The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2020 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 12200 The 11th Frame: Logo Infusion masks enable me to fly the 11thFrame colors while being courteous to my fellow humans Because I believe in science and medicine over politics, I wear a mask whenever I am out in public among other people. And that will be the case until the COVID-19 pandemic ends with a vaccine, an antibody treatment, natural herd immunity, or proven treatment drugs.   It’s actually stunning how much confusion there still is over using a mask. Only an N95 or elastomeric mask (or a full HAZMAT suit!) will do a good job of protecting a person from getting COVID-19, and those should be... subscribe to read more. Thu, 28 May 2020 18:00:00 -0600 12201 The 11th Frame: Even with no Junior Gold in 2020, Logo Infusion still offering 8 $500 Dan Keegan Scholarships — apply now Eight youth bowlers were to be awarded $500 scholarships as part of the renewal through 2020 of Logo Infusion’s deal with International Bowling Campus Youth Development to be the official jersey provider of the Junior Gold Championships. With Junior Gold canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you might think the scholarships would be too, but that’s not the case as Logo said with this announcement at its website:Junior Gold may be cancelled this year, but our scholarships... subscribe to read more. Thu, 28 May 2020 17:00:00 -0600 12197 The 11th Frame: Update: RSCVA consideration delayed of P3 Partners' plans for downtown Reno that include management and additional sports uses for National Bowling Stadium Note: This story originally posted May 26, 2020. Update May 28, 2020: The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority did not take up P3 Partners’ detailed plans for downtown Reno that include additional sports uses for the National Bowling Stadium, which was scheduled for Thursday's RSVCA meeting.  Here is the video of the zoom meeting. That shouldn't be considered a surprise considering the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty about when the... subscribe to read more. Thu, 28 May 2020 14:00:00 -0600 12198 The 11th Frame: Pete Weber tells Inside Bowling Show he’ll still compete in majors, possibly World Series of Bowling on PBA Tour When the PBA Tour will resume is uncertain at this point amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But when it does, Pete Weber intends to take part — at least some of the time. In an appearance on the Inside Bowling Show on Monday, Weber said he had no desire to compete full time on the PBA Tour, but wasn’t done, either. “I think when the regular Tour resumes I’ll probably bowl the majors … maybe the World Series also (and) the Senior Tour full time,” he said.... subscribe to read more. Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 -0600 12190 The 11th Frame: Update: Arizona tournament group has record turnout with Memorial Day weekend event featuring numerous COVID-19 measures Note: This story originally posted May 20, 2020. Update May 26, 2020: Here is the post-tournament report from the Strike Force Tour. The tournament drew 317 total entries with 226 qualifying entries, beating its previous record of 277 and 185, stating that  "This weekends event drew an unprecedented 317 total entries with 226 qualifying entries. We never imagined this great of a turn out! We can’t thank the bowling community enough for all of the help in creating such a great turn... subscribe to read more. Tue, 26 May 2020 15:00:00 -0600 12145 The 11th Frame: Story collection: Chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on bowling from the beginning Note: This collection of stories originally posted with the first story on March 11, 2020, the night Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19. I am continually updating this collection of stories as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic develops, with links to those stories that I write separately. So be sure to check back here often to stay on top of this developing and ever-changing situation. Here is my update on May 24, 2020:  Professional athletes, essential... subscribe to read more. Sun, 24 May 2020 08:30:00 -0600 12195 The 11th Frame: Foreign pro athletes in major sports to be allowed to return to U.S.; bowling apparently can apply to be included Professional athletes, essential staff and their dependents in major sports from foreign countries will be allowed to return to the U.S. under an order by the federal government exempting them from any proclamations barring their entry during the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump banned international travel in mid-March as one of the measures aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. "Professional sporting events provide much needed economic benefits, but equally important,... subscribe to read more. Sun, 24 May 2020 08:00:00 -0600 12194 The 11th Frame: When to resume bowling amid COVID-19 pandemic a personal choice that should be respected It should go without saying that when to resume bowling amid the COVID-19 pandemic is a personal choice that should be respected. And actually, that could be said about anything in life. COVID-19 is a matter of life and death, to a far greater degree for older people and those with underlying health problems. Judging anyone's choices when those are the stakes is low. But I'm sure there will be some of that as we begin resuming normal life. Madison cardiologist Dr. James Stein offered an... subscribe to read more. Sat, 23 May 2020 11:00:00 -0600 12193 The 11th Frame: Collection of Milwaukee legend Frank Benkovic's artifacts donated to International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame A collection of Milwaukee legend Frank Benkovic’s artifacts has been donated to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame and a selection of the items will be shown on the IBMHOF’s social media outlets in the coming weeks, the IBMHOF announced in its latest newsletter. The items donated by a relative includes photographs, plaques, newspaper clippings, and a trophy. Benkovic was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in 1958 and was a member of the inaugural class of the... subscribe to read more. Sat, 23 May 2020 08:00:00 -0600 12192 The 11th Frame: Proprietor canceling South Shore Open another blow to PBA50 Tour that seems unlikely to happen in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic As I have written numerous times, most recently earlier this week, it’s difficult to see the PBA50 Tour happening before the threat of COVID-19 is eliminated or greatly mitigated. That means a vaccine, an antibody preventative/cure, proven treatment drugs, or natural herd immunity. It’s one thing for the younger people who compete on the PBA Tour (with some exceptions like Norm Duke, Walter Ray Williams Jr., etc.) to return to competing together before that has happened.... subscribe to read more. Thu, 21 May 2020 20:00:00 -0600 11852 The 11th Frame: Update: COVID-19 pandemic delays start of Petersen Classic to June 27, move to Bowlero Mount Prospect delayed to 2021 Note: This story originally posted Dec. 5, 2019.  Update May 20, 2020: The Petersen Classic announced on its Facebook page that the COVID-19 pandemic would delay the start of the tournament to June 27, and the tournament will not move to Bowlero Mount Prospect until 2021:PETERSEN UPDATE AS OF MAY 20, 2020: As we work to determine exactly when the state and local authorities will allow bowling centers to re-open in Illinois, it is becoming evident that we will not be able to make our... subscribe to read more. Wed, 20 May 2020 19:00:00 -0600 12191 The 11th Frame: PBA releases details on special events in June, July on FOX Sports that will look familiar Did you enjoy Speed Bowling during the 2019 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational? Did you enjoy the PBA Clash? Did you enjoy the King of Bowling? If you answer yes to these questions, then you will enjoy the special events in June and July on FOX Sports that PBA CEO Colie Edison and Commissioner Tom Clark have been hinting at in recent weeks. PBA announced some details on the events in this news release on Wednesday. None of the events are expected to award PBA Tour titles and no prize money was... subscribe to read more. Wed, 20 May 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12189 The 11th Frame: SMART expands, loosens policies on use of scholarship funds, including for student-loan debt, off-campus housing If you want to hear a serious and heartfelt rant, ask a bowling parent or student about the restrictions on the use of SMART scholarship funds that stop them from using the money for something that seems like a totally legitimate educational expense. I’ve been on the receiving end of more than one of those justifiable rants over the years, and since I care about unfairness in the world, it’s impacted me. The worst part was knowing the USBC essentially was powerless to help those... subscribe to read more. Tue, 19 May 2020 20:00:00 -0600 12187 The 11th Frame: As with other sports, science, logic and common sense tell us when top-level bowling may resume Sunday night’s PBA League draft was a welcome slice of near-normalcy for bowling. But when the teams will be competing at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine is an open question. PBA said last week that the 2020 PBA League would be held in the fall, with dates to be announced later, as I detailed in this updating story on the 2020 PBA Tour schedule. But that happening depends on things totally out of the control of PBA and Bayside. PBA CEO Colie Edison and Commissioner Tom Clark have... subscribe to read more. Mon, 18 May 2020 08:00:00 -0600 12188 The 11th Frame: Francois Lavoie, Sean Rash are top picks of 2020 PBA League draft, now question is when League will compete In a mild surprise based on player rankings, Las Vegas High Rollers manager Amleto Monacelli made Francois Lavoie the top pick of the 2020 PBA League draft on Sunday night live on FloBowling. Brew City Ballers manager Marshall Holman followed by making Sean Rash his top pick. Rash was the top available player at No. 5 in PBA points rankings for 2019-20, while LaVoie was second at No. 13. The two expansion teams each picked three players before the eight existing franchises entered the draft,... subscribe to read more. Sun, 17 May 2020 20:00:00 -0600 12186 The 11th Frame: There will be a time to celebrate the life of Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Famer Carl Muccio — we just don’t know when Carl Muccio was one of the state’s best bowlers and a member of Rich Wonders’ Kendor Corp. teams when I was a teenager starting to compete in top-level Wisconsin tournaments. But he was as big a personality as he was a bowling talent — not quite Ron Wheeler in either category, but not far off. (I guess it wasn’t a coincidence that they both just called me “Kid” back then.) It took me many years to appreciate how lucky I was to compete with men like Wheeler,... subscribe to read more. Sat, 16 May 2020 14:00:00 -0600 12185 The 11th Frame: Collin Krachey, Erica Lohr named 2019-20 Madison Area USBC Youth Bowlers of the Year Collin Krachey and Erica Lohr have been named Madison Area USBC Youth Bowlers of the Year for 2019-20, the association announced Friday. The boys honor is named for Lowell Maves and the girls