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The Debate Rages On
January 27, 2010 - Al Stephenson
Kelly Kulick won the PBA Tour's Tournament of Champions on Sunday. She knocked off Mika Koivuniemi 227-223 in the semifinal and then topped Chris Barnes 265-195 in the championship match.
The win, the first by a woman in the history of the PBA Tour, was awesome. She fired 11 consecutive pocket hits in that deciding game as Barnes struggled to find a line. The only non pocket hit was on her final ball long after the outcome of the game was determined.
For her to show that kind of accuracy under those demanding conditions is nothing short of amazing. I logged on to the PBA Tour's website and read the account of the feat. I then read the comments as people alternated congratulating Kulick and blasting both the fact that a woman was even on the show as well as the question about whether bowling is actually a sport. I'd like to share two of those comments.
One commentor suggested that though the win by Kulick was a "feel good" story there is a question about bowling being a sport. "When a woman can win at the highest level against men, you've got a fantastic "game" with great "competition" - but certainly not a sport. Case closed finally." Wow.
The next person questioned the man's point (as I did) by saying this: "Not a sport because a female beat a male? Whatever planet you are from, please go back."
Other comments questioned whether she had the right to be there. The PBA made exemptions for their most celebrated tournament and thus according to some ruined the sanctity of the event.
For my part let me say this. Bullcookies. All sports have changed their formats over the years. There are wild card teams in baseball and football. The sport of Nascar now has a chase. To suggest that these sports have been diminished because of these changes is hogwash.
To suggest that an athletic activity is not a sport because a female beat a male is not worth commenting on. I agree with the person that suggests that the guy should go back to whatever planet he is from.
The view from my seat suggests that Ms. Kulick's win is very much deserved and that the SPORT of bowling is better off for it.
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