MIKE J. LANESIDE: Thanksgiving Thanks

by MIke Jakubowski November 25, 2013 08:00

I am thankful that professional bowling has a presence on national television.


PBA World Series of Bowling V coverage on ESPN begins Sunday Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. ET and continues Sundays through Jan. 19, 2014. Join yours truly in the play-by-play chair at South Point in Las Vegas with PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen and Miss USA Kimberly Pressler. WSOBV coverage includes the four pattern championships leading up to the PBA World Championship, World Bowling Tour men’s and women’s finals, PBA50 Tour finals, PBA Regional Players Invitational finals and a $64,000 college scholarship to be earned at the Grand Championship of the Teen Masters.

I am thankful that a nationally-televised package of bowling on television showcases “The Greatest Bowlers in the World” on the PBA Tour, the greatest senior competition on the PBA50 Tour, the greatest regional players on the PBA Regional Tour, world competition on the World Bowling Tour and youth competition with PBA 2.0 and 3.0 Skill Balls for a life-changing college scholarship.

I am thankful to be involved with Xtra Frame, online Bowling Channel with my colleagues Jason Thomas, “The Bowling Guy”, “Internet Bowling Personality” Jef Goodger and “The Source” Matt Freiberg providing live coverage of PBA Tour events in addition to archived ESPN and CBS Sports Net shows. Please watch Xtra Frame’s new program, “The Bowling Center” available on the PBA YouTube channel on Mondays prior to Sunday’s television coverage.

Watch the premiere episode of “The Bowling Center” here.

I am thankful for the over 5,000 subscribers of Xtra Frame, online Bowling Channel – the most in the history of the service – who support the PBA on a monthly or yearly subscription.

I am thankful for the vision of Chris Peters, who personally saved the Professional Bowlers Association from the brink of extinction. I sincerely hope his extraordinary efforts are finally recognized with his overdue election to the PBA Hall of Fame this year.

I am thankful for the continuing commitment of PBA Board Members Rob Glaser and Mike Slade whose ongoing contributions keep the PBA Tour tradition and professional bowling in a national spotlight.

I am thankful for the support of the PBA’s product-registered companies, national and local sponsors and fans that have supported the Professional Bowlers Association through thick and thin. As thin as some folks want to paint it -- the PBA still has the best bowlers, the most opportunity, the most money, the most prestige and the only national television coverage of any bowling group in the history of the sport. No group has ever come remotely close to the contributions made by the Professional Bowlers Association, ever. No other group is doing so now or has plans to do so.

I am thankful for the immense passion, creativity and energy of PBA Tour Commissioner Tom Clark who stands in the constant firing line of criticism – fair and mean-spirited, expectations – realistic and fantastic, misinformation, rumor and myth surrounding the business of bowling.

I am thankful for the members of the Professional Bowlers Association, men and women who choose to compete on credible lane conditions whose national support of Regional and National competition provides the backbone for a true, professional, credible sport.

I am thankful for the dedicated staff of the Professional Bowlers Association.  Seattle office, road crew, player services, tournament staff, Xtra Frame crew, television production team, it is my privilege to serve with these talented people.

If you are inclined to tear apart this list – and many will be frothing to do so -- step back and for just one moment, be thankful for what we do have.  If it disappears, there will be nothing to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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MIKE J. LANESIDE: #SummerSwing

by MIke Jakubowski May 14, 2013 09:58

There is a lot to talk about in professional bowling and a tremendous opportunity to light up the social network over the next few weeks through July 9.
There are three brand new oil patterns, the 52-foot Badger, the 32-foot Wolf and the 40-foot Bear.
The “Greatest Bowlers in the World” return to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the 2013 GEICO PBA Summer Swing May 19 – June 2.  For the first time the PBA will use three different venues in one tournament featuring AMF Waukesha, AMF West and AMF Bowlero.
CBS Sports Network will present the GEICO Summer Swing Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11 through July 9.  Dave Ryan will join PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen in the broadcast booth.
As the GEICO Summer Swing rolls on, let us spread the word and talk about it on Twitter #SummerSwing. The events, the format, the new lane conditions, the field, the wood surface at AMF Waukesha, the PBA Player of the Year race, CBS Sports Net, the return of Dave Ryan, the scoring paces, the winners and those who fail to win.
All of us, PBA, industry, partners, players, fans, Xtra Frame subscribers, friends, family together can take to Twitter, follow the scoring on PBA.com, watch the LIVE online Bowling Channel coverage and look forward to the CBS Sports Net shows.
Please join us, we will see you for Opening Day on the GEICO PBA Summer Swing with the PBA Badger Open May 20 from AMF Waukesha Lanes in the settee, LIVE on Xtra Frame and online via Twitter.
PBA Executives
Tom Clark – Chief Operating Officer, PBA Tour Commissioner

