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Professional Bowler Scott Norton Announces He''s Gay
Professional bowler Scott Norton publicly announced yesterday that he is gay via a post on the Professional Bowler's Association website. Norton, who was awarded the PBA Rookie of the Year Award, was inspired by the coming out of Phoenix Suns President & CEO Rick Welts earlier this week.
Read Norton's personal statement, posted on the PBA website, below:
On May 15, Phoenix Suns CEO and President Rick Welts announced publicly that he is gay. That announcement was important to me because he is someone who is actively involved in professional sports and has publicly acknowledged his sexuality. While many athletes wait until they retire to officially come out, the fact that Mr. Welts has the courage to do so while still actively involved with the NBA has encouraged me to also acknowledge that I am a gay athlete.
It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else. Being gay doesn%E2%80%99t define who I am as a person or as a professional athlete. I'm also a professional bowler, lawyer, caring, compassionate, strong, and many other things.
It's important to show people that being gay has nothing to do with one's ability to do anything as a man, least of all compete at the highest level of sports.
In 2009, after successfully passing my California bar exam, I made a decision to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a professional bowler. I entered and won the PBA Regional Players Invitational, which gave me the opportunity to bowl full-time on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour during the 2010-11 season, and I was fortunate enough to win the Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas for my first PBA Tour title. At the conclusion of my first year on tour, I was selected by my fellow players as PBA Rookie of the Year.
It was the culmination of years of hard work and dreams, and made every obstacle I had to overcome worthwhile.
I have encountered specific obstacles due to my sexuality, but I really do not wish to cause a great deal of turmoil in the industry or make waves. The issues that were in the past remain in the past but there were serious impediments to my progression to becoming a professional bowler. They only made me stronger and made me the person I am today. Those issues only strengthened my belief that knowledge is vital in our path to acceptance.
I will say, however, that my experience on the PBA tour surpassed nearly everything I could hope for in terms of acceptance. The vast majority of bowlers out on tour were accepting and welcoming as were all the staff, which deeply touched me.
I know from my own experiences that it was difficult for me personally to acknowledge being gay because of the shame and stigma brought on by society and I was afraid of not being accepted. I know it is more prevalent in the female sporting community to be gay, but I wouldn't necessarily say it makes it easier. It just means there are more people around to share your story with. I don't feel I have that kind of connection with anyone since many people I am around on our tour do not have that perspective.
I am very proud and happy with who I am and who I have become as a person, and I would hope that this will empower other gay athletes %E2%80%93 past, present, or future %E2%80%93 to come to terms with the truth about who they are and love themselves for who they are.
I appreciate the discretion and care with which the PBA staff has handled my situation. I have tried to conduct myself in a professional manner at all times and try to put forth a good reputation both for my community and for the PBA and sport of bowling.
I am currently working with Compete Sports, a gay sports network, as an advisor in developing different forms of media coverage (publishing, radio, and soon tv) which will hopefully bring even more exposure to our sport, as well as increased tolerance and acceptance within the sports community.
I hope everyone will continue to see me as the person I am, and nothing more, nothing less. Scott Norton, PBA Rookie of the Year.
- He''s cute too!
- Well done Scott!
- He''s kind of a little cutie. And a lawyer. So he''s smart, too.
- He''s not cute once you watch the Youtube videos of him. Of course he''s gay!
- People bowl? Oh.
- Well this will rick the pro bowling world to its very foundations!!
- Bump for his first championship since coming out.
He's not a Chameleon specialist, but it's the PBA Chameleon Championship that he's won twice now. His first was in 2010, and he won it again in 2012. The tournament was in November, but ESPN just broadcast it yesterday. In the stepladder format he knocked off Fawaz Abdulla (first bowler from a Middle Eastern country to make a PBA TV final), Walter Ray Williams, and Jason Belmonte (who won the tournament the previous year).
As seen in the thread above, Scott came out publicly in 2011. He also married his partner later that year in October.
And now he has won his second career title, and his first since coming out. I think it was his first TV finals appearance since then too, but I might be wrong about that.
