Chris Hardwick, Chris Barnes team up to win Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars

    02/04/13

    PBA Special Event

    PBA stars and celebrities compete in fifth annual event benefiting Paul's CP3 Foundation

     

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    2013CPASChrisBarnes.jpg2013CPASChrisHardwick.jpgIn one of the highest scoring televised Baker format doubles title matches in PBA history, comedian and podcast innovator Chris Hardwick (pictured left) and 14-time Tour winner Chris Barnes (right) defeated actor/comedian Kevin Hart and four-time PBA Tour titlist Bill O'Neill, 270-267, to win the fifth annual Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars tournament.

    The PBA special event was staged January 7 at Lucky Strike LA Live in Los Angeles and aired Sunday, February 4, on ESPN just before the Super Bowl XLVII.

    Pictured above are the 2013 Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars: L-R Barnes, Hardwick, Aaron, Williams, Rash, Parkin, Griffin, Belmonte, Paul, ONeill, Owens, Hart, Rose, Fagan, Duke, Woodley, and Palermaa.

    2013CPASKevinHart.jpg2013CPASBillONeill.jpgHardwick and Barnes combined for the last nine strikes in the title match to edge Hart (left) and O'Neill (right) for the win. O'Neill could have sewn up the match with a strike on the second ball in the 10th frame but left a 10 pin.

    "This has to be the best celebrity tournament ever," said Hardwick, who is the son of PBA Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick. "I was excited just watching it, much less bowling in it.

    "They were kicking our butts at first and my mindset was to just not get slaughtered," added Hardwick. "But Chris (Barnes) kept me pumped up and said we've got a long way to go in the match.

    "I have to admit that the pressure of that match got me a little fatigued, but looking back at it that may have helped because being a little tired forced me to relax and not over think it."

    2013CPASChrisBarnesChrisHardwick.jpg2013CPASLaMarrWoodleyChrisHardwick.jpgBarnes, one of six PBA triple crown winners, struck on all of his shots including all three in the 10th frame to win the match.

    "We had our hands full with those guys," Barnes said of the Hart/O'Neill team. "They got off to a fast start with the first three strikes, but we didn't let them get too far away (Barnes and Hardwick started spare-strike-spare).

    The right photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley with Hardwick on his shoulder.

    "I reminded Chris that there was a long way to go in the match and anything could happen to turn it around. He threw some clutch strikes in the fifth, seventh and ninth to keep the string going."

    2013CPASLaMarrWoodley.jpg2013CPASJesseWilliams.jpgThe 2013 fundraiser, benefitting Paul's CP3 Foundation, returned to a doubles format and showcased several owners and players in the new PBA League. Other Tour players competing in addition to Barnes and O'Neill were reigning Player of the Year Sean Rash, five-time Tour winner Jason Belmonte, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, four-time Tour titlist Mike Fagan, three-time Tour winner Osku Palermaa, and two-time PBA regional winner Missy Parkin.

    In addition to Paul, Hardwick and Hart, other PBA League owners represented were former NFL All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley (above left), and actor Jesse Williams (above right).

    2013CPASBlakeGriffin.jpg2013CPASJalenRose.jpgOther celebrities competing were Paul's Clippers teammate Blake Griffin (left) and former NBA star and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose (right).

    Competition began with two Baker doubles elimination rounds of four doubles teams each with the highest-scoring team in each bracket advancing to the championship match.

    The Baker format requires the pro and celebrity to alternate frames in each game.

    2013CPASTerrellOwens.jpg2013CPASChrisPaul.jpgIn the first round Hardwick, creator of the popular podcasts The Nerdist and All-Star Celebrity Bowling, and Barnes, representing their Silver Lake Atom Splitters team combined for a 199 game eliminating Rose and Fagan, representing the Motown Muscle (190), Owens (left) and Duke, representing the Dallas Strikers (186), and Williams and Rash bowling for the BROOKLYN STyLES (143).

    In the second round, Philadelphia area natives Hart and O'Neill of the Philadelphia Hitmen advanced to the title match by combining for a 218 outscoring Griffin and Parkin, representing Billie Jean King's New York WTT KingPins (189), Paul (above right) and Belmonte bowling for L.A. X (182), and Woodley and Palermaa bowling for the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (177).

    2013CPASQuintonAaron.jpgBetween semifinal matches the celebrities participated in the one-ball "Super Clash" elimination competition which was won by actor Quinton Aaron (right), who played the role of Baltimore Ravens lineman Michael Oher in "The Blindside." Aaron struck on his seventh shot to edge tournament host Chris Paul, who had a nine-count. Defending champion Williams was eliminated in the fifth frame.

    Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars Winners:
    2013 - Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick
    2012 - Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin
    2011 - Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
    2010 - Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
    2009 - Jason Couch/LeBron James

     


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