Monday, November 28, 2011

Bowling is Number 1

Why Customers are Happily Bowling                

"During a period when an increasing number of sporting industries and activities are competing for the attention of time-starved and cash-strapped consumers, Americans are turning to a classic pastime - naming bowling the nation's number-one participatory sport...". 

In recent years, bowling has enjoyed a tremendous resurgence in popularity that has been fueled by the emergence of family entertainment bowling centers and increasing levels of participation among women and youth bowlers.  Tens of millions of Americans who bowl every year can't be wrong - and there is no sport more inclusive, welcoming and fun that has an appeal that spans all ages, backgrounds and genders.  More and more Americans are discovering and rediscovering bowling as a wholesome and affordable experience.  From adult organized play and youth leagues to birthday parties, singles nights and good old-fashioned family outings, bowling continues to be a top draw among Americans of all ages".

Based on 2011 Simmons Research Data, below is a ranking of the top 10 participatory sports:

  1. Bowling                                23.0%
  2. Billiards/Pool                       18.2%
  3. Basketball                           17.1%
  4. Golf                                      13.5%
  5. Baseball                               11.3%
  6. Football                                10.1%
  7. Soccer                                    9.0%
  8. Volleyball                               8.5%
  9. Softball                                   7.9%
  10. Tennis                                     7.6%
Information provided by Bart Burger, BPAA



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Funtime Junior Bowling (1985)

There was "Funtime Junior Bowling" on Sunday mornings. Eight pairs of kids would bowl the final 3 frames of their games on TV to determine the winner. Winners received trophies, and the highest score for each age bracket was the "King/Queen of the Hill". 26 shows per year, with the king/queen at the 13th and 26th show being crowned the "13-week King/Queen" and reappearing on the show to get a huge trophy. Yours truly appeared twice on the show, winning both times and being a 13-week King. My brother appeared once and was also a 13-week King (he struck all 5 shots on TV). I have video of my appearances, which may be the only surviving video of a show that was on the air for nearly 30 years.   Sit back and enjoy one of the Rochester's most popular Youth Bowling TV shows:  
                                                 "FUNTIME JUNIOR BOWLING"

 Courtesy of Chris Freemesser

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Managment and Staff at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bowl-A-Roll Junior Bowlers at their Finest!

On Saturday, November 19, 2011 our young "Stars of the Future" entertained the large crowd at the bowling center.  From the time that the lanes were turned on for league play STRIKES were plentiful.

Personal bests were recorded by the following youn bowlers:

Mike Trobia  288-670

Steph D'Andrea 290-739

Jake Hamilton 279-731

Tristian Dodson 300-690 (his first 300)

Kenny Peacock 267-766

Brian Benjamin 300-788 (his first sanctioned 300)

For more honor scores please visit ou website at


Friday, November 18, 2011

A Bowling First

Kimberlee Healy Moore is  PERFECT!

On Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Kimberlee achieved one of her lifetime goals.   Shot my first 300 tonight at 6 months pregnant...never saw that coming :)

279 X 3

Bowling in the Bowl-A-Roll Lanes Sunday AM Men's League Mike Priset rolled games of 279-279-279 for an outstanding 837 series.  Priset's tripicate total tied the local USBC Rochester Bowling Association record held by Paul Perotto and Paul Palmer.  On Friday evening Mike also recorded a 300 game in the Friday Night Men's League also at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes.

To view additiional honor scores at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes, please visit this link


Cosmic Bowling!      "a light show like no other"

Great music, lights, lasers, fog machines make for a FUN night out. Plan on joining us for the hottest dance party on the planet!   We turn down the lights, turn up the music and the fire up the best light show that you have ever seen.  There are dancing lights, hot new music that is light years beyond ordinary. Come join us every weekend for the time of your life.

