PBA League Championship Preview

Defending champs battle crowd favorite.

By S. Samek


In this post, I introduced you to the PBA league team competition.  Now after two weeks of exciting competition two teams remain. The Dallas Strikers defend their title against the hometown Portland Lumberjacks.


Dallas looked good in a semi-final win over Philadelphia. Game one went to the Strikers 239-196 win highlighted by five strikes in the back half of the contest. Game two secured the sweep and berth in the title match by a 201-196 score. This came after a first-round win over the LA X.


Portland moved on to round two after a win over the Motown Muscle. There they faced off against two-time PBA league champ Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The Atom Splitters took game one from the host team 221-217. Portland was given some help in avoiding elimination as a mark in the tenth frame would keep them home from the finals. A 3-7 split thrown by anchor bowler Jesper Svensson opened the door for the comeback win 185-182. Enter sudden death roll off.


Tom Daugherty and Wes Malott both trade strikes in the first roll off. The Svensson knocked down only nine pins forming a strike to win scenario for Portland. Ryan Ciminelli did just that and sent Portland on to the win.


Dallas was a team I liked in the preview. I also thought that Portland was a team to watch out for. Making it not surprising both of these teams made it to the finals.


Why Dallas will win is experience. They are the defending champions and have Norm Duke, one of the best ever at the helm as player manager. Their lineup is well rounded and is dangerous.


Portland has home ally advantage though and the support of the crowd behind them. They also have a nice mix of veteran and up and coming players like Ciminelli, Malott, Liz Johnson and Kyle Troup.


I think I’ll give Portland the edge here. The Lumber jacks are riding high after a lucky come from behind win. That could be all the motivation they need to take out the defending champs from Dallas.


The match for the Elias Cup takes place on Sunday May 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. The format for the championship match will include singles, doubles and trio matches to accompany the baker team games.









UBA Expansion

By S. Samek

If you take a look at this list you would think  this was a fight club, or football league. These are the names of teams from a sport that won’t cross your mind. If you even call it a sport at all. These are bowling teams. This is the Underground Bowling Association UBA for short. It’s a movement that is gaining ground. I think to sustain this movement it needs to find a home in the city of Portland, Maine.

While you can read about the history of the league here, I think it’s worth noting the current locations of the franchises. The league started in New York City, then moved to the New Jersey area, then to North Carolina, Alaska,Maryland ,Massachusetts and Washington D.C. That’s the short list too. In fact, to accommodate all 200 plus teams, the league has four conferences and 16 divisions, called districts. Maine would work very well in the current All-America conference with teams from Conneticut and Massachusetts.

Portland is also very similar to the successful UBA site in New Jersey. New Jersey alone has four districts making it its own conference. Multiple teams spring up out of one another and share the same bowling alley as their own lanes. The biggest UBA event of the year Battle Bowl has been held there multiple times. The site for this even is Brunswick Zone Carolier. This is the site known for hosting the United States Bowling Open and other PBA tour events over the years.

Portland’s Bayside bowl has is serving as the host for the PBA league team competition alongside other tournaments. According to this article the tour is well received by the local bowling community in Portland.

Strong PBA ties in Portland world enhance the product of the league and may even draw in a few of the stars to enter teams. In fact, there is a video of PBA stars bowling against the UBA on YouTube you can search for.

PBA tournament winners such as Danny Wiseman and Rhino Page have roster slots on teams. Plus, major tour sponsors Strom bowling and Turbo grips have sponsor teams, which include pro tour bowlers.

Plus, it seems almost like Bayside Bowl has its own sort of UBA. According to this article it sees like bayside bowl is all about having teams with wacky names. Even the bowlers have wacky nicknames on the individual side. Thus, would easily be par for the course as you can see in any UBA video, which features crazy named bowlers on crazy named teams. If enough teams join up it could be its own conference like New Jersey is, or it could even expand to other centers in Maine. I feel like enough interest could be generated based on the already present bowling culture in Portland that would support the UBA to expand there.


Sundays Are For the Bowlers

Team-by-team PBA Draft analysis

By S. Samek

Photo credit: PBA.com

In the shadow of the World Series, professional bowling is gearing up for a couple of major events. One of which is the United States Open and one is bowling’s own World Series.

Though all of these are singles events, the Professional Bowling Association (PBA) also offers team play. Behold the PBA League.

The PBA league is a team contest of eight five-person squads going at it to win the Elias Cup, named after PBA founder Eddy Elias.

The teams each have a manager that protects and drafts players, and each team is allowed to hold onto up to three players before drafting two.

Let’s analyze the most recent PBA Draft. Continue reading “Sundays Are For the Bowlers”