We have all heard rags to riches stories, but how about the tale of a local man who went from an assembly line job, to pro bowler - and is now the subject of an upcoming television pilot for CBS?

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After many years of talk about a movie, the life of Saginaw bowler Tom Smallwood will be the subject of a comedy for the small screen.  I have to admit, it is quite a story. After being laid off from his auto industry job in 2008, he practiced bowling everyday for hours. According to MLive, Smallwood worked his way toward the PBA trials, and ended up placing third. I honestly don't know what that means, other than the fact that he is one hell of a bowler.

Proof of that is his numerous PBA titles and the amount of cash he has earned - over $700,000 dollars won on the PBA tour. Color me impressed! I don't know about you, but I am lucky to hit one pin when bowling. That may have something to do with the fact that I tend to spend more time in the bowling alley bar, than the lanes (that is a story for another time).

As far as who will portray Tom Smallwood on the show, that information is not known at this time (or just not made public as of now). I do know that Saginaw native Brian D'Arcy James is one of the producers. According to Wikipedia, he has starred in 'Hamilton' and '13 Reasons Why'.

Congratulations Tom Smallwood, this is really awesome. I am looking forward to watching your story.

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