The trouble is, of
course, that some ardent bowlers want to be deluded. "We thought it had
died down," said Matzelle, "until these two situations in Portland and
Des Moines in the last three months."
lane-doctoring really make that much difference in a bowler's scores?
"You're darn right it does," said Charlie Robinson, the president of
the Des Moines Men's Bowling Association. "Listen, I can take any
better-than-average bowler to one house and have him roll 30 games. Then if I
take him to another house that I know of, his average would go up 10 pins a
game. Maybe for better bowlers the average would go up even more."
terrible now," said a Des Moines proprietor. "It's not surprising to
see 15-and 16-year-old kids shooting 700 series."
Some Des Moines
bowlers were outraged and some just pretended to be outraged when the Register
and Tribune exposed the situation. One view ignored the real issue but, at
least, did it in a forthright manner: "What's so bad about making the lanes
better for scoring? Don't the sporting goods people put out golf balls that we
can belt further, and make us look like better golfers? Well, why shouldn't
bowlers get a break?"