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Kegler's Connection

   October 30, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Welcome Notes
     ~ Tip of the Week
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open
     ~ Telecasts This Week
     ~ Robert Smith Wins Second Title of the Year
     ~ BallBeat
     ~ ABC Unveils New Tournament Web Site
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Tournament Sites
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes*****
We're handing out our treats a little early in the form of George's tip, pro tour telecast times, and ABC's new tournament web site. Have a safe Halloween, and next week, we'll be reporting live from Reno during our visit to the Festival of Bowling.

***** Tip of the Week *****
This week, George discusses the dangers of bowling injured.

Bowling is not considered a "contact sport," meaning players do not directly interact with one another physically like football players do. However, this does not mean that bowlers are not subject to injury as football players are. The constant bending; the strain on the tendon; and muscles in the knees, fingers, and arms can take their toll. You aren't likely to see a bowler break his or her leg on the lanes, but injuries while bowling can sideline players as easily as injuries on the football field can.

The most important thing I can stress, especially for youth bowlers, is that if you injure yourself on the lanes, STOP BOWLING IMMEDIATELY. ABC, WIBC, and YABA all have rules in place in the event a bowler has to leave the game due to an injury during league play, so you will not be penalized for it. It is not worth bowling an extra five or six frames to finish out the game and risking aggravating an injury so that instead of it taking a couple days to heal, it could take a week, or two weeks, or even worse. It's just not worth it. Youth bowlers, because they are young, have still-developing muscles and bones, and thus sometimes are more susceptible to injury than adults. It is even more important that youth bowlers know when to stop for exactly that reason--they are young. They need their body to develop normally. Don't worry, the lanes will still be there when you recover. No one will call you a wimp or weak. It's not a contest to see who the most macho bowler is, so if someone does give you a hard time, remind them that it is YOUR body, not theirs.

So, if you find yourself in a position where you shouldn't continue, don't. The frames you miss today might be the games you won't have to miss tomorrow.

Till next time,

George Freeman :)

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open *****
Appearing on Monday's telecast will be
1. Leanne Barrette
2. Dede Davidson
3. Michelle Mullen
4. Michelle Feldman
5. Anne Marie Duggan

Please see related story for telecast times.

***** Telecasts This Week *****
The Greater Harrisburg Open (PWBA) airs Monday, October 30th, 8-9:00 pm ET on ESPN2 and reairs Thursday, November 2nd at 1 pm ET on ESPN2.

The Indianapolis Open will air live Tuesday, October 31st, 8-9:30 pm ET on ESPN.

***** Robert Smith Wins Second Title of the Year *****
Robert Smith defeated a seemingly unstoppable Walter Ray Williams, Jr. Tuesday night at the Erie Flagship Open to capture his second title of his career and the year. Smith earned $19,000 for his first-place finish. This week, the PBA hits the Midwest at the Indianapolis Open. If you're going out trick-or-treating, make sure you set your VCR.


1. Robert Smith, Simi Valley, Calif. 239 (1 game) $19,000
2. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. 759 (3 games) 10,000
? 3. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 199 (1 game) 7,500
4. Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla. 221 (1 game) 6,000
5. Chris Barnes, Wichita, Kan. 188 (1 game) 5,000
6. Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla. 405 (2 games) 4,500
7. Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y. 222 (1 game) 4,000
8. Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 211 (1 game) 3,600
?--According to PBA rules, no player can finish more than one spot below where he qualified.

***** BallBeat *****
Maybe you know that Robert Smith bowls for Storm, or that Chris Barnes throws Brunswick. But if you want to know what they were throwing or how their equipment was drilled on the Erie telecast, you can turn to only one's BallBeat.

Read about the balls and drillings of each of the bowlers who made the telecast directly from the ball reps at

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** ABC Unveils New Tournament Web Site *****
Bowlers who are ready to start planning their trip to Reno for the ABC Championships Tournament have a new URL in their arsenal. ABC unveiled this week. The new site, operated by ABC replaces the tournament site.

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) .2188 at 15:52 EDT on 10/27/00.
Brunswick Corp. (BC) 18.25 at 16:00 EDT on 10/27/00.

***** Tournament Sites *****
As we roll into November, some folks start looking for information on various megabuck tournaments. This week, we give you the links to the High Roller, the Super Hoinke, and the Mini-Eliminator.

The High Roller hosts events from the Thanksgiving Senior High Roller to the Super Bowl and Fourth of July High Roller events. The tournaments are contested at the Castaways (formerly the Showboat) in Las Vegas. You can reach the site at

The Super Hoinke attracts bowlers from across the country during the Thanksgiving Day Weekend to the Cincinnati area. Find out information by visiting

The Eliminator will host its 2001 event the week of January 11th through the 18th at Sam's Town in Las Vegas. Find out more at

*** And Finally ***
Have a safe and happy Halloween! As always, send us your news and story ideas at [email protected].

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