by Randy Ooney
My Nickel’s Worth by Randy Ooney
The NFL has the Super Bowl, NHL has the Stanley Cup, NCAA has the Final Four, and Major League Baseball has the World Series. But wait a minute, Professional Bowling is now calling their initial five tournaments a World Series. Why not? They have a Masters, a US Open, a Tournament of Champions, all names stolen from other sports. But it was not the only World Series this November. We also had the final table of the World Series of Poker going on in Las Vegas on November 9. Probably no one around here would have noticed except that local Minnesotan, Jason Senti, was at that final table, eventually finishing seventh.
The World Series of Bowling also came from Las Vegas. Of course, for the hour and a half of TV coverage, I had to switch back and forth from ESPN to FOX 9 coverage of our new Vikings with Less Chilly and Les Frazier. The Cheetah pattern was no match for the bowlers this week as Eugene McCune set a nine game record of over 2400, and was the tournament leader. Evidently the answer to Cheetah is to go hard and straight outside of five. McCune definitely has hard down. Off balance at the foul line, and wondering if he would dislocate something on the next shot, I have to hand it to Mr. McCune for defeating Norm Duke and winning his second PBA title.
But what’s going on with the PBA? This entire stepladder final took place Friday morning, and we were watching a tape delayed telecast. I suppose the five finalists wanted to watch the football games too. But the tape delayed telecasts were usually reserved for the Ladies Professional Bowling Tour, and we know what happened to them. And when will the prize fund start to approach that of other sports? There were 252 entries in the PBA World Series. There were thousands of entries in the World Series of Poker. Jason Senti received about $1,300,000.00 for his sevent place finish. Steve Jaros finished 7th in the Cheetah segment of the bowling World Series and received a check for $2300.00. Are you kidding me? PBA, you need to figure out a way to keep people interested or all the Brunswick Zones and Xtremes will turn into poker centers where people sit around an oval table and play cards on their cell phones.