage during the ceremony was quite timeless also.  ABC smartly left time for that one.

-Vespi and Forkel become household names?  Or great names for scoring in the future Scrabble/PBA Bowlers last names edition?

- We got to witness Chapter 2 of the famous "The Eagle has (Crash)Landed" moment as Pete Weber gingerly places the trophy Down this time in INDY after his win at Touring Players Championship.  In fact, Woodland Bowl may just be PDW's favorite lanes.  His Dad is a Hoosier so that could be the lucky reason for his success?  Nice Telecast for ABC again here...We even get to hear Pete utter his 2ND most famous phrase: "Long Live Bud Light. And Long Live Woodland Bowl." (And then right after we see a Coors Golden Draft v Bud Commercial by the way.)

-Walter Ray Williams Jr. goes Another year without a Title but makes real good money and gets lots of TV time.  It is a very good thing he did not die in like an RV Accident or something round this time because he would of gone "in the books" as only a 6 time PBA titleist (Just a-sort-of more handsome version of Hugh Miller?), who had a "career year" in 1986 and who won 5 World Horseshoe titles but never reached his bowling potential.

-Ferraro rolls close to 220 in AVG for the year and edges out Marc McDowell for POY honors.  I personally felt McDowell deserved it with the Firestone win.

-The "Great Balls of Fire" song and video montage was also memorable.

-Best commercial during any broadcast was the Old Milwaukee Beer commercial where is "Gets Better' due to the arrival of the Swedish Bikini Team!

-And on the Notoriously "Fowl" Side....in the Long Island Open, Danny Wiseman bowled a Turkey that was followed by a Buzzard that turned into a Flamingo in his loss to Del Ballard.
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Expo -- I always look forward to your write ups, since you have yet to see any of these shows.

Do you find any instances where a tournament is not posted to YouTube? Also, are you just getting a rundown of the tournaments in order from the PBA website?

Lastly, what did you think of Mark McDowell throwing reactive in the 1992 AC Delco tournament?

On final thought, 1993 is a great season, and expect to see one particular face on A LOT of shows!