I didn't know him or his story until watching the match yesterday. The ESPN broadcast didn't shy away from his story. The commentators mentioned his wedding a couple of times and showed his husband (they called Craig his spouse) cheering from the audience like they do with any of the player's wives. And they showed the men with a nice kiss and hug after his win. Norton was crying.
I noticed Scott wears his wedding ring on his right hand and his husband wears it on the left hand. I don't understand the significance (if there is any) of wearing the ring on different fingers. Norton is a lefty which might be why he doesn't want a ring on the left hand, but I don't know.
- I just hope he doesn't eat bowling alley food. That stuff'll give you nasty gas.
- R4 nailed it! Ok, he's still a little cute, but not as cute as I thought at first.
- [quote] And a lawyer. So he's smart, too.
Oh, honey. No.
- [quote] Being gay doesn’t define who I am as a person or as a professional athlete. I'm also a professional bowler, lawyer, caring, compassionate, strong, and many
Uh-oh. The eldergays who attacked NateSilver aren't going to like that!!!
- It's the usual "I'm gay, if it's okay with you" apologetic coming out announcement.
- R12, I hate this kind of coming out announcement. Just say you're gay and be done with it. No need to write more than a couple of sentences.
- can I bowl in your hole?
- The picture that comes up with the link at r2 is Jason Belmonte, not Scott Norton.
I don't know if that's because the post is a year and a half old, or because the poster misidentified who they were linking to.
- That unobjectionable quote is worlds away from Silver's irksome BS, r11.
- [quote]Uh-oh. The eldergays who attacked NateSilver aren't going to like that!!!
sounds like the "eldergays" have self-respect
- It's the exact same sentiment, actually.
- He looks like he smells cookies.
- Same sentiment but vastly less offensive wording than "ethnically straight", in public relations word choice can be everything.
And I agree R13, props to him for coming out but people don't need to explain it. Being gay just means you like the samesex, that's it, people know that if you aren't idiots.
Anyway, congrats on his win, good to see him doing well regardless.
- Looks like he married Craig Woodward in Nov 2011.
- Craig Woodward has a glass eye. You can't tell in that pic.
- Honey, that queen didn't need to "come out" - look at him. He's FLAMING. I don't think there ever was any question about his sexuality.
- R24, what do you say?
- [quote]Being gay just means you like the samesex, that's it, people know that if you aren't idiots.
We're talking about bowlers, R20.
- Rental shoes. Ew.
- [quote]Rental shoes. Ew.
Or, rather, multicolored clown shoes stained with the sweat of 65,000 poor people.
- Happy couple.
- Direct post
I think that pic is of the opponent
- am sure he has a nice, arm, chalky and inviting anus
- He had to come out. Doesn't that face tell you everything you need to know?
- "I love balls, what can I say?" - Scott Norton, gay professional bowler.
- [quote] Rental shoes. Ew
Nah. He owns his own. All real bowlers do.
- He has the same smile like the British diver.
- They make a good couple.
- He is a bowler and he calls himself an athlete?
- A group of men from my church along with thier kids goes bowling after church service. We all enjoy watching bowling until we saw what happened at the end of the finals. The kids with us were most in the age group of 5-7. At the night time serivce we agreed to discuss what was witnesses earlier that day with the church group espicially the kids. We also discussed what we were going to do in future. We have already notified the bowling center that from here on out, we will not be watching ESPN bowling. It is one thing to discuss on TV what the situation was but to go as far as ESPN did was a little bit too far. They did this without any consideration to young people who may not understand. To me and others it was more of a pblicity stunt by the PBA and ESPN to try and gain more viewers. It is a well known fact that bowling is a sport that is on its last leg. It is still a very popular recreation sport but not as a professional sport nor as a spectator sport. I think the PBA and ESPN made a huge mistake, but only time will tell.
- [quote]Being gay doesn’t define who I am as a person or as a professional athlete. I'm also a professional bowler, lawyer, caring, compassionate, strong, and many
What exactly does that mean? Isn't being gay an important part of who you are? Sheesh!!
