A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

Bowling Through The Decades



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robert todd
moreno valley, calif

I was born into bowling. At the age of 3,1948 my father owned a 10 lane bowling alley(manual pin setters) where the atmosphere was smoky and dark. Kids were not really allowed, and there were no junior leagues on saturday morning. By the time I was eleven I was hooked. I lived and breathed the sport. It ingulfed me for 40 years, finally getting away from it a few years ago because of injuries to my shoulder. The bottom line, I wouldn't trade it for anything. The excitement of winning and having so many friends was worth the downfall. I am glad to see it getting revitalized.

New Berlin, WI

So I am flipping through the channels and all of a sudden I come to a special on bowling. Never into bowling myself I thought "hmm nothing else on."
IT WAS AWESOME I COULD NOT PUL MYSELF AWAY! It was a GREAT Indy film. I mean I was tense at the end, during the championship, as if it were live. Great camera work, great story, great film. I would buy it if it went to DVD. My wife knowing who I am was just as amazed at the fact that I was so amazed by the film. LOL that is saying A LOT!

Randall Walker
Williamsport, PA

Documentaries sometimes promise more than they deliver, but I keep watching them to learn what's going on beyond my little world. "A League..." is a real winner. I watched professional bowling on televiion as a kid. It is fascinating to see what great league management can do for a sport. This is a fascinating documentary, the best I've seen in a long time. Thanks, PBS. I can't wait to watch it again!

lou g.
shirley ny

I saw the film in the movies and bought the dvd. I absolutely loved it. I have a lot of respect for bowlers. They work hard to try to make a decent living and it doesn't always work out. That's pressure! I'd like to see a lot of pro golfers go out for the money these guys play for with no guarantees. It's not gonna happen. It's a shame bowling's legends don't get the respect that they deserve.

Robert Martel
chicopee ma

"big bellied,beer drinking,smoking idiots" this from a clown wearing sunglasses screaming,bellowing,and generally acting like a fool,not to mention the fact of his suspensions.

Marny Fischer
Vista CA

As in any sport, there are folks from all walks of life.

I think bowling has gotten a sour hit only because of the 'beer drinking, smoking environment' -- but tv ads for golf don't show that happening in the ole clubhouse!!

As a retired bowler with a decent average, I'd like to know more about the female bowlers!!! We really DO exist!

BTW, firefighters are considered "blue-collar" too . . .

Gentle as you go,
Marny Fischer

Dave Lutheran
Pittsburgh, PA

I do not believe pro bowler's are blue collar guys. I've met many over the years and have the upmost respect for them. It's the only sport that I know of that the athletes must actually perform well to make a living. What pressure. As a kid I grew up watching bowling Saturday afternoons on ABC and would then go to the allies after watching it and pretended I was Earl Anthony, Bob Hanley or Mark Roth. I do watch it now on ESPN but it should not be on the same time as football. That's too much competition for any sport. I think most people look at bowling as a recreation only and if they watch it on television think they can do the same thing. Most true bowlers know the conditions on TV are much harder than in league. If they changed the league conditions I think people would have a better idea on just how good these guys are. I started bowling with a plastic Galaxy 300. Now they make balls that do alot of the work for you. I don't have the solution but there needs to be a happy medium so people can appreciate the bowlers as true talented athletes like I do.

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