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July 15, 2012  

                   THIS YEARS USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS EXPERIENCE

    I guess I still have some fans out there because I've been getting asked several questions via e-mail and facebook about  Bowlingfordumdums.com   almost Eagle winning result at this years USBC Open Championships Tournament in Baton Rouge.

    Well it all started last year when our 5th bowler Mike Karch had to withdraw from a nagging wrist injury that has not recovered to this day.  So my wife called Brian Boghosian because we noticed he hadn't bowled in the tournament to see if he was interested in bowling with us.  Brian happens to be a USBC Masters Champion capturing this title back in 1999 in Syracuse, NY and one heck of a bowler..... lucky for us he said yes.  He also mentioned that the following year he was bowling on this Super Team which included former Touring professionals.  One being Doug Kent, two time Masters Champion and former PBA player of the year and the other being former U.S. Open Champ Robert Smith.  Brian said they were looking for a companion team to bowl along side so we could pair up for doubles and to give our teams a legitimate chance to compete for a bird.....  So I set up all the necessary paperwork by submitting our entries into USBC and our quest began.....

    When this years USBC Open Championship began this past February there was so many opinions on what kind of equipment to use,  what ball layouts to use, how to break down the lanes and how to play them correctly.   Bowlers will have there own opinion on what will work for them or what will work......Lol...  I listened to many of those opinions on a bowling radio show called Above180.com hosted by Tim Burg and Milwaukee's own Joey Cerar.  They had several different bowlers on the radio show expressing their own opinion on how to attack this years pattern...... heck even Mo Pinel had his own opinion......Lol.... I didn't know Mo could throw the rock I thought he only made them.....  Pretty much everyone they had on the show said the same thing..... throw the ball outside in practice with aggressive stuff with some surface to blow a groove in the pattern.  By doing this it allows bowlers to have a bigger target to hit or margin for error with hitting the pocket.....  Seeing the scores early on I wondered if any of the so called experts knew what they were talking about..... because isn't that the gameplan every year, create a burn spot because we as amateur bowlers can't make shots anymore unless we have some area..... Lol.... We heard some rumors that some of the top teams were throwing there spare balls down the middle of the lane during their practice before their Team event..... Heard stories that 4 of the top 8 teams at the time had done some form of throwing plastic balls down the middle.  When I received a call in early April, from Alex Aguiar our companion team's captain (And one hell of a bowler I might add) about this years attack on how to play the lanes..... I was pleasantly surprised and all on board to not do the same old thing every year.....  Doug Kent laid all the ground work practicing in one of his centers constantly to see what the best way to attack the lanes and creating more hold was the answer.... I tried to get Joey to let me be on the show to explain our strategy but...... I guess my credentials aren't good enough yet....... Lol

     I studied this years pattern that Eric Pierson laid out for the Open Championships..... it's very similar to 2010 except for two things.  Two less loads across the middle causing it to be slightly flatter and a shorter application of oil applied to the lane..... It made more sense to do something no other team has probably ever tried until now.... We needed to carry as much conditioner down the center of the lane as possible in our ten minutes of practice time.  It made more and more sense, we had too many high-rev players on the right side of the lane, and watching all the U-stream videos of all the teams who tried break it down the old fashioned way and seeing them struggle...... we had to try something different.  It made more sense to carry oil down this year then to worry about burning up a spot to the outside, plus it doesn't take to many shots to do that anymore like it did in the past with these bowling balls of today..... To be honest  I'll give all you dum-dums a clue out there!!!!!  All teams should throw some shots down the middle of the lane in practice.  The lower rev and lower axis tilt guys won't have to do that nearly as much but a little of both isn't going to hurt!!!!!!  There are only two ways to manipulate a lane  in 10 minutes, balls with surface and aaaahhhhh PLASTIC!!!!!

     When it was our turn to hit the lanes June 22nd the two teams met up at the practice lanes that afternoon before we were scheduled to bowl at 8:30pm.....  We threw for an hour knowing we probably weren't going to learn much because of the drastic temperature difference in the building between upstairs and down.  Every year we see the same thing when we bowl on the so called pattern, more friction in the heads with less backend reaction then the Open Championships condition..... Reason is because of the newer lane surface causes more push in the heads resulting in more friction in the mid part of the lane.  It is almost comical to hear some of the bowlers bitch and complain saying there was no oil on the heads when what they were really seeing was a ton of hook in the mids because of the shorter forward and reverse application of oil.  Bowlers are dum-dums. 

     When both teams stepped up at roughly 8:30p.m. on the 22nd of June (Yes we were surprisingly on time) to start practice I noticed a big crowd watching us.... Each of us started firing practice balls as fast as they could set the pins down the middle of the lane with our low friction spare balls.... I looked at the crowd a few times and noticed some astonished faces out there probably wondering what in the hell we were doing..... Our plan was to throw as many attempts down the center of the lane in eight minutes then for the last two try to figure out what ball to throw to start out.  I think all of us had a pretty good idea where we would start to play.... it was a matter of what ball to start out with.  The higher rev players all had the game plan of playing 15 at the arrows, the straighter guys just inside 10 and our two lefties former touring pros Bob Davidson and Ken Muscato were going to start just outside of 10.  I threw one shot with my most aggressive ball a Roto Grip Defiant around 15 to 10 and went high leaving the 6-10.  So I decided to ball down to a  Tropical Heat Hybrid with a low aggressive hole placement.  I've thrown this same ball the past 3 years at the tournament.  It is so weird that all of these companies come out with the latest stuff but at this tournament we seem to never be able to use it......Lol... Hint, Hint......

     Team started out pretty good the first game, Tony Oliva and I bowled solid games shooting 247 and 238 respectively I left two blower 7's and two ring 10's.  I did carry a couple of half 7 hits in there so it wasn't too bad.  Don Yoshihara a former PBA pro from Tampa, Florida bowled a  respectable game in the 220's unfortunately he had open frames in the first and tenth frames.  Bob Davidson started slow but for the last two and a half games held the team together shooting games of 220,257 and 241.  Our anchor bowler Jason Williams former High Roller winner and regional pro who bowled a little bit on the national PBA Tour was struggling a bit but looked like he had things figured out by getting a double in the 8th and 9th frames of game one.  But unfortunately after Bob and Tony doubled in the tenth, and I ring a ten pin in the first ball in the tenth, Don and Jason both open the tenth with our team shooting a 1096 which could of been much more.