honor for Sandy Stanley. One of my favorite stats from the abbreviated 2019-20 season is that Lohr, who had a perfect game, rolled the highest series by a Madison area youth bowler with a 790 and Allison Dempski was next with 774, while Krachey was only third at 773. Here are the details on the two... subscribe to read more. Fri, 15 May 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12160 The 11th Frame: Update: PBA bows to reality in delaying PBA League to fall (at least); 2020 PBA Tour schedule removed from amid uncertainty caused by COVID-19 pandemic Note: This story originally posted April 11, 2020. Update May 14, 2020: Back on May 6, I detailed the reasons it seemed inevitable that the 2020 PBA League would not be held on the original dates of July 21-23 at famed Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. FloBowling's Phil Brylow noted on Facebook that "Maine currently has mandatory 14-day self-isolation for anyone arriving, running thru July (according to Maine Tourism website), so then you have to have 50 bowlers, 10 managers, and 20-30... subscribe to read more. Thu, 14 May 2020 18:00:00 -0600 12093 The 11th Frame: Third Midnight Bowlers Society $1,000 Entry High Stakes Tournament set for Friday, May 29 in St. Louis Note: This story originally posted Feb. 28, 2020. Update May 13, 2020: Tournament founder Daniel Spink said in a message that the field currently features Cory Cowsert, Tim Behrendt, Brad Miller, Ray Spink, Koty Aldrich, Jean Perez, Shea Bittenbender, Jason Miller, Steve Taylor, Jerry Marrs, Mike Sapolis, Dwayne Pope, EJ Tackett, Kyle Sherman, Mykel Holliman, Kris Prather, Brandon Mooney, Ryan Burks, Andrew Anderson, Steve Smith, Brandon Biondo, Jacob Butruff, AJ Rice, Joshua Hull,... subscribe to read more. Wed, 13 May 2020 10:00:00 -0600 12184 The 11th Frame: 2020 Weber Cup rescheduled for Oct. 23-25 The 2020 BetVictor Weber Cup has been rescheduled for Oct. 23-25, subject to government policy, at Morningside Arena in Leicester, England, Matchroom Multi Sport announced in this news release on Monday. The annual competition between 4-player teams from the U.S. and Europe originally was scheduled to take place June 5-7, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An announcement regarding player selection will be made soon, Matchroom said. Tickets purchased for the event automatically... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 May 2020 13:00:00 -0600 12183 The 11th Frame: Will 2022 USBC Open Championships happen in Houston? Silence about the venue is deafening Note: This story originally posted on May 10, 2020. Will the 2022 USBC Open Championships happen in Houston? Entries will open for the 2022 tournament in about 10 months and the 2022 tournament will start in less than two years (assuming the world is back to some semblance of normalcy amid or after the COVID-19 pandemic). So I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say the silence about a venue is deafening. In December 2018, USBC announced that the 2022 Open Championships would... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 May 2020 11:00:00 -0600 12182 The 11th Frame: Article suggests online sports betting could be coming for PBA Tour in 'not-so-distant future' Online sports betting could be coming for the PBA Tour in the "not-so-distant future," sports betting writer Brian Sausa said in this article on the sports betting website There has been in-person betting on PBA Tour events in Nevada at times through the years, including recent PBA World Championships, as I detailed in this story. Here is a slice of Sausa’s reasoning in his story:Betting on bowling has been around in some form at land-based venues in Nevada in the past,... subscribe to read more. Sat, 9 May 2020 07:00:00 -0600 12181 The 11th Frame: With no Junior Gold in 2020, IBC Youth offers Digital Collegiate Experience on BowlTV One of the things many youth bowlers and parents see as an important part of the Junior Gold Championships is connecting with college programs and coaches — and the reverse is true as well. And one of the ways they do that is the Collegiate Experience held each summer in conjunction with Junior Gold that allows youth bowlers the opportunity to engage with coaches or officials of bowling programs from across the country. But with the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the cancellation of... subscribe to read more. Thu, 7 May 2020 15:00:00 -0600 12180 The 11th Frame: Bottom line in USBC rules changes amid COVID-19 pandemic? Do they help us get back to bowling? In logical moves anyone with any critical thinking skills could see coming, USBC on Wednesday announced in this news release rules changes aimed at helping a return to organized bowling. And the bottom line is exactly that: Do they help us return to organized bowling? I’m sure there will be some decrying the changes and they simply are people not seeing the forest for the trees. Other than those more than 100 years old, no one has seen anything remotely close to what we currently are... subscribe to read more. Wed, 6 May 2020 19:00:00 -0600 12179 The 11th Frame: Another TV and broadcast director at International Hockey Federation joins World Bowling, report says Chris Neilson, the TV and broadcast director at the Fédération Internationale de Hockey (International Hockey Federation or FIH), has joined World Bowling, reported in this story. Andrew Oram, who also formerly was the TV and broadcast director at FIH, left the FIH last year to become World Bowling’s new CEO, as I detailed in this story. Neilson had been with FIH for three years, and initially joined the organization as media rights manager,... subscribe to read more. Wed, 6 May 2020 16:00:00 -0600