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Norm Dukes best look..
« on: July 25, 2008, 02:31:41 PM »
Norm has thrown almost every ball company in the game!  What equipment do you think gave him the best look.. With the last 3, Storm, Brunswick, or AMF?  I like the look AMF gave him, with the low flaring balls.  All though the first time ever throwing Brunswick he won the tournament in Atlanta.  He has won a few titles with this Storm stuff too.. what do you guys think?  Thought i'd share this article as well.  Congrats to Mr Duke

Norm Duke won the Bowler of the Year Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Award at the 2008 ESPYS presented by Hummer in Los Angeles which aired on ESPN on Sunday, July 20.
The ESPYS celebrate the top moments, most emotional stories and best performances of the past year in sports. Online voting determined the ESPY winners as fans were able to vote for their favorite athletes in each category. Duke beat out fellow PBA stars Chris Barnes and Walter Ray Williams Jr.
“To receive recognition for the efforts required to compete on the highest level in any sport is always meaningful and I am thrilled,” Duke said. “The opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of great athletes, and to be alongside those athletes, is one that I will never take for granted. It’s a special night for sports and I would like to thank ESPN and the PBA for making it possible.”
Duke, who won the Bowler of the Year ESPY in 1995 and 2007, won the final two Majors of the ’07-08 season to secure a three-season exemption despite battling injuries earlier in the season. His victories in the Denny’s World Championship and the 65th Denny’s U.S. Open made him just the sixth bowler in history to win back-to-back Majors and the 10th to win two Majors in a season.

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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008, 10:42:17 PM »
what ever fits his game i think the bowlers that are free agents got the best idea theres no push to throw the new big ball out there in my opinion thats what has happened to pete the last few seasons im a fan of storm but seems he comes in and everything is hooking too much on tv for him i know hes trying to show the ball to the world but after a hour of practice for these guys to break the lanes down and then the matches leading up to it im not surprised you dont see more of the older balls like mika with the inferno ( a great ball i'll add) or norm seems to like the recent but not quite the newest storm balls thats my $.02
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008, 10:59:40 PM »
great point.. you are absolutely right.. never really thought about petes decisions on shows, he has to throw the newest ball on the show when he probably didnt even use that ball the whole week.  i do notice that he doesnt seem comfortable with his reaction on show.. norm duke i think he only uses 2 different balls from storm.. like with amf he only really used 2 maybe 3 balls.. he just had 5 of each of them drilled different.. he likes his equipment to flare very little.  he didn't stick with brunswick long, its like he won the title and hit the high way.  ball reaction look pretty good considering ive never seen norm roll a brunswick ball til then.  it gave me a better idea of how the brunswick equipment rolls.  any other thoughts??

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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2008, 11:01:51 PM »
I'd say the best ball Norm's ever used has been the Storm Spit Fire, he's drilled so many of those to use on tour.
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2008, 11:06:57 PM »
Haha cinnamon apples must be the scent of the spit fire ball?  What color is that ball?  I see him throwing a dark blue purple ball by storm I think.  he likes solid color balls so he can't see the turn on the ball.  i think he played well with the nighthawk menace tour, they designed the ball for him and voss.

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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2008, 11:09:46 PM »
Spit Fire is mostly green.

I'd say the balls he's been using the most lately have been the Shift, Rapid Fire Solid, and Secret Agent.

Rapid Fire Solid and Secret Agent are dark blue-purplish
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2008, 08:10:01 AM »
I'd say Norm Fits the best with Storm.  As far as Exempt guys go you see a lot of them throwing the older stuff because of comfort.  You have to remember Pete's game is about his entry angle.  The newer stuff gives him that.  He has been throwing the Dimension in some regionals and has been very strong.

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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2008, 08:46:53 AM »
Do you blame the guys. Making money bowling is hard, you might as well get what you can get. I am in the automotive industry and guys in this buisness move everytime thet can get someone to give them more money, better hours or a demo. Some of these guys are so good they can win with any manufacturer, all they have to do is find 1 ball they match up to change drills and surfaces and off they go.
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2008, 09:44:58 AM »
Just curious. By what business rationale did you conclude that Parker was worth more than Norm?

Norm's best look has been with the Shift in my opinion, with the green ball coming in a close second.

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After Norm had left AMF to specifically throw Brunswick, he won with the Absolute. Within a couple of weeks of using Brunswick successfully, he approached us for a contract. What HE wanted, we were not going to pay, as it would have entailed him more than what we were paying Parker and that was not going to happen.

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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2008, 10:10:59 AM »
From a cost/benefit analysis, I hardly think Parker increases Big B's bottom line as much as Norm would. Parker is hardly memorable. Norm would sell more product.

BTW, I know it is the Brunswick forum. It still does not change my opinion about Norm's best look. It is not with a Brunswick ball. It has been with the Storm Shift.
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2008, 10:18:15 AM »
Nobody can really say that his best look is with Storm products over Brunswick for the simple fact that he only bowled once with Brunswick! Oh, that means he's has a 100% win ratio with Brunswick! Truth is Norm could win with whatever he rolls! Just my $.02, Bruce
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2008, 10:29:19 AM »
Norm is a great player and has showed he can win with any company.
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2008, 10:39:21 AM »
I agree that Norm could win with any product. He is certainly one of the best that there has been.

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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2008, 10:48:30 AM »
Have you completed a market study to determine what impact Norm winning with B balls had on sales? What about for Parker.

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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2008, 11:14:37 AM »
When you think about Parker besides being a great guy the first thing that many think of is Brunswick. Norm since he has used many different companies it is hard to place a brand with him. Every time you see Parker he is wearing something with Brunswick on it, no matter if he is bowling or not. Both are great players for the game. Hard to go wrong putting either on staff but I would have to agree with BrunsRico that you want to take care of your current staffer that has been there for a long time.
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