PBA 2009-2010 Season Preview.....and a brief history of it all

Brief History:

For most of you who dont know, and im guessing most of you, bowling is done professionally. It started in the 50's and aired on NBC under the title Championship Bowling. In 1958 Eddie Elias pushed efforts to make it a full time tour. In the ABC (American Bowling Congress) tournament, he gave a proposal for the tour. At that tournament there were pioneers of the sport. If you are a fan of bowling you would know these men, Dick Weber (future hall of famer), Don Johnson (future hall of famer), Carmen Salvino (future hall of famer) among other future hall of famers heard his proposal. They all donated money to his cause. Thus stared the PBA (Professional Bowlers Association). Thats pretty much how it started in a nut shell.

It has changed a great deal since then. When it first started there was only a couple of events, now they have twenty. Though it has had its down years. Personally i think the late 90's early 2000's where bad. They used gold pins in that time, which made them heavier. That caused for a good about of low scoring. Though i also felt the talent was down in those years. Also in that time, the PBA was bought by a former Microsoft executive, Mike Slade, and the PBA HQ was moved to Seattle (where its still located). In 2000s the PBA was going through a hard times and almost was lost forever. Today, its holding up very well. Some excellent talent has emurged.

To be a Hall of Famer in the PBA you need the following:
  • Win a minimum of 10 PBA Tour titles
  • Win a minimum of five PBA Tour titles, including two majors, and been a PBA member for at least 20 years


Thats it. Though it might make the sport look bad. It makes it seem like its easy. Though a bowler has to be so focused in order to win. Bowling probably more mental then any sport, golf is right behind it. You have to read the lanes on ever throw, it changes after each one, so each shot is different. You cant see the oil on the lane, so you have to use your eyes to watch how your ball reacts. Each week there is a new pattern of oil on the lanes, so each week you have to change your game in order to win. Thats very hard to do. And im proud to say that i have bowled a 209 on a professional pattern. Theres a total of about 80 in the hall of fame.

Today there are five different oil patterns. They are:

  • Chameleon- Its 40ft of oil, a bowling lane is 60ft long. It makes you play the outside part of the lane, due to heavy oil in the middle
  • Cheetah- Its 36ft of oil. Players usually hook like hell on this pattern, due to the very dry outside part of the lane.
  • Scorpion- Its 42ft of oil. Players usually play straight on this pattern. There is a good amount of oil down lane.
  • Shark- Its 44fr of oil. Players have to play the inside part of the lane. There is to much oil on the outside part of the lane.
  • Viper- Its 38ft of oil. Players will play many different parts of the lane due to its equal oil.


Bowling has its major championships just like any other sport. They are:

  • USBC Masters
  • Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open (Lumber Liquidators is the title sponser right now, it changes as the sponser changes)
  • PBA World Championship
  • H&R Block Tournament of Champions



PBA 2009-2010 Season Preview:

This is the schedule of this season. It starts in August, so this might change by then:

Aug. 4 - 6, 2009 Motor City Open  Taylor, MI 
Aug. 8 - 12, 2009 Cheetah Championship  Allen Park, MI 
Aug. 9 - 16, 2009 Viper Championship  Allen Park, MI 
Aug. 9 - 20, 2009 Chameleon Championship  Allen Park, MI 
Aug. 22 - 25, 2009 Scorpion Championship  Allen Park, MI 
Aug. 22 - 29, 2009 Shark Championship  Allen Park, MI 
Aug. 30 - Sep. 4, 2009 PBA World Championship  Allen Park, MI 
Dec. 7 - 13, 2009 Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC  Wichita, KS 
Jan. 4 - 10, 2010 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles  Medford, OR 
Jan. 12 - 17, 2010 Earl Anthony Memorial  Dublin, CA 
Jan. 19 - 24, 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions  Las Vegas, NV 
Jan. 26 - 31, 2010 Dick Weber Open  Fountain Valley, CA 
Feb. 7 - 7, 2010 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational  Winston-Salem, NC 
Feb. 9 - 14, 2010 USBC Masters  Reno, NV 
Feb. 16 - 21, 2010 Gemini Championship  Omaha, NE 
Feb. 22 - 28, 2010 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open  Indianapolis, IN 
Mar. 2 - 7, 2010 Don Johnson Eliminator  Columbus, OH 
Mar. 16 - 21, 2010 PBA Match Play Championship  Norwich, CT 
Mar. 23 - 28, 2010 Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship  West Babylon, NY 
Mar. 29 - Apr. 4, 2010 PBA Marathon Open  Baltimore, MD 


So here are my prodictions for the year:

Rookie of the Year: Jason Belmonte.
Hes good. You all have probably heard of him, hes been on the news like crazy. He throws it two handed and puts a shit load of revs on the ball. He has already won one event. He won it last year. Im looking for him to break through this year. I might not like how he is becoming the face of the sport just because he throws the ball weird, but he does have talent.

Player(s) to Watch: Bill O'Neill and Michael Fagan.
They both are great talents, but neither have won. Last season they both made a good amount of shows, but didnt win. Im looking for them to both have a great year and hopefully get their first titles.

Player of the Year: Tommy Jones.
Tommy has struggled lately. The last couple of years his numbers have been down. Though, this year im looking for him to break that bad streak. After all, he is only 31 and is already is eligable for the hall of fame. He has 12 victories and 2 majors. He is also one of three bowlers to win player of the year and rookie of the year. Im expecting big things from him. He is also my favorite bowler, and idle.

Here is my prodictions for the four majors:

USBC Masters: Wes Malott
Wes won player of the year last year. He won it by being the most versatile bowler on tour. He did well on every pattern last year. So if anyone can win this title it has to be Big Nasty. He can play straight if he needs to, or play the big hook. Granted he hasnt made a TV show for the Masters before, but i think this will be his year.

U.S Open: Chris Barnes
Though i really am not a fan of his, Chris is one of the best bowlers on tour. He can play any part of the lane and he can read a lane better then anyone else. He made the it to the finals last year, so im looking for him to play well this year.

PBA World Championship: Norm Duke
I say Norm goes for the repeat. He won it last year. He is also probably one of the best in major championships. He set a record for most majors won in a row. Though someone like Pete Weber or Sean Rash might come and take it from him. I look for Norm to win the $50,000 regardless.

H&R Block Tournament of Champions: Tommy Jones
Tommy won this tournament a couple of years ago. When he won it, he was coming off of a neck injury and had a avg around 260. He was on fire. I look for him to do that again this year also, though he didnt make the final last year.



Im hoping to go the the U.S Open since its in Indiana this year.

 

thanks for reading:

--trevor

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