PADUCAH, Ky -
When former Paducah Tilghman standout George Wilson walked into Cardinal Lanes on Friday night, the Tennessee Titans safety greeted each one of his bowling competitors. All the while hoping his six year streak of not winning his own tournament would come to an end.
"I've always come up short," Wilson admits with a smile. "So I've got to be able to get the job done tonight once and for all. I'm hoping that with a little practice here and there tonight could be my night."
But Wilson's uncle Larry Reeves says his nephew's losing drought will continue.
"He can beat me at football, but when it comes to the mind games and when it comes to bowling, he can't touch me," said Reeves. "And if I have anything to do with it, he won't win tonight."
However, both Wilson and Reeves are bowling with heavy hearts. Wilson's grandfather, who has won the event twice, is missing it for the first time ever. The 80 year old is battling prostate cancer, and could not make it due to health reasons. So that first win for Wilson would mean even more if he could dedicate it to his grandfather.
"Not being able to have him and my grandmother here, there's certainly a void that's left," Wilson said. "But we know that they're hear in spirit."
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