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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 #16 on: July 26, 2008, 11:24:11 AM »
I met Parker last weekend in Houston and he is a wonderful guy. He went out of his way to annouce a notap 300 a youth bowler bowled in the Pro Am that wasn't even bowling on his lanes. By the way cc, take it from someone who has been bowling for over 30 years, when you think of Parker Bohn or Johnny Petraglia you think of Brunswick and vice versa.
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2008, 12:01:20 PM »
I have to agree Brunswick is Parker and vice versa you can't think of one without the other.  I personally prefer the Loyalty that is shown than some jumping around that goes on.  I understand you have to make your money while you can but I wish there was longer ball contracts with some of the exempt guys.

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« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2008, 12:10:30 PM »
You guys that are trying to pit Parker against Duke are probably the same guys who look for the ball that is going to hook the most. Norm does not hook the ball very much more or less on a level with Walter Ray so how is norm throwing a ball going to influence you who hook the ball a lot to buy a ball , doesn't make sense logically speaking
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2008, 03:19:06 PM »
Don't get me wrong, I am all for loyalty and rewarding those loyal to you. I just can't equate loyalty with profit and loss. I have not said that Parker is a better or worse bowler or person than Norm.

If Big B has not completed any type of market study to know how winning impacts ball sales, to say that one player is better for sales than another is pure conjecture. A matter of opinion.


BTW, Parker is the bowler that I tell my 10 year old lefty to pattern his game after. Not just form, but sportsmanship. But, that does not mean that Parker sales more product than Norm would.
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2008, 03:55:48 PM »
I think both Norm and Parker are great bowlers and both would be great staffers for any ball company.  While I currently do not use any Brunswick balls I applaud  Brunswick for staying with Parker, no disrespect to Norm.

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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2008, 04:56:10 PM »
ccrider,

It not just about ball sales. It is about a companies image also. While Norm is a fan favorite on TV, Parker is a fan favorite on TV, off TV, at exibitions, at Pro Ams, etc.

This is no disrespect to Norm, but not only does Parker influnece the sales of bowling balls, but every other bowling related product that Brunswick sells.

Norm is not the outgoing type of person, everyday, that you see on TV. Not saying this in a bad way, it is just a fact. Parker is the same person you see on TV, see at an exhibition, see at a pro am, see in the grocery store.....Parker is Parker 24/7.

As BrunsRico stated cc, you are entitled to your opinion, but being a former Brunswick employee, I know how much influence Parker has not only in bowling ball sales in sales of all Brunswick bowling related products.

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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2008, 05:45:52 PM »
I must say that if you have ever been to an event that Parker is a part of or even in the area you know how valuable he is. I have been around Norm and he has been cool to me but he is not the embassador for bowling or for a brand that Parker is.
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2008, 09:14:59 PM »
norms won with track also. parker is so nice and is a great ambassador to the sport. i think norm could win with everything really.
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2008, 02:56:22 PM »
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You guys that are trying to pit Parker against Duke are probably the same guys who look for the ball that is going to hook the most. Norm does not hook the ball very much more or less on a level with Walter Ray so how is norm throwing a ball going to influence you who hook the ball a lot to buy a ball , doesn't make sense logically speaking
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Yeah, cause Parker throws a huge hook,  please sense the sarcasm.  What in the world does this have to due with hook?

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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2008, 03:06:58 PM »
I truly can not believe some of the crap posted here. The whole "Parker vs. Duke for Big B" is the most idiotic arguement posted on the board (well, sort of...).

To keep this thread in perspective, the only thing keeping Norm from winning more often has been his health over the past few seasons. No matter which company's equipment is in his hands, he has the ability to win on any condition.

Why some of you dumb@sses argue with Hamlim and others in the know is beyond me? It should disqualify you from having any opinion on any subject because you're all too stupid to know when not to speak.
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #26 on: July 28, 2008, 03:34:09 PM »
as much as i love norm, parker is more the brunswick ambassador. he has been with them forever and a day, always wears the big "b" logo, and really comes across as the consummate mild mannered representative who you couldn't imagine throwing a tantrum. this may not be true, for all i know, in real life but that is the image he represents. he just looks reliable, dependable, and likeable. that keeps him as a bankable face of the company on TV. many people find different bowlers' personalities off-putting. not to say norm is in that category but parker doesn't ever reflect negatively.
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Re: Norm Dukes best look..
« Reply #27 on: July 28, 2008, 03:53:09 PM »
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norms won with track also. parker is so nice and is a great ambassador to the sport. i think norm could win with everything really.
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