Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The Michael Jordan of bowling might be Michael Jordan
By Zach Harper
What do you think of when you see the names Li’l Wayne, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Fallon and Michael Jordan?
If you thought the link between them was performing or celebrity or being on the cover of various magazines, you were incorrect.
If you thought the link between them was being so good at bowling that they would be considered for induction into the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame then you nailed the pin right on the head… or the side… whatever is the better strategy for picking up a 7-10 split.
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame has nominated these celebrities, including Bill Murray, two of the Jonas brothers, Miley Cyrus and Jeff Bridges, to be voted into the IBMAHOF. Justin Bieber is also nominated for the voting contest and will be looking to take home the induction after losing out to Taylor Swift last year.
The website where you can go vote describes Jordan as:
In 2010, Michael Jordan was inducted into pro basketball’s Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame as the greatest basketball player of all time. Known for his unmatched competitiveness, leaping ability and athletic skill, His Airness is also an excellent bowler, according to Chicago Lucky Strike Lanes general manager Michael Porn, who dubbed Michael the “the best (celebrity) bowler” he had ever seen.
Unless you count the 2011 All-Star Celebrity Game in which Bieber won the MVP, Jordan is the only sports icon as a voting option. It would be a second consecutive year in which he was inducted into a Hall of Fame. However, it’s going to be hard to beat out Bieber for this voting honor. As popular as Jordan is throughout the world, the pop star teenager seems to run the Internet when it comes to interest. His fans flock to online polls in waves that make the people waiting outside of shoe stores for the new Jordan shoes look like a small ripple in a puddle.
In terms of making the sport of bowling more popular, it’s going to be really hard to beat out Murray and Bridges for their acting efforts. Murray starred in “Kingpin” while Bridges is known for his role as “The Dude” in the movie “The Big Lebowski.” They’ve clearly made the sport of bowling a lot more well known than Jordan who is known a lot better for basketball, baseball and golf rather than bowling.
Here is the voting information for the event:
Beginning on July 12, fans and enthusiasts can cast their vote online at www.gobowling.com. The voting process will occur throughout the month of July and will culminate during National Bowling Week (July 31 to August 6). The final votes will be tallied on National Bowling Day, August 6 - a day where more than 4,000 centers across the United States will join forces to try to set a new world record for the most bowling games played in a 24-hour period.
To help create a call to action to drive fans to cast votes for their favorite stars, more than 4,000 bowling centers across the United States are working together to provide a free game of bowling to everyone who casts a vote in this year’s Celebrity Hall of Fame competition. By voting for their favorite celebrity at www.gobowling.com, consumers can download a coupon for a free game of bowling on National Bowling Day, August 6.
I’m not sure how the voting is going to shake out, but I’m going to guess Bieber takes the honor this year. If this happens, we can be rest assured that Jordan will come back with a vengeance we have never seen from a basketball player of his bowling caliber. After all, he is the greatest competitor the basketball bowling community has ever seen.
Vote early and vote often.