Milwaukee loves bowling. The city is home to Holler House, which is the oldest sanctioned bowling alley in the country, as well as 93-year-old East Side mainstay Landmark Lanes, and dozens of other alleys that are scattered throughout the region. Between the storied history on the city’s lanes and the populace’s lingering love affair with the sport, it’s only natural that Milwaukee will soon be home to a professional bowling team.
Yesterday, Professional Bowlers Association (a.k.a. PBA) tweeted out a request to bowling enthusiasts and fans of pin puns to help come up with an “original franchise name” for its forthcoming Milwaukee-based league team.
Help us name our new league team in Milwaukee! Reply ⬇️ with your original franchise name by THIS Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10 AM EST for a chance to make history and win a signed pin from the team! #PBA #GoBowling #Chasing300 pic.twitter.com/pLmRk1kjCO
— PBA Tour (@PBATour) February 3, 2020
The PBA League—a traveling tour with five-person teams—started in 2013. Since its inception, it has featured teams with names like Dallas Strikers, NYC KingPins, Philadelphia Hitmen, Los Angeles X, Motown Muscle, Brooklyn STyLES (yes, with that capitalization), Silver Lake Atom Splitters, and Portland Lumberjacks. So that should give you an idea of what type of name ideas will likely be considered.
So far, some of the more appealing suggestions have been names like Beer Frames, Cream City Crushers, and about 40 other alcohol-related ideas. Personally, we’re partial to just naming the team the Milwaukee Beers as an ode to BASEketball and calling it a day. If you think you have a better idea of what to call Milwaukee’s new PBA League Team, leave a comment in the @PBATour Twitter thread by 10 a.m. EST (9 a.m. Milwaukee time) on Wednesday, February 5. Good luck!
Oh, and if you like bowling, we’re screening Kingpin at Avalon Theater on Wednesday, February 19. Tickets are still available.