Is This "The Greatest Moment in Women's Sport" ?

Kelly Kulick is a 33-year-old professional bowler who won the Professional Bowler's Association Women's World Championship.  A new PBA rule allowed her to qualify for the men's tournaments.  She entered arguably the most prestigious event - the Tournament of Champions - and beat 62 of the best male bowlers, defeating the world's #1 ranked bowler in the final match 265-195.

When Billy Jean King beat a mediocre Bobby Riggs, the world press covered the event.  Auto racing's Danica Patrick and golf's Michelle Wie are household names.  In a column at ESPN The Magazine, sportswriter Rick Reilly asks why Kelly Kulick's accomplishment is not receiving more publicity.  Photo: Mark Peterson for ESPN Magazine.

A great accomplishment indeed.

But, in my humble opinion, for remarkable accomplishments by female athletes you need look no further than Olympic athlete Clara Hughes. While she has never to my knowledge competed directly against men, she has the distinction of winning multiple Olympic medals at both the summer and winter games.

And, by the way, she's not just the only woman to have done this.

She's also the only human to have done it. Ever.
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My assumption as to why this is not getting publicity is because bowling itself is not really a sport, but rather a game. A woman beating a man in a largely athletic sport such as tennis is an achievement. But winning at bowling is not much different than winning at a game of darts or snooker; gender is hardly a shortcoming.
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TDiam, this is from the article: "I'd like to see [sportswriter David] Whitley throw a 15-pound ball at 17 mph, 18 times a game, for 90 games, over six days, averaging 226."

If you don't feel that 90 games in six days is a test of physical endurance and skill, please feel free to try it yourself. And never mind keeping the score that high; my arm would fall off after the first day.
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Even though more men and women play this sport/game than any other, the producers/editors that make story assignments or allocated space/time look down their noses at it.
It's been that way for decades and probably won't change until The Bowling Channel is launched.
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"Even though more men and women play this sport/game than any other, "

Really? I'd have thought soccer was - played in near enough every country in the world by billions.
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Bowling is not a sport. Just because it takes an effort to throw 90 games in a week doesn't make it a sport. It's just a game because it has a fixed limit. No matter how good you are, you can't do better than a 900 series.
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I just don't understand the division at all. Okay- sure with sports that lean heavily on physical strength I can understand it- Females are just ran off the field by males and they can't compete in the strength department. But when it comes to endurance and accuracy, I know females that beat most males.

Well.... Maybe some day.....
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@D Bozko

I wouldn't call you insane for arguind that golf wasn't a sport. However, in golf there are countless ways to approach a hole, based on your abilities with different sets of clubs. You may try to for the green, or lay up. Do you try to carry the bunker or play it safe? How fast are the greens today? Where's the hole placement? There's a lot more strategy that you need to employ for every hole, every course, and depending on the abilities of the individual playing.

In bowling you're trying to do the exact thing everytime, right? Sure, lane conditions are different but ultimately, you want a strike everytime. IS there any other strategy to it?
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Your comparison falls a little flat because you've simplified bowling, but not simplified golf. I can just as easily say, "You're just trying to get the ball in the hole every time, right?" With bowling, there are different ways to get a strike, and different strategies depending on how you choose to curve the ball; fairly analogous to how you choose to approach the hole in golf.

Lane conditions change over the course of the game, as well as simply bowling on different oil patterns as a whole, which require a good bowler to be able to bowl in different ways, even though they're always trying to achieve that same effect.
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Yes but the best desired outcome is far easier in bowling. I can't count the number of strikes I've gotten in bowling, but I can count the number of hole-in-ones I've gotten, zero. The only fair analogy would be if golf was designed around the hole-in-one, which it isn't. Plus you have to include weather. Golf strategy is uncountably more complicated than bowling strategy.

Any goof can roll a ball and get a "perfect" bowling outcome, it takes something more to get a hole-in-one or even under par.
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Come to think of it, it's entirely possible that I could bowl against the best bowler in the world and be at least tied with him for 3 frames (I've gotten a couple turkeys before). That would never happen against the best golfer and I play golf a lot more than I bowl. I only bowl when there's no where else to drink.
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wow three whole frames good for you and how would you fair by the end of the game would your score even match half of theirs, i dont think so there's alot of skill in a good game the and its not just about the strikes now how many 7-10 splits could you pull in a row could you even get one most likely the answer is no its a sport like any other has skills to master and years to learn to get any where near being a pro
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the best desired out come is not on strike its a strike for every ball you put down the lane and if you happen to miss a few in a frame on your first ball then pick them up on you second how many games have you played where you have taken out a clean frame every time id take a punt at never maybe you should go learn more about the game before you speak golf takes skill but personally id rather watch the grass grow it would be more enjoyable to watch. but since you say golf is so much of a sport then why don't you go pro oh wait you game probably not up to par now is it just another weekend hack. last i checked the pros dont play for a hole in one they play for lowest score needing a number of shots to get there oh wait bowling is the same
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Kenneth, you are speaking from emotion. I clearly did not say that the golfers play for the hole-in-one, I said the exact opposite. I don't watch golf or bowling and if you want to say their both not sports, I don't care.

Bowling is not a sport, it's an impressive skill but not a sport.
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