There are so many things I want to share on this site, all with good intentions, but there is one topic that might be a little sensitive to all of us in the sport and industry, It was something that kind of snuck up on me. One day it hit me like a ton of bricks. Like others I am passionate about the sport and the things I think need to be fixed. I won't go as far as to say I am a complainer, but I have spent my share of time wondering why things have not been done differently. On the day that the bricks fell on my head I realized...that the one thing that makes our sport unique is also the reason our sport is so misunderstood. Give this next statement some thought:
"Bowling is the only sport that is a battle with an invisible course"
Imagine any sport you want with the insvisible aspects the sport of bowling deals with and you will begin to understand where all the confusion comes from. What if a golfer could not see the sand traps, ponds, and or trees. Imagine a football game being played on a field where the surface traction was so varied across the field and the players could not see it. Imagine an invisible lubricant being applied to the backboard of a basketball game. The sport of baseball wont allow lubricants on their equipment...the sport of bowling can't avoid it. Hockey has a slick playing surface but what would happen if we put some invisible carpet out on the ice. And just for fun lets move all these invisible obstacles around.
Confusion is a part of every sport that has invisible aspects involved...but when invisibility is the main obstacle the amount of confusion is dramatically increased. There is much to be learned about the effects of this confusion, but there is no doubt in my mind that the future of our sport depends on our ability to educate and market this uniqueness. BowlU will do its part in educating the invisible aspects of our sport but WE as a whole have to take more responsibility in how we react to this confusion.
I am sure everyone of us have heard the complaining that is such a big part of our sports image. Think about what can be done to reduce this and it starts with the responsibiliity we all share. How we react as individuals to the one thing that separates our sport from all the rest. Make sure you are doing the right thing...complaining is a show of ignorance.