     Game two started out pretty good for everyone and everyone bowled pretty well.  Tony shoots 181 with no doubles and one open and I knew he would have the roughest go with transition because of two things.  For one he is the straightest player on our team and two he was going to have to make  the biggest move left on the lane.  Tony bowled well eventhough he didn't score as well as he could have shooting a respectable 627.  Our team shoots 1169 in game two and again we could of had more, but woulda coulda shoulda.....

     Game three it looked like we could possibly shoot 3500, after 4 frames Bob and I started with four baggers and Tony, Don and Jason each had a double.  The fifth frame was our first bad frame of the game.  Bob ends up having a ball fall off his hand leaving a five count washout.  Eventhough Jason and Tony would double up in the fifth frame.  Don splits and I leave another blower 7 pin, my fourth of the night to stop my run.  We bounced back nicely in the sixth frame but our undoing seemed to be in the 7th when it was obvious we had lost our momentum.  Bob and I continued to strike, but a blower 7 by Tony and a surprisingly greek church left by Jason took the wind out of our sails.  That is when the lanes started to transition again and that's when I think some of our teammates started pressing a bit.  We still had a pretty good shot of taking the lead in the tenth frame but a 7 pin leave by Davidson in the tenth and an unfortunate bad break for Tony leaving the 4-10 on a not so bad shot gave us virtually no shot.....  We end up shooting 1111 for 3376, missing the team lead by 25.  When we finished we had some dejected teammates who thought they were to blame.....  I wasn't upset at all and I was proud that the team gave it their all......

      Some things I would like to point out...... About the practice lanes...... great idea and great concept for bowlers competing in the tournament.  But they played no where close to one another and I know why but I will get into that with an upcoming article.....  But in future years can you have something close otherwise what is the point.... to make more money USBC..... I mean don't even bother if your going to make a weak attempt of closeness between the two.....geesh..... I hope after this year USBC will learn more and more from their continued mistakes from this tournament to make it better..... Like fresh oil before all the squads..... Perception wise a better decision for the game no doubt!!!!  But there are so many more things to improve on.......

      The biggest reason I'm releasing this information is because of integrity, yes integrity!!!!!   I mean would it of been fair that we did win this year, I kind of look at it as an unfair advantage myself.  I've though about this very thing years ago but couldn't have the heart to do it or convince the 10 guys I'm bowling with to do it..... I'm not Doug Kent you know!!!!!  Lol.....  It's funny that in this so called sport you have to improve the lane environment to bowl better...... That is why I miss the old days, you couldn't do that sometimes or nearly as much..... you had to go out and execute..... There was no lane graph, there was nobody with their opinions to where to play.  Now there is a lane graph for everyone to look at, but not very many bowlers seem to understand or read it or even know what to do.  I think Jeff Richgels has an opinion about this, " A graph is like a scorecard on a golf course"....... I would have to agree with that but where in the hell is the slope rating!!!!!!  Oh USBC hasn't got to that yet!  

      I would like to thank everyone who I bowled with  this year.... Alex Aguiar, Brian Boghosian, Ken Muscato, Doug Kent and Robert "Maximum not so mediocre Bob" Smith. And to my teammates Don Yoshihara, Tony Oliva, Jason Williams and Bob Davidson.  I made some changes to my team over the past 3 years, not so much by giving us a better chance to one day get that eagle, but more importantly, I wanted to bowl with people I consider good friends.   We gave it a great attempt and nobody should feel bad about coming up short.....

       For the first twenty years I competed in the Open Championships I bowled along side my friends and family from back home.  Never having a chance really to win....  With the ever changing times with bowling and the USBC Open Championships tournament it hasn't been as much fun at the tournament as it used to be. Years ago it was truly special!!!!   In the past we as bowlers didn't know so much about the game as we do now.  We would go out and make the best shots possible with what we had to deal with and never with much complaints..... Now we as bowlers have to manipulate our lane condition so we can score better.....sounds like a sport to me....Lol.  We as bowlers had to complain about our cross instead of purely making a good shot..... Bowlers now a days have it easy,  you should of bowled 31 years ago when bowling was actually bowling and that's how I look at it..... I think down deep in my soul somewhere, I could actually quit bowling this tournament but I'm afraid my father in heaven wouldn't forgive me....Lol.  Bowling is truly not the same game as it used to be..... Sad but true.  There are to many things wrong with this game and nobody wants to fix them.....

     Next year we will give it another shot to win an eagle, I will give my 100% like I always do..... If I never win one so be it..... it isn't a big deal to me as it used to be.... its more important to bowl with people I call friends. And to be honest this game has so many problems.... and the people involved with decisions to make this game a sport is to blame...... Does winning an eagle really matter?   Who knows, maybe next year I will get the fire and be like everyone who has a weird mentality in Wisconsin and bowl like its a life and death situation living in this state to win one.  Eagles will never prove anything because the playing field was never a level one, it was more about luck and being in the right place at the right time.  Real bowling was much more a sport years ago on the PBA Tour then it is today.....  Maybe I should move to Illinois to join a league in Chi-town and average 205, there are some smart folks down that way!!!!   All the money is in handicapped tournaments you know!!!!!   Better yet maybe I can lower it to 199 to get ready for Bowlers Journal in a couple of years it's so worth it.... then maybe I can win a mini-eagle.....  Until next time!!!!!!  Lol

                  


August 3, 2010

                         Decision making definitely isn't USBC's strong suit 

    I remember getting invited to a dinner by my future wife which included Roger Dalkin speaking about the newly formed USBC like it was yesterday.  I at the time was so pumped up about the new organization thinking that finally Bowling would be recognized as a sport because I was told it was going to be their main focus. 

