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Kegler's Connection

   January 9, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
      ~ Happy New Year from Bowling Forum
      ~ Tip of the Week
      ~ Join SteveM for Scrambler this Monday
  * PBA/PWBA News
      ~ ABC Senior Masters Telecast
      ~ WIBC to Sponsor PWBA Events
      ~ Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Wendy MacPherson Bowlers of the Decade
      ~ The Villages Returns to Sponsor Senior PBA
      ~ ABC Still Taking Names on Y2K's First 300
      ~ YABA Stars
  * Miscellaneous News
      ~ Stock Watch
      ~ Tournament Spotlight
  * And Finally
*** Grandstand News ***
***** Happy New Year from Bowling Forum *****
Grandstand's Bowling Forum wishes you and your family a happy and healthy new year. We'll be striving even harder to bring you more chats, special guests, and all the news you can use, without spamming you with ads.

***** Tip of the Week *****
This tip comes from GSTDHammer. Over the holidays, most people indulged. Did you come back to bowl this week and find that you couldn't get your thumb in the ball, despite the cold? It's not uncommon.

While many women deal with this as a hormonal thing, weather changes, bowling too much (or too close together), and diet (namely salt) can also wreak havoc on your thumb or finger size, preventing you from getting in the ball.

Here are a few quick suggestions to reduce the size of your thumb or fingers so they fit back in your grips. With any luck, you realize this ahead of practice so you can attack it on a few different levels.

Obviously, start with removing tape.

Use an ice pack, or fill a zipper bag full of ice and hold it. Don't put your hand in cold water, as it only water logs your fingers.

Elevate your hand above your heart to about face level.

Drink coffee or cranberry juice. If you drink coffee, do it with your opposite hand.

Avoid salt.

While you are bowling, if your thumb is still hanging up, you can try a few things too.

Roll up a dollar bill into your thumb hole and then force (gently, we're not talking cramming) your thumb into the hole. When you go to bowl, the extra space could be just enough. This also works with a thin bowling towel, but the dollar is easier.

Use EZ Slide. Don't cake it on your thumb, rather "paint" it on only where you are hanging up.

***** Join GSTDSteveM for Scrambler This Monday *****
Remember, the second and fourth Mondays of the month are Scrambler chats during the first hour of GSTDSteveM's chat. Steve provides the scrambled up words and clues, and players receive points for how quickly they can decode the words. The Bowling Chat (Available to AOL Members Only) schedule is always posted, and the room is open 24 hours a day, so pop on in and talk about your bowling.

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** ABC Senior Masters Telecast *****
Appearing on the Sunday, January 9th ESPN telecast from12:30 to 2 pm and an edited rebroadcast on January 13 at 1:00 to 2:00 PM will be
1. Dave Soutar
2. Donald Breihan
3. Teata Semiz
4. Kevin Dornberger
5. George Pappas

The finalists will be vying for an $18,000 first place payday. For future telecasts visit PBA/PWBA Telecast Schedule (Available to AOL Members Only) or check the Telecast Schedules on

***** WIBC to Sponsor PWBA Events *****
WIBC has announced sponsorship of eight events during PWBA Tour through July 2000. In exchange for 30-second commercials and on-air acknowledgment, the PWBA will provide players as public speakers for WIBC functions to speak on the benefits of the WIBC.

Read the article at

***** WRW/Wendy MacPherson Bowlers of the Decade *****
Bowler's Journal magazine has named Walter Ray Williams, Jr. and Wendy MacPherson the male and female Bowlers of the Decade. While Williams, Jr. seemed the obvious choice for the PBA bowler, the women's contest was much less clear with at least seven women with ample credentials. Congratulations to both bowlers.

***** The Villages Returns to Sponsor Senior PBA *****
The Senior Tour will be returning to The Villages, Florida to compete in an outdoor setting with the champion receiving the keys to a new $100,000 home during the last week of March.

Read all about it at

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** ABC Still Taking Names on Y2K's First 300 *****
According to Karen Sawicki, Awards Team Leader at ABC, ABC will continue to receive information on Y2K's First 300 game until January 15. So if you know someone who shot a perfect game in the first few days of the new year, have them write to [email protected]

***** YABA Stars *****
The bowling stars of the future are shooting honor scores today. See what honor scores youth bowlers were shooting in the last few weeks of December by visiting

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 2 13/16
Brunswick (BC) 21 3/8

***** Tournament Spotlight *****
With January, bowlers head into tournament season. In Las Vegas this month, two major, high-stakes events will be taking place: The Eliminator at Sam's Town and the High Roller at Showboat.

The results for the Eliminator can be found at

The High Roller maintains its own website at

As for handicap events, the Hoinke will begin its 2000 run in late January in Cincinnati, Ohio. This tournament holds team, doubles, and singles events. Look for information at

*** And Finally ***
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