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September 5, 1989 | By Alex Rosen, Special to The Inquirer
Hall of Famer Nelson Burton Jr., now an ABC-TV color commentator, visited the Playhouse Bowl in Drexel Hill last week. John Gerard of Aldan, an accountant, earned the honor of rolling against Burton by winning a house tournament. "It was the opportunity of a lifetime," said Gerard, 27. "I learned a lot, even though getting beat badly in the first game, which he won, 267-160. "Burton made the first seven strikes, got a 4-6-10 split, which ruined his chance for a 300 game, and then struck out. Even then, I thought he was trying to make it easy for me. "In the second game, he straightened me out by giving me a good tip, telling me to try the second board.
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May 6, 1993 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
It's not everyday you come across someone whose age exceeds her bowling average. And also bowls her weight right on the button, with not a pound to spare. Meet Mary Hertach, all 90 pounds of her. Don't snicker. She has lots of time to improve. She's only 98. Mary Hertach, a frail, gray, curly haired great-grandmother has been hanging in alleys going on 13 years. Before that, her athleticism was limited to floating in the community pool. No more. Every Friday, rain or shine, ice or snow, Hertach and one of her three daughters, 75-year-old Julia, join dozens of other seasoned senior citizens for an afternoon of life in the slow lane at MacDade Bowl in Holmes, Delaware County.
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October 14, 1986 | By Alex Rosen, Special to The Inquirer
Bowling will be on the schedule at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. According to Roger Tessman, president of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ), the sport's governing body, an agreement was reached with the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee to include bowling as a demonstration sport at the Games. "Our goal is to show the world that amateur bowlers truly are world-class and have traits that typify all Olympic athletes," Tessman said. "Our next objective, of course, is to have bowling recognized as an official Olympic event in the 1992 Summer Games.
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January 21, 1987 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer Compiled from staff and wire reports
It's too bad Garry Maddox couldn't get any big names to attend his 10th annual celebrity bowling tournament. Mike Schmidt, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Reggie White, Ron Jaworski, Harold Carmichael, Rick MacLeish, Tim McCormick, Danny Vranes and Steve Colter are among those scheduled to bowl tomorrow night to benefit the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. The bowling will be held at Oregon Lanes, 24th Street and Oregon Avenue, at 6 p.m. A party will follow at 9 at the Airport Hilton.
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April 6, 1988 | BY MIKE ROYKO
A few of us go bowling about once or twice a year. It's a good excuse to spend a cold Saturday afternoon drinking beer, betting and pretending to get exercise. As a former pinboy I've always liked the atmosphere of bowling alleys. There's something old-fashioned about them. All those pot-gutted sportsmen slinging balls the way their grandfathers did. The handy beer holders. And the guy behind the counter doesn't ask if you prefer smoking or non-smoking lanes. At least I liked them until a recent Saturday.
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May 17, 1988 | By Pete Schnatz, Special to The Inquirer
Bowling has long been associated with the stereotypical potbellied, cigar- chomping middle-aged man who prefers his beer without a twist - a down-to- earth kind of guy, much like the characters portrayed by Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in TV's The Honeymooners. Unfortunately for the sport, a large portion of today's recreational athletes, especially those with enough money to pour into a hobby, hold fast to a view that associates bowling with tattoos and sweaty undershirts. It is this trend that has some people in the local bowling industry worried.
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April 26, 1996 | by Molly Ivins
The Chatting Classes are engaged in a great fuzzy debate about the decline of civility and community. As Katha Pollitt acidly points out, "It's the sort of thesis academics and pundits adore, a big woolly argument that's been pre-reduced to a sound bite of genius - "Bowling Alone. " The debate is about "America's Declining Social Capital," an article by a Harvard political scientist about the sad decline of such civic institutions as the PTA, the Elks and league bowling. Pollitt points out that people are actually bowling more than ever but with friends and family rather than in leagues.
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June 29, 1986 | By Alex Rosen, Special to The Inquirer
What does a young athlete who excels in baseball and bowling do when he chooses to give up one of the sports? That was the dilemma facing 14-year-old John Spence Jr. of Havertown, a star pitcher for the Catholic War Veterans and Brookline Civic Association teams and a member of the championship Manoa Lanes bowling team in the Junior Major Traveling League. Spence recently decided he wanted to devote his attention to one sport, and after much deliberation, he picked bowling.
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October 25, 1988 | By Alex Rosen, Special to The Inquirer
George Titus, who used to coach the Upper Moreland High bowling team and still offers advice to team members, displayed his qualifications recently when he rolled an 810 series at the Fairless Hill Bowl. "I just had some nice shots," said Titus, who teaches English at Upper Moreland. "I originally was hoping for a 300, but when I left a 4-pin in the first game and finished with a 299, I started shooting for an 800. " He reached those rare heights by following the 299 with a 257 and a 254. It was the second 800 series for Titus, 38, of Hatboro, who has been bowling for 25 years.