- The smell of bowling alleys and wearing rental shoes make me hot!
- I'm glad you posted that r39, but not because I agree with you - I definitely don't agree.
But it never even occurred to me that ESPN might have been doing something controversial by showing Norton get a congratulatory kiss from his husband. It's reading your opinion that makes me appreciate ESPN for not treating it as something that shouldn't be shown. When Chris Barnes wins and his wife and kids give him a kiss, I don't want the cameras to feel they have to cut away, and the same goes for Scott Norton.
But my thanks to you is because you have clued me in that there will be others like you registering a complaint with the network. So I'm going to make sure I send them my counterpoint of appreciation.
Hopefully others will do the same.
- Can we see a clip of the kiss?
- My friend is a professional bowler, and she tells me that this affectionate peck is a huge deal in the bowling community. We need to support Norton - the right-wingers are on the rampage with this one.
- What a queen.
- r43, attached is a YouTube clip of the entire championship match as ESPN showed it. The matches against the Bahraini guy and Walter Ray are also available as separate clips.
If you skip to the 16 minute mark you'll see the familiar gay gasp/hands to the face when Belmonte doesn't strike to open the 10th and Norton realizes he's won. Then once Belmonte finishes the 10th, Norton's husband comes onto the lanes for the kiss and hug.
ESPN actually showed that hug again later just as they were going to commercial - it might have been at the very end of the broadcast, after they interviewed Norton with his trophy (which isn't on this clip).
- I just watched the entire clip - thanks r46 - and that microsecond kiss was sweet and barely noticeable. I'm glad ESPN ran it and called the other guy his spouse. And what's so hard to explain to the kids? Welcome to today.
- I don't know why we straight people have to hear confirmation from gays. Totally unnecessary. Do we straight people ever come out and confirm their starightness to be accepted by gays?
- did some lost bowling fans find this site?
- She bowls fat.
- Nobody's looking for confirmation but if a bowler has a legally wed spouse in the audience no reason not to identify him as such.
- Professional bowler? Lawn bowls?
- Bowlers are athletes?
- I know bowling isn't a huge sport (remember when it was on TV all the time?), and it would be easy to downplay or be snarky about this, but it's a middle America audience, so this is a good thing. And, just generally, he came out, so kudos.
Good for Scott. Best of luck to him.
- 48, shut yer yap, you cunt.
And, any activity where people also drink beer at the same time is not a sport.
- What are crazy rightwing churchgoers like R39 doing on the Gay Gossip board?
- So... his opponent in that clip... gay too?
- Fuck you bitches who think bowling isn't a sport.
It requires precision, balance and strength. If you call some little girl walking across a balance beam a sport, then Bowling sure as hell qualifies. That shit is hard.
- [quote]Do [bold]we [/bold]straight people ever come out and confirm[bold] their [/bold] starightness to be accepted by gays?
But seriously, how telling is the grammar in this sentence?
- There are many gay bowlers everywhere there are bowling leagues. The bowling houses LOVE the gay leagues and take very good care of them and value their business.
And the amature gay bowling tournments attract upwards to 300 people all around the country and they are very competitive.
Mary, your lane waitress.
- What is so sad is I don't think R48 is trolling. I know too many ignorant straight people who honestly don't realize how stupid they sound when they say that.
And I agree with you R42, sometimes these actions seem like so "duh" to us that we forget that even something as innocent as what just happened causes outrage among a lot of prejudice idiots. Good for ESPN.
- I'd like to send them a compliment but I'm too sick to look for a link.
- One of the few things I know about my fourth grade crush is that he once bowled a perfect game. They keep a database at the Hall of Fame in St. Louis of all people with 300 games.
- r62, if you mean you want to send something to ESPN, I used the attached link under 'send us an email.' They limit the space in the comments section to 500 characters, so you might want to draft your response before you start the process.
