The Guerrinis, Bob and Arlene
Frank Niziolek Speaks: This was aired this evening on WTSP channel 10 evening news. My good friends, and frequent partners Arlene and Bob Guerrini were featured at the Pinellas Park Senior Center today. The Pinellas Park Senior Center in the West Coast District of the FSA has Sixteen courts and most are filled Mon, Wed, and Fri mornings in season.
In the summer up to ten courts are used. They also hold State and WCD tournaments and summer evening shuffling. We are very grateful to the Pinellas Park Recreation Dept. for their support of shuffleboard in Pinellas County and especially Recreation Department Director Keith Sabiel and Senior Center shuffleboard coordinator Linda Keen, who is featured in the video.
Stan McCormack speaks: I want to thank Frank for the article. I am unable to get the video to play by clicking on the link below. (I suggest you try.) Please also see the narrative below the link.
Losing to your wife can be tough sometimes.
That’s why Bob Guerrini never plays Arlene in shuffleboard.
“My wife. No question,” he said at the Pinellas Park Senior Center Wednesday morning when asked who was a better shuffler. “Maybe she’s trying to make me look good.”
Nobody looks good across the court from Arlene. She and her husband have been playing regularly, sometimes six days per week, for 14 years.
They both turned pro a year after taking up the sport. Arlene earned Hall of Fame honors a few years later.
Although, you’d never know it.
“Those two people are the most humble people and Arlene is so good,” said Linda Keen, who runs the shuffleboard program at the Pinellas Park Senior Center. “But, she doesn’t like to say, ‘Yeah, I’d beat you!’”
She lets others brag for her.
“She’s one of the best in Florida,” said fellow player, Clair. “She has bragging rights.”
Even over her husband.
“He’s very good as well but he’s probably not as good as his wife,” chuckled Leo Blumhagen.
“He’s very proud,” Arlene said.
The couple travels the state to play in tournaments. They have been married for over 60 years.