FILLER – Thackerville 15-15


Once again, the first thing TV viewers get is Craig Hummer talking about his patron saint: “JB Mauney completes the 8, but pays dearly.”

Two seconds later we get, “In the past, JB Mauney has always turned up the heat in the second half of the season.” Like none of the other guys, who apparently always turn up the cold.

“The name at the top of the marquee for [how long?] has been JB Mauney…” Guess who said it?

The JB report: he got stepped on after his ride and has a stomach contusion. When they ask him about having to sit out, their Golden Boy says, “I’ll give those other guys a fighting chance.” Hummer claimed, “It’s not just gamesmanship, he means it.”  Maybe The Bummer is too in love to hear straight, but JB’s comment makes Mauney a completely arrogant asshole.


Cooper Davis is in the #1 spot by 2 points—some of the points he gained when Fabiano Vieira had to doctor out.

Now they’re all on the Cooper Davis bandwagon. You remember this trend: find a substitute Favorite White Boy in case JB tanks. It used to be Matt Triplett.


Out of the top 10 in the world standings are 1 American, 1 Canadian, and a whole lotta Brazilians. If Hummer and the other booth jerks want to keep stressing the nationality of a rider from south of the border, then they should give them props for populating the Top 10 list.

I just can’t help laughing my ass off every time I see Steve Tyler all trussed up like a cowboy, screeching out of tune.

Chris Shivers is the safety man. That  just seems odd to me.

They could’ve skipped this episode of Hitch’d: a repeat of the utterly stupid “Sumo softball” sketch. Gotta say, Guilherme was a good sport about it, and got into the spirit, dressed in a fat suit and a giant blue foam cowboy hat, making sumo noises. It took him a while to hit the bulls-eye and drop Fabiano into the dunk tank, though. (Fabiano in plaid shorts and a similar hat.) I think the PBR guys come up with stuff like this when they’re skunked.

The Behind the Ride segment was about bull rider Injuries: Matt Triplett’s surgery, JB, Reese Cates, Nathan Schaper, JW Harris (whose father has a similar idiotic dictum to JB’s father’s: if you’re not knocked out or your legs folded up to your head, get up and walk out of the arena). I just happened to notice that no Brazilian riders were featured—as if they never get hurt, or their injuries are minor. How about Fabiano, folks? Or Robson? Or Silvano? Not worth mentioning? This is not done by mistake.


Robson Palermo is back (yay!). Midnight Train, though is 0 for 14 (or is it 14 for 0?) Whatever—it means nobody in 14 outs has ridden him. Neither did Robson. And of course he landed hard on his left shoulder, because that would be the easily dislocated one. He took a looong time to get up, and was helped out by Sports Medicine. The verdict: Robson has a concussion and a possible rib fracture. Well, for a change it’s not a shoulder; at this point, he probably can pop them out at will.

“Red Rover, Red Rover, sends Fabiano right over” is Hummer’s idea of being clever. If Fabiano had had the shoulder surgery, he would’ve been able to make the free arm move he needed to stay centered on the bull. Watching TV with my Dad, I explained that Fabiano is afraid of surgery. Dad (a retired surgeon) laughed. “Look at what he does for a living!” True– how can you be more afraid of getting patched up than of getting on a cranky 1500-plus-pound hunk of beef?


Why do Derek Kolbaba’s spurs have a longer shank than others?

I saw Jess Lockwood nod twice for Margy Time—why didn’t they open the gate the first time?

Didn’t Wallace Vieira de Oliveira’s bull Hey Jack hit himself on the way out? He still scored 44.75. (De Oliveira is leading the Rookie race.)

Eduardo Aparecido’s re-ride was Jump Street, for 88 points. But where was the first ride? Another commercial break?


Bruiser scores 44.50 for dumping Kolbaba. Hummer: “Bruiser continues his march toward what he hopes will be…” Seriously? The bull hopes?

Tanner Byrne had no luck on Jeremiah. Guilherme Marchi remains the only one to ride him.


So far, Jess Lockwood has scored 90 points in each of two events. “Lockwood just put Margy Tim on lockdown,” is Hummer’s way of saying, the boy scored! 88 “That is textbook from an 18-year-old kid.”—Justin McBride. Yup.


Mike Lee’s re-ride was Sam, but when was the 1st ride?? Another one we didn’t get to see, thanks to a commercial break. 501 qualified rides for Lee so far. This time he reached for his rope early—bummer! I think maybe he got a little cocky and thought, “I got it knocked out. I’m done.”


Cooper Davis went from 167 to 138 lbs. since last year. Lambert, with his kind touch, told him he was too fat to be riding bulls at this level. JW Hart told him he was the fat kid. His poor dumb wife ate the same chicken and broccoli and brown rice (no salt) just because that’s what he was doing. Nobody told her they’re not connected at the stomach. He also can’t do math – he said it’s like strapping a 20-lb. weight on and trying to make the fast moves you need to make.