   When my dad suddenly passed 5 months later the family had a decision to make with the family owned bowling center back in Idaho.  It was actually a no brainer for me, Jane had a job she loved and I felt that I could help the organization in some way....if they would ever listen to me.  It only took us a year later to realize what a bad decision it was to stay in Milwaukee when we could of gone back to Idaho and poured our blood, sweat and tears into something that we really loved.  Even a biggest reason to go back to Idaho was our friends and family.  If I only known how the newly formed USBC was actually going to be.......could someone of told me beforehand...Lol....that in 5 short years USBC has ruined its reputation so much......its probably not repairable.  But how and why?    The honest answer to my question is bad decision making.  A trickle down effect of one bad decision after another.  Who is to blame actually?

     Well you have to put the majority of the blame on all the people who served as board members and delegates for USBC over the past 5 years.  Their decision making and way of thinking has been less than stellar.  Really one of the best and most logical decisions was electing Roger Dalkin as its first CEO.  But behind the scenes there must of been a group of individuals primarily from the board who wanted to join forces with the BPAA thinking it would be more beneficial for USBC in the long run.  So Roger supposively steps down (forced out).  Bring in the new scapegoat Kevin Dornberger.......and in the meantime get rid of the old and in with the new (Collegiate bowlers and Team USA'ers) hires was sure to make a big difference. But in 2 short years Dornberger was gone and so was some of his supporting cast.  And now bring in Stu......the boards best candidate yet.

      Stu Upson knows nothing about bowling or how real bowlers with common sense think.  Bringing in Stu is like the board throwing him to a pack of hungry an unhappy wolves.  I hope Stu knows what he's in for.....but don't blame him.....blame the USBC board of directors for all the latest decisions.  The board is pretty smart....bring in a guy who knows nothing about bowling and they can continue to make all of the decisions that don't require the delegates approval.  Makes perfect sense.... why have a boss who knows something about bowling and has bowling common sense.  Because if you had a guy like Roger still in charge I can guarantee none of this off the wall decision making would of happened over the past 3 years.....just think about it.

      Here is my opinion of what happened.....Roger didn't want the headquarters to leave Milwaukee......the BPAA influenced individuals on the board who wanted to leave somehow made it happen to get rid of Roger.  So they used Mr. Dornberger as bait to persuade his following that it was a good idea for the move.... only to find out later that he wasn't in the boards longterm plans.  That's my guess.....

      The problem with USBC is that they are BPAA driven....every decision made since its founding have been influenced solely from them. USBC is suppose to be a membership organization.  The BPAA is a business.... they are trying to mix the two...Actually maybe they aren't....I will explain it later.... But you can see  all the wacky decisions that have been made at the OPEN Championships tournament.  Of course USBC's decision making of late is solely because of the economy.  If anyone really believes that......you are a dum-dum.  USBC was formed because everyone was going broke especially WIBC.  Things have been bad for a long time.  The current USBC is lucky, they can use the economy as an excuse when it never ever was the problem to begin with.  I mean if things are so bad with USBC why don't the BPAA just fix the situation....they wanted to run them to begin with no matter what they say...  In case you forgot you need to remember back in the early 80's when the BPAA threatened ABC to the point of softening the lane conditions so much.....which ultimately ruined the sport of bowling.....and if ABC didn't comply, the BPAA  would of started their own membership organization..... Well at least the BPAA is happy now they oversee the USBC for the must part so they got their wish.

     Now let's talk about the USBC Open Championships shall we.  The first shocking decision was allowing alcohol at this prestigious event.....Maybe it isn't so much that anymore....but when money is the deciding factor in all of this....(instead of a lame excuse that the majority of the bowlers wanted it) what do you expect.... Squads this year were late on a constant basis but yet when we asked why this was the case.....we really couldn't get an answer to why.....maybe next year.   Now we find out that not only do we get to bowl the tournament in 2010 and 2011, we get the honor to bowl in 2013 and 2014 too.....yippee.  And the women, they get a better bargain.....four years in a row 2012-2015..... Why?  USBC's most important thing right now.....Money!!!!!!!  What else would it be........

      I understand why really I do...... Membership doesn't get that, they really get their ten dollars worth for being a USBC member. (yes I know membership cards are 18-20 dollars but headquarters only get 10)  I truly believe that, but USBC has failed at getting that point across.....and the delegates and members that belong to the USBC need to realize that they were spoiled for way too long.  USBC is in a financial mess obviously that is why we are going to Reno almost every year now......Something I'm sure Brian Lewis didn't envision.......I wonder what his new statement will change to now since the Open Championships will continue to be at the same location for quite sometime...Lol.  I really do have to laugh at the whole thing....because none of this would of happened with a bad economy or not if only you had people that were involved in logical decision making over the years.  Everyone involved with any decision making..... from the delegates to the board members to the people who have the authority to make decisions for USBC should all be blamed for this...... Anyways.... Reno isn't that bad is it........look at all the benefits we will get being there almost every year.  We get the honor of walking around downtown Reno where it is almost like a ghost town compared to 15 years ago.....the only thing that has multiplied in that time are the bums and panhandlers who ask you for money anytime you walk back and forth to and from the stadium. I'm looking forward to that....aren't you.

    That's all for now......

The above article was written about a month or so before Bill Vint's article was released in the Windy City News........somewhat similar huh.....Lol

          

    

        Why USBC doesn't like me.....I give no solutions to problems...yeah right

May 13, 2010

   Well first of all I would like to thank USBC for putting the 2010 USBC Convention on U-Stream.  I was interested to see what would happen and appreciate being able to watch it.  For some of us that are interested in the direction of where USBC as an organization is headed, being able to watch what goes on to me is one of the benefits  for being a member.  USBC gives the sanctioned bowler quite a bit for the $10.00 of dues they receive.  It's just too bad that the members of the organization don't realize what all USBC does for you........Here's a rare suggestion USBC...but let me tell you a little story first.

