Celebrity Bowlers on a Gravy Train with Biscuit Wheels
If you're at all like me, there's one question that's been bugging you since the dawn of the millennium. And that question is: "Who are the top celebrity bowlers?" Thankfully, we don't have to wait any longer for an answer. The good folks at U.S. Bowler Magazine (motto: "Twice as good as French Bowler Magazine") compile just such a list and, as a Valentine to bowlers across this great land, they posted the results on Feb. 14 at usbowler.com. An article, appearing in the February issue of the magazine, explains: "Bowling fans can't turn around these days without hearing about the latest celebrity- or professional-athlete-produced bowling event. And rarely does a week go by during which a star of field or screen doesn't profess his love of the lanes."
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."