It was great to see Cody Custer’s 95.50 ride on Red Wolf – the 13th highest score ever.

Lachlan is in because JB’s out. Seven Dust is the bull. I agree with McBride – that bull is underrated. 92.25! Great ride. Apparently Richardson doesn’t research the bulls’ resumes before he gets on them. “And that’s why you don’t look at the paperwork!” Hummer says. True. Real motivation: Richardson said he rode the bull for a buddy of his who was killed.

Lachlan Richardson wins his first 15/15 Bucking Battle!


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INTERVIEW WITH ROBSON PALERMO                                     Aug. 22, 2016

BRM: How are your shoulders?

“My shoulders feel good; no complaint. Not have a problem no more. Sometimes my left shoulder feels a little sore because I have a bone graft and two screws in my shoulder…The shoulder is still loose, but somehow it still holds up pretty good.”

BRM: Did you rest over the summer?

“Well, I did. I went to a couple of events: Calgary, and a couple of Touring Pro events—I think about 6 events.”

BRM: That’s not so much rest.

He laughs. “Yeah.”

BRM: When did you first come to the States?

“I first came here in 2005 to watch the Final. Guilherme Marchi and Justin McBride were trying to become Champion. [McBride won the Finals.] I first rode here in 2006; I started riding on the Touring Pro, and to make money. Before I didn’t make much before I came to the tour. It wasn’t points like now. I started riding on the Touring Pro, and I started to make a little money here. I think it was four months I was on tour.”

BRM: Did Adriano Moraes help you get here?

“No; I met Adriano one time in Brazil. I talked to him a little bit, but I didn’t know him much. I knew him from the TV in Brazil and here. When I moved here, I didn’t talk to him much, because I lived in Gainsview, right close to Decatur, and Adriano lived in a different town. Also, he was going to the Built Ford Tough, and I was going to the Touring Pro. But Adriano helped a lot of people come over here. He helped me a lot, and he was a good friend. I came to his house, and we talked a lot.”

BRM: If you guys hadn’t come here, it would be boring.

He laughed again. about bull riding.

BRM: I’m glad Adriano is sending the Killer Bs up here.

He laughed. “Like Ty [Murray] said: Before they came one at a time, now they come ten at a time.”

BRM: Without you guys, it would be boring.

“I love to see those young guys come, not just Brazil, but Americans. This year these young guys ride really good. I think it makes more pressure for you to ride better, because you need to do well to beat those guys, and this I like; it’s making me keep going. I’m 33 years old now, and for a bull rider it’s a little old, not much, but my body is beat up so much: so many surgeries, bones broken. Jess Lockwood is 19 or 20 years old and I’m 33; it’s a big difference.” [Note: Lockwood is 18.]

BRM: Do you live in Tyler [Texas]?

“I had a ranch in Tyler, but a year and a half ago I bought this place in Bullard and I moved here. It’s a little small: 11 acres and a house, but the place I got in Tyler was a little bit bigger.

BRM: Do you raise bulls?

“I did before, but it’s too much trouble. [He’s laughing while he’s talking.] I not stay much at home when I go to all the main bullridings, and I think these bulls are smart. I think when I go they talk to each other and say, ‘When he goes, let’s go jump the fence.’ I’m bull riding and my wife calls [he adopts a high-pitched voice and imitates Priscila complaining], Look what your bull did. [I can just tell he’s rolling his eyes.] Oh my god.

I tried for three years; I bought some cows and I raised some bulls, but I never make nothing; I never sell nothing. I tried to make one to put on the PBR classic bulls, but I never sold. They’re hard to take care of.”

[Sage Steele Kimzey, CBR double World Champ & PRCA World Champ told me the same thing: bulls are too much trouble.]

BRM: Do you remember your first event in America?

“My first event in America I think was Charlotte, and it was not so good, because I have my shoulder first time dislocation. I went to Brazil, I did rehab for four days, and I got a phone call from the PBR, and they told me I’ll maybe make it to the top 45 this time; they said, Are you gonna come back and ride or wait a little bit more? I said, No, this time I was crazy to go on the Built Ford Tough top 45, and I just jump on a plane, and my shoulder was not so good. I rode one bull and I bucked off two. I have in my mind good things, because first time I come over and go to the event riding with those guys, the big names like Justin McBride, Ross Coleman, Chris Shivers, and all those guys. I was so happy to be in the middle of those guys.” [He doesn’t mention that he happened to be the Brazilian champion in 2005.]

BRM: Do you study the bulls?

“No, not before. I’m the guy that doesn’t care much about it, but the last couple of years I start to just a little bit take a look at those bulls, watch videos about those bulls, because those bulls get so smart, it’s not the same like three or four years ago. Those bulls feel you do everything; if you to one side, they go to the other side. If the bull is 100% going to the left, and you’re left-handed, he’s gonna turn back right. Those bulls are really, really smart. Before, they didn’t care; they just buck and jump and kick and spin, and not much change about it.”

