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Organizational meeting May 16 as local bowling associations prepare to merge for 2017-18 season — a year earlier than USBC mandate
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:00 am
After years of effort, delegates at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Convention finally passed “forced merger” legislation that mandates local associations — open, women and...
Drawing strength from tragedy, Team NABR takes lead in performance that could go down as one of most memorable in Open Championships history
Friday, April 14, 2017 10:00 am
Sports history is filled with stories of amazing performances by athletes amid tragedy, as the emotions of awful circumstances push them to great heights. One of the most memorable was Hall of Fame...
Using topography charts in crafting a USBC Open Championships game plan
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:00 am
The United States Bowling Congress might not be providing lane pattern data for the 2017 Open Championships, but it is providing something that experts say can be even more valuable: topographical...
Slow bowling plaguing 2017 USBC Open Championships, leading to squad time changes, late squad relegation for 2018 for slow groups
Thursday, March 30, 2017 8:00 am
There are few issues that get bowlers of all levels riled up more than slow bowling. I definitely am one of those: I don’t anger easily, but one thing that will get me ticked off in PBA and...
'A witch hunt that won’t stop': North Dakota bowler will appeal disqualification at 2017 USBC Open Championships
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:00 pm
North Dakota Hall of Famer Russ Meyer was suspended by the United States Bowling Congress in 2014 for falsifying his average by recording scores lower than he shot when he was acting secretary of a...
About face: Bowlmor AMF embracing, investing in Petersen Classic in effort to reverse historic tourney’s long slide
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 8:00 am
For those of us who love the Petersen Classic, the historic tournament’s long slide has been painful and sad. When the monsoon-like rains of the summer of 1993 ruined the venerable Petersen...
College bowling atmosphere offers ramped-up intensity
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:00 am
When I bowled in the FIQ American Zone Championships in Bogota, Colombia, in 1985, I didn’t think I’d ever see anything like it again. Then I attended the giant Hoosier Classic college...
Why the limited field for the 2017 U.S. Open is not the biggest news in the latest tournament changes
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:00 pm
It’s entirely understandable that the focus of bowlers on social media regarding the latest changes for the U.S. Open announced Wednesday by the United States Bowling Congress is on the limited...
Jason Belmonte wins USBC Masters for eighth major title — next stop ‘Greatest ever’ discussion?
Sunday, February 26, 2017 4:00 pm
If you think the 2-handed haters have a fit when Jason Belmonte wins PBA Tour titles and Player of the Year honors, just wait: By winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters on Sunday for...
Eagle winners says hidden lane patterns don’t mean much change in their Open Championships preparation
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:00 am
A primary reason cited by the United States Bowling Congress in its decision to hide the lane pattern information for the 2017 Open Championships is the perception that those who have been able to...
Nick Hoagland’s lane patterns help make Hoosier Classic collegiate tourney extra special
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 9:00 am
The Hoosier Classic that will be held this weekend at Western Bowl in Indianapolis is the biggest thing in regular season college bowling. “It’s not only the biggest, it’s the most...
Total transparency of visible oil only way for bowling to be widely seen as sport
Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:00 am
Bowlers can argue forever what the best form of the sport is, from hard rubber balls on shellac-covered wood lanes to resin balls on synthetic lanes, and everything in between. This story is not...
Ahead of his time: Chuck Lande was the original 2-hander
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:00 am
Chuck Lande was a pioneer without being a trendsetter. By all accounts I know of, the 52-year-old Texan was the first 2-handed bowler to compete at the top levels, winning five PBA Regional titles,...
From unknown to the top: The meteoric rise of Jakob Butturff
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:00 am
When I interviewed Jakob Butturff in December at the World Series of Bowling, my aim was to tell the story of a bowler who had risen from virtual unknown to record-setting PBA Champion in 18 months....
PBA Tour TV ratings for World Series on ESPN a mixed bag again proving how little being live matters
Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:00 am
The best thing about GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII for diehard bowling fans was that they could watch the four animal pattern TV finals live on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app. I first...