When I submitted mine, they immediately sent back the usual automated email (they request for an email address) indicating they'd received my comment but because of volume they can't personally respond to all comments. But then the next morning I had a personal email back from one of their reps.
It hit me yesterday that showing Norton and his husband kiss was probably quietly revolutionary for ESPN. Revolutionary might be a strong word, but I think it's appropriate. On their talk shows or commentary programs they do have discussions about gay athletes, but I can't think of a time before now that they would have had reason to acknowledge the same-sex spouse (let alone show them kiss) of an athlete during their broadcast of an ongoing competition or match.
I suppose since lesbians have had slightly more visibility in some sports, this barrier might have been crossed before in something I don't follow (WNBA? LPGA?), but up to now I'm not aware of any married gay people being acknowledged during an event.
Have there been any?
- "It requires precision, balance and strength. If you call some little girl walking across a balance beam a sport, then Bowling sure as hell qualifies."
Really, Mary? you're comparing gymnastics to bowling?
Obese drunks can bowl. Try a back handspring on a plank when you're not too busy falling over your cheese fries.
- [quote]Really, Mary? you're comparing gymnastics to bowling? Obese drunks can bowl
Considering that obese people can also play softball/baseball, football and golf, this is not much of an argument. Anyone can play any sport on an amateur level.
But your average Saturday night beer guzzling bowler is not on ESPN in a world series of bowling tournament.
And while bowling may not be as athletic as gymnastics, it's certainly a lot less subjective. They're no style points in bowling.
- Say what you want but Scott is damn sexy man!!!
- Bowling is a sport in the same way that archery or golf are. They are all activities of precision and therefore they are competitive in the sense that the participants are trying to perform the same repetitive feat as another person but do it better.
There are physical talents required, but they are certainly different skills than are needed for swimming or distance running, for example.
But since all of them are considered sports, I don't have a problem with the participants being called athletes. Obviously it's understood that people are 'athletic' to different degrees.
- R68, don't try bringing your brand or reasonableness around here, missy. Folks jes' don't cotton to it.
- People confuse "sports" and "athletics" probably because we usually refer to participants in major sports as "athletes (because they usually are).
Anything can be done "for sport." Competitive eating is a "sport." Bass fishing is a sport.
When people say something isn't a "real" sport, I think what they mean is that the participants are not "real" athletes, or at least not superior athletes in their mind. For example, some people will dismiss golf as not being a real sport. Obviously, it's a huge sport, and the debate is really whether golfers are athletes.
What we refer to as "track and field" has for a very long time been called "athletics" in international circles, and that's apt since it is sport which involves what most of us consider to be "pure" athletic characteristics - strength, speed, endurance. Those characteristics, are generally what most people are referring to when we call someone "athletic". Moreover, we equate being "athletic" with overall movement - the ability to accelerate quickly, change directions, stay balanced while moving aggressively. In this sense, it's no wonder that some people recognize dancers as incredible athletes, even if they are not playing a sport.
So, there are a whole range of different positions on the non-athletic to superior athlete continuum which are required to be superior at any given sport. Sure bowling demands hand-eye coordination (though so does any number of every day tasks) and balance, but overall someone doesn't have to be that incredible of an athlete (at least how I've defined it) to be a good bowler. I'd say the same for golf. Sure, any individual golfer or bowler can be athletic, but it's just not a requirement, as it would be for say a sprinter or a gymnast.
Interestingly, I often hear people say that even though gymnasts, for example, are incredible athletes, they think gymnastics isn't a "real" sport -- simply due to the fact of its subjective scoring system, which prevents it from being a pure head-to-head competition. I don't necessarily agree with this, but I understand the position. Think about it, rule changes in gymnastics - how they value certain moves, what sort of deductions they give for errors can change the outcome even if the performances don't change. In the 400m sprint, on the other hand, it will always be about who crosses the finish line first, who was simply the fastest.
I have no idea what made me rant about this subject. Ignore it.
- Completely welcome.
I just wanted to textually bitch-slap the ridiculous queen who compared bowling to gymnastics.