Take care, looking forward to your thoughts on 1993.
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Glad to hear from you.  Yes, I use the PBA.com schedule in order to watch them chronologically. And after watching the tourney I view their Archived Results/write-ups and also see who all "cashed."   I would say almost ALL the tournaments are posted on Youtube.   The Japan Cup is a common one that has been missing along with the Seniors/Touring pros doubles (but not lately).  The reaction of Bo Burton to McDowell throwing the reactive ball for the first time was priceless...and I noticed many comments referenced it.  Mostly speaking negatively about the balls "unfair edge" or ease at which it strikes and some even claiming it "ruined the sport" and should be outlawed.PS  I am up to the Cleveland Open in '93 and I think I already know your answer of whose face I would see again and again.....Ron Williams (Mr. King of the Hill).  Take it easy and avoid those pocket 7-10 splits.
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****COVID Times Continue and so does my viewing of the History of the PBA Tour****   
   The 1993 PBA TOUR via Youtube is in the books for me and what a memorable season I viewed.   It was definitely the Year of the Williams'.  Ron Williams and his King of the Hill exploits and Walter Ray Williams Jr. and his quest to be the all-time King of the PBA Tour by winning 7 Titles. (Was it the new ball for Walter Ray or the engagement to Paige "I need another makeover" Pennington?)
     Scoring Averages soared in 1993 (Reactive Resin ball?).  A host of bowlers threatened to eclipse Marks Roth's old 221 Season Average record but it was Walter Ray doing it at close to 223!  I watched Mike Aulby throw a Perfect Game, Dead Eye roll a 299 and Dave Arnold flirt with it and barely get the win at the Long Island Open.  Two of the Highest scoring matches were also viewed: Ricky Ward v WRW (Petraglia Open) and Aulby-300 v Ozio-279 (Wichita Open).    On the not so great moments:  You have Ray Edwards start his match in the HOF Classic with a gutter ball and then get just "half a loaf."  And you have Pete Weber seemingly never showing up on TV all year but somehow winning 2 Titles (One in Japan which is not on Youtube), and somehow earning $156,000 and end up 3rd on the Years Money list.  Ron Williams also threw an inconsequential "ugly gutter ball/fall over the line" moment in '93.
    ABC Coverage was better than average and because of quicker play (25 sec. throw clock and more strikes?) most telecasts had time for presentations and speeches which I particularly enjoy.  ESPN again did a solid job too. Although I noticed Mike Durbin's "Average Builders" segment were starting to repeat. I might add that the intro music this year was kinda lame compared to 1992's intro song and montage with the song "Great Balls of Fire."  Which I understand won some kinda award! 
   The "What's In" and "What's Out" graphics were a cool addition and we learned that Bowling at the White House was "IN" with the Inauguration of Bill Clinton and Horseshoes was "OUT" with George H.W. Bush leaving office.  The BEARD was also 'IN" thanks to the PBA allowing them for the first time over the Summer of 1993.  This by the way improved Dell "I can grow more hair on my face then on my head" Ballard's look but not his game in late '93.   I also want to add that watching Dick Weber's Choice Hotels segment called "Winning Never Gets Old" was also very enjoyable and always made me smile.  And speaking of Choice Hotels, the Choice Hotels Challenge was fantastic and edge of your seat fun when we got to see Gene Stus do what Kevin McGerr couldn’t do earlier, and throw a couple of strikes in the 10th and beat Steve Jaros.  That McGerr/Jaros match actually tied in regulation. (Bo Burton was thrilled!)
    It should be mentioned that the 1993 Active West Open was the first PBA Tour event without a TV broadcast since 1979.  And Chris Schenkel seemed relieved that they were coming back in 1994 on ABC with the tour.  Well its on to 1994 and year one in the demise of The Montreal Expos....and bowling?
   PS:  Anyone have one of those "Millionaires Club" Posters that they promoted during 1993?  Or that cool VHS Tape they also advertised in '93:  Bowling: The Perfect Game.  if you do, feel fortunate....you have a piece of PBA History.
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Expo -- the Bowling: the Perfect Game is available on YouTube, if you're interested in watching it.

I second the Millionaires Club poster, would love to have one myself.

Walter Ray certainly had a year, he could have won 10+ times. What did you think of him winning in Homestead with a plastic ball? Also, regarding Del Ballard, he was very impressive in winning the BPAA US Open, especially since Walter Ray dominated qualifying and match play.
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RIP to Gene Stus, who died at age 74 in 2014.
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Between the riots and COVID, 2020 is a year to forget.  I'm in sales and business is soft, but not terrible..I'm fine.  Fewer face to face meetings and more time spent in the home office working remotely is my norm and i don't like it.  I'm going a bit stir crazy, but getting by.  I haven't been getting out much, and I don't know where I'd go on vacation at this point??  I suppose I will plan a series of 4-day weekends from here to the end of the year to use of vacation time before the weather turns to crap.  

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  The 1994 Season starts off “shaky” with the AC Delco Classic in L.A. right after the Northridge Earthquake (Which I experienced while living in Eagle Rock between Glendale and Pasadena.)   And sure enough we see rattled play as both newcomers Justin Hromak and Steve Wilson open in the 1st frame.  The aftershocks get even worse as we see Hromak throw “double moat!” balls in the 9th frame on his way to a loss and his elusive first “solo” win, which he did get later in ‘94.  (During this telecast we see a segment on Erick Forkel’s health and financial status after the earthquake)

    After that, things seemed to settle down...Duke wins a couple (Get used to that) and Walter Ray gets one also.  But surprise!  Tears flow as Andy Neuer beats WRW at the Bud Light and Pete Weber Twice! loses from the #1 seed.   The Season only gets better with the.....