    About a month ago I had a conversation with a friend of mine who happens to be a board member about the convention.   This person who I won't mention didn't want to really discuss anything with me.  This USBC board member assumed I was part of this big plan to overthrow the board because I was appointed as a moderator on a Facebook page.  I told this person that I wasn't part of any plan but I was concerned about USBC's direction as an organization.  I told this board member that the board has failed primarily with the delegates, and hinted to them that the delegates as an overall group didn't trust the board as a whole.  The reason being was because I felt that the board hasn't communicated well with the delegates or to the members of USBC.  I told this person that the boards primary task should be to try and find a way to communicate with them better and more often because of the lack of trust between USBC and it's members.  I also stated that they should attempt or try to promote what USBC does for all of its members because the majority of them think that you basically do nothing. 

    Then I watch the USBC Convention on U-Stream......Let me say it was pretty comical as a spectators point of view.  But overall the convention was a complete disaster for bowling and I hate to say it.....but I tried a month earlier and hinted the problem to my friend.  Maybe next time this person will listen.

     The lack of trust really happened right away before the convention, when behind closed doors....Amendment B-7 was drawn up as a resolution instead of an amendment.  Why such a big deal.....because the board thought it had a better chance to pass. (Resolutions only need a majority while Amendments need a 2/3 vote to pass) 

    Another poor suggestion is having a lawyer named Thor run the legislative session.  He is far from his name the "God of Thunder" and while portraying his boring and  unreliable demeanor, how can you convince any of the delegates to trust his recommendations. Just an opinion here of course...Lol

     Every rule that the board brought up for passage was voted down except allowing summer averages to be counted.  Delegates complained about the extra work.....Lol.... The board shouldn't worry so much about rules really.....they should think about solutions.  Even if some of the other average rules would be passed, bowlers would try to find a way to go around them if they wanted to cheat.  With a sport that has no fair way to handicap a player already, USBC's concern should be focusing on a way to institute a slope rating.  With the rules that were voted down at the convention.....it wouldn't of solved anything......in fact it would probably diminish league participation even further....because like I said above....bowlers will find a way to manipulate the rules or go around them.......and if they can't do so....they won't bowl anymore....and it doesn't solve the actual problem.

      Look at Sport Bowling....it has caused a different form of sandbagging and you can blame your so called governing body USBC for that one.  I was all fired up about the creation of Sport Bowling at first I thought it was a great idea.  But so many things are wrong with the program.  First of all every member should be a sport bowling member.  Right now you pay an extra $9.00.  To me $9.00 is no big deal but then again because of poor communication with the members of the organization and what all sport bowling does as a program.....what would you expect.  I'm willing to bet there are as many non- sanctioned type sport leagues running today as the Sport or PBA Experienced leagues.  People have the mind frame of thinking that they shouldn't have to pay the extra fee.  Bowling centers have to take tapes every week and in reality don't want to take the time to follow any of the rules set forth by the Sport Bowling program.  USBC needs to overhaul this program and fix the problems in my opinion or  otherwise get rid of their vision statement of growing the sport......because the Sport Bowling  program has failed us....

     Now let's get back and talk about the problems between the delegates and the board shall we.

      I do agree that the board needs to accomplish more things and I understand why.   But you need proper communication and making people understand fully what your trying to accomplish with an amendment change.  Because of the lack of communication it created a lack of more trust....and it had no chance to pass and furthered the gap between the relationship of the board and the delegates that represent USBC.

     We all know that there are several problems with the way the delegates think.....most of them are older people who have been around a long time who obviously don't understand the financial crisis and other problems that USBC has to deal with. The board needs to patch that up to have any chance for the future.....hint...hint

     The USBC board and the newly appointed executive director Stu Upson has a long road ahead of them....obviously USBC is in some financial trouble....the decision with allowing the drinking of alcohol for financial benefit should make you realize that.  I hope the delegates along with the members realize that many programs and benefits to members will continue to be cut....because of the lack of money..... 

     I do wish that because of the current ongoing situation between the elected USBC board and the delegates, failed relationship to use the "Move forward together" scheme and not being able to do anything productive for the sport of bowling.  I wish they would do one thing....until they can get along and work together and do what is right.... And that is I wish USBC could either remove their Mission statement or explain it to me..... USBC's current mission statement reads.....  The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services and enhances the bowling experience.  In my opinion they aren't governing anything because the delegates won't let them....  And how can you protect the future of the sport when there is no such thing as a true bowling average and you have a failed Sport Bowling program....and how are the programs and services going to enhance the bowling experience when you don't have the money to run them remember you have to cut some other programs out because of the lack of money.....Is allowing alcohol at your National tournaments a service.....Lol...but then again how does alcohol ensure integrity....I'm confused can someone explain that one to me.....hehehe

     I always get criticized for my articles from USBC, from the employees that work for them to the people who oversee certain departments.  I get criticized because they think I hate them so....while some think I rant and never give any solutions to what I'm talking about.  The real truth is I don't understand why they act so stupid and make terrible decisions. I've given you solutions to the problems above......Hello

     Actually, I've given several solutions to problems in the past....some were even used while others weren't even looked at.  I'm sure it was never mentioned truthfully to USBC but I was the one who suggested changing the Bowlers Journal Championships Tournament by adding sidepots (Stike it Rich, 40 Clean, High game pot). My wife came up with the catchy names.  We also had suggestions from bowlers which constituted with other changes with the tournament also.  Our reward was a 35% increase in entries and USBC profiting about $100,000 off the tournament. Our second reward was a so called budget cut after the Open Championships Tournament in Corpus Christi in 2006 (My wife's job).   