- I've always wondered if Michael Fagan is gay.
Last year I thought I heard he was engaged to marry a woman, but I just looked online and don't see anything that says he got married or is even engaged.
- The sporting life should be recognised at the Olympics, bitches!
- [quote]So... his opponent in that clip... gay too?
Unlikely r57. Belmo is opposite-sex married with 2 kids.
- Belmo is in sex-discordant marriage.
- It looks like this Sunday ESPN is broadcasting the Scorpion Championship. Scott Norton won't be on that show, but Jason Belmonte will be there again as he's the No. 2 seed.
- (Apologies for the HuffPo link, but this is a case where they actually did the interview.)
Scott Norton gave a video interview about the ESPN broadcast of his recent victory and the kiss with his husband.
He does clarify that they are legally in a domestic partnership and not a marriage.
- I don't understand exactly how this new PBA League thing works. But Scott Norton is on the NYC WTT KingPins team and so I think it's possible he will be on the upcoming broadcasts next week.
Since I don't understand how the league matchups will work, I have no idea how to know when he might be on the TV broadcasts, if at all. I'll probably DVR whatever ESPN shows and then just make my way through trying to figure it out.
Norton should start a Twitter account to let people know updates about how he's doing and when he makes it to finals.
- Scott Norton did make the TV broadcast today. His team, the WTT Kingpins (the WTT makes sense if you know that Billie Jean King is the team owner), was the second seed and made it to the finals, but lost that last match to the Brooklyn Styles.
Scott's team has some strong bowlers though so they have a shot of making the TV broadcast each week. Pete Weber, Tommy Jones, Jack Jurek, John Szczerbinski and Kelly Kulick are his teammates.
Attached is a vid of Scott talking about having the flu and losing his luggage this winter during the Japan tour.
- Scott Norton should be on the ESPN broadcast at noon (depending on your timezone) today. It's another tape-delayed broadcast (event happened in January) but the only thing I can find online is that results won't be made available until after the ESPN broadcast today.
Scott's team is the third seed in the tournament though so he should be on the first match and then maybe through the entire 2 hours if they are able to advance.
- I'm not surprised he likes black balls right up the middle.
- R80 Thank you for giving us that head's up. It's considerate of you. I'll check it out.
- Scott's team the WTT Kingpins won all of their Round 2 matchups and won the tournament today. Since they took 2nd in the Round 1 tourney, their combined points have them in first place for now. The top 4 teams will bowl in the finals in April.
Next Sunday ESPN will broadcast Round 3, the Mark Roth Classic. Scott will definitely be featured since he made it to the singles championship, so regardless of how well the Kingpins do, we'll see him.
- So many people think bowling is such an unsexy pursuit but I don't see any pro athletes in the "hot" sports like football,basketball or baseball coming out in the prime of their careers...they're all cowards.
I like Scott...he seems like a humble,decent and deserving guy.
- Scottie was on the ESPN broadcast quite a bit today.
In the league event, his WTT Kingpins were the second seed and once again they advanced to the finals. Kingpins ended up losing in the final match to the Motown Muscle. But with their solid performance in all 3 weeks of league play, they have a decent lead in the standings and barring some complete collapse in the last 2 events, they should definitely make the final four teams at season's end.
It's really saying something about how great a year Scott is having that he is on a team with both Tommy Jones and Pete Weber, but Scottie is the anchor bowler. That's pretty impressive.
And to keep his great season going, Scott was also in the finals of the singles tournament against Michael Haugen Jr. Going into the 10th, Scott needed to strike out to seal up a win, but his first ball left a 4-6-7-10 split (the same thing he opened the 9th frame with) and that gave Haugen the title.
But the husband did get another shout out from the ESPN broadcasters, there just wasn't reason to show them kissing at the end since Scottie blew it.
League bowling won't be on next week. They will be featuring the Masters tournament and since that one will be live, we don't know yet if Scottie will make it to the TV broadcast.
- Scottie didn't make the TV coverage of the Masters Finals tomorrow.
