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Super Bowl participants Greg Jennings, Lawrence Timmons also are avid bowlers By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of (Feb. 1, 2011)

2011SuperBowlGregJennings_small.jpg Greg Jennings (pictured left) and Lawrence Timmons are among the best players on the teams competing Sunday in Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas. Turns out they also are among the top performers on the bowling lanes. Jennings, a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, didn't start bowling until his sophomore year at Western Michigan University. Timmons, a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, started as a youth in hometown Florence, S.C.



Multiple charity events put bowling in Super Bowl XLV limelight By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of (Jan. 26, 2011)

SuperBowlXLVLogo_small.jpgFor the sixth straight year, bowling will be take its place among the many festivities leading up to the Super Bowl. But for the first time, the National Football League Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Classic will be a two-day event. Pro football legends and hall of famers will compete with members of the public Feb. 2 in the Dallas suburb of Addison and Feb. 3 in Fort Worth to raise money for NFL Charities. There also will be a special clinic Feb. 2 for at-risk youth from Arlington at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington.



Osku Palermaa, a super Finn By Joan Taylor

201011PBAOskuPalermaa_small.jpgFinland's two-handed star, Osku Palermaa, 27, won the Shark tournament, the last stop of the PBA World Series to qualify for this year's 1 million PBA Tournament of Champions. He also found out that morning that he is going to be a father, so the victory was twice as sweet. For this week's Tournament of Champions, he was taking it day by day. He led the first three days but slipped out of the top 4 in the second block of match play and finished the richest tournament in the history of the PBA in seventh place, worth $26,000.



73-year-old bowling alley discovered inside Mahopac, N.Y. school building's basement

Physical education teacher's dream of revitalizing the lanes for his students comes true

2011MahopacCentralSchoolAlleys1_small.jpgStaff and students at Lakeview Elementary School always knew that history lurked in the building's basement. They just hadn't seen it for themselves. That "mystique" belongs to the bowling alley constructed inside the Mahopac, N.Y. school building's basement in 1937, when a group of locals scrounged up $50 each to fund the building of four lanes there. But for the past half-century, that history languished under the custodial debris of the storage closet that replaced it.



Smoking in bowling centers is a throwback to an earlier era By Mark Miller

Is smoking one of the major reasons why to many, bowling's image still is negative?

MarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgSome stereotypes are hard to break. Take bowling for example. In the early 1900s, most bowling establishments were connected to taverns where Caucasian men smoked and drank to get away from their wives. Soon after, women found bowling every bit as good and by 1950, minorities were finally included in the sport. When league bowling was at its peak in the 1960s and 1970s, bowling alleys had bars in them and smoking still was a major part of the culture. This shouldn't have been surprising since nearly half of American adults smoked.



Women's pro exhibit coming to International Bowling Museum/Hall of Fame in 2011 By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of (Oct. 23, 2010)

IBMHOFWomensExhibit_small.jpgThe long and colorful history of women's professional bowling will come to life next year with the unveiling of a new exhibit at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas. Called "50 Years of Women's Professional Bowling," the exhibit is expected to open in June during International Bowl Expo and United States Bowling Congress Convention. It will feature the players of the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour and Professional Women's Bowling Association.



AMF Euless to host U.S. Women's Open early rounds ahead of finale at Cowboys Stadium By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Dallas Bowling Examiner (Sept. 13, 2010)

MarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgPractice, pro-am, qualifying and match-play competition in the 2011 U.S. Women's Open will be conducted at AMF Euless Lanes prior to the live televised finals at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The event begins June 24 with open practice and pro-am squads. The main event begins the next day with the first of three eight-game qualifying blocks. The top five players will compete in the 7 p.m. CDT championship round June 30 at Cowboys Stadium. Kelly Kulick is the defending champion.



The "Typical House Bowler" returns to Sport Bowling by Gianmarc Manzione

Confessions of a Typical House Bowler Part III

THBGianmarcManzione3_small.jpg First, the good news: While I did not bowl a single 200 game my entire 17 weeks in the sport league I bowled before working with USBC Silver coach and five-time PBA titlist Bob Learn Jr., it took me just two games this time around. In my first night of sport-league bowling since working with Bob, I shot a 213 in game two. After 17 straight weeks of failing to shoot 200 on sport shots, that 213 felt a bit like I had just struck oil while digging in my own front lawn. Now for the bad news: I still have a lot of work to do.



Fred Flintstone could have been on the ballot BPAA Celebrity Hall of Fame. Seriously.

Bowling Editorial By Joan Taylor

ColumnistJoanTaylor_small.jpgI've noticed that the newest buzzword among young people is "Seriously?" That means something like "Are you kidding me? Really?" I have to say that describes my feelings about something that came out of the bowling world recently and still has me perplexed. Nine "celebrities" attached in some way to bowling were nominated for the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) Celebrity Hall of Fame. This year, voting was opened up to the general public, and pop singers Taylor Swift has been named as the newest inductee, class of 2011. Seriously?



The "Typical House Bowler" gets a coach by Gianmarc Manzione

Confessions of a Typical House Bowler Part II

THBGianmarcManzione2_small.jpgIf you read my previous story on breaking free of the house condition mindset, you know me now as the hack who tried his luck on Sport Bowling patterns after 20 years in the delusional wilderness of house-shot leagues. But it was not enough for me to confirm the pro shop banter I'd heard about how ignorant the typical house bowler tends to be of the chasm between "recreational" and "competitive" bowling. I wanted to know why. For answers, I turned to USBC Silver coach and five-time PBA titlist Bob Learn Jr.



