The 69th PBA US Open: Squirmy Kids In The Audience

In a dramatic finish to the championship match yesterday, the legendary PDW (Pete Weber) captured his 5th US Open title in a one-pin victory over Mike “The King of Swing” Fagan, with a clutch strike on the final ball to propel him to the 215-214 victory. For those who missed it, here’s the title match courtesy The PBA Rebroadcast YouTube Channel:

So why am I talking about a bowling event on a childfree blog? Well, truth be told it fits here, because of something that happened during the entire TV finals.

A number of times PDW blew up on someone in the audience for moving around during his approach. For those of you who aren’t bowlers, you have no idea how distracting that is. That’s why you’re not supposed to begin your approach until after the bowlers on the neighboring lanes have completed their shots. Even a little bit of motion out of the corner of your eye can really throw you off, and when a $60,000 check was on the line, I think he had every right to get angry over it.

Come to find out later (reading the comments of one individual who was in the gallery on another blog) that the culprit was a little kid that was in like the front row of the gallery, right in the peripheral vision of the bowlers. I think it goes without saying that little kids are squirmy and can’t sit still for more than about 2 minutes. So why the HELL would you bring a little kid to the US Open? Do you seriously think they’re interested in professional bowling? Unless they’re just a bowling prodigy or come from a family of professional/serious recreational bowlers, I highly doubt they’d be remotely interested in watching a bunch of old guys bowl. Bowling isn’t a “spectator sport” so to speak, it’s a “genteman’s sport.” Not super exciting to watch unless you’re REALLY into bowling, like me or other hardcore bowlers/fans.

I think this is a prime example of parents bringing their kids to a place that’s inappropriate. If anything, there was a whole space behind the bowlers that they could have gone where they would have been out of view of the competitors. What’s so hard about that? Why couldn’t they have acknowledged PDW and just moved somewhere that it wouldn’t be an issue. It’s not that big of a deal, well, if you think a little kid has any place in the audience at a pro bowling tournament.

I don’t know. I have mixed feelings about this. Parents should know kids can’t sit still. I think the appropriate course of action would have been to move, but that’s just me. I guess I blame the parent as much as the kid in this case, the same way I blame parents for not teaching their kids bowling etiquette (like I’ve complained about on this blog before). Whatever the case, I might be one of the few siding with PDW on this matter, but I am.

What do you think?


About coolchildfreeguy

Childfree guy living in Mexico City. Professional pilot by day, all-around fun guy by night.

Posted on February 27, 2012, in Bowling, Childfree, Parenting. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think it’s entirely appropriate to say that that child had no place being where he was. Parents often think that just because they want to be somewhere and don’t have a babysitter, that everyone else should put up with their child, even if it’s disruptive for their child to be in that area. You’re right, little kids can’t sit still that long. And obviously the parents couldn’t control the child or he/she wouldn’t have been a problem more than one time. If they simply HAD to bring the kid, they could have found another place to sit. But, there was no excuse to just not care about how it was effecting the match. It was very inconsiderate and downright rude of them to think that they’re above common courtesy. It’s too bad that they seemed to be unable to figure out who PDW was having an issue with the whole time. Maybe if they’d figured it out in time, they’d have been able to go over and have those people move or leave if they wouldn’t move. Maybe it’s time that the US Open bans children under 12.

  2. It was a DICK move on the kid and parents…However the PBA should know enough than to sit a kid within eye shot of the bowlers, especially PDW. I have bowled with Pete many years, he is extremely calm now compared to his partying hey days when if he left a tourney and they still had all the ball return hood intact it was a good week….Look if the PBA has enough time to make those stupid signs for folks to hold up behind the bowlers then they have enough time to see who is sitting where….Its the guys like Jack Jueck I feel bad for…someone could be throwing things at them and they are so nice they would not say anything about it….Wise up PBA !!!

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