   Surprise! Game of the Year:    Smiles across every Bowling Fan’s Face as we Witness (for me 26 years later) the Legend Johnny Petraglia win $100,000 by rolling a Perfect Game on National Television....at 47 years old!   In that same tournament, The PBA National Championship,  we see a PBA First as the Brothers Traber go head to head in the title match.
  
   Monkey off his back moment:   Yes, it finally did happen.  Mike Edwards wins the IOF Foresters and sheds the title of most money won without a Title.  This brought to my mind the time he should have won the 1985 Quaker State (Here is the link to that moment: 

)  but instead we hear the notoriously inappropriate comment by Chris Schenkel that the Native American descendent Edwards' left “Two big TeePees.” 
   
   Anticipated Telecast of the SeasonGreater Harrisburg Open with WRW, Vespi, Weber, Warren, and Pedersen.   It had a Vibe to it, or I had one for it...one of the two.

               <How come you never see Dave Husted or David Ozio in the same room?>

  Promo of the Year: MTV Series “Brother’s  Grunt” a failed animated series.

  Commercial(s) of the Year:  General Tire Ad:

and here is another on from their competitor Continental Tire:
 I could not watch the later one due to Vertigo/Afraid of Heights Fears.
      
                         <Is Norm Duke still married to Karen?>

   The season ends up with Great Coverage from ESPN (But is it me or did Mike Durbin and Denny Schreiner “butt heads” a bit in the booth?), and appropriately enough a  Big Win at the Brunswick World Open by the man who started the season on the DL due to the Earthquake Eric Forkel.

             <Pete Weber goes without a Win but takes over as All-Time Leader in Cash Winnings>

   Comeback Player of the Year:   Butch SoperMy goodness, how did the 45 year old do it?  Rolls a PERFECT GAME at the Hilton Hotels Classic (But only pockets $10 Grand) and makes telecast after telecast during the fall to make his 77 Subscribers/Sponsors happy.  Anyone want to explain how that subscriber thing works? On to 1995!
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Johnny Petraglia shooting 300 is still awesome to watch! And yes, I believe Norm is still married to Karen.
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I'm on disability retirement from the state, so right now, I'm planning my strategy. 

I haven't played in league play for over 20 years and haven't opened bowled in 9 or 10 years. Since the gyms are open in my state, my intentions is to get back into shape, build my core and, in the meantime, analyze the equipment they have to date for bowlers, make a concrete decision, which I hope by that time the COVID-19 has passed and I'm able to get back into the sport.
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I'm on disability retirement from the state, so right now, I'm planning my strategy. 

I haven't played in league play for over 20 years and haven't opened bowled in 9 or 10 years. Since the gyms are open in my state, my intentions is to get back into shape, build my core and, in the meantime, analyze the equipment they have to date for bowlers, make a concrete decision, which I hope by that time the COVID-19 has passed and I'm able to get back into the sport.


If you are out on disability be careful what, where and when you do active things.  If they are like most entities, they don't like paying disability claims and will have a PI dogging you trying to disprove your claim.  BTDT

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Old bowler, if you don’t like insurance lawyers and their PI’s you’ll like this;
My friend Fred got hurt on his warehouse job and didn’t like the way he was treated by the employers .
He got an Attorney and initiated a suit .The case went on for a year and the case got a court date . A few days before due in court , Fred’s attorney came to his house. He showed a stack of photos sent by the opposition , taken by a PI., showing Fred shooting baskets in the driveway, playing touch football at the high school field, riding his dirt bike, etc. Months of surveillance , So Fred did you do all of this ?
Fred, “ aw...yup”
So the upcoming “trial” seems to be called off.
But.... Fred’s brother Paul arrives home .
His Twin Brother Paul.
The attorney is very happy to meet him.

They go to court. The opposing lawyer comes over and tells them he’s surprised they even showed up. He pulls out his photos and says - photos don’t lie I’ve got you.
Fred’s lawyer says - those are nice photos , walk over there and show them to Fred’s brother.
The guy’s jaw dropped to the floor and he appeared to have a tear in his eye.
Fred got a nice settlement.
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