Occasionally you’ll come across a sports star or athlete that is so skilled that they can carry out a maneuver in their chosen sport backwards or without looking. Like the soccer player’s overhead kick with their back to goal, or a reverse slam dunk in basketball for example.
Well, that’s not quite how it worked out with Jim Cripps or the “Backwards Bowler” as he is now known. Cripps apparently was a pretty terrible bowler when he did it the traditional way – you know, facing the lane and the pins that he was aiming the bowling ball at!
Things changed for Tennessee native Cripps, when a friend challenged him to a lighthearted bet that he couldn’t score 150 points by bowling backwards. Cripps accepted the challenge and ended up bowling a strike on his first try and with a final score of 163. It was then that he realized he was much better at bowling backwards than forwards and since then his unusual skill has got him his own little cult following. Continue Reading