BRM: Which way do you like a bull to go?

“You know, before I used to not care much, but now I prefer a bull come in my hand, to the left. I have a little bit of trouble with bulls away from my hand, turn back to the right. But when I feel good, and my body’s good, my mind’s good, then I don’t care which way he goes. But sometimes I want him to turn back left; it’s a lot easier for me.”

BRM: Are there different rules in Brazil about how much time you’re allowed to take in the chute?

“You know, before, they didn’t care much. Those Brazilian guys is lazy because in Brazil they didn’t care how much time you stay in the chute. If you do get really, really, really slow, then those guys get mad, but not like on the PBR; it’s a lot different. Another thing is over there they don’t have a TV show the time, not like over here where they have a TV show the time. I think that’s why it makes those Brazilian guys lazy over there.”

BRM: I think a guy should have all the time he needs to get set, but they hustle the Brazilian riders out of the chute, and disqualify them so many times, and they don’t do that to the Americans. The one time they disqualified Pistol Robinson, people got so upset.

“Oh yeah, I remember that. And I think it happened to Ross. People got upset. They do it to us, and we go to those meetings and tell them, This is not right, and they say, ‘Okay, I’ll do it because it’s going to be good for everybody.’ This is why guys get so mad, because every single week, every single day on the bullriding, they put Brazilians on the clock, and they even disqualify them in the chute. It happened to Valdiron last week. I was watching the TV, and saw Valdiron get fouled. The bull started to buck, and they started Valdiron on the clock, and Valdiron didn’t know, and the bull buck, buck, buck, and Valdiron get up. Valdiron get off the bull, and the judge say, You’re on the clock, you have four seconds. His rope fell on the ground. Some rules—I know you gotta go fast because of the time with TV and everything, but it’s the same every single weekend is the same problem. Every single weekend.” [He said more, but because he was outside in the wind, his voice got muffled.]

BRM: I think sometimes they disqualify Silvano even before he leaves the locker room. He chuckles.

“Yeah, I see that a couple of times with Silvano. Before he finishes his wrap, the clock starts. Now when you sit on the bull, they see nothing, and sometimes the judge puts you on the clock … I see this for Valdiron and Silvano. He is doing his second wrap, and they cut him off, and I say, What happened?”

BRM: Have the riders talked about this at their meetings with the PBR?

“Yeah; me and Guilherme talk a little more English, and we talked to the board, but you know, in the meetings everything is all well, they’re gonna help us, they’re gonna talk to the judges, and they’re going to change judges, they’re going to bring another judge and all that stuff. But they just say that, and when bullriding starts, everything comes back again.”

BRM: Renato was right; they do treat the riders like crap a lot of the time.

He laughs. “Renato tells the judge every single time. When he gets mad, he gets mad, and he says anything he wants to.”

BRM: Have you seen Renato?

“No, but I just see something on Instagram or Facebook that he rode bulls in Brazil for a benefit. He got on one bull to help a hospital there for the child who has some problem. Renato get on one bull to make money.”

BRM: Does Renato still have a ranch in Texas?

“No, he has a ranch in Buritama, in south Sao Paolo in a little town, and he lives on that. He’s got another ranch in the north of Brazil; this is a big ranch he bought, and he’s been going there, he has cattle on that ranch, but he lives on the little ranch.”

BRM: What would you think if your son wanted to be a bull rider?

He laughed. “You know, I don’t know. Like I say, my daddy he’s not a bull rider, he’s a cowboy. I learn to ride bulls by watching people on TV, and I thought to be bull rider. The first time bulIriding, I fell off, and I say, Mama, I want to be that. Bullrider. And I started to ride there in my house—chairs and all this stuff, and I say, Now I ride bulls. Now I got a son [Mateus], and he loves it; he rides sheep. I got one calf and I raised her on the bottle, and she’s gentle, and he’s been riding her. He loves all kinds of sports and now he’s 100% baseball, and he wants to be a baseball player, so he’s got all his stuff and plays here outside. Now the soccer season starts and he’s gonna play soccer. Gabby, she’s six; she’s going to turn 7 next week, and Mateus is five. My little one, Lucas, he’s 11 months old. I think he is gonna be the bad guy.”

BRM: What would you like to say to my blog readers?

