This wasn’t my idea, so I won’t take credit.
It came from examiner.com reader Mark Murphy of Castro Valley, Calif.
His email came in response to this column’s suggestion that the Professional Bowlers Assn. League should field an all-women’s team to build excitement and a Showtime persona to a sometimes-dull presentation of pros knocking down strike after strike.
This column suggested that the team could be owned by tennis icon Billie Jean King (currently the owner of the New York City WTT KingPins) and could feature such stars as Kelly Kulick (now a free agent and formerly a member of the KingPins).
Murphy wrote: “Excellent idea about an all-female team to the PBA League! Even if King and Kulick are committed to their current team, I think there remains enough talent to fill out a competitive roster. I’ve read that country music star Taylor Swift is a bowler. Perhaps she could be persuaded to buy into the league and assemble a team from the undrafted women of professional bowling.”
Murphy’s suggestion to have Swift as the women team’s owner makes sense at so many levels.
Swift, an award-winning singer-songwriter, is extremely pretty, hip and charismatic. That makes her a perfect fit as owner of a group of women bowlers – such as Kulick – who one could expect to be attractive show-stoppers.
Incidentally, Swift also was named a celebrity inductee in the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in 2010 – the same year she was spotted taking to the lanes at the Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City.
Swift received her Hall of Fame honor in a popularity vote in which she placed first with more than 600,000 votes – edging singer Justin Bieber by 5,000.
Earlier this year, football players/owners Jerome Bettis and Terrell Owens took center stage as ESPN broadcast both of them rolling simultaneous ceremonial first balls to launch the PBA League's inaugural season.
So who do you think viewers would prefer to watch roll a ceremonial first ball?
Jerome Bettis? Terrell Owens?
Or Taylor Swift?
Let’s face it. Swift would be a natural as the owner of a PBA League all-women’s team.
So let’s get the ball rolling – and create some excitement and good fun for the league.