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Date: 30 Jan 2008 14:33:00
From: PromptJock
Subject: This past Sunday's (1-27-08) PBA Event
I've been contemplating how to write this since Sunday.

First of all: many congratulations to Michael Haugen, Jr. for winning
his second PBA title and first Major. I hope he gets a few more of
each before he decides to retire.

Second: I feel very sorry for Chris Barnes and his ignominious loss
caused by the whiffed 10 pin in the 9th frame. I do hope he's able to
bounce back as he's such a technically talented bowling athlete.

Finally: what happened to Chris is reminiscent of what happened many
times to another talented bowler by the name of Lonnie Walicek. Like
Chris, Lonnie had "troubles in the clutch" where He Just Couldn't Make
The Killer Shot when a title was on the line. Thus was born his
nickname: "Lonnie Walichoke". In this same vein, with no malice or
insult intended, perhaps an apt nickname for Chris Barnes ** AT THIS
TIME ** should be "Crash & Burn". I ** KNOW ** the guy has it in him
to win! IMHO, he needs the Right Coach to help him develop his MENTAL
GAME so it matches the strengths, etc. of his PHYSICAL GAME.

That's my observations, thoughts, and opinions on last Sunday's
event...




 
Date: 11 Feb 2008 19:37:38
From:
Subject: Re: This past Sunday's (1-27-08) PBA Event
On Feb 10, 11:33=A0am, "Darby" <tenpinhawk...@mchsi.com > wrote:
> I assume you were quoting Yogi Berra there??? =A0 :)
> Dar

Yep.

Good to see Barnes win but bummer to watch Mike struggle in his match
though. No matter, we'll see all of those guys again soon.

Mark




 
Date: 31 Jan 2008 23:26:15
From: G
Subject: Re: This past Sunday's (1-27-08) PBA Event

"PromptJock" <102151.3223@compuserve.com > wrote in message
news:7b7e54f6-38d1-4556-bc98-9a2da163a443@v17g2000hsa.googlegroups.com...
> I've been contemplating how to write this since Sunday.
>
> First of all: many congratulations to Michael Haugen, Jr. for winning
> his second PBA title and first Major. I hope he gets a few more of
> each before he decides to retire.
>
> Second: I feel very sorry for Chris Barnes and his ignominious loss
> caused by the whiffed 10 pin in the 9th frame. I do hope he's able to
> bounce back as he's such a technically talented bowling athlete.
>
> Finally: what happened to Chris is reminiscent of what happened many
> times to another talented bowler by the name of Lonnie Walicek. Like
> Chris, Lonnie had "troubles in the clutch" where He Just Couldn't Make
> The Killer Shot when a title was on the line. Thus was born his
> nickname: "Lonnie Walichoke". In this same vein, with no malice or
> insult intended, perhaps an apt nickname for Chris Barnes ** AT THIS
> TIME ** should be "Crash & Burn". I ** KNOW ** the guy has it in him
> to win! IMHO, he needs the Right Coach to help him develop his MENTAL
> GAME so it matches the strengths, etc. of his PHYSICAL GAME.
>
> That's my observations, thoughts, and opinions on last Sunday's
> event...

I totally agree what you said about Haugen, I also hope he wins many more
titles before he retires, as for Barnes, I'm not buying it was the 10 pin
miss that cause him to loose, he was well a head at that point and all he
had to do was strike in with the first ball or the second ball in the tenth
frame to win. I certainly hope he's able to get it together and retire all
the demons that seem to appear in clutch situations, I think Barnes although
not the nicest guy on tour is a great talent.




 
Date: 31 Jan 2008 19:21:27
From:
Subject: Re: This past Sunday's (1-27-08) PBA Event
On Jan 30, 8:01=A0pm, G...@webtv.net (John Sowell) wrote:
> Chris Barnes does not have a problem with his mental game. =A0

Actually Chris has a huge problem with his mental game. There is a
reason a bowler of his natural talent didn't bowl anchor for his
college team. There is a reason he has worked continually with sports
psycologists. There is a reason he has trouble making quality shots in
the clutch.

90% of the game is half mental and unfortunately for Chris, his head
gets in the way of his raw physical talent. It's unfortunate but his
legacy is shaping up to be that of the guy that can't get it done when
it counts.

You guys should go back and watch the show again. The missed ten pin
was merely the culmination of what started happening a few frames
earlier. Barnes was losing his look to the pocket around frame 6 and
he stopped carrying. When that happened his brain kicked in and he
started to over think which he always does. He got tight which
amplifies the lane change problem and he started missing shots.

The wiffed ten was built up to over the prior several frames. That put
his head into over drive and then he was toast. When he hooked at the
two pin instead of going straight you knew he'd lost all confidence.
Frankly the only thing that could save him was a lucky break in the
tenth because there was no way he was going to pry off a good shot. He
actually looked scared to get up and bowl in the tenth frame. Amazing
for a player of his caliber.

It's a darn shame but Barnes looks like he'll be lucky to win 15
titles (poor guy) with a physical game that should see him up there
with the all time greats. Such is life.

BTW, Haugen is a great guy and used to post to ASB when he first went
out on the national tour. He's a SoCal guy and it was great to see him
get a major.

Prompt is right about Lonnie too. Another nice guy but he just
couldn't get it done in the clutch.

FWIW, the tour guys get nothing but empathy from me. Nerves get to a
lot of people but for most of us it means a 298 or 299 instead of
losing a major title on TV.

Mark


  
Date: 05 Feb 2008 13:24:12
From: Scott Thomas
Subject: Re: This past Sunday's (1-27-08) PBA Event
2bowlers@gmail.com wrote in news:6d4f334c-2ad9-4b99-8ab4-c987dff59627
@v46g2000hsv.googlegroups.com:

> On Jan 30, 8:01 pm, G...@webtv.net (John Sowell) wrote:
>> Chris Barnes does not have a problem with his mental game.  
>
> Actually Chris has a huge problem with his mental game. There is a
> reason a bowler of his natural talent didn't bowl anchor for his
> college team. There is a reason he has worked continually with sports
> psycologists. There is a reason he has trouble making quality shots in
> the clutch.
>
> 90% of the game is half mental and unfortunately for Chris, his head
> gets in the way of his raw physical talent. It's unfortunate but his
> legacy is shaping up to be that of the guy that can't get it done when
> it counts.
>
> You guys should go back and watch the show again. The missed ten pin
> was merely the culmination of what started happening a few frames
> earlier. Barnes was losing his look to the pocket around frame 6 and
> he stopped carrying. When that happened his brain kicked in and he
> started to over think which he always does. He got tight which
> amplifies the lane change problem and he started missing shots.
>
> The wiffed ten was built up to over the prior several frames. That put
> his head into over drive and then he was toast. When he hooked at the
> two pin instead of going straight you knew he'd lost all confidence.
> Frankly the only thing that could save him was a lucky break in the
> tenth because there was no way he was going to pry off a good shot. He
> actually looked scared to get up and bowl in the tenth frame. Amazing
> for a player of his caliber.
>
> It's a darn shame but Barnes looks like he'll be lucky to win 15
> titles (poor guy) with a physical game that should see him up there
> with the all time greats. Such is life.
>
> BTW, Haugen is a great guy and used to post to ASB when he first went
> out on the national tour. He's a SoCal guy and it was great to see him
> get a major.
>
> Prompt is right about Lonnie too. Another nice guy but he just
> couldn't get it done in the clutch.
>
> FWIW, the tour guys get nothing but empathy from me. Nerves get to a
> lot of people but for most of us it means a 298 or 299 instead of
> losing a major title on TV.
>
> Mark

Your observations about Chris Barnes remind me of something I saw at
Nationals about 10-12 years ago. It was midway through the first game of
Team and Chris's team members were struggling to get lined up. Chris
and, IIRC, Mike Neumann stood together discussing what Mike was going to
do on his next strike ball. The lane was ready, it was his turn, and
they just kept talking, pointing at the lane, etc. Finally, Neumann
bowled - he missed the headpin on the left. Oops!

Scott Thomas


   
Date: 10 Feb 2008 16:33:55
From: Darby
Subject: Re: This past Sunday's (1-27-08) PBA Event
I assume you were quoting Yogi Berra there??? :)
Dar


>> 90% of the game is half mental and unfortunately for Chris, his head
>> gets in the way of his raw physical talent.





 
Date: 30 Jan 2008 17:01:33
From: John Sowell
Subject: Re: This past Sunday's (1-27-08) PBA Event

Chris Barnes does not have a problem with his mental game. What
happened to Chris Barnes happens to MOST bowlers on the tour. It is
those 1% of the bowlers that are blessed with good luck at key times.

I realize everyone needs to have it altogether at clutch time but
realistically there are too many variables in the equation to put it all
together at the end. That is why ONLY luck is in play at clutch time
and unfortunately there is no LESSON plan on LUCK.

I really wonder why people have to put LABELS or NICKNAMES to great
bowlers who just cant get the luck they need at clutch time. NOBODY IS
PERFECT(except Tiger Woods)

http://community.webtv.net/GALO/NORTHSANDIEGOCOUNTY



 
Date: 30 Jan 2008 23:19:21
From: Darby
Subject: Re: This past Sunday's (1-27-08) PBA Event
IMHO you should have thought more. :)
I too feel sorry for Chris. There is always someone who whiffs a single
pin or throws a crappy first ball, they're human. I think they all kick
themselves for the goof. But to call them names is not productive. It hurts.
How good would you feel if people teased you about a weakness you have?
Let's say you are overweight, as I am. Would you like to be called Tub of
Lard? I know I sure would not like it if people called me that. It just is
not a good idea to call people names.
You have had other good posts, this is not one of your best.
Dar

"PromptJock" <102151.3223@compuserve.com > wrote
> I've been contemplating how to write this since Sunday.
>
> First of all: many congratulations to Michael Haugen, Jr. for winning
> his second PBA title and first Major. I hope he gets a few more of
> each before he decides to retire.
>
> Second: I feel very sorry for Chris Barnes and his ignominious loss
> caused by the whiffed 10 pin in the 9th frame. I do hope he's able to
> bounce back as he's such a technically talented bowling athlete.
>
> Finally: what happened to Chris is reminiscent of what happened many
> times to another talented bowler by the name of Lonnie Walicek. Like
> Chris, Lonnie had "troubles in the clutch" where He Just Couldn't Make
> The Killer Shot when a title was on the line. Thus was born his
> nickname: "Lonnie Walichoke". In this same vein, with no malice or
> insult intended, perhaps an apt nickname for Chris Barnes ** AT THIS
> TIME ** should be "Crash & Burn". I ** KNOW ** the guy has it in him
> to win! IMHO, he needs the Right Coach to help him develop his MENTAL
> GAME so it matches the strengths, etc. of his PHYSICAL GAME.
>
> That's my observations, thoughts, and opinions on last Sunday's
> event...