Is Pete Weber Bad for Bowling? A Fan’s Opinion

There is no denying his greatness. Nine major titles, including this year's 69th PBA U.S. Open, 27 PBA Tour titles, 46 PBA Regional titles, over $3.3 million in career earnings. If there is a short list of bowling greats, you could cut the bottom off the list, fold it in half and Pete Weber will still be towards the top.

In spite of all of the titles and accolades, is Pete Weber bad for bowling?

Case in point, all one has to do is look back to Weber's most recent triumph, winning his record fifth PBA U.S. Open. Most professionals would celebrate by giving a fist pump, a big smile and a sportsmen's handshake to the runner-up.

How did Pete Weber celebrate after hitting a strike to win the title? By acting like a boorish, loud mouthed buffoon.

After the tenth pin fell, a red-faced Weber screamed, "Yes! God D@#$%&! That is right! I did it! Number five! Are you kidding me! That's right! Who do you think you are? I am!"

To be fair to Weber, I am sure that he got caught in the moment. It would be hard not to. After all, he broke one of the PBA's most cherished records by capturing his fifth U.S. Open, a mark that surpassed his father, the late great Dick Weber.

Still, I think the man that goes by the nickname PDW, could have handled everything with a bit more class. It is disrespectful to the game and to the 3 other bowlers in the finals to act in such a manner.

Plus I think his behavior does a disservice to the sport and himself. This year's U.S. Open was one of the all time greats, filled with historic firsts.

It saw 14-year-old Kamron Doyle, a 5'5", 105 pound junior high student from Brentwood, Tennessee become the youngest player in history to cash in at a U.S. Open. It saw Missy Parkin become the first woman to advance to the top 24 match play round of a U.S. Open. And greatest of all, it saw Pete Weber win his historic fifth U.S. Open title.

But how will the average fan remember the 69th U.S. Open when they look back years from now? They will think of a 49-year-old bowler that forgot to bring class and dignity with him to the arena on the sport's biggest day of the year.

Alex Wibholm is a bowling fan and loves to keep up with the PBA Tour on Sunday afternoons; especially after the NFL Seasons wrap up.


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Updated Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012