PBA Staff
Janay Haggerty – Event & Community Relations Director
Mike Jakubowski – Cross Marketing & Multimedia Specialist, Xtra Frame Producer
Jason Thomas – PBA.com Editorial Director, Xtra Frame Technical Producer
Dave Schroeder – TV Producer, Xtra Frame Coordinating Producer
PBA Ambassadors
Mark Roth @MarkRothBowling
Television & Online Webcast Partners
ESPN PR (Tara Chozet) @TaraESPN
CBS Sports Network @CBSSportsNet
Neulion @NeulionIPTV
PBA Television Announcers
Lon McEachern @lonmceachern
Dave Ryan @DaveRyno12
Randy Pedersen @RandyPedersen1
Kimberly Pressler @MissPressler
PBA Players
Dick Allen @TypicalHB
Tom Baker @thebakes300
Chris Barnes @ChrisBarnes_PBA
Dom Barrett @dom_barrett
Jason Belmonte @JBelmo
Josh Blanchard @JB_bowling
Nathan Bohr @NBohr300
Jesse Buss @Jbuss300
Dino Castillo @rcast1007
Ryan Ciminelli @RyanCiminelli
Mike Fagan @Mike_Fagan
Andres Gomez @andres823
P.J. Haggerty @fistpump5
J.T. “Action” Jackson @jtactionjackson
Jack Jurek @JohnJurek
Mika Koivuniemi @PBAMika
Kelly Kulick @KellyAKulick
Martin Larsen @LuckyLarsen
Chris Loschetter @CLoschetter
Michael Machuga @MikeMachuga
Dan MacLelland @DMaclelland
Wes Malott @WesMalott
Amleto Monacelli @AmletoMOficial
Scott Newell @SNewellPBA
Scott Norton @Norton_Bowling
Bill O’Neill @Bill_ONeill
Rhino Page @RhinoPage300
Osku Palermaa @OskuPBA
Jake Peters @Jakey_Boy879
Sean Rash @Sean_Rash
Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. @ildemaroruiz
Ronnie Russell @russell2bowl
Mike Scroggins @mscroggs300
Brett Spangler @MOTIVnation
Jason Sterner @jason_sterner
John Szczerbinski @john_szcz
Brian Valenta @BValentaDuece
Lee Vanderhoef @cliffleeVandy
Johnathon Van Hees @JVH5
Lonnie Waliczek @lonniewal
Pete Weber @PDWBowling
Randy Weiss @rando300
Stuart Williams @Stu900
Dave Wodka @DaveWodka
Mike Wolfe @PBAWolfe
Product Registered Companies
Storm @Storm_Nation
Storm (Louie Wemett) @LouStorm11
Storm In The Bag (Del Ballard Jr. & Randy Pedersen) @Storminthebag
Motiv @MotivBowling
Ebonite @EboniteBowling
Hammer @Hammer_Booth @BowlHammer
Brunswick (Chuck Gardner) @ChuckGardner1
DV8 Bowling @dv8bowling
Columbia 300 (Bugsy Kelly) @BugsyKelly
Gemini Jerseys @G2Gemini
Roto Grip @BowlRotoGrip
Roto Grip (Chris Schlemer) @SchlemerReport
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Turbo Grips @TurboGrips
Vise Inserts @ViseInserts
Track Bowling @TrackBowling
Barbasol @BarbasolShave
Jack Links @JackLinks
Sands Regency Reno @SandsReno
Teen Masters @teenmasters
United States Bowling Congress @USBC
PBA League
Terrell Owens – Owner, Dallas Strikers
Chris Hardwick – Owner, Silver Lake Atom Splitters
Billie Jean King – Owner, New York City WTT KingPins
Kevin Hart – Owner, Philadelphia Hitmen
Jerome Bettis – Owner, Motown Muscle
Jessie Williams – Owner, BROOKLYN STyLES @BR00KLYNSTyLES
LaMarr Woodley – Owner, Pittsbugh JackRabbits
Chris Paul – Owner, L.A. X
Media & Bowling Media
Above180.com (Joe Cerar & Tim Burg) @above180
About.com Bowling (Jef Goodger) @aboutbowling
11thFrame.com (Jeff Richgels) @riggs7465
Bowlers Journal @BowlersJournal
Bowling This Month @btmonline
Bowling News (Tony Franklin) @bowlingnewsnet
SportsRadio 1250 (Steve Fifer) @sparkyradio
International Bowling Media Association @IBMA_Media
Scott Salem @scottthebowler
BowlingFans.com @bowlingfans
Gianmarc Manzione @GianmarcManzion