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December 24, 1998 | By Jay Nagle, FOR THE INQUIRER
The strikes were beginning to mount, and the pressure was, too. Nicole Phillips could feel it. It was a little out of the ordinary, the St. Hubert sophomore said, when she started a Philadelphia Catholic League bowling showdown against St. Maria Goretti on Dec. 9 with three straight strikes. As fast starts go, this was one of Phillips' better ones, but still nothing that doesn't happen every day in lanes all across the country. But when she rolled a fourth straight strike, Phillips began to feel a little edgy and a little excited.
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June 13, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles released Evan Mathis on Thursday, ending a months-long stalemate between the team and the Pro Bowl guard over his contract. "Thanks for the memories Philly," Mathis posted on Twitter. The Eagles had no comment. Mathis said Chip Kelly called him to deliver the news. Mathis has been the only Eagles player to miss all voluntary workouts this spring. He said he planned to attend the three-day mandatory minicamp next week, and even attempted to prove it by texting to a reporter a confirmed flight plan that had Mathis flying from Phoenix to Philadelphia on Sunday and returning next Friday.
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May 2, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brett Bowles doesn't mind being behind in the count. That goes for at-bats during his charmed senior season and also for the unusual course of his career with the Cherokee baseball team. "It's really a great story," Cherokee coach Marc Petragnani said after Bowles led the Chiefs to a 13-5 victory over Washington Township on Thursday in an Olympic Conference American Division game. Bowles, a designated hitter, rapped three hits with three RBIs as Cherokee (9-6, 5-3 division)
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March 2, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
When I think of bowling, and I rarely do anymore, it's as a curious relic, like 45-r.p.m. records or paperboys. Odd as it now sounds, bowling was once a vital strand of society's connective tissue, an American activity nearly as commonplace as churchgoing. Far more accessible and affordable than golf or tennis, it was the people's sport. Its state-of-the-art bowling centers became country clubs for the middle class, its weekly leagues social melting pots. What 1950s home was without a bowling bag or two in the closet or a rec-room shelf where bowling trophies were displayed?
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February 22, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Jameis Winston is not interested in comparisons to Marcus Mariota. He has sights on more established quarterbacks. "This is no competition between just me and Mariota, because one thing about me, I plan on winning the Super Bowl next year, so it's going to be me vs. Peyton Manning and Jameis vs. Tom Brady," Winston said Friday during a news conference at the NFL scouting combine. "I want to be viewed like that. After all this combine stuff, you're not going to hear no more about Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.
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February 14, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another provision of the sanctions assessed against Penn State as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal has been reversed with the announcement Thursday that the university once again will receive its full share of bowl revenues from the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season. In a statement, the Big Ten said its council of presidents and chancellors decided at a meeting Wednesday to restore the bowl revenue, saying that "the original bowl fine was based on NCAA actions, most of which have been rescinded over the past six months.
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February 11, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
When the Erlton Bowl opened in the Ellisburg Shopping Center in 1961, Delaware Township was soon to be renamed Cherry Hill. The space-age bowling center on Kings Highway near Route 70 quickly became one of the township's leisure destinations, especially after fitness guru Jim Correa's gymnasium was added on a few years later. And in the early 1970s, "Uncle Al's Lounge" inside the Erlton Bowl hosted Bruce Springsteen - then so unknown, his last name was spelled in newspaper advertisements as Springstein - in concert.
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February 5, 2015 | By Ken Weingartner, For The Inquirer
Some people win the Super Bowl and go to Disney World, or in the case of this year Disneyland. Bill Dittmar Jr. is going back to the Meadowlands. Dittmar is the co-owner of 4-year-old trotter JL Cruze, who on Jan. 24 won the $50,000 Super Bowl Series final at the Big M. On Thursday the horse begins a second winter series at the Meadowlands, the Charles Singer Memorial for 3- and 4-year-old trotters. JL Cruze competes in the first of two opening-round divisions Thursday. The gelding will start from post No. 4, with driver John Campbell at the lines for trainer Eric Ell, in the seven-horse field.
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February 4, 2015
HAVE YOU EVER bought anything just because of a Super Bowl commercial? (Me neither.) Someone must. Advertisers pay more than $4 million for a 30-second spot and feel they're getting their money's worth if it gets people talking - even if they're bad-mouthing it. "If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody," said Alice Roosevelt Longworth, "come sit next to me. " No one sits to bad mouth any more. They tweet and Facebook. In Sunday's Downer Bowl - with commercials about domestic abuse, bullying and death - viewers were not on the side of Nationwide.
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February 4, 2015
IS BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN making a miraculous recovery? Yesterday, three days after the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Roswell, Ga., home, Bobbi Kristina showed significant signs of recovery, according to TMZ. Sources told the gossip site that doctors' tests revealed decreased swelling of her brain and increased oxygen levels in her brain - two positive signs for...
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February 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The interception that changed Malcolm Butler's life and entered Super Bowl history happened on a play that resulted in a reception during practice. Butler, a rookie cornerback for the New England Patriots, had prepared for the Seattle Seahawks' much-debated pass from the 1-yard line during the two weeks leading up the Patriots' 28-24 Super Bowl victory. He studied it and the Patriots practiced it. But in practice, reserve receiver Josh Boyce made the catch against Butler.
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