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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THE BOWLING GUY: World Series of Bowling Looks to Add to 2013's Great List of Xtra Frame Moments

by Jason Thomas October 3, 2013 10:47

LOS ANGELES, CA - The upcoming World Series of Bowling V - which takes place October 25-November 3 at the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas - is sure to add to the already great list of moments that have taken place on Xtra Frame in 2013.

The 60-plus hours of live preliminary-round coverage planned on Xtra Frame at this year's World Series will include all of the qualifying rounds in the four animal pattern championships - where four players will advance to the stepladder finals round on ESPN each day - plus all of the additional match play rounds that will determine the five finalists for the event's crown jewel - the PBA World Championship. The event is sold out with 240 of the world's best bowlers - from a record 22 countries - making the trek to become a part of history. Fans can watch all the action by signing up for Xtra Frame for just $7.99 per month, or $64.99 for a one-year subscription.

One exciting addition to Xtra Frame's WSOB V coverage will be long-time ESPN color commentator and PBA Hall-of-Famer Randy Pedersen calling the action alongside Mike J. Laneside during the Top 24 rounds of the animal pattern championships. Plus, the event will kick off with a special pay-per-view live event on October 25 called the High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge: USA vs. The World. The match will pit the top six International players entered into the World Series against the top six americans, with the teams captained by Australia's Jason Belmonte and the U.S.'s Sean Rash, respectively. Viewers who are not currently subscribers to Xtra Frame will be able to view the matches for just $5.

As a reminder of all of this great action coming up later in the month on Xtra Frame, we have compiled a list of "Xtra Frame's Greatest Hits - 2013" on the PBA Youtube Channel. The list includes Mika Koivuniemi and Osku Palermaa's 7-10 conversions, Joe Scarborough's historic 900 series, several 300 games (including one by the ageless Johnny Petraglia) and a number of tight matches and clutch performances from the PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional action. Have a look and let us know what your favorite moment(s) are on the PBA's Facebook page and be sure to join us later this month to see more great bowling history that is sure to be added to the list. 

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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.
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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.
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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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by DLayman April 10, 2013 03:11

This debate is one that the fans of any sport continue to have ad nauseam. Ironically, the argument comes up as one of the greats adds another trophy or accomplishment to their storied careers. As you know, Pete Weber won his 2nd ever TOC when he defeated Jason Belmonte to win this year's Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions. As I watched the telecast and how the TV pair was breaking down, I honestly couldn't see anyone having a better chance to win than Belmo. Call me crazy, but any telecast with both Belmo and Osku on it is going to end up being a contest of who can strike from the furthest point left on the lane. When reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash seemed to be running out of room to the left in the semifinal match against Belmo, it seemed as if PDW would've been doomed to suffer the same outcome.

But come on, we are talking about PDW bowling for a major title. And after watching him dismantle Belmo, it only further cemented in my mind that he is beyond a shadow of a doubt the Greatest Of All Time.

One could make the same arguments for the late Earl Anthony, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and a handful of other great bowlers through the years. And while the two men I just mentioned may possess more accomplishments on their resumes, none of them have overcome what PDW has. He has had to battle things in his personal life that have destroyed the lives of many athletes. Yet he has persevered. He also had a father who not only could hold his own in this debate, but was also the greatest ambassador our sport has ever had in Dick Weber. No player in the history of our sport, or many others, has had a greater shadow to overcome to establish their own legacy to rival or exceed what the other has accomplished. Pete Weber has done this. He sits tied for 3rd most victories in tour history, tied for most major victories, and has the most regional titles in PBA history. No name is more synonymous with greatness in bowling than the Weber name.

Forget the fact that he has never won a Player of the Year award. In all reality there are many years the voters kept him from having that honor. When its all said and done he will have the best title of all...and that's the greatest bowler ever.

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