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Up Front “I WISHED


SLIP SLIDIN’ AWAY: Then-PBA rookie Josh Blanchard’s televised wipeout at the 2012 PBA World Championship made a lasting impression on the folks at ESPN.


NOT TOP PLAYS Blanchard’s big fall makes the cut on SportsCenter


//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// It’s been a year since


then-PBA rookie Josh Blanchard took that ill-fated step during the 2012 PBA World Championship in Las Vegas, but the world has not forgotten thanks to ESPN. The sports cable giant, a partner in the PBA Tour, tabbed Blanchard’s memorable gutter dance No. 3 on its “Not Top Plays of 2012.”


“When it happened,”


Blanchard recalled, “I wished there was a big rabbit hole I could have hidden in for a few months. I decided to take the mindset of proving every- one who thought that mo- ment was a refl ection of my talent wrong. Also, it’s not like


I let down a team. My true fans were at my side defending me.


THERE WAS A BIG RABBIT HOLE I COULD HAVE HIDDEN IN FOR A FEW MONTHS. I DECIDED TO TAKE THE MINDSET OF PROVING EVERYONE WHO THOUGHT THAT MOMENT WAS A REFLECTION OF MY TALENT WRONG.”


“I did see that ESPN made it one of the Not Top Plays for the entire year and I found it quite humorous. The fact that bowling made it on TV and my name has become recognized is a posi- tive for the sport and myself. It turned out to be a blessing in a way. Overall it has turned into a positive for me and for bowling, and I don’t regret one second of it. All these years later everyone still remembers my good friend Del Ballard’s gutter ball, but that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the all-time greats in our sport!”


EVERYTHING BOWLING, ALL THE TIME In Brief


///////////////////////////////////// 2012 PBA REGIONAL AWARDS


POY and Rookie Honors Awarded More than 170 PBA regional and


senior tournaments were held in seven regions in 2012. Rhino Page (South), Ryan Shafer (East), Jeff Zaffi no (Central), Tom Hess (Midwest), Chris Warren (West and Northwest) and Nathan Bohr (Southwest) earned Player of the Year awards. Brandon Bivens (South), Tommy Dak-


ouvanos (East), Brandon Novak (Central), Derek Eoff (Midwest), Will Garber (West), Matt McGill (Northwest) and Sean Lav- ery-Spahr (Southwest) garnered Rookie of the Year honors.


USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS EXTENDED


Holiday Weekend Added The 110th United States Bowling


Congress Open Championships in Reno will have three days added to allow teams to compete over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The National Bowling Stadium will be dark on July 4, but will reopen to squads on July 5 and July 6. The fi nal day of doubles and singles competi- tion will be July 7. The USBC Women’s Championships will run in Reno concurrently, with com- petition being hel at the Reno- Sparks Convention Center from April 12- July 1.


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