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mrbowling300

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Bowling is back

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Thanks for the reminder .
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Caught the tail end of the Strike Derby....Kind of a  poor substitute for a Bowling tourney. (But it was nice to see Kimberly Pressler in her Yellow Dress again.)  More importantly for me is that I just finished watching on Youtube, the "on his own" (no mom, dad or DeeDee in attendance) Pete Weber win the 1989 Trustcorp PBA National Championship and be only the 3rd player in PBA history (at the time) to win the Triple Crown.  Great to see!  He should of never let himself be in the position of having to hope Ferraro misses, but it worked out.  He looked great in that Oversized Green Jacket.  And his smile and graciousness was so sincere in the too brief post game interview..  A least he got his hellos to his two daughters back home.  Love that guy!   Next is the King Louie.
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I missed the strike derby, what were your thoughts on the format?

PDW should have won a lot more than he did back in the day.
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I didn't see much of it. Just the tail end. Troup got hot and that was interesting, but other than that it was like watching a 3-Point contest.  Its rushed and lacks the "Build up" and suspense that bowling generates in its traditional format.
On a completely different note...are there no streams on Youtube of the 1989 A & W Fair Lanes Open from Phoenix?  I would love to see PDW take it to Holman in the 1st match.  The archived results have Marshall only rolling a 134!  That must be something to watch. 
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This format seems to be for attracting viewers that are not Bowlers . And more likely people that cannot keep score.
Almost any Bowler could readily see that lanes were so easy these guys could hit the 1-3 pins from anywhere on the lane, as long as their trajectory was left to right. In fact not a single bowler ever checked his feet or starting position. Like a BB no look shot.
I have always questioned the motives of Bowimor Corp and if they are even interested in real bowling. It’s apparent that every center they take over is more like nightclub / arcade/ bar with bowling lanes. They reopen most of their centers out here with no league bowling and have kicked out some existing leagues to accommodate moonlite, and glow bowling. And they are charging Manhattan prices.
The purchase of the PBA wasn’t a huge investment for their deep pockets so I hope they don’t plan on scrapping the Pros so they don’t distract from their nightclub business . I’m not sure what their current commitment is.
Overall it was a. Bad show and did not really highlight any of the Pros, in fact I think it made them look bad.

A more honest and interesting competition could have had each bowler take 20 (or ?) regular shots in normal time with at least a slightly demanding condition . More of a skill competition at least.
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I watched the first 5 minutes of it and turned it off...the format is totally uninteresting IMHO. 

Remember back in the last 1970s or so when NBC did a sort of team all-stars competition where bowlers had to achieve certain results in each frame (pick a spare, or a split or get a strike) and they earned points for each successfully completed frame?  Now if they had done a singles version of that, I would have watched it. 

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What was the prize money like?  

How did the format work?
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Each bowler had 2 minutes to throw as many strikes as possible. They used 3 adjacent lanes and players had balls on each pair, so they would literally run from one lane to another and were all able to get off 15 or more shots in 2 minutes.

More akin to a long drive competition in golf. From thr perspective of a high level scratch bowler it was not as satisfying to watch as as a true tourney. However with the beating our game is taking from Covid lock downs, any tv exposure is good.

Never saw any prize payout numbers
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I imagine they each got some sort of an appearance fee, with some sort of bonus to the winner.  Was this done live?
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this report has the money they were playing for.............

JUPITER, Fla. (JUNE 7, 2020) - Kris Prather won the inaugural PBA Strike Derby on FOX Saturday night at Bowlero Jupiter, defeating Anthony Simonsen, 7-6, in the championship match.

The special event, which featured a unique, timed competition for eight PBA stars trying to strike as many times as they could in 2-minute rounds, signaled the PBA's return to the lanes after a pause due to COVID-19.

Prather, who earned his berth into the event by winning the PBA Tournament of Champions this February, was seeded No. 4 after his total of 10 strikes in the seeding round. He proceeded to knock off PBA Players Championship winner Bill O'Neill in the quarterfinals and PBA Oklahoma Open champion Sean Rash in the semifinals before facing Simonsen.

The most strikes recorded in any one round was by top qualifier Rash, who tallied 14 in his two minutes during the seeding round.

In the night's most exciting match, Simonsen edged Kyle Troup, 13-12, in the semifinals to earn his place in the final.

In all, there were 213 strikes by the eight players in the live event.

Final results:
Champion: Kris Prather, $25,000
2nd: Anthony Simonsen, $10,000
3rd and 4th: Sean Rash and Kyle Troup, $5,000 each
5th - 8th: Tommy Jones, Shawn Maldonado, EJ Tackett and Bill O'Neill, $2,000 each.

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I think it was live. Being rerun multiple times
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Is the clash live this saturday? Can't wait to see Shannon & Danielle go up the guys
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Watched it online honestly it felt like a publicity stunt. It did not feel like an actual competition.
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This was more of a YouTube-like gimmick stunt event so popular among teens and younger Millennials who have no real interest in regular competitive bowling and lack the patience to watch all 10 frames of a regular game, due to their electronic ADHD from constantly using hand-held devices.  The novelty of a non-traditional bowling challenge wears off quickly for older people like myself.
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