     Needless to say, the Bowlers Journal Tournament has never been the same since.  The sidepots have declined in half.... merely because they weren't pushed by the staff as much.  Entries have declined steadily since then.....mainly because of laziness and lack of decision making.   Even at the end of the 2006 tournament...I suggested that we put out the exact same condition as the Open Championships Tournament because I knew we could get new people to come over and bowl.  Especially if it was advertised that we had the same tournament shot as the Open.  But the USBC tournament people didn't like the idea....but in 2009 the competitor.... the BTM (Bowling this Month Tournament) has created the 123 tournament a tournament having the same oiling pattern as the Open Championships.  I was told that entries this year are up 100% and the BTM tournament is up slightly too (Well run tournaments and great ideas will still attract bowlers even in a bad economy).  Meanwhile the Bowlers Journal Tournament entries are way down.... In fact from what I hear the tournament is in some trouble.  The instant payback score which we brought back after it disappeared from the tournament the first two years  the ABC/USBC took over wasn't calculated right.  Whoever designed this years pattern made it way too easy than the past few years...scores are high....too many instant payback winners.....and with low entries and more cashers in the tournament.....the payout is going to be horrible this year compared to years past.  Higher scores usually scare away bowlers from even bowling....and whoever was in charge of designing the pattern in the first place should be replaced by someone who understands bowling and running a tournament because you have failed miserably this year.  USBC will now make very little off this tournament because of laziness and bad decision making again....you can't blame the economy on this one if your competitor is way up significantly in entries...can you...

     Since we are on the topic of bad bowling decisions......why hold the Queen's and Women's U.S. Open so close together... that's not  very smart......Why not explain  the really reason honestly on why alcohol was allowed at both the Women's and Open Championship's this year.  Should I say smart wasn't the word to use when talking about how Boje acted and the answering of questions with the SMART program at the convention.  Using the economy as a scapegoat for the lack of tournament participating is a poor excuse (The Bowling This Month Tournament is a prime example).....there is many more reasons why things are the way it is.....my personal opinion is poor bowling decisions have more to do with it then an excuse....that's just the way I see it.  Hire me USBC I'll prove it to ya.....Lol

      I understand people in the bowling world are going to make mistakes but this is a crucial time for our bowling leaders to first think about things without making a stupid decision.  This is how I look at it.....if you can't do your job correctly...get out...and get someone else in there that has the bowling common sense to do it right.  Because we don't have time to waste.

      This article is for all you people who over the years criticized me for never giving a solution to a problem.  Let me first say that I didn't know it was my job.  I'm not a part of the USBC family anymore and if you have any reasons why....you should contact Brian Lewis...on that one....I'm sure he could give you an answer kind of like the one Stu gave you in the Bowling Industry last month about the alcohol situation at the tournament.  The people at USBC,PBA and the BPAA are supposed to be the ones that should have the ability to do what's right for the game and the sport of bowling.  Aren't they!!!!  I'm not getting paid to make decisions and until they come to their senses and hire me to straighten things up......it isn't might job to offer advice.....Is it

      I do hate my current job.......it really has no purpose....I only thing I do is take customers money for a living.  I get ridiculed about it daily by customers saying it's my fault that they are losing...Lol.....Being a Table Games dealer is so rewarding.....you get called names all the time.....all I can do is laugh at them because they are so stupid......I don't twist their arms to come in the door..... Looking at the customers I serve on a daily basis (well if you call them customers) and looking at how USBC is with their decision making....I'm beginning to wonder if anyone in this world has any common sense.....Lol

     But I feel so bad about the whole aspect of where the sport of bowling is headed......I really feel bad about the stupidity in decision making made by people who have the control to do what is right.  I wish I could give them some of my common sense so things can turn around.......Well here is some suggestions for the future......

    Fresh oil for every squad at the Open Championships Tournament -  It can be done look at my article under Game or Sport.  There are way too many positives for the sport of bowling  if this idea is followed.

    Adding more divisions at the Open Championships Tournament to accommodate all levels of bowlers -  They need to look at this..... this would increase entries into the tournament even if the host city isn't an appealing vacation destination.

    More gimmicks -  To attract bowlers to bowl in USBC events.....You could bring back a World Team Challenge event the weekend prior to the USBC Masters event in Reno....I bet your tournament would have 450+ entries again no matter how the economy or where the tournament site is located.....

    Hire a moderator - USBC needs to hire a person who can relate information to and from the board and the delegates.  Get someone who has some communication skills so you can actually have the ability to get bowling headed on the right track....Definitely a lack of communication between the board and the delegates....

    Keep membership informed -  Let them know honestly what is going on with the organization.....talk about the highs and the lows.....don't misguide us by not telling the bowlers who care to know the actual truth....They don't trust you as it is.....

      Beg and plead - Tell membership the truth...tell them you have made many common sense mistakes running this organization over the years.  You guys should talk to Tiger Woods or Mark Cuban into sponsoring bowling......they have lots of money....just tell them the truth....that you need a major sponsor for bowling.......Tiger could  sponsor the PBA and Cuban can sponsor USBC......just tell them your desperate.....that's the good thing about people...they tend to forgive you or feel sorry for you after all the wrong doing you have done over the years.....Maybe you can convince Tiger or Mark of that.... and just maybe they will give you your second chance.   Because everyone deserves a second chance. Hehehe....

     I have several more USBC but my article is too long right now...and I'm out of time.    

     Well here is some of my suggestions, just like you wanted.  I hope you use them wisely.  It isn't everyday that someone like me will give you expert advise.  Please take advantage of it.....and realize that bowlers are tired of bowling organizations making bad decisions for all of us who care about the game of bowling.  See you next time  

 

April 1, 2010

      Be Smart... Alcohol, The Sport and a lack of a true Average don't mix..........

    Sorry it has been such a long time with one of my articles.....Since it is April Fools Day I thought I would right another article about all those fools in Texas.....Lol..

     I guess I will start by talking about my favorite topic the USBC Open Championships.  As many you have heard.... For the first time participants will be allowed to drink alcohol while bowling.  It really doesn't bother me as a participant.....but here are the reasons why I don't think its the proper thing to do....

