Beat the Champions broadcast adds bowler Sean Rash
BY DALE BOWMAN For Sun-Times Media December 24, 2012 4:54PM
Updated: December 24, 2012 6:42PM
Bowler Sean Rash will step in another direction Tuesday.
He will have a test run as an analyst/color man on the broadcast of the target scores for the 52nd Beat the Champions (10 a.m., Comcast SportsNet).
After a decade and a half of providing the color to Jan Schmidt’s commentary, Carmen Salvino announced this will be his last target broadcast for BTC. The guy he recommended as his replacement was Rash, 30.
‘‘Not only is he a bright young man, but he has personality,’’ Salvino said.
It looks like we might be talking about another Salvino.
‘‘People who know me know I love to talk,’’ said Rash, who had some experience in college broadcasting.
He will have familiar subjects to talk about. Pete Weber and Kelly Kulick are rolling the target scores for the fourth time each.
Rash’s role in the broadcast will call for him to be in a three-person booth for the second game, then to do the wrap-up interview with Weber afterward.
But bowling remains Rash’s focus, and his credentials are impeccable. He is the reigning PBA Tour player of the year and has won five PBA titles since turning pro in 2005. Before that, he was a two-time All-American at Wichita State.
‘‘Hopefully one year I will be competing in [BTC] and not commenting,’’ Rash said.
That would be a good thing. It would mean he had won the U.S. Open. The men’s and women’s U.S. Open winners are invited to bowl the target scores for BTC.
Ultimately, though, BTC is about giving. In the first 51 years BTC was co-sponsored by the Sun-Times and the Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Association, nearly $2.8 million has been raised for charity.