It looks like he was eliminated in the Round of 16.
- Sounds like a major drama queen. So dehydrated he had to go to the hospital IN JAPAN!
- Scott has a realistic chance at being Player of the Year.
Jason Belmonte won the Masters today and they said that his name could now be considered at the top of that list along with Scottie.
That's a really major deal in the PBA.
- This Sunday ESPN broadcasts Round 4 (of 5) of the league tournament. Scott's team is the No. 2 seed again this week, so we may well see them bowl for the win and increase their overall lead among all teams.
There is also a singles championship (Don Nelson Classic) that will be shown as part of the broadcast, but Scott is not one of the two guys that will be battling for that title.
- Another update...
With the victory of the Round 4 broadcast today (the Don Carter event held in January), Scott’s team has opened up an eleven point lead in the standings. They wouldn’t even have to show up for the 5th and final round of league play and they’d still make the finals.
Scott lost the anchor spot for this event. It wasn’t as reflective of a slump in his performance as much as it was due to the great week that John Szczerbinski (John is a good-looking dude too) was having. Since he had high average during qualifying, they agreed that John should leapfrog all of his teammates to bowl anchor for the stepladder finals. That pushed Scott back to the 4 spot. I wouldn’t anticipate John being able to maintain that position and expect Scott to have it back for Week 5.
ESPN will broadcast Round 5 (the Earl Anthony event also held in January) on March 24th. That will be another big TV day for Scott because in addition to being the last week of league play before the finals, he will also be competing for the Earl Anthony singles title. It should be a good match because Scott is having such a solid and consistent season that he is a strong contender to win Player of the Year, and he will be facing Sean Rash who earned that same title last season.
The first publicly out PBA bowler has a real chance at being Player of the Year. I think that's fantastic.
- The last round of league play before the Finals will be broadcast on ESPN tomorrow.
In addition to the team tournament, Scott will be bowling for the Earl Anthony singles championship.
- Really it isn't a defining characteristic. I would rather be know as a great leader, friend, partner, family member, person of character than being defined as gay. Who I m attracted to does not define me.
- With the win (over last year's Player of the Year Sean Rash) of the Earl Anthony title broadcast today, Scottie is now one of only 2 guys to win 2 titles this year.
So it looks like he is on of 5 guys in serious consideration to be the new Player of the Year. And the other 4 are men with some serious resumes.
- This bowling tournament was playing in the gym today and while I remembered in the back of my mind there was an out gay bowler I had no idea what he looked like. As soon as Scott came onscreen I thought immediately that he must be the one. He's cute, and his husband came down for a hug or kiss at the end. Too bad he's a lawyer.
- Scott finished in 21st place for the Tournament of Champions this week, so he won't be on the ESPN broadcast tomorrow.
- LOL OP! Did anyone even notice?
- The team championship will be won on the ESPN broadcast tomorrow.
Scott's team (actually Billie Jean King's team) goes in at the No. 1 seed, so we won't see them bowling until the later part of the show.
If I understand it correctly (since this is the first year for league play), for the championship match the two teams will have to bowl 2 games against each other. So Scott will be on a lot whether his WTT Kingpins win or lose the trophy.
- Scott Norton's team won the league championship broadcast on ESPN today to finish the inaugural season with the trophy.
It was never a sure thing though until the final frame as both teams faltered during the course of the 2 game match. But as Pete Weber stood to bowl in the final frame, he knew he only needed a mark to seal the victory. When his first ball was a solid strike, he symbolically pulled himself from the competition by announcing Kelly Kulick as his replacement.
Kulick, seeing her first in-competition league action this season, followed up Weber's start by throwing 2 more perfect strikes to close out the 10th and final frame.
Kingpins owner Billie Jean King, who admits to not knowing a hell of a lot about bowling, had a seat on the lanes and was there to celebrate with her team. Her partner Ilana Kloss was cheering from the front row of the audience as was Scott's husband, although Craig didn't have as good a seat as Ilana.