     Let me first say, no matter what USBC will tell you......they will never end up telling you the whole story about anything.... especially with the alcohol issue......Obviously you can look back at the Mr.179 topic with Mr. Hagen's responses to me with that......It is like they are trained to deceive you or something....Lol....You can't ask anyone a question that works there without getting a half-ass response.....and that's sad....  Anytime there is a question of why these people at USBC make dum-dum decisions....they won't respond unless there are too  many complaints.......Then finally they will respond to it.....The word comes out that alcohol is approved.......then two weeks later USBC puts out a press release....  Mr. Beck puts pressure on why the SMART count was underfunded by 1.4 million dollars .....USBC puts out a press release about that.......but with either case... they still don't actually go into detail about each situation.  They actually try to give a reason why.....but by not telling the whole truth in detail to each situation......Everyone with any common sense knows why the alcohol thing was approved.....it wasn't for the bowlers..... because they were so upset that they couldn't have a drink for god's sake..... Lol.....it was only for financial gain because of the lack of participants at this years Open Championships tournament.   Mr. Brian Lewis was told years ago that this would possibly happen  down the road going to Reno every third year......But when the city threw a bunch of money there way......USBC took the bait......with the low entries.....USBC can blame it on the economy.....when in fact people are sick and tired of going to Reno......I'm not....I'm there to bowl.....while most are there for a vacation.......Is allowing them a drink while they bowl really such a bad idea.......not to the Joe Blows who don't care.....but USBC's image of mixing drinking and promoting it as a sport is ruined forever.....thank you Mr. Lewis.

     It really only takes some common sense here USBC.......well maybe they don't have any.....Lol....  Instead of taking that lump sum of money the cities pay you for having your tournaments there.......use your head take a little less money and go to a city that people will travel too.....people will show up.....they are getting tired of going to the same places.....do something about it.....otherwise they will quit showing up eventually....  I mean seriously El Paso Texas....Lol....go across the border into Mexico to Juarez and you might not come back alive...hehehe.....seriously go to some cities that are worth going to please....

      I think in time people will realize this decision of allowing alcohol at your Open Championships Tournament is that USBC is really turning it into a glorified State Tournament and nothing more.......Look at the Women's Championships......they added handicap this year......Who says that might not happen with the Open.....Lol....can't wait until they have to verify all those sandbaggers averages every year......USBC still can't get that through their head yet.... and the funniest thing of all is that the USBC board thinks it's a good idea to allow it.......I wonder if they are having a few cocktails during their board meetings....hehehe

     The handicap thing at the Women's tournament was added this year......even in the high average division......Lol.....I heard there was a petition by some of the women scratch bowlers.....even some of the current board members signed the petition....I'm wondering if they have so many divisions anyways..... why bother making it a handicap tournament.... there are divisions..... they won't flock in to come bowl because of adding handicap to the tournament....they will come out to bowl more if the tournament is located at a city that is considered a place to vacation...... die hard bowlers  will go anywhere to bowl......You are creating more of a headache with this situation and why bother with it... especially in the high average division.......Is it things to come in the Open Championships too....  Please don't get mad..... I'm just trying to prove a point.....But I can see it now....Lol..... The All-time 20 year average leader at the Open Championships tournament will be getting handicap in the upper average division in 2012... Heck he does at every other handicap tournament in Wisconsin as it is.......Lol.... Helluva bowler a nice guy but it doesn't make any sense does it..... just giving an example again why there is no such thing as an average and why there is so many things wrong with the sport of bowling that countinues to be overlooked....

      I think what disturbs me more than anything is the fact that USBC is suppose to be a non-profit organization, a membership organization.....more like a union for the bowlers who support it....but yet none of their decisions of late have anything  to do with it's members.  Well we let you have a beer while you bowl now at the Open Championships but we are taking that extra money from the city of Reno because we are going broke........Lol....... We were 1.4 million short in the SMART fund for a little bit because we invested it poorly.....why invest money that isn't yours to begin with and why not just be open about the organization losing money every year.... and that you continually make mistakes with running this organization properly....Are people afraid of telling you the truth around here.......geez...

      USBC was in Greendale, Wisconsin.......Dalkin was to oversee things.....Then some BPAA board members decided.... hey let's move our headquarters to Arlington next to us.....we can tell everyone we are saving money by doing this.....when in fact we are moving to have USBC work along side the BPAA. Well truthfully the BPAA wants to run it the way they see fit....  I will bet Dalkin didn't like the idea.....then he was gone.....Then Dornberger jumped on the bandwagon to be the next scapegoat for the board of directors at USBC..... then people he didn't want working with the organization were let go......then a crop of new people were brought in.......and surprise, surprise most of them bowled in college....Lol...... Then things get financially worse than they already were when they were in Greendale........because they can't sell that vacant building in Wisconsin.... but we were told as members that financially everything would be better...... Then suddenly Dornberger is relieved of his post... along with some of his new hires from a little over a year ago...... and now we have a new guy to throw under the bus.....or should we say the track since his last job was in racing...... oh brother.....we are in a continuous cycle here people.... There isn't a whole lot of stability with this organization and should be a great concern if you are a bowler of any kind.  Their decision making is all over the place too......let's focus on the sport.......by building a training center....but yet we will allow you to drink alcohol at the tournament and we will continue to soften up the conditions every year at the Open Championships.....Hopefully those coaches can outbowl me while... I visit the training center someday......and can I drink a beer there while I'm getting those lessons....Lol...

      Actually maybe adding handicap to the Open Championships is a great idea.... I mean C'mon...bowling isn't really a sport anyway....there are too many factors that don't allow it to be one... I'm only being realistic....why have bowlers jump on the bandwagon ...... why even promote bowling as a sport...there are to many inequities in the game to begin with.....Man I can't wait until I bowl the Open Championships down the road and I have to give pins to some of the bowlers in Wisconsin that have  more Eagles than I do...or they are hall of famers with no less bowling ability as myself.....Lol..... Heck it is happening in Wisconsin at Willow Creek and the State tournament already so what's the big difference...

       I'm not happy with what is going on with USBC as an organization period....they have miserably failed the game any which way you look at it.  They poisoned the bowlers minds over the years....they have promoted bowling so poorly...... that it's probably unfixable......because no one can be honest about things.....they only point out  all the positives they have done and have neglected everything they have done that has ruined the sport.... and it's only a matter of time I'm afraid.... that the sport of bowling will be gone forever....

