Brace yourself. It’s a no-football-on-television Sunday.
The National Football Conference and American Football Conference championships were decided last week and now the Super Bowl lies ahead.
But the Super Bowl won’t be played until Feb. 3, so we have a break for a week to find other sports entertainment on television besides football this Sunday.
And no, I haven’t forgotten about the Pro Bowl being held Sunday because – come on! – that meaningless contest holds as much excitement as the outcome of the Harlem Globetrotters game against the Washington Generals.
So here’s another alternative for Sunday’s sports television fare: pro bowling!
ESPN will televise live the debut of the Professional Bowlers Assn. League at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., beginning at 9 a.m. and ending two hours later.
The league's eight teams have been competing this week for five berths in ESPN’s live finals field.
The top five finishers were the BROOKLYN STyLES, New York City WTT KingPins, Motown Muscle, Silver Lake (Calif.) Atom Splitters and the Dallas Strikers.
The L.A. X finished sixth, just 10 pins behind the Strikers.
Two-handed standout Jason Belmonte of Australia led the five-player X with 7,324 pins, an average of 228.9 for 32 games. Next highest for the X was Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Tex., with 7,304, an average of 228.
The Atom Splitters were led by Dom Barrett of England with a score of 7,371, an average of 230.3
Scott Norton of Costa Mesa provided a huge boost for the KingPins with a league-high score of 7,629, a very impressive average of 238.4.