So how does one compile a list of top celebrity bowlers? U.S. Bowler started by polling bowling fans and conducting its own research. After winnowing the results, the mag turned over a list to an expert panel that included U.S. Bowling Congress VP-Marketing/Communications Tom Clark; columnist and TV commentator Norman Chad; Denny's PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes; and NBA star and USBC spokesperson Chris Paul. But it wasn't all subjective. The results were partly based on USBC averages.
And that led to retired MLB pitcher John Burkett taking the top spot on the list. Not only does he have an average USBC score of 221 for 2006-2007, he's bowled eight 300 games. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis came in second. Not surprisingly, athletes rounded out the top 10. Nonathletes making the list include rappers Nelly and Ludacris and actors Vince Vaughan and Bill Murray, who, if you remember played Ernie McCracken in the 1996 Farrelly Brothers bowling comedy "Kingpin."