“I just would like to say about Netflix Fearless, it shows a little bit more about us, the bullriding guys, where we come from, what we do, what we eat or not eat, travel together or not travel together, what we like or not like, the way we’re living here. I think it’s really helped us, because many people here don’t understand about us. They think we’re coming here, riding here, and going back to Brazil every single week. People don’t understand that we have a family here, we’re living here, kids born here, going to school here, and all this stuff. And everything what’s going on with the PBR, the rules and all this stuff. I think pretty much everybody told something he knows about…Every week here they watch bull riding and there’s some trouble. For us, it’s awesome living here, because the way the people treat us, the fans, is awesome because they treat us as professionals. In Brazil it’s not like that; like if you won something, nobody knew; nobody knew you the next day. But here, it’s awesome, because everywhere you go people know your career and ask for autographs and pictures and everything. So much more TV…and people take it a little more seriously, when they see us every week.”

BRM: Are there stand-alone bull riding events in Brazil, not just bull riding as part of a rodeo?

“Yeah, we have separate bull riding here; the PBR is here now. We’ve got some different associations here too, like the CBR, PRCA, IPRA [International Professional Rodeo Association]—we got all kinds of stuff like that in Brazil.” [He means organizations similar to the U.S. ones, not that the U.S. ones are there, except for the PBR.]

BRM: What did you think about Fearless?

“I did watch it; my wife watched it, but I watched it when I was in Nashville last week. I started watching about 12:30, and I stopped watching about 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning, and I was so tired. I didn’t read what people said about it, but my wife said, Yeah, it’s pretty good.”

BRM: In the series, his mother and someone else were pronouncing Guilherme’s name “Mar-kee.” Why?

“It’s Mar-chee. I think when he first started riding here, it was a little bit difficult for the announcers, so they started to say ‘Mar-kee.’” Laughs.

BRM: “It’s an Italian name.”

“Well, actually Guilherme is some Italian. My family is some Italian, too, because Palermo is from Sicily, and my daddy he’s an Italy guy. My mama, she’s Brazilian Indian. My grandpa came over from Italy a long time ago; people came from Italy to the U.S., Brazil, everywhere. My daddy is halfway Brazilian and halfway Italian. When I came here to the U.S., there were two families named Palermo, and one guy wanted to do the family tree. He wanted to know where my grandfather came from and if this guy was part of the family, too. I said, I don’t know about that.”

BRM: Do you speak any Italian?

“Actually, I talk a little bit. If I talk to somebody else from Italy, I can talk. It takes me a couple of seconds. If I spend 10, 20 minutes, and I start to speak a little, because it’s more easy. My grandfather, yes, but my daddy, not; he’s trying a little bit, but he’s full Portuguese. My mama’s daddy, my grandpa, is full Indian, and he spoke a different language, like a different Portuguese. He’s not Portuguese. I’m a half Brazilian, half Italian, and half Indian.”

BRM: Have you been to Italy?

“No, I want to go there. I want to go to Palermo one year.”

BRM: I hope you have another good season and win another Finals event.

“I look forward to that. My mind is good, my body feels good—not 100%, but still good. I just have a little problem in my knee this week. A few weeks ago I was in Amarillo, and I got bucked off, and I aggravated my right knee that I hurt before—my MCL. And then in Nashville, I thought I feel really good, and on the bull, he got out and jumped and I squeezed with my leg, and I felt my knee, and I said, Oops, I’m gonna stop right here.”

BRM: Listen to the doctor!

He laughed. “Yeah, I usually not listen to the doctor. Dr. Tandy come to me and he say, Oh, no. But now I’m smart, I listen to everything he say.”

BRM: You’re a stubborn Scorpio, right?

This time he giggled. “Yeah, Scorpio, that’s right.”

BRM: Me, too.

BRM: What are some of the bulls you think are the best right now?

“Air Time to me is the best right now. He’s really smart; he’s got a lot of power and he kicks hard.” [He mentioned several other bulls, but the wind blew his voice away.] Red Moon can really jump and kick. He’s a really good bull for a big ride. There’s lots of great bulls out there; I forgot their names. Some bulls come from Canada, and they turned out really good, too.”

BRM: I think the PBR changed the format for the Nashville event because the bulls were so good that they were afraid nobody would ride.

He laughed. “Exactly. Exactly. If you bring just the best there, and maybe none of them are going to ride those bulls.”

BRM: I saw a Touring Pro event in Worcester where nobody rode.

“The whole event? Then they have to decide on peoples’ time or something like that?”

BRM: Yep. I thought they should give the money to the bulls.

“Exactly. They should do that. Yeah. They should do, because if nobody rides, they should give it to the bulls, and next time those guys will ride.”

BRM: I should let you go. I’m going to put this up on the blog, so keep your eyes open for I’ll tell the people who arranged the interview to remind you.

He laughs again. “Okay.”

BRM: Thank you for your time.

“You’re welcome. And if you want to have some time, just call me.”

BRM: Have a good weekend.

“All right; take care.”

BRM: Take care.

Note: I don’t know if they still have some left, but you can order tee shirts and hoodies with the Palermo family motto on it: “Dream. Work Hard. Succeed.”

Robson Palermo rides New Frontier Rