Friday, March 20, 2009


I'm a pretty bad bowler. But since I only bowl once every four or five years it doesn't seem to matter. My pattern has been fairly consistent throughout my life. The first game I bowl a 79. The second game I remember how to bowl and score a respectable 150. By the third game my arm is about to fall off so I bowl another embarrassing 79. As long as there is alcohol available, I couldn't care less.

For this reason, I never thought less of Barack Obama when he proved to be the gutter bowl king on the campaign trail. Failure to hit a 7-10 split is not indicative of bad character. It merely means you didn't spend much of your youth with your shoe size clearly displayed on the back of you heels.

But when President Obama compared his bowling score of 129 to the "Special Olympics or something" I immediately thought, "Oh man, I bet there's a Special Olympics bowler out there who could kick his presidential ass."

Meet Kolan McConiughey. He's one of the top Special Olympics Bowlers in the country. He has bowled a 300. He wants to challenge the President to a game. Barack Obama has officially found himself in a no-win situation.

Good for Kolan. I admire his chutzpah... or should I say balls.

(On a personal note, for many years my brother has coached a Special Olympics soccer team. Hats off to the men and women who dedicate themselves to these challenged athletes.)

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