Third All-Star Shootout Show to air Sunday

by PBA Editor July 5, 2007 19:00

This Sunday, the GEICO® PBA All-Star Shootout Hosted by Six Flags returns to the airwaves for a third set of matches on ESPN.

The stars of the PBA have never competed in such an environment. Bowling outdoors with monster roller coasters as the backdrop and fans cheering during their approach, 16 PBA standouts donned shorts and sunglasses while battling 100-degree temperatures in a made-for-TV doubles competition with $50,000 at stake.

Sunday marks the third of five consecutive weekends the event will air on ESPN or ESPN2. The third set of shows airs July 8 from 3-5 p.m. ET on ESPN featuring four matches. The first hour of competition will feature Tony Reyes and Robert Smith (“Kokua Brothers”) taking on Sean Rash and Pete Weber (“Midwest Mafia”) followed by Chris Barnes and Mika Koivuniemi (“Finn to Win”) facing off against Norm Duke and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (“Will Duke ‘Em”).

The second hour will see Patrick Allen and Parker Bohn III (“Smooth & Slick”) facing Tommy Jones and Wes Malott (“Big & Rich”) before Doug Kent and Danny Wiseman (“Fire & Ice”) take on the “Midwest Mafia” in Rash and Weber. The full broadcast schedule is as follows:

Date   Network   Time (Shows)
Sunday, July 8   ESPN   3-5 p.m. ET (4)
Sunday, July 15   ESPN   3-5 p.m. ET (4 including one re-air)
Saturday, July 21   ESPN   12-2:30 p.m. ET (5 including one re-air)
Sunday, July 22   ESPN2   3-5 p.m. ET (re-air of four shows)

The 16 All-Stars selected to compete in the event were: Allen, Barnes, Bohn III, Jason Couch, Duke, Jones, Kent, Koivuniemi, Malott, Billy Oatman, Rash, Reyes, Smith, Weber, Williams and Wiseman.

In the second weekend of action, Wiseman and Kent, “Fire & Ice”, gave the “Southside Playas” – Couch and Oatman – their first loss with a 205-185 win. The second match saw Barnes and Koivuniemi, “Finn to Win”, run away with a win as neither Jones or Malott seemed to be able to strike as “Big & Rich” took the 255-184 loss.

In addition to shaking up the format and the feel of the event, the PBA’s broadcasting team also has a new look for the All-Star Shootout with Jeff Medders handling play-by-play duties alongside veteran PBA color man Randy Pedersen, while billiards superstar Jeanette Lee works the sidelines.

The event, which took place June 14-15 at Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Mo., was sponsored by Aaron’s Rents, Denny’s, GEICO, Motel 6, Six Flags and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).

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