       James Salisbury's venture......USBC delegates for our sport, Our Congress (which is on a Facebook page... if you would like to join) has some very good ideas actually.... he added me as a moderater I think before he even asked...Lol.... he actually did the same thing with a few of my friends.... actually thinking they would want to be involved.... the only difference is that those friends asked to not be involved after awhile and asked to be taken off..... I think these friends are afraid about what other people may think of them......I don't know..... I could care less what people think about me.....my closest friends know me....Lol...I think they would say I'm an alright guy.  I would like things to change..... with how things are ran with USBC as an organization......but I can't be committed to James Salisbury's adventure......and It is funny that I had to change this article a little bit because of a conversation and some information I gathered from my wife about this very thing..... Only if she had known I had been working on this article for weeks now.....but the timing was good to throw this in.....so here it goes.  But I don't want to be a part of the venture to overthrow the board and start over....actually I would rather see it fail.... because I really believe that it's too late....It's too late to change people's ways of thinking.....and like I said above... they have been poisioned so much with complete nonsense from USBC or the old ABC for so long..... it's to late to start over.... I would rather have it disappear than what it is in its current state now.....

      Some of these amendments that the board will be voting on......forinstance the dues increase and more importantly an amendment to give the board more power.So they can make decisions without the delegates approval on getting things passed more quickly are very interesting to talk about.....

       The dues increase......I'm in favor for......eventhough USBC continues to waste money on this and that and don't use it wisely...... they never spend any money on the bowlers.... just on ideas that will never change the dynamics of the sport...no matter what they do.....I will do my part financially to keep them afloat.... But USBC puts out a press release that they don't want one.......why wouldn't they want one....they are broke....lol... Are they afraid that more people won't pay their membership dues next year........why be afraid it's still  going to happen eventually....every year membership is getting less and less.....

       Now let's talk about this amendment for allowing more power to the board without the delegates approval......Well it was an amendment.....Lol........now it isn't...instead it is proposed as a resolution.......why is it such a big deal......well instead of a 2/3 approved vote that is needed to pass an amendment.......by submitting it as a resolution it only needs a majority......or one vote over 50%.......Just what we need....give the board even more power and ruin things with the organization even moreso......I'm all for that...Lol.

       Let's screen applicants as board members for 90 days instead of 24 hours too....let's get this one passed..... let's get that one approved to make sure the canidate is more like our way of thinking....... instead of someone with a more logical outlook about the sport of bowling.... boy that's just what we need....Lol....  Like I said it might be sooner than later that USBC will no longer be with us.......with these changes I would bet the farm it will be sooner.....

        I can't wait until the convention......I'm not going....but I can see it now.  Some USBC people trying to talk to delegates with either a sob story or trying the tactic of blowing smoke up there asses.......enough to make me sick if I showed up.....Lol

       What next for the future........ the PBA will be moving to Arlington......to join forces with the BPAA and the USBC.......probably......well actually to join the BPAA because they will be running everything soon enough......the hand writing is on the wall.....and no one knows any better to do something about it......  See you soon....

                   

March 10, 2009  (Hey Mr. Shimwrecker........this is last years article dum-dum Lol....)

        My insight on how to play the lanes correctly at the Open Championships

      I made a trip down to Vegas last week to check out the venue and lane conditions at this years Open Championships. Also more importantly to go hang out and watch some friends bowl too.  I have to say it is a big advantage to make an earlier trip to get some insight on how the condition will play.......because it is different than past years......

     First of all  it  is my opinion that  there is way too much oil on the lane period  (this is  the  most oil ever at Nationals).......so many people are going to think that aggressive balls and bowling balls with strong layouts may be the way to go............but that's not the case........it might be ok for about a game in Team event....... but after that it won't be good......and this is why.......

     10% More oil on the lane than last year with all that extra oil between 10 and 40 feet ....... heads will break down as fast as last year but down the lane will play much tighter..... ......here's a clue.............  having some shine on the surface of your ball might be key this year to create some backend reaction and more overall hook.

     Last year they had the extra reverse loads at 10 and  the 12 board while this year they have them at 6 and 9. You have  only have three ways to attack a pattern when you are on the fresh (Team event)......Outside, Inside or right on top of where those extra loads are......... People got fooled last year when Mike Jasnau hinted to people to play outside of it when in fact the right place to play to start was on top of it.... Another thing to remember .....about every legitimate condition you bowl on you will very seldom be able to play directly outside the extra shim unless the pattern is short or the overall amount of oil is lower.........

    The lefties will be playing on top of the shim this year there is no doubt......unless there is enough of them to break it down......if that happens they too will have to use weaker stuff and move in............especially in doubles and singles. Many of them might be throwing shiny stuff right off the bat.....

    The righties I'm afraid will be better off to start inside the extra loads.....reason being more oil down the lane will result a  ball reaction with more hang to the right especially with those extra loads at 6 and 9.  You are going to be better staying away from that in the long run. 

    For years and years it was so important for a team to break down the lanes correctly but with the increased oil it isn't the case anymore......your better off playing a little further in on the fresh because there is so much oil.....your better off playing the puddle for hold then wasting time trying to create more dry to the right......If the volume was lighter like it was a few years ago......I could see it........

    The higher rev players again will have the advantage.......the bowlers who slow hooked the lane with great success won't have the nut like they did the past 2 years.......but they will be given a big bone again........The tweeners and strokers should have a little more this year if they take my advice with equipment issues........  The straighter players are again ........since it is almost March Madness time should we say........air ball...... unless they take a chance on my equipment selection advice.......then maybe they can make a few buckets or at least hit the rim........

     Wanted to put a little note here that it is worth every penny to get some coaching from Mike Jasnau at the Gold Coast while you are there.......(Same site as the Bowlers Journal Tournament) but remember don't get sucked in by playing the conditions the same as the Open.........that is what happened to people last year.......and again that's the case this year too............ P.S. Another note.........im my opinion.......the lane installation was pretty poor this year so from lane to lane on the fresh there will be a dramatic difference on some pairs  so if one lane is playing almost an arrow tighter right off the bat...chances are the lane isn't really level and you will need to make an adjustment.... Good luck all....

   

  

February 7, 2009

                Surprise.....Surprise.....More bad bowling decisions................

