Let's Watch Some Bowling!!
From time to time I'll post some videos from waaaay back when...
Now in public domain, these are the shows that sparked my interest in bowling when I was a youngster. The quality isn't exactly up to modern standards, but they're all watchable.
In 1974, Jim Stefanich bowled a 300 game on national television during a Professional Bowlers Association tournament. Although this incredible feat was widely hailed as "the first 300 ever bowled on television," that was not the case; it was actually the first 300 on national TV during a PBA tournament. Other bowlers had turned the trick years earlier, including one pro who bowled back-to-back 300s on TV. (That video is coming soon.) This video shows Steve Nagy's 300.
Steve Nagy is honored to this day. According to the PBA Website, "The Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award has been presented annually since 1966, the year of Nagy’s death, honoring his memory as a PBA Hall of Famer and founding member whose guidance in the PBA’s formation years was considered critical to the tour’s success."
A Practice Tip: Be Smart
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Let's say you're a competitive bowler who wants to improve. In order to improve, you practice a lot. But do you practice smart?
Practicing smart means setting goals, devising a plan to help you reach those goals, then taking action to put that plan in action. I call it The GPA Method.
It means you avoid distractions, like your friend who wants to sit down and tell you her sad story of how badly she bowled in league the other night.
It means you practice several times a week, compete when possible, read every bowling publication and online magazine you can find, and always focus, focus, focus on your goals.
It means you bowl by yourself, because if you're with someone else you will get distracted.
Bowling is fun, but competitive bowling adds another element: work.
So get to it. It's worth the effort.
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