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November 27, 2000
Table of Contents
* Grandstand News
~ Welcome Notes
~ Tip of the Week
* PBA/PWBA News
~ Tours on Hiatus; Player of the Year Races Debated
* ABC/WIBC/YABA News
~ WIBC Approves New Award Pin
~ Gateway Offers 10% off to ABC/WIBC Members
~ WIBC Extends Tournament As Teams Surpass 8,900
* Miscellaneous News
~ Stock Watch
~ AMF Stock Trading Over the Counter
* And Finally
*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes *****
Welcome to a holiday-abbreviated edition of Kegler's Connection. The tours have gone on hiatus, but we still have plenty to report, including George Freeman's tip of the week, where to find AMF stock trading, and information on a new WIBC award.
***** Tip of the Week *****
This week, George Freeman reminds us to "Keep Words in Perspective."
During leagues and tournaments, bowlers are pitted against one another. The objective is to win, of course. However, different people will take different avenues to try to achieve the same goal. Most of us have heard the term "trash talk," goading an opposing team member or bowler with snide remarks and offerings to "psyche out" their opponent. Realizing that trash talk is exactly that, trash, can help you overcome it.
I've seen many bowlers, after getting angered by an opposing bowler with statements like, "Must be nice to carry everything.," or, "You must need to stink to be good here," start making terrible shots. They get too much into the verbal battle, instead of focusing on the pins. This is exactly what the trash talker wants, he or she wants to get you out of your normal rhythm so that you start thinking about what you're doing instead of just doing it. The more conscious thought you put into your shot instead of just flowing with it, the greater chance you're going to have to make an errant shot.
First thing to remember when faced with someone like this is to remember that what they really want is to get you out of your normal game. It doesn't matter what an opponent thinks of you or how you bowl, your only opponent, if you really want to get right down to it, is the ten pins and the lane you are bowling on. The actions of your human opponent should be totally outside of your attention. When you let comments like that get to you, you end up with 3 opponents, the pins, the opponent's remarks, and yourself.
Just keep a cool head, and realize what the trash talker really wants, then don't give it to him.
Till next time,
*** PBA/PWBA News ***
**** Tours on Hiatus; Player of the Year Races Debated *****
The professional bowlers of the PBA and PWBA Tours have headed home for the holidays. While the PBA hasn't officially announced their winter schedule, they'll begin bowling in January with the Senior/Touring Doubles in Reno. Fans of the PWBA will have to wait a little longer, as the PWBA Tour has off until May.
But don't just miss bowling, visit the message boards to root for your picks for Player of the Year on the PBA and PWBA Tours.
The Pro Tours (AOL Only)
*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** WIBC Approves New Award Pin *****
Bowlers with 150 and under averages have something else to shoot for--a national 200 pin. Starting August 1, 2001, bowlers with the correct averages are eligible for the award. For more information, visit:
***** Gateway Offers 10% off to ABC/WIBC Members *****
Gateway is upping the ante on its deal to ABC and WIBC members. If you order a new desktop or laptop before December 9, 2000, they're offering ABC and WIBC bowlers 10% off the price. So if Santa is planning on getting someone a computer, now might be the time to look. To find out more, visit:
***** WIBC Extends Tournament as Teams Surpass 8,900 *****
Fort Lauderdale is proving to be a popular destination for WIBC bowlers, as 8,900 teams have now entered, with two full months still remaining to register. The tournament now runs through June 27, 2001. For more information on dates available, visit:
*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (AMBW) .075 at 11:48 am EST on 11/27/00--see related story.
Brunswick (BC) 17.5625 at 11:56 am EST on 11/27/00.
***** AMF Stock Trading Over the Counter *****
With the new symbol AMBW, AMF bowling is trading shares of its stock over the counter.
Find information on AMF's stock price by visiting:
*** And Finally ***
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