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Date: 11 Feb 2008 10:11:27
From: Bernie Cosell
Subject: Bayer Classic
Congrats to Chris! I wondered about his focus problems: wasn't he, just a
few years ago, winning everything? [he made like 600,000 in two weeks or
something??] and it looked like it was just the opposite of what's
happened recently, he *WAS* making all the key adjustments and shots under
pressure. Just wondering if something happened [either in his bowling game
or perhaps in his personal life] to cause this recent run of
apparent-chokes. Nice that it is over now, though!

And you gotta love the shark pattern: I can't recall the last time we saw
bowlers using 3board, 2nd arrow, and 5th arrow on the same condition. You
folks who bowl under PBA conditions; how common is that? Randy gives us
the impression [borne out by what we usually see in the finals] that each
pattern has a 'preferred shot' -- are there conditions where bowlers can
really competitively play different shots?

I liked the interview: Randy asks Chris -- how come you're playing the 3
board when everyone else is playing inside. Answer: Walter Ray was playing
out there and doing well, so I gave it a try. To be sure: if there's *any*
bowler who can score with a down-and-in shot from way outside, it'll be
WRW.

Where does the time go? I haven't logged/stopwatched the telecasts, but I
note that these days we get three matches in 90 minutes with no other
features. In the ABC days, we got four matches and some other stuff
["Rolaids tip of the week"] in 90 minutes. In between, we had three
matches plus another event [e.g., the skills [sic] challenge]. The bowlers
certainly aren't bowling any slower these days than they used to [are
they?], and so why can't they fit a fourth match into 90 minutes?

I continue to retract my comments about Rob Stone: he has *really* gotten a
_ton_ better and he and Randy are looking more and more like a good team
[thank heaven we no longer get the fake-aussie accent as Randy describes
the pattern-of-the-week].

/bernie\
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Date: 11 Feb 2008 20:08:44
From:
Subject: Re: Bayer Classic
On Feb 11, 10:11=A0am, Bernie Cosell <ber...@fantasyfarm.com > wrote:
> Congrats to Chris! =A0I wondered about his focus problems: wasn't he, just=
a
> few years ago, winning everything? =A0[he made like 600,000 in two weeks o=
r
> something??]

He's never really been clutch though. Not like Duke in the 90s or WRW
for the last 20 years. Barnes puts himself in a position to win often
and unfortunately has trouble finishing it off on TV.

You are thinking about the $200K for the Motel 6 win plus the week
prior he snagged $100K in the ToC. Remember, he won the Motel 6 thing
with a Brooklyn which was really a terrible shot and a huge break (of
course you take it though !!!). IIRC his winnings were over $400k
that season. Add that to other monies (sponsor, appearances, etc) and
that is a huge single season total for a pro bowler.

The thing with Chris is his record is not what it should be. Compared
to his contemporaries such as TJ, PA, Mika, he wins about 15% of the
time (9 of 58 TV appearances in ten years) while the other guys are
about 30-40%. Would have to look that up to get the numbers right but
it's close. Those guys have about the same number of titles with 1/2
as many chances in finals matchplay.

That said, with Barnes' skills and talent he could be good for another
10-15 years, maybe 20. If he overcomes the mental issues he'll get 20+
titles. But he had potential to be a 40+ title winner and give WRW a
run for the #1 all time slot.

FWIW: Below is a link to the PBA story on the Motel 6 $200K win and
his season. Note that even Barnes says: "...luckiest break of all
time on that shot". But since he was there to get lucky he gets to
cash the check :-)

http://www.pba.com/results/rrscores3.asp?TournamentID=3D242&RoundID=3D99&Yea=
r=3D2005-2006&TID=3D1&PTQE=3D2

Mark


 
Date: 11 Feb 2008 19:44:33
From: John O
Subject: Re: Bayer Classic
> And you gotta love the shark pattern: I can't recall the last time we saw
> bowlers using 3board, 2nd arrow, and 5th arrow on the same condition. You
> folks who bowl under PBA conditions; how common is that? Randy gives us
> the impression [borne out by what we usually see in the finals] that each
> pattern has a 'preferred shot' -- are there conditions where bowlers can
> really competitively play different shots?

The house where I bowled on those patterns had older lanes. The extreme
outside was usually in pretty good shape, and I made a big boost in my
average (and won a few $$) by going out there, 2 or 3 board...nobody else
had the guts to risk that shot, or they had no B game at all.

However, I was bowling with just a few who previously knew about pro tour
patterns or had ever seen them. Most of the guys were flailing around, so my
data point isn't all that solid. ;-)

-John O