The U.S. Open is one of the most grueling tournaments of the year by far, due to the lane conditions, and amount of games played to win the tournament. With that being said I would like to take the time to talk about some of the positives of the U.S. Open, and some of the disappointments that occurred. Today Pete Weber won the 69th U.S. Open for a record setting 5th time to pass his father Dick Weber, and Don Carter. Unfortunately in the process he ended up losing some fans.
First I would like to start off with the positives, seeing as how I am a positive person. There were some great accomplishments that were made in the 69th U.S. Open that need to be recognized for their accomplishments. First of all I would like to personally recognize and congratulate Missy Parkin, and Kamron Doyle on their individual accomplishments this U.S. Open. For those of you who may not know Missy Parkin was the first woman to ever make the match play cut of the event and get a chance to make the telecast. In fact in her first game of match play she defeated Pete Weber 217 to 213. Missy did not make the TV finals but did set another record taking the highest place of a woman and a U.S. Open at 21st place. The other positive story was Kamron Doyle, 14 year old from Tennesse. Yes, I said 14 year old. Kamron proved all week that he is destined for great things, and will one day be a PBA Champion. Kamron set a record by being the youngest player to ever cash in the U.S. Open event taking 61st place. Kamron averaged over 200 in the U.S. Open, and proved that he is a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Unfortunately with all the positives that happened throughout this event there was one big negative that set me back in my chair. Pete Weber has always been known as the bad boy on the PBA, due to his fiery attitude and crotch chop. I have never really understood the crotch chop, and most definitely never will. Although these things can be a reason not to like a player as a fan, but I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and try to understand where they are coming from. I have never really had a problem with PDW’s antics, and have always respected him for his great bowling ability. He has a great passion to win and a great ability for touch at the bottom of his swing. At the U.S. Open PDW let his emotions get the best of him. In the 4th frame of the first game of the step ladder finals PDW noticed someone stand up during his walk to the approach, and called the fan out by saying “Really, really?” and stared them down for several seconds which I’m sure felt like minutes to the fans in the area he was looking at. Then his second match in the 1st frame before he even threw a shot he slammed his ball on the ball return, and again starred a fan down in the crowd and again said “Really?”. After his first shot of the match PDW starred into the crowd and pointed at someone in the crowd that he felt was trying to mess him up. In third frame of the second game Pete Weber called out to the crowd again “Can you please stop moving over there please? Please stop moving while I’m on the approach that’s all I ask. I said would you please stop moving during my approach don’t know what’s hard about that to understand! ” and then after his spare said, “All you gotta do is sit still”. This banter continued on for the rest of the second match, as well as championship match against Mike Fagan. I noticed for the first time in my life a disappointed fan that was even scared to clap. He was a young boy in the first row of the event. You could see the fear in his eyes. He sat there with a scared look on his face and didn’t know how to react. He didn’t even clap for the rest of the event.
I think what some of us fail to realize is this may not be a big deal to some, but to me it is a very big deal. I have a family with two young kids that I would love to bring into this sport and take to events. I would almost be afraid to bring my son or daughter to an event like this, because I am afraid they may get turned away from the game. I would hope they would be watching the professionals as I did growing up like the Norm Duke’s, Chris Barnes’s and Jack Jurek’s of the world. They should be someone they idolize, and would like to mirror as a player. I hope this type of behavior will not deter this young child or any youth player from playing this great game I have come to love. This made me think of a great quote I heard in the past from Joe DiMaggio. Joe once said, “There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time, I owe him my best.” I hope that this can be a lesson to us all, that people are always watching us, and that we need to act appropriately. The youth of this great game will either save bowling or make it a game of the past. I hope they choose to save bowling, but only time will tell.
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