Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bowling Video--Save Bowling

"Something happened. The lanes got a lot easier. Science created better balls. Tournaments are disappearing."

Bill O'Neill's Facebook fan page has a link to the video below and to the website I don't know if bowling can be saved, but it's nice to see people trying to save it even if I don't yet know how they propose to do it.

Check out the video, go to the website and type in your email address, and let's see what we can do to save this great but dying sport.


  1. I'm with you on this one. I'm not sure how to save bowling, but something needs to be done. I saw a video recently of PBA's Mike J. Laneside going on and on about one of bowling's biggest problems being the fans. I thought he had some great points, but still didn't bring many ideas on how to save our wonderful sport.

  2. Aaron, Mike J has been on the warpath lately against fan criticism. Now, I grew up in the 60's and early 70's when televised professional bowling was, by today's standards and by Mike's implication, dull and boring, but I loved it and would be perfectly happy to see it return to that way of conducting itself. So, I won't lie and say that I don't sympathize with bowling "purists" who rail against "handbones," vuvuzelas, female cheerleaders, and rap and sports stars populating PBA telecasts.

    On the other hand, I think Mike is right that the "Championship Bowling" and ABC telecast formats of yesteryear won't work in 2011 and that the PBA needs to change with the times or become extinct.

    Unfortunately, I think the PBA may be on the verge of dissolution anyway, no matter what it does to prevent it. But, in the meantime, I guess it will keep tying new gimmicks to see if something works.

    Beyond that, I don't know what the bowling industry as a whole can do to keep the sport viable at all levels. One of the things I hope to do with this blog in the future is write entries that address this issue as thoroughly as possible, and I hope you'll stay tuned for that. And if you're not an Xtra Frame subscriber, I hope you'll sign up with them. It's a great deal for a bowling fan, and you really do get to see some incredible action as well as learn a tremendous amount of vital technical information about the sport.