     United States Bowling Congress just announced a  breakthrough sponsorship agreement with Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel to be the official bracket sponsor for the USBC Open Championships.............

     "We are excited about our partnership with Binion's and the Four Queens, and their support will definitely play a big role in the success of the 2009 Open Championships," said Jack Mordini, USBC Vice President of Tournaments and Events. "We are expecting a near-record number of bowlers, and we know they will take excellent care of them and their families during our time in Las Vegas."

      Hey Jack.........I'm sure Binion's will take care of us...........but what will USBC do for us.............Answer:  Nothing

      Hey Jack........How is their support going to play a big role in the success of the 2009 Open Championships in Las Vegas............. Answer: Well it adds a six figure sponsorship agreement to USBC's pocketbook

      Hey Jack........Is anything going to be done for the bowlers.......Answer: Yeah Binion's will roll out the red carpet for ya

      Hey Jack........No!!!!! I mean is anything going to be done for the bowlers by USBC...... Answer: Do we need to do something for them

      Hey Jack........Why do we need to pick up our bracket money over at Binion's...... Answer: Well that was part of the sponsorship deal

      Hey Jack........Don't you think this is an inconvenience for the bowlers who get into brackets.  They  are made to go get their money somewhere else besides the tournament site........ Answer: Well it is a six figure sponsorship deal....... Can't the bowlers just go over there to get their money.........If you don't want to go get your bracket money we will make sure you eventually get it at some point (Between 30 to 90 days)

      Hey Jack........If you care about the bowlers that support your organization and then you  inconvenience them and give them nothing in return how is it beneficial to them..... Answer: It isn't but the six figure deal for USBC is sure great.....Yes

      Maybe Jack don't know jack........Lol   Anytime a decision like this is made, it's made without thinking about the bowler first..... I don't get it..... If they put that sponsorship money to good use that is one thing.........but do nothing....... 

      Yes I have vented in the past regarding the money issue and the lack of throwing it back to the bowler......and yes people have their opinion about me saying it's because  of it being a  personal matter with me........which is not the case.....the real truth is I can't handle the lack of common sense and stupidity involved in the game of bowling anymore.........

     Here's an idea with some bowling common sense.......how about taking a portion of that money and put it towards the tournament........... how about added prize money ..... maybe a Team All-events Prize list for the top overall teams.....maybe a cash prize for all 300's and 800's......maybe random prize drawings for bowlers participating in the tournament....... and many other ideas that show that you are giving something back to them. Shouldn't some sponsored money be thrown into the tournament?   The only time USBC every gives anything to the bowlers is when the bowlers have done something extra for USBC. Remember that  added prize  money they threw in if you bowled the Roto-Grip Challenge and the Bowlers Journal Championship tournament, two tournaments that USBC profited financially from. Oh Yeah......

     Hey I understand that this is a business.......(even though your organization is listed as a non-profit one) but if you keep throwing the bowlers under the bus everytime there is a financial gain for you and nothing for the people who truly support your tournament and/or your organization.......... eventually they will quit supporting you.  It will only be a matter of time because looking at your declining membership year after year.....can you really afford to keep pissing people off with bad decisions like this one..........

     Maybe Jack will come to his senses a little or maybe not.........time will tell I guess......maybe there will be another announcement coming soon!!!!!!  And if there is I can surely bet  it's because they read this article from me..........Lol

     As bowlers who support the USBC financially like we do..........can't we be given a little piece of the pie........instead of always being left the crumbs.....


 


November 25, 2008

I REALLY HAD TO LAUGH ABOUT THE STORY ROGER DALKIN WROTE ABOUT BILL TAYLOR AND HIS SHOTMAKER PINS IN THE BOWLERS JOURNAL MAGAZINE IN THE  OCTOBER ISSUE OF 2008.................

    All I can say is Wow........  I actually can't believe Mr. Dalkin would write such an article?  First of all, what is he trying to prove........Is he proving that Mr. Taylor was a nut case or something  ...........I don't get it!!!!!   I guess it could of been better if the whole story was told instead of one incident that was made to make Mr. Taylor look bad.  Maybe Roger didn't have anything else interesting to talk about an had to go back 17+ years for a story?  Let me add my extra take on this article shall we........

    First of all why pick on a guy 17 years later about some pins.......what does it have to do with now.......Is Roger saying that the sport turned into a joke because Bill was trying to market his pins and make a few bucks with some outrageous claims?  So is Roger saying that if Bill wouldn't of been a lunatic and tried to talk with some common sense with the ABC then 17 years later the sport wouldn't be in such a mess?  Well I guess it is Bill Taylor's fault then........Lol.....  

    Let me ask two questions and give you my honest answer.........................

1.  If Bill Taylor wasn't a nut case as you made him out to be in your article and he worked with the ABC/USBC all of these years to combat the problems with the game and the sport of bowling, would things be different?      Answer:  Probably not, because in 17 years the sport of bowling has continued to go down hill because of a number of things. Politics,Money,Lack of bowling common sense and in all reality being scared.  Yes being scared.......Lol   ABC/USBC has always backed down in making decisions for the better of the sport.  They have always backed down.....They backed down to the BPAA in the 80's with scoring conditions and they backed down from the ball companies with equipment.  The only time ABC/USBC hasn't backed down in making a decision within the sport is when they have been made a fool of like the Robert Mushtare situation.....

2.  Here is a quote from Roger's article.........TAYLOR COULD OF BEEN ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY HAD HE CHOSEN TO ENJOIN OTHERS, ADMIT MISTAKES AND TRULY WORK ON ISSUES.    So is he blaming Mr. Bill for the way the sport of bowling turned into.......is he saying the system of bowling was a failure..... I think what really failed was the lack of integrity made by people who had a voice in proper decision making for the sport of bowling.

     I am actually sad Bill didn't work with the ISSUES.......but we all know it wouldn't have changed anything........because ABC never did anything important for the sport of bowling until it was too late...........At least one good thing happened..........Mr. Bill Taylor didn't go down on the sinking ship like the author of this article did........