I voted this morning at Wilson Elementary School on 88th & Orchard. I got in line at 6:40 AM and was about 30th in line. By the time 7:00 rolled around there must have been 150 people in line. I got out of there by 7:15, and the line was even longer than it was at 7:00.
I was 12th in Ward 20, I told the lady my name, and she wrote a "12" next to my name. Then she found the page for the other book guy and waited for him to also write "12" next to my name. God bless the election workers, but this elderly gentleman should have been nowhere near an area where speed would have been an asset. I'm not trying to be mean, but his fingers weren't turning the pages well, and his hand was shaking when writing the "12" next to my name. Notwithstanding the old guy trying to help America vote, but neither of these two did anything to check my address, nor did they hide the book from me. As these two were getting their "12"s straight, I could have easily - easily - taken mental note of other people's last names and gotten back in line to vote. I am sure they wouldn't have recognized me. I also could have come back later when recognization would have been even more remote.
I did not choose to serve in the Armed Forces. I want to thank those who risked their lives so I didn't have to; those who risked their lives to protect my right NOT to serve.
During the 1980 Presidential election, I was 12 years old and understandably not into politics. I do remember that Ronald Reagan was being portrayed as a warmonger who would lead us to a nuclear war with the Soviets - not particulary a comforting thought to a pre-teen. I also remember that in March of 1986 (the month I turned 18) Reagan had ordered maneuvers past Mohammar Qadaffi's "Line of Death" bay off of Libya. In April, after the US bombed Tripoli and Qadaffi was neutralized, I learned that sometimes military force is needed. I also learned about international terrorism. And I learned that I wasn't one to stamp it out.
I really hate reality shows. Most are
pretty very lame, with constant back biting, lying, and non-existant-but-dammit-we're-gonna-tell-you-anyhow storylines. Considering a show like Stupidvivor, they take over 100 hours of footage of multiple contestants, and edit down to a 46-minute story. That is NOT reality. That is a serial protrayed by underpaid, non-union actors.
But I digress.
This week, I will provide updates on the Tour Qualifying Round (for non-exempt players) on Wednesday and the 14-game qualifying round on Thursday. I will also be attending the round-robin match play on Friday, as well as the TV Finals on Sunday, and will blog about my experiences shortly thereafter.
Doesn't roll off the tongue quite like the Midas Open, does it?
The format for this week's tournament is as follows...
Today (Wednesday), 100 bowlers are competing in the seven-game Tour Qualifying Round (TQR). Each week, there are 64 "exempt" bowlers. Those bowlers are the ones that begin a 14-game qualifying round on Thursday. However, there are only about 58 exempt bowlers. The six bowlers (five professionals and one amateur) with the highest pinfall in the TQR earn a spot in the exempt field. Of the 100 bowlers, four are from Wisconsin: PBA members Eric Fritton and Dave Beres from Waukesha, PBA member Lennie Boresch from Kenosha and amateur Scott Radtke from Milwaukee. As I type this, six of the seven games have been completed, and it is unlikely that our local boys will advance.
Tomorrow (Thursday), the 64 exempt players bowl seven games in the morning, and another seven games in the evening. Greenfield's Chad Kloss is one of the 58 exempt players and is in this group. After the 14 games on Thursday, the 32 men with the highest pinfall will advance to round-robin match play on Friday.
Also tomorrow, 16 exempt women will bowl 14 games of qualifying, and the 10 women with the highest pinfall will also advance to bowl Friday.
On Friday morning, the 32 men each bowl nine games (each game against a different assigned opponent). For winning a game, each bowler gets 30 bonus pins added to his total. After completion of the nine games, the top 16 men advance to the evening block.
On Friday evening, the top 16 men and top 10 women bowl another nine games of match play (also with the 30 pin bonus for winning a match. Upon completion, the top four men and top two women advance to Sunday's TV broadcast.
On Sunday, the four men bowl the stepladder finals to determine the $25,000 winner. Upon completion of that, the two women bowl a match paying $10,000 to the winner.
I am about to head to Vernon Hills to watch the match play round begin (11:00 AM CST) but I wanted to give a quick update on yesterday's results.
Greenfield's Chad Kloss finished his 14 games of qualifying with a 239.14 average, good for 6th place. Ken Simard of Greenville, SC led qualifying with a 250.00 average, and the cut (32nd place) was a 228.36 from Mitch Beasley of Puyallup, WA.
This was going to be titled "Live by the Position Round, Die by the Position Round: The Steve Jaros Story". But without mentioning the PBA in the title, nobody would know who Steve Jaros is. But if you are reading this, you must be interested in the PBA; if not, the Hit-O-Meter has already counted your visit (and I thank you). Now that you're here, set a spell and read a great story.
As mentioned here, in the PBA CRL Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship in Vernon Hills, IL, all 64 exempt players bowled 14 games, cut to the top 32, bowled nine match play games (with each match winner awarded 30 bonus pins) cutting the field to 16, then bowled nine more match play games before cutting to the top four for the TV finals to be shown live on ESPN on Sunday afternoon.