So with league play wrapped up, there is a break on the tour until the 'summer swing' in May and early June. Then the US Open will be in July.
I'll probably post some more updates then...even though I'm not sure anybody even reads this thread. Bowling isn't exactly an exciting or sexy sport.
- The Summer Swing events happened over the past week with the new oil patterns - Badger (because the tournaments are in Milwaukee?), Wolf, and Bear patterns.
Scott bowled, but didn't finish well enough to make the TV finals. It looks like CBS Sports Network has the TV rights for the Summer Swing finals and they will be showing each event tape delayed on various dates in June. Based on where he finished, Scott shouldn't be on any of those broadcasts.
Next up for Norton is the US Open which is late in July.
A month ago the PBA site did post the attached short piece which includes some quotes from Scott about Jason Collins coming out.
- I like the updates. Thanks.
- Thanks for saying that r100! I've been the one posting all of the results and updates, and I was wondering if anybody else was even reading the thread.
I'm glad to know I'm not alone here.
- Outports has a short video interview with Scott and Craig. It’s nice to see them talking together. I think this is the first time I’ve seen Scott interviewed outside of a bowling alley and the first time I’ve seen Craig talk at all.
They discuss how they met (online dating) and how they still aren’t legally married because of the California Prop 8 ruling.
The nerd in me is excited that they appear to own one of those flat table-top PacMan arcade games in their home.
- Thanks for posting that. Brought a little tear to my eye by the end!
- Scott tweeted (it was just earlier this week I realized he had a twitter account) this today in response to the news about the Supreme Court decision (or non decision) on the Prop 8 ruling.
[quote]Goooooin to the chapel and I'm gonna get MAAAAAAARRRIEEED!!!!!!!!!! :)
Good for him and Craig. I wonder if they'll be able to make it legal before the tournament next month.
- Scott has been nominated for an ESPN Espy Award for Best Bowler of 2013. It's another example of how brilliant a year he's having. The competition is tough though - he's up against Belmo and his teammate Pete Weber (the living legend).
The fans get to vote for Espys, so I attached the link. You can only vote one time (per ip address?) and votes have to be in by July 17th.
I'm sure the 4 or 5 of us that read and/or post on this thread will put him over the top! Haha
- I voted for Scott.
- Unfortunately Scott didn't win the Espy for Best Bowler last night.
But to lose an award like that to Pete Weber is nothing to be ashamed of.
US Open is next week - starts on Monday.
- Scotty did not have a good week at the US Open. The tournament is still going on, but they are in Match Play right now and he fell short of making the Top 24 bowlers that advance to that point. Scott finished in 38th place.
So he definitely won't be part of the finals for this one, whenever they are televised on ESPN.
- Scott and Craig made it legal last week.
World Series of Bowling starts tomorrow. Scott tweeted something today that I think meant he didn't manage to qualify for the competition. I'm not sure if that's what he meant. Guess we'll see if he actually has scores posted later this week.
- [quote] He's sort of a little cute
- Scottie tweeted his congratulations and support for diver Tom Daley coming out.
ESPN has finally started showing the World Series of Bowling matches on Sundays - the first oil pattern (Cheetah?) was on this past weekend.
We already know that Scott didn't make any of those TV finals, so no need to catch these broadcasts if someone is only hoping to see Scott bowl.
Norton was just bowling in the Japan Cup, but looks like he was eliminated in the round of 32, so he won't be on TV for those finals either (scheduled to be broadcast in January.)
- Scott has only been in two events 1/16/2014 \tBarbasol PBA Tournament of Champions where he placed 12th and 2/17/2014 USBC Masters where he placed 43rd. What is happening to his game? Why isn't he playing more? I read on his twitter he won a regional tournament in Hawaii a week ago with a team.
- An update.
Scott had an unspectacular 2014 on the lanes, but it's good to know he's still competing and hopefully we'll be seeing him again as the
ESPN has been broadcasting the World Series of Bowling events separately over the past several Sundays culminating with the PBA World Championship this past weekend.