Earlier National Bowling Week seeks to raise awareness by setting world record By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of (July 19, 2010)

2010NationalBowlingWeek_small.jpgNational Bowling Week returns in 2010 with a familiar goal but an earlier date. For the third straight year, the goal is to set a world record for most games bowled in a 24-hour period. With a high of 741,821 games recorded in 2009, NBW organizers hoping to top one million games this year on Saturday, Aug. 7. This year's version, with a theme of "Bowling: More Fun Than Ever," begins July 31.



Is bowling a sport, recreation or business? Yes! By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of (July 16, 2010)

MarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgThe age-old question of whether bowling is a sport, recreation or business may finally have been definitively answered June 27-July 1 at International Bowl Expo 2010 in Las Vegas. After years of arguing that it had to be one or the other, it was apparent to the thousands in attendance that bowling indeed is all of them together. And that seemed okay to the many experts there. So with all the talk about the sport, recreation and business of bowling all being good, where does the industry go from here?

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World-class bowling writer Dick Evans dies on Independence Day

A memorial service to honor the life of Dick Evans will be conducted Friday, July 30

BWAAPastPresidentDickEvans_small.jpgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dick Evans, an award winning writer for both The Miami Herald and Daytona Beach News-Journal, died Sunday, July 4th, at the age of 78. Evans was the first daily newspaper reporter inducted into the Professional Bowlers Association's Hall of Fame in 1986 and also the American Bowling Congress' Hall of Fame in 1992. Evans, despite serving as a judge for 10 years when he was not eligible to enter stories, won a record 60 plus Bowling Magazine writing awards.



Industry's best honored at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of (July 9, 2010)

2009BWAABotYLizJohnsonNormDuke_small.jpgMarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgPart of each International Bowl Expo is spent honoring the best the sport and business has to offer and the 2010 event June 28-July 1 in Las Vegas was no exception. The week started off with elections for the officers in the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. Liz Johnson (right picture on the left) and Norm Duke were honored as 2009 BWAA Bowlers of the Year.



Return of U.S. Women's Open overshadows Sarah Palin's speech at Bowl Expo By Mark Miller

2011USWOLogo_small.jpg2010IBESarahPalin_small.jpgWhile Sarah Palin (r.) was the biggest name to appear at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate took a back seat to an announcement made minutes after finishing her keynote address Wednesday morning. Palin learned of the return of the U.S. Women's Open in 2011 presented by the brands of Ebonite International.



There must have been a New Jersey theme at International Bowl Expo By Joan Taylor

2010IBEJohnnyPetragliaTomMartino_small.jpgHappy Independence Day! I am back from the 2010 Bowl Expo and annual Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA) Board and general membership meetings. For me, this trip is akin to country music fans going to Fanfare in Nashville annually. As the proverbial kid in the candy store, I hardly knew where to start. This year was exceptional as two of New Jersey's "favorite sons," Tom Martino (right, Majestic Lanes, Hopelawn) and Johnny Petraglia (left, multi-hall of famer, Jackson) received top honors.

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Sarah Palin says bowling centers are true slice of Americana because of their community ties By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of (June 30, 2010)

2010IBESarahPalin2_small.jpgWhether you agree with her political views or not, Sarah Palin knows how to tailor a speech to her audience. Wednesday morning at the International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee (center) came well prepared to talk to a group of bowling center owners and industry leaders. "You are an audience full of fellow sports enthusiasts, that's how I view all of you," she said. "I grew up in a family of sportsmen.



International Bowl Expo to feature networking, education, trade show and Sarah Palin By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of (June 26, 2010)

2010IBELogo_small.jpgThe bowling industry's biggest annual gathering - International Bowl Expo 2010 - is on the horizon and the Bowling Examiner will be there to provide first-hand coverage. This year's event, which carries a theme of "The Best Is Yet to Come," will officially begin Monday at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas Hilton and run through Thursday. The estimated 5,000 attendees will have plenty of chances to learn the latest about the sport, recreation and industry.



BPAA got out of business for elite bowlers as PBA Tour flourished By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Since covering the first of more than 200 PBA tournaments starting in 1964, I firmly have believed the Professional Bowlers Association is the best thing ever to happen to the Bowling Proprietors Association of America. As the Saturday afternoon ratings for the ninety-minute live Saturday afternoon PBA tour stop on the ABC-TV network grew to an amazing 8.5 million viewers, so did membership in the ABC and WIBC plus the BPAA. The PBA helped fill bowling centers, especially on Sundays and at no cost to the BPAA.



Sports of bowling, golf share both similar and different traits By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of (June 16, 2010)

MarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgProfessional golfer Jeff Sluman, an avid bowler since age 5 in his native Rochester, N.Y., who put two bowling lanes in the Hinsdale, Ill., home he's now selling, knows well the basic similarities between two of his favorite sports. "You have to have tremendous concentration for those three, four or five seconds when in bowling you are rolling it down the lane or in golf hitting a shot," he once said. "You have to be able to relax in between shots. And in the pros, both are individual sports."

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