                                                                          Cosmic Bowling Lights   

Cosmic bowling takes place Friday & Saturday night  at 9: 30 pm - call us for starting times.  We have once again updated our music and light programs.  You have to see it to believe it!  View the newest and hottest videos on our large screens.  The very latest in bowling entertainment.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Junior Bowling Bash

Are you looking for something exciting to do on Friday afternoons?  Why not join us at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes on Friday afternoons for our "After School Blast"?  Everyone is doing it!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Veterans Day

This Veteran's Day, we honor those who have so bravely served this country. America is founded on the principle of freedom, justice, and liberty for all. Our nation's soldiers serve every day to protect our country and its ideals. On Veteran's Day, take a sacred moment to remember the those who sacrifice their lives every moment to achieve peace and democracy

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Steve Nagy's 300 Game on Championship Bowling

Steve Nagy Is Remembered For Quite A Few Bowling Accomplishments, But His Televised 300 Game On 'Championship Bowling' In '55 Was A Particularly Riveting Moment.

In the days before chemical bowling, a 300 game was rare. Most bowlers would go a lifetime without seeing or rolling one. So when the "Championship Bowling" TV show began filming in 1954, the producers offered $1,000 to anyone who could turn the trick before their cameras.

It seemed their money would be safe. Still, Chicago's Faetz-Niesen Recreation, site of the show, was a high-scoring house. Halfway into the filming, the reigning king of the hill was local star Eddie Kawolics, who'd won three straight matches with 700-plus series. Then he came up against Steve Nagy.

Nagy was a large, fun-loving Hungarian cabinetmaker from Cleveland who looked like America's favorite large, fun-loving Hungarian, comic Ernie Kovacs. Nagy was known for his exuberant bowling style: firing the ball down the lane, running out strikes, and sometimes pulling off his belt to whip his ball when it did not perform. He could also knock down pins. In 1952, he had been voted Bowler of the Year.

Nagy had never bowled at Faetz before (Kawolics spent so much time at the place he actually had mail delivered there!). But Nagy was not bothered. After rolling a few practice games on Lanes 5 and 6, he smiled at announcer Whispering Joe Wilson and said "This pair gives you your confidence back."

The match began. Kawolics shuffled out to an early lead; Nagy struggled. Kawolics won the first game, 244-200.

Nagy looked sharper coming out of the gate the second game. He matched Kawolics's opening double, and kept going when his opponent caught a couple of spares. In the fifth frame, Nagy's shot ran high and he almost stumbled over the ball return running his strike home. Number six followed: packed. Meanwhile, Kawolics was back; he tossed two strikes, then relinquished the pair to Nagy, who followed with numbers seven and eight.

Finally, the hundred-odd spectators broke into a faint buzz, realizing that Nagy had a significant string. Defying the ancient superstition of not mentioning a perfect game in progress, Whis-pering Joe reminded his viewers of the $1,000 awaiting Nagy if he could get the last four. Again Kawolics took the lanes; again he rolled two strikes. That brought it all back to Nagy.

Rolling on Lane 6, Nagy's ninth ball hit solid. The 10-pin stood... then toppled over backward as 100 voices shrieked. Now over to Lane 5, the tough side, for the finish. Nagy to the line - five quick steps, the ball lofted out onto the lane, a sharp left turn... and he had number 10! Nagy ran this shot out a full three lanes, stopping at the scorer's table to make sure the "X" was properly marked.

Whispering Joe was getting emotional. "Gosh all fishhooks!" he exclaimed. "This is the closest I've ever come to a perfect game. I've never seen a baseball no-hitter, nor a hole-in-one in golf..." Then Nagy rolled number 11.

Now the crowd exploded noisily. Whispering Joe, no longer whispering, started chanting "One more ball, one more ball, one more ball..."

Suddenly a voice barked "Quiet!" It was old Matty Faetz, the proprietor. Obediently, everyone shut up as Nagy stepped to the line for the 12th time.

Before anyone realized what was going on, Nagy galloped to the line, flinging the ball down the lane as if it were burning his hand. It hit the pocket solidly. The pins fell. Three hundred!

They stopped the match right there, even though Kawolics still had to roll his 10th frame. Whispering Joe was almost giddy as he congratulated Nagy on his accomplishment. Nagy asked if he could get a drink of water.

Nagy eventually defeated Kawolics, 749-715. But the big news was that a perfect game had been filmed. A few skeptics claimed the event had been staged and spoke darkly of the "fake 300 game." The producers responded that they had over 100 live witnesses.

Steve Nagy was again named Bowler of the Year in 1955. A few years later, he was elected to ABC's Hall of Fame. But when he died in 1966, he was probably most remembered as the man who had given millions of people their first look at a 300 game.