Scott didn't make any of the TV finals, but he came close. He finished well out of contention for the Cheetah, Viper, and Scorpion events, BUT he finished in 5th place for the Chameleon pattern. (Chameleon is the event that he won 2 years ago when we got the now famous celebration kiss on ESPN).
If they hadn't changed the format for the TV finals this season, he would have been on the broadcast for that event. But this year only the top 4 bowlers for each event made the TV show.
And then another close call for the World Championship. The top 5 made the broadcast for that event last Sunday, but Scott finished in 7th place overall.
Those are 2 promising results though. Maybe Scott will have a stronger 2015. He is a member of the WTT Kingpins again so we'll see him when those team league matches start up.
- He refers to himself as an athlete. Bowlers are not athletes. And who wants to catch foot fungus from those smelly rental shoes?
- I wonder if professional bowlers own their own shoes (maybe even more than one pair) or do they need to rent them at each event?
- Please, if ping pong is an Olympic event, bowlers are athletes.
- They have their own shoes, r115. The majority of pros that you'd see at televised events have sponsorship deals with the manufacturers who supply all the supplies including clothing and balls.
And it's not just professionals that have their own shoes. I've been a league bowler for years and about 75% of the other members own their own bowling shoes.
- Gay men bowl?
- Professional bowler? Okay, I'm a professional jump roper.
- R113 Thanks for the update. He had a quiet 2014 but he's working his way back to the top. He had a few wins late last year at small events.
- He also wasn't tweeting as much in 2014. That could be a sign that he wasn't happy with how things were going.
- Good Lord... another sports figure comes out as gay? [italic]Spare[/italic] me...
- If you care r122, SPLIT!
- r117, I was just gently ribbing r114 about his rental shoe remark..
- Sorry r115. My bad for not catching that.
- The PBA Players Championship is going on this week in Milwaukee (Tosa technically, if you know the area). Scott made the cut and is in the final 24 bowlers, but he didn't have a great Round 1 and is in the back of that pack at No. 22.
It will be very tough, but there is remote chance he could still make up some points and make the Top 5 to be on the TV finals.
- Go Scott!
- Scott did step it up in the last round of the Players Championship. He moved up in the standings from No. 22, but he finished at No. 12 which means he won't be in the televised finals.
- Set your DVRs!!!!
After a long drought, Scott made another TV final. This Sunday (Feb. 15th) at 1 PM Eastern on ESPN Scott will be bowling in the PBA Tournament of Champions.
Today he secured the 5th seed in the tournament. It's a stepladder final so he's got to do some serious work to win it, but he's got a shot!
He's not the only southpaw either - sometimes he has that going for him. Rhino Page and Ryan Ciminelli are both lefties and will be wearing out the oil on the left side of the lanes.
Here are the top 5 that will be in the finals.
1. Rhino Page
2. Jason Belmonte
3. Ryan Ciminelli
4. Sean Rash
5. Scott Norton
- It was good to see him in a televised final again after such a long time.
Scott didn't have a lot of luck though and lost in the first match-up against Sean Rash. Just a few too many 10-pin spares (and a 7-pin in the 10th) on the day.
- ESPN will have PBA League team bowling on Easter Sunday.
But Norton's Kingpins will not be on it. They were eliminated in a match played earlier, and now that the format is a bracket, team bowling has become one and done.
- Scott will always be the first, but he is no longer the only publicly out gay guy in the PBA.
Anthony Pepe, who won the Cheetah Championship this past season, wrote a coming out statement on his Facebook this week.
He was a new name & face to me when I watched that Cheetah tournament, and I remember wondering if he might be gay. But I didn't make much of it because there have been a handful of other bowlers I've wondered the same thing about for years.
- That Cheetah Championship that Pepe won is on YouTube.
He's an openly emotional guy and was clearly moved by the big win.
Coincidentally he's also a southpaw like Scott Norton.
- Can you believe there are now two openly gay pro bowlers yet zippo openly gay male tennis players?
- Anthony is muy caliente!