InsideBowling @InsideBowling

South Point @southpointlv
Lucky Strike @luckystrike

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MIKE J. LANESIDE: Opening Day for the PBA50 Tour

by MIke Jakubowski April 14, 2013 23:06

It’s Opening Day for the PBA50 Tour on Monday, April 15.
Formerly known as the PBA Senior Tour, PBA50 – a professional tour for players 50 and over, will compete 11 times during the 2013 season in 9 title tournaments and 2 majors from April 15 in New Port Richey, Fla. to August 21 in Welch, Minn.
Along the way, a season-long point competition will qualify the top three players for the televised PBA50 Tour Finals which will be a stepladder event conducted during the 2013 PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point in Las Vegas, Nev. this November.
Xtra Frame, the online Bowling Channel will provide LIVE coverage of the PBA50 Tour this season, starting with the season’s opening events in Florida – the PBA50 Pasco County Suncoast Open benefitting Wounded Warriors April 15-17 from Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey and PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Hammer April 21-23 from Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages.
Follow the PBA50 Tour this season wherever you are.  Download the online Bowling Channel’s FREE mobile apps and watch the stream on Android and Apple mobile phones, tablets and iPads.
+Android http://bit.ly/ZwKdYN +Apple http://bit.ly/YDA0Nu
Bill Beach won the very first PBA Senior Tour event in 1981. That same year Pete Weber won for the first time on the PBA Regional Tour.  Fast-forward to 2013, Weber reaches the half-century mark after claiming his second career PBA Tour Triple Crown and is ready to take on familiar rivals.
Weber joins fellow PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker, Dale Eagle, Amleto Monacelli, Johnny Petraglia, Wayne Webb, Mark Williams and Walter Ray Williams Jr. in what promises to be great competition on the PBA50 circuit.  In addition PBA50 features a talented crop of players including 2-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr with players that enjoyed only a limited career on the PBA Tour.
Also, always be on the lookout for PBA50 eligible players 60 and over, the “Super Seniors”, never underestimate the experience factor, determination and the ability of professional bowling’s greatest ambassadors.
Follow the 2013 PBA50 Tour this season with coverage on PBA.com, PBA Facebook and PBA Twitter. Come and see the show when the PBA50 Tour comes to your town with ProAms and during the tournaments.  The best way to keep up is with LIVE coverage on the online Bowling Channel, Xtra Frame.
The road to the PBA50 finals from the PBA World Series of Bowling V begins April 15.  Join us on Opening Day, you know darn well Pete Weber won’t miss it.

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MIKE J. LANESIDE: Luci Bonneau Memorial LIVE on Xtra Frame

by Jason Thomas July 17, 2012 04:51

I never had the chance to meet Luci Bonneau, but I wish I had.  Luci lost her courageous battle with breast cancer in 1999 and now, for the 13th time, Luci’s memory and battle live on at Palace Lanes in Houston.

For the first time, bowling fans from around the world will be introduced to "The Luci”.

Xtra Frame, online Bowling Channel, is proud to present LIVE coverage of the Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles benefitting the Stehlin Foundation for Breast Cancer Research at Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas July 20-22.  On the line is an $8,000 first prize and a Regional PBA title for members.

Watch ALL qualifying and match play LIVE on www.xtraframe.tv Saturday and Sunday.  Follow the scores, share photos, talk about the action on PBA Facebook and Twitter and in person with all of your bowling friends and fellow fans.

The action at Palace Lanes gets underway with a LIVE FREE Xtra Frame preview Friday July 20 starting at 7 p.m. ET.  Join Xtra Frame’s Mike J. Laneside, “The Bowling Guy” Jason Thomas and The Powerhouse Jackie Bowling for LIVE coverage of the sold-out Luci Bonneau Memorial Pro Am benefitting the Stehlin Foundation for Breast Cancer Research on PBA.com.

Visit the PBA Facebook Fan Page, or follow the PBA on Twitter @PBATour #TheLUCI this week for a link to the FREE LIVE preview show on PBA.com.  The festivities will include tips by PBA pros, player interviews and a preview of the Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles.

The Luci Bonneau Memorial attracts some of the country’s most talented bowlers with an all-star tournament staff including tournament founder Donna Connors with Jim Welch of Sunset Station Strike Zone.

Among the 84 doubles teams scheduled to participate in the Luci will be defending champions and winners of 4 of the last 5 “Lucis”, Shannon Pluhowsky and Tommy Jones.  Also scheduled to compete: Lynda and Chris Barnes, Liz Johnson with PBA Player of the Year and 2012 ESPY winner Sean Rash, Colombians Clara Guerrero and Andres Gomez, Carol Norman and Wes Malott, 2012 U.S. Women’s Open winner Kelly Kulick and Mike Scroggins.

Watch the Luci ProAm LIVE on the Xtra Frame FREE preview on PBA.com, then subscribe to your online Bowling Channel for LIVE coverage of the Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Saturday and Sunday.

The Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles will be webcast LIVE in its entirety on PBA.com’s online Bowling Channel, Xtra Frame, including Saturday’s qualifying rounds and Sunday’s match play competition. Saturday’s schedule includes eight-game qualifying rounds for Squads A and B at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET, with the top 12 doubles teams advancing to round-robin match play Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.

If you can’t be there in person, you can help by spreading the word, watching the coverage on Xtra Frame or by donating, send a check to:

LB Striking Against Breast Cancer
% of Memorial City Bank
820 Gessner Road
Houston, Texas 77024

Bowling world, it is my pleasure to introduce you to “The Luci”.

For a schedule of upcoming Live Xtra Frame coverage in July and August, click here.


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MIKE J. LANESIDE: Double Your Bowling Fun

by Jason Thomas March 22, 2012 03:27

The PBA, Xtra Frame and the PBA's YouTube Channel are offering fans a unique opportunity to prepare for Sunday's exciting ESPN finals of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship from the WSOB.

The Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship from the PBA World Series of Bowling airs Sunday March 25th on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. ET. Xtra Frame, online Bowling Channel, prepares fans for the doubles show with a great lineup of video programming.

First, fans can watch the Turbo Selection Show where the top 16 players from the WSOB Elite Players Championship are drafted to form doubles teams for the event, and see interviews with the newly formed teams.

Then, the extended 8-team stepladder begins with matches only seen on Xtra Frame and the PBA YouTube Channel.

Match 1: No. 7 seed Couch/DeVaney vs. No. 8 Scroggins/Dick Allen.
Match 2: The winner of Match 1 vs. No. 6 MacLelland/Ciminelli.
Match 3: The winner of Match 2 vs. No. 5 Belmonte/Weber.
The winner of the Match 3 advances to become the No. 5 seed on the ESPN show airing at 2:30 pm ET and will face No. 4 O'Neill/Fagan. The stepladder continues on the show with No. 3 Larsen/Gomez, No. 2 Duke/Malott and top seed Russell/Rash.

Will Rash get his first WSOB win after making every show to this point? Will the international team of Gomez/Larsen continue the unbelievable WSOB streak of international champions? Will Duke or Weber add to their growing number of historically significant titles?

It is a power-packed, PBA star laden series of matches, doubles is always fun to watch and the greatest team of all Mark Roth and Marshall Holman sit laneside in the VIP area.

Xtra Frame, online Bowling Channel, invites you to enjoy exclusive programs in preparation to watch the finals on ESPN Sunday March 25th at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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