PBA Responds to Smoot
Yesterday, I wrote about Fred Smoot's ambition to become a pro bowler and bring his unique flair to the PBA after he retires from football. Redskins blogger Matt Terl did me one better, with a first-hand account of Smoot's bowling skills and a video of said skills. Meanwhile, longtime Bog reader Bob Moss wrote in, pointing out that Smoot would fit in much better with his new peers were he named Smootski.
Anyhow, the PBA has responded to Smoot's dreams, with a statement from Deputy Commissioner Tom Clark:
The PBA will give Fred Smoot entry into a PBA event and he can see where he stacks up against the best bowlers in the world. We think he might be in for a rude awakening because our pros are to bowling pins what he is to wide receivers.
Smoot would learn a lot about his game and get some tips from the best. We are sure he has a long way to go to get to the pro level but his enthusiasm for the sport can carry him far.
Anyhow, a PBA spokesman sent me some follow-up information to help us judge Smoot's chances for success. PBA exempt pros, he explained, "average 220-230 on PBA lane conditions, which are much tougher than what you see in a local bowling center (picture a U.S. Open golf layout when the rough is up and the greens are fast) Non-exempt pros are a notch lower and generally average 210 and up. Our amateur fields average 190-210 depending on how much experience they have."
But if he puts in the work, who knows. Regardless, the spokesman said the PBA could offer Smoot entry into an actual event this season, which would undoubtedly be the highlight of my year. More to come, clearly.
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