Reading the news release about the Professional Bowlers Assn. League draft brought to mind an individual by the name of Tim Tebow.
Remember him? After winning the Heisman Trophy for the University of Florida, he went on to prominence during his second season with the Denver Broncos in 2011.
Tebow, a gritty quarterback and devout Christian, took over a lifeless Broncos team when they were floundering with a 1-4 record and carried them to their first AFC West title and first playoff game since 2005.
For his efforts, the Broncos gave him the boot – feeling his skills were too limited to become a top-notch NFL quarterback. After that thank-you note, Tebow hasn’t recovered and is now an unloved free agent – with a reputation as a fourth-tier NFL quarterback.
In actuality, Tebow is as good if not better than many of the awful-to-watch players who masquerade as starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
Now, bowler Kelly Kulick has become Tim Tebow – after becoming undrafted in Sunday night’s PBA League draft.
Here is someone who recently won the World Games mixed doubles bowling gold medal in Cali, Colombia, with teammate Mike Fagan – just one of a string of accomplishments for Kulick, a 36-year-old Union, N.J., resident.
Remember Kulick is the only woman to win a national title on the male-dominated PBA tour. That happened in 2010 when Kulick was victorious in the PBA’s signature event – the Tournament of Champions.
She also won the U.S. Open in 2003, 2010 and 2012 and served as basically a substitute for the PBA League champion New York City WTT KingPins last season.
Kulick made one fleeting appearance for the KingPins – in the inaugural Elias Cup finals when she drilled two strikes in two shots.
So the PBA League held its draft and the PBA news release didn’t even bother to mention the fact that the most prominent woman bowler wasn’t able to latch on to one of the league’s eight teams.
Kelly Kulick wasn’t even invited back to the KingPins, whose owner Billie Jean King is a celebrated women’s rights defender.
Kulick expected as much. “Honestly,” said Kulick about a month ago, “it’s unlikely that I’ll be drafted or chosen. That’s what my gut says. There’s just so many bowlers out there.”
The PBA League has eight teams with five players on each team. All 40 players are men – rookies, veterans, stars and some never-to-be stars.
In that examiner.com interview in late September, the outspoken Kulick also opened up as to why she thought she expected to be passed over in the league draft.
“The men are more concerned about the PBA Tour surviving. Anything given to the women is often questioned and debated,” she said.
One has to wonder if Kulick is on to something.
Just like Tebow, it’s possible that if given the chance, Kulick might overshadow some of her peers. And perhaps no one in the league wants to see that happen.