Good thing this broadcast was only an hour long. It really wasn’t exciting. The event was worth double points, and Bushwacker was the bounty bull. Well, I guess that $25K bonus is safe. Does Bushwacker get to keep it?
Before I talk about the Bucking Battle:
Wow—could the PBR World Finals agenda be any clearer? Round 1 results show João Ricardo Vieira, #1 in the world standings, with a 64; Fabiano Vieira, world #2, with 51.25, and Silvano Alves, world #4, with 72.75. Clever: keep the threats down in the bubble-zone with a parade of non-Brazilians in the Top 10 (except for Marco Eguchi, whom they haven’t started hating yet). I’ll have to look up some videos of those supposedly terrible rides and prepare to be amazed.
And now to the broadcast:
- Ty Murray is back, giving us some relief from Justin McBride.
- More pounding at us about JB and the world title. I don’t think anyone’s real excited about his chances at this point.
- More referring to riders as “the Brazilian,” but never “the American” or “the Canadian.” Re the two Vieiras: Hummer informs us that they have “no relation other than being Brazilian.” Jeez, they’re not krazy-glued at the hip, guy. Maybe we should also be told which riders have no relation to one another other than being American. So far I’ve not heard “American L.J. Jenkins” or “Canadian Matt Triplett.” Speaking of which, we haven’t heard from Canadianaaronroy lately.
- But guess what: there’s a new Bad Boy Mowers bimbo, wearing more clothes. Still the same stinky delivery, though.
Loved the sensational Bushwacker photos—that guy puts out 1000%. If they haven’t already, PBR should publish a book of his best moments, and a video, DVD, and app. Drools Hummer, “Bushwacker heads for Las Vegas and puts what he hopes is an exclamation point on his career.” Dude, I don’t think the bull knows one punctuation mark from another.
Marchi didn’t look thrilled to be going up against him again. (Bushwacker, not Hummer.) Guilherme’s riding percentage is 50%, but that means squat when you’re talking about the heavyweight champion of the world. As Ty pointed out, “If his brains don’t get you, his strength will.” Marchi was a goner in 4.88 seconds, but the bull received his lowest score: 43. Guess he didn’t have to try hard enough.
Why were so many bulls bucking so close to the gate? Stage fright?
THE REST OF THE STUFF
Nothing much happened during this event except a lot of energetic buckoffs. After Chase Outlaw scored 89.50 by not falling for Southpaw’s big forward movement, the bull’s record was now 3 for 20. Chase took the lead and stayed there. Was the plan to overscore Outlaw up front, to make it harder for others to catch him?
Percolator sent Emilio Resende tumbling quickly. Surprisingly, Beaver Creek Beau bucked off JB Mauney. Raven Flyer gave Marco Eguchi an instant tumble; this is Marco’s 3rd event with no score. LJ Jenkins couldn’t tame Stone Sober; the bull’s first ass-flip sent him head over heels, and earned the highest bull score of the night: 46.50.
Ty and I thought a re-ride mighta been in order for Eduardo Aparecido, when Wicked bucked backward out of the gate, then kept hopping high, but an 86 doesn’t suck; he took third place. Matt Triplett’s 3rd time on Mr. Bull was not the charm. The buckoff caused Matt a “moment” on his way back into the chute.
I have a problem listening to everything the commentators say about Cody Nance never giving up, etc., because all I can think of is his spurs and how they may have contributed to his being a three-time “winner” this season. Regardless, the way Margy Time dumped him against the chute gave him a serious clunk on the head.
DID WE SET THE CLOCKS BACK ALREADY?
I’m A Gangster Too was a complete mess in the chute, fussing and lurching under Mike Lee. Just for extra thrills, the gate started to open while this was happening. Oops! Dangerous screw-up. However, the selectively generous judges gave Mike plenty of time to re-wrap and get settled. Not a clock in sight.
Semper Fi, son of Little Yellow Jacket, got a bit hung up in the chute; I think João Ricardo Vieira was fouled, but Ty said all the hang-up did was affect Vieira’s timing. Or did it change the trajectory of the ride, in which case a re-ride should’ve been offered? Guess we’ll just have to wait until a video is posted either on the PBR website or YouTube. Sometimes the “bootleg” videos show up faster.
OH NO, HE DIDN’T!
This is one time I wanted to strangle Silvano. He departed Walk Off at 7.83, when his ride had been looking so great. Did he stop because he slapped the bull? Did think he heard the bell?? He challenged the call, to no use. You let that one get away from you, Silvano! After all I’ve done for you…
THIS IS WHY HE’S THE NEW WORLD #1
Fabiano’s still being careful with his shoulder. His previous ride on Fire & Smoke looked like a 90, masquerading as an 87.50. This time, if he came up with more than Chase’s 89.50, he’d take the event, so just to bug him, the judge put him on the clock. It didn’t tank him. After his 88.25 ride, which put him in second place, he and Flint low-fived each other. Cute.
“Bulls don’t know when the whistle blows.”—Ty Murray.