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v- v- - , 1 - 1 Timet filas Mike Durbin captured a PBA-record PBA-record PBA-record third Tournament of Champions title in 1 984. in his prime. Anthony retired in 1983, but now, at 47, he is still in demand for exhibitions. The sport has yet to replace Anthony with a new "Mr. Bowling," even though bowlers like Durbin, Mark Roth and Marshall Holman have been very successful. successful. Durbin, who is the only player to win the Tournament of Champions three times (1972, 1982 and 1984), said the sport would benefit if one bowler could emerge as a standout. "I think it would help bowling if we had someone like that," Durbin said. "It would help to have a superstar, or two or three superstars, as far as the public taking an interest." Increased interest would also help bowling fight another dilemma. "Bowling has an image problem," Durbin said. "We're not visible enough. We're not recognizable enough to command command the big dollars like other sports." "It's come a long way," Durbin said, looking all the way back to 1967 at Tampa's East Gate Lanes, "but it has to go a lot further."