ESPN nixes Knicks in favor of PBA's CP3 Celebrity Invitational


    2015 PBA Spare Shots #5

    Cast your vote for greatest PBA Tournament of Champions televised moment; EJ Tackett wins Selfie Challenge; Bohn, Allen win Central Regular/Senior Doubles event

    2015PBALogo.jpgThe traditional Super Bowl Sunday telecast of Chris Paul's CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational got a boost into an even better time slot on ESPN (Sunday at 2 p.m. ET) and an extension from a 90-minute show to two hours thanks to a struggling New York Knicks team.

    As New York Post reporter Marc Berman wrote: "The Knicks' scheduled nationally televised games are falling like bowling pins. A matinee clash with the (Los Angeles) Lakers on Super Bowl Sunday on ESPN was pulled by the network — not for another NBA showdown — but for a celebrity bowling event, an NBA source told The Post.

    "The Chris Paul-hosted celebrity bowling event has been deemed more appetizing than the bumbling Lakers (12-31) visiting the bumbling Knicks (7-36) in Derek Fisher's first game as coach against his former club."

    Speaking of Sunday's Chris Paul PBA event, here's a link to a special preview of the CP3 show.


    Cast your vote for greatest PBA Tournament of Champions televised moment

    What was the greatest moment in PBA Tournament of Champions television history? In celebration of the 50th anniversary tournament which gets underway on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, you are invited to vote on your favorite, starting Sunday, by clicking on the special "TOC Poll" link at the top of the home page.

    Fans can vote until Monday, Feb. 9. The top three moments, based on fan voting, will be aired as part of the live ESPN telecast of the TOC finals on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. ET.

    Below is a list of 12 of the Tournament of Champions' most historic moments, listed in order of when they happened. Go to the online poll to cast your vote, or visit PBA on Facebook or Twitter if you have another special moment you think the PBA's panel of experts missed.

    1967 - Jack Biondolillo shoots the first TV 300 game in PBA history.
    1970 - Don Johnson shoots 299 in the title match.
    1971 - Johnny Petraglia makes four straight TV shows and wins three straight titles, culminating with the T of C.
    1984 - Mike Durbin becomes the first player to win three T of C titles (1972, 1982 & 1984).
    1986 - Marshall Holman wins 2nd T of C and surpasses $1 million in career earnings (3rd player to do so).
    1991 - A bomb scare temporarily halts the telecast; David Ozio eventually wins the title.
    1993 - George Branham wins the last Firestone T of C and becomes first African-American to win the event.
    1995 - Mike Aulby wins to complete Bowling's Triple Crown and Grand Slam.
    2002 - Jason Couch wins his third straight T of C title to become the only "three-peat" winner in the event.
    2010 - Kelly Kulick becomes the first female to win a PBA Tour title.
    2011 - Mika Koivuniemi shoots 299 vs. Tom Daugherty's 100 in the semifinal match, then wins the event and a PBA record $250,000 first prize.
    2013 - Pete Weber becomes the oldest player to win the event at age 50 (his second T of C win).


    EJ Tackett wins Selfie Challenge; Flavor Flav makes guest appearance

    2014PBAEJTackett2.jpgThirteen-year-old Ryan Knippel was mildly surprised he was going to bowl against 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett (pictured) of Huntington, Ind., in the final one-shot High 5 Gear "Selfie Challenge" of GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, but he was even more surprised when hip-hop artist Flavor Flav joined the fun.

    Tackett set the bar high with a strike on his shot. Knippel managed only a three-count. And Flav, who frequently dropped by to watch the action at South Point Bowling Center during the week, rolled a shot straight down the middle to knock down eight pins.

    Knippel received an autographed ball from Tackett for participating in the challenge, which took place during the World Bowling Tour Men's and Women's Finals presented by the PBA.


    PBA Regional Update: Bohn, Allen win Central Regular/Senior Doubles event

    2015PBADonVayMemorialDoublesParkerBohnPatrickAllen.jpgPBA Hall of Famer and PBA50 Tour competitor Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and partner Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. (pictured left, l-r), defeated the Ohio duo of Mike Henry of Brunswick and Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match to win the PBA Don Vay Memorial Regular/Senior Doubles Central Classic presented by Ebonite at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Sunday.

    The first PBA Regional tournament of the 2015 season featured teams of one bowler age 50 or older, and one bowler under the age of 50. The title was Bohn's and Allen's first of the year in the PBA Central Region. It also was Bohn's 22nd career PBA Regional title and Allen's 24th. They split a $4,000 first prize.

    In the semifinal round, Bohn and Allen blanked Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Dave Wodka, newly located in Columbus, Ohio, 2-0, while Henry and Dombrowski swept Jim Pencak of Parma, Ohio and Brandon Tarabek of Cleveland, 2-0, to set up the championship match.

    The Feb. 6-8 weekend includes the Break Point Alley South Challenge presented by DV8, a tournament for non-title winners, in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at River Rand Lanes in Des Plaines, Ill.

    The Feb. 20-22 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open presented by Ebonite in Spartanburg, S.C.; the Lakewood Colorado Southwest Open at Holiday Bowling and Billiards; the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort West Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., and the Lynwood Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip, a non-titlists event, at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, Ill.

    For complete Regional tournament schedules and entry information, click here.


    Quick Notes

    Reminder: Tickets for the live ESPN telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, and the finals of the PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, over the Feb. 14-15 Valentine's Day weekend at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis are now on sale on For ticket information, here.

    Reminder: if you missed Sunday's ESPN telecast of the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA, all GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecasts are archived on Xtra Frame three days after they air on ESPN. Click on the "2014 WSOB archives" tab on the left side of the Xtra Frame home page for a complete listing of archived shows.


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