The world of professional bowling isn’t exactly known for producing world-famous athletes. With that said, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Pete Weber, the boisterous Bad Boy of Bowling who you likely encountered on a fairly regular basis if you had a habit of watching ESPN2 on a weekend in the 1990s and 2000s.
Weber dominated the Professional Bowlers Association over the course of a lengthy career that started in 1979 and ended when he retired from the pro circuit in 2021.
The PBA Hall of Famer won 37 national competitions (including 10 majors) during his time on the tour, although his career is arguably defined by the iconic “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? I AM!” outburst we were treated to after he defeated Mike Fagan to win his fifth U.S. Open championship in 2012.
Weber was the guest of honor during a recent episode of Pardon My Take where he reflected on the over-the-top celebration that takes on new meaning when you consider who it was directed at: an adolescent fan who’d gotten under his skin during the showdown.
Pete Weber is such a legend. The fact that the famous quote was directed at a 12 year old heckling him makes it 10 times better. pic.twitter.com/0IxLRqEKdZ
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) February 1, 2023
Here’s what he had to say:
“I was sitting there and I was thinking about what I was going to say to the kid who was giving me trouble during the match. I wanted to say, ‘Who do you think you are with me in my house?’ It just came out ‘Who do you think you are? I am!’
[He was] 12, 13, 14. He rooted out loud a couple of times against me; the second frame when I left the 10-pin, he said ‘Yes!’ just loud enough. I don’t care if you root, but don’t root loud enough for me to hear, because that just takes away from everything.
It pisses me off, so when I get mad, I let people know about it and I’ve never held back.”
What a legend.