Weber Chats with Fans

by PBA Editor March 27, 2007 19:00
On Wednesday, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber stopped by ESPN.com to chat about the PBA Tournament of Champions which starts Thursday, March 29.

Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks, Conn. will host some of the earlier rounds of the tournament, but the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. will host the final on Sunday, April 1 (ESPN, 1 p.m. ET).

Weber has bowled in 17 events this season, finishing second in the PBA World Point Rankings. Weber's 34 Denny’s PBA Tour titles puts him in a tie for third place, with his latest title coming at the beginning of March when he won the 64th U.S. Open.

Check out all of Pete’s answers below:

Buzzmaster: (12:58 PM ET) Pete's here!

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Tim Great Meadows New Jersey: What one aspect of your approach to the line do you focus on the most? Thanks. You are fun to watch.

Pete Weber: (12:59 PM ET) Looking at an area down the lane to where my break plane is. I draw a line from the break point to the foul line and I try to throw the ball with that line as I go through my approach.

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Rich from Chicago, Illinois: Do you think you have a chance to reach 40 titles, or better yet Walter Ray's 42? Good luck in the TOC.

Pete Weber: (1:00 PM ET) Well, as long as the PBA is alive and I feel like I can win, I'll be out there for as long as I can.

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Steve (La Jolla): PDW, great start to the season so far. What was it like winning the US Open earlier this month?

Pete Weber: (1:00 PM ET) It was one of the best titles I've won, winning the US Open for the fourth time. It got me into an elite group.

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Jack (Lima, OH): Do you primarily use a 16 lb ball and do you ever go any lighter (dryer lanes)? How light if yes?

Pete Weber: (1:01 PM ET) I haven't used a 16-pound ball since 1997. I've thrown a 15 pound ball since. I've thought about trying a 16 pound ball again.

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Nick Ohio: Since you were snubbed for player of the year are you more motivated to win it this year?

Pete Weber: (1:02 PM ET) Well, I don't know if I was snubbed for player of the year, there were guys who had better records. I still feel like I have a good chance for player of the year. It's coming down to these final tournaments.

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Steve (St. Louis): Pete, how do you deal with blisters on your hand when you play in so many games during a tournament?

Pete Weber: (1:03 PM ET) Mostly the wear and tear comes through the thumb. My fingers are protected with the glove I wear. I usually don't get too many blisters. When I do get a sore thumb, I use new skin and patches to absorb some of the pain.

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Jason (Muskegon, MI): How do you spend the off season?

Pete Weber: (1:04 PM ET) My off-season is pretty much some celebrity golf tournaments. I have some appearances to do. I bowl Regionals, too. My summer's pretty well taken care of. It's booked.

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Cyndi Chicago IL: PDW, what do you do mentally when you really want to beat someone?

Pete Weber: (1:04 PM ET) I really don't do one thing in particular. It's more that I try not to think about what I have to do until I have to do it. That keeps me more relaxed when I'm on the approach.

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Matt (Kansas): How do you keep your focus after bowling 17,18 games

Pete Weber: (1:05 PM ET) Like I say, it's something I try not to think about when I'm not doing it. When I'm not bowling, I'll talk to my wife for a few minutes. It's very little talking or thinking about bowling when I'm not doing it.

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Bryan McBride (Louisville, KY): Your wife is always there to support you in every TV final, but does she travel with you during the entire season? Also, how much time is spent with other guys on tour exploring the nightlife at each city? Keep up the great bowling and The Chop!

Pete Weber: (1:06 PM ET) My wife travels with me every week. She might take a week off here or there. We have plenty of time to do things together.

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Jimbo (New Hampshire): I missed you on TV (Cold Pizza) today... little nervous?

Pete Weber: (1:07 PM ET) The show went fine. It was very fun. I enjoy those guys. That was the third time I've been on Cold Pizza.

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Rett (N.Y.): What’s the toughest shot you ever made ?

Pete Weber: (1:08 PM ET) I don't really have a toughest shot that I've ever made.

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Rob (N.Y.): PDW, Is it true you have many superstitions when bowling like sitting in the same spot and folding your towel the same way ?

Pete Weber: (1:08 PM ET) Oh yeah. When I'm bowling well, I sit in the same spot. I fold my towel the same way every time. I try to go through the same thing I did the shot before.

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Mike (Toledo, Oh): Do you still enjoy bowling and how much do you practice during the season?

Pete Weber: (1:09 PM ET) I still love to bowl even when I'm not on Tour. I bowl two leagues in the summer with my wife. Practicing? Not really all that much practice.

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Johnny (NY, NY): How often do you bowl a perfect game?

Pete Weber: (1:10 PM ET) I have no idea. I have no idea on how many games I've bowled in my entire life. There are times when you might bowl two, three, four perfect games in a year and then not bowl one the next year.

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Joe (Pittsburgh): I know that you are a Storm guy. I have the Ebonite Angular One. What Storm Ball is similar to this?

Pete Weber: (1:11 PM ET) I think our Double Agents or Agent might be close to that ball.

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Gus (Youngstown): What other sports do you enjoy watching besides bowling?

Pete Weber: (1:12 PM ET) Pretty much all sports. I like baseball, I like golf. I like hockey. I like all sports. I don't mind watching any of them.

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Wes (North CA): Do you enjoy having that kind of Bad Boy attitude? And do you think it helps with bowling’s popularity?

Pete Weber: (1:13 PM ET) It doesn't bother me one bit. I don't mind being the bad boy. Someone has to do it. It's not being a bad boy. My antics they see on TV, they come up with it as me being the bad boy on tour. I don't mind at all.

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Mat (Scottsdale, AZ): Do you always wear sunglasses inside?

Pete Weber: (1:14 PM ET) I only wear sunglasses on TV, because of the lights. I had problems with the guys one day because of the lights. I put the sunglasses on and it's stuck with me ever since.

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Clay (Grand Rapids, MI): Who is your favorite hockey team, and who are your favorites for the Stanley Cup?

Pete Weber: (1:14 PM ET) Being from St. Louis, I like the Blues, but I don't trust them. The St. Louis Cardinals are another team. I like the Bears, the Rams. It doesn't matter, I like all sports teams.

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jjbowlin: When you have tried many lines and can't seem to get anything to work, what is your fall-back shot?

Pete Weber: (1:15 PM ET) Well, if I keep trying bowling balls, I might change my approach a little bit. I might go to a weaker bowling ball, a weaker release. It just depends on the lane condition and what it calls for.

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Jason (Muskegon, MI): Do you travel in an RV on tour?

Pete Weber: (1:16 PM ET) There are some guys that travel in RVs. There are some that fly. I like to fly to the west coast because it's too much for my body.

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Nick (Michigan): What do you think of the new Storm equipment (shift and the agents)?

Pete Weber: (1:17 PM ET) Actually, the new stuff that Storm has come out with has been really good for me. The new ball the Shift has been a good ball for us. The Agent has been good too.

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Henry (Vegas): You bowl in a league with your wife in the off-season? You guys must dominate.

Pete Weber: (1:18 PM ET) No, we do not. It's kind of neat. The leagues that I bowl in are scratch leagues. There's no handicap. In house conditions, anyone can beat me.

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Jason (Muskegon, MI): Would you consider it harder for a rookie to make a living on Tour today or when you started on the tour in 1979?

Pete Weber: (1:18 PM ET) Well, I think it's harder now, because there aren't as many tournaments now. We used to bowl 35, 36 tournaments when I started.

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Jimbo (New Hampshire): What’s your wife's average?

Pete Weber: (1:19 PM ET) Tracey averages about a 222 in both leagues that we bowl in. She beats me just as much as I beat her. But when I beat her, my recap sheet doesn't get posted on the refrigerator door. When she beats me it goes up.

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Dixon Schofield (Colorado Springs, CO): Do you have particular pin placement that you prefer? Or a top or side weight?

Pete Weber: (1:20 PM ET) My pin placements are usually right above or below my fingers.

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Patrick (Woodbridge, NJ): Why do you use such a high back swing? Does it ever throw your rhythm off?

Pete Weber: (1:21 PM ET) I developed my arm swing and style by watching Mark Roth. I've never had any problems whatsoever. The only problems I've hard are fast feet.

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Wayne Schanke (New Holstein, Wisconsin): Pete, What is your favorite format to bowl on at the T.V. Finals?

Pete Weber: (1:21 PM ET) I like the old format where you have five guys on TV.

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Jon (San Francisco): What type of patterns do you use your Special Agent on? How did it react on the US Open Pattern?

Pete Weber: (1:22 PM ET) I like the tougher conditions like the U.S. Open patterns. It's not just free wheel and get strikes. I like the longer oil patterns.

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Dean (MS): Are bowlers better today or is it just better equipment?

Pete Weber: (1:23 PM ET) That is a 50-50 answer. Some of them are better today and some are better today because of the equipment. It's 50-50.

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Rob Herman (Allentown, PA): Do you think that the U.S. Open was the best TV performance you ever had?

Pete Weber: (1:24 PM ET) I think it's one of the best ones I've ever had. The best one I think I ever had was the one in Louisville with Michael Haugen Jr.

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Dave (Milwaukee): What advice would you give to a young bowler aspiring to become a pro?

Pete Weber: (1:24 PM ET) Be patient. Learn how to make spares. Go through local tournaments and regional tournaments to get your experience.

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Antun (Akron): Where in the country do bowlers have the most support?

Pete Weber: (1:25 PM ET) California. New York's pretty good. Detroit and the whole state of Michigan, actually. Vegas. Indianapolis. The whole country!

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Clay (Grand Rapids, MI): Do you ever see the PBA regulating the equipment a significant amount more than they do today, i.e. coverstocks, weight blocks, etc. etc.

Pete Weber: (1:26 PM ET) They've tried to with no success at all. It's hard to regulate equipment like that.

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Tommy (Ft. Meade): How many times have you bowled a 300?

Pete Weber: (1:26 PM ET) Obviously, you didn't watch Cold Pizza today, but close to 100.

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Vince McMahon (WWE): Who do you want to see lose their hair this Sunday, me or Trump?

Pete Weber: (1:27 PM ET) Well, of course, Mr. McMahon you can't lose your hair, especially when I'm a big WWE fan.

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Gary (Huntington Beach, California): What is the most memorable moment in your entire career?

Pete Weber: (1:28 PM ET) There's a couple. Naturally, winning my first title was a big one. Winning the Tournament of Champions, completing the triple crown, tying and then passing my dad in titles.

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Rob (Allentown): I have heard you are a big wrestling fan, do you get to watch it on tour?

Pete Weber: I watch Monday Night Raw, Smackdown and any of the WWE AM on USA or anything like that. If I see it I'll watch it.

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Daniel: What is the hardest split you have picked up in a match and outside of match play?

Pete Weber: 7-10. It's the hardest and you have to be awful lucky to make it.

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Rick (Louisville): Do you ever bowl opposite hand for fun?

Pete Weber: All the time. When I'm just practicing or goofing around. I'll go left handed, between my legs, throw through chairs.

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Tony (Washington, DC): Who do you like in the WWE?

Pete Weber: The Undertaker, The Rock. I like Cena, Batista. He's just one big boy.

Pete Weber: Please watch online and try to root me on to a Tournament of Champions win. The finals will air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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