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http://host.madison.com/sports/recreation/bowling/article_8f60163c-1c20-11df-bc57-001cc4c03286.html

That's right folks, now it's just another league night.



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So I ask yet again, can USBC really be both a membership organization AND the National Governing Body?

As a membership organization, USBC is bleeding members and losing revenue. So from a financial aspect, assuming that USBC is going to reap the rewards of this decision, in the short term, I don't have a problem with the decision. But what are the ramifications? Will less teams decide to bowl the event because of these changes, consequently costing additional revenue rather than increasing it? This looks like a short term solution to a long term problem...and not one that was well thought out either.

As a NGB, this is absolutely the WORST decision USBC has EVER made (since USBC hasn't taken an official position on the lane dressing issue, I'll leave that WORST decision in the hands of ABC/WIBC...for now). How is this decision going to help keep/restore the integrity of the game? How can participants being able to consume alcohol while competing help elevate the SPORT? I mean, what happens if someone takes the lead in one of the events then, during the subsequent interview, praises the decision saying "I've never really done that well [in the tournament] before, but thanks to the recent change allowing me to drink...well, it was just like a league night at home, and I lit it up!"

USBC is trying to be both membership organization and NGB. I think it is becoming quite clear that they CANNOT do both. Perhaps USBC is trying to screw up so bad that BPAA will take over as the membership organization, leaving USBC to be the NGB. Of course, that may actually make some sense...so that cannot be what is happening.
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Great post EagleHunter!   Maybe the worst ABC/USBC decision ever.  I can just picture it being like a bad league nite at home, except, instead of coming from work to bowl and having a few, now it will be straight from the 24/hour bar to the lanes and have more.  What a setup for disaster.  And I enjoy my whiskey, just normally not until after bowling or at least later into it. Getting there half wasted and then indulging further just will not work.  Not sure how many times 'security' has been needed in the past 100 years, but now new problems will certainly arise. GREED & STUPIDITY sure go together well here.

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Not to mention, if you know how to properly interperet a lane graph via Kegel's KOSI, you can see that the shot has almost no reverse oil this year, meaning easy breakdown with traffic.  Scores will be astronomical, yet again, to bring more people in to suffer in reno 3 of the next 4 years.

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They're allowing alcohol but not food.  Drink on an empty stomach and you get drunker than if you drink while eating.  Not only will USBC make money from this decision, but the Reno Police Department stands to do so as well.
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Since this is on a trial basis, I'm hoping some jackass gets plastered before they bowl, have one or two on the lanes, cause a scene, and bingo, no more alcohol while bowling.
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What Bowlymania said.
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This is kinda on topic, and kinda off topic, but I'll post it anyway.

From Matt Fiorito's column in the Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20100218/BLOG35/100218059/1061/SPORTS13/Give-United-States-Bowling-Congress-Masters-runnerup-Chris-Barnes-a-bunch-of-silver-medals:

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The national USBC, which is hemorrhaging money, did a little a bloodletting among the staff recently. Among the victims was PR-man par excellence, Mark Miller, who was my go-to guy for questions for the 25 years I’ve been writing for the Free Press. If he didn’t answer his phone directly, he never failed to return a call when you left a message, which is more than I can say for Stu Epson, the USBC’s relatively new chief exec. Epson has no bowling business experience, but came to the USBC with an auto racing background. So I guess it’s kind of fitting that they hired an auto racing guy to finish the job of driving the wreck that is the USBC into the ground.


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Mark,
Matt's blog was excellent this week about Barnes, and the USBC. Spot on!
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good reading today guys!!!! Good work!!!!
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They're allowing alcohol but not food.  Drink on an empty stomach and you get drunker than if you drink while eating.  Not only will USBC make money from this decision, but the Reno Police Department stands to do so as well.


Excellent point, and excellent posts, all. I think that any of us here that have been around the game a while, has seen how 'disruptive' a little alchohol can be in a bowling center when placed in the wrong hands. Although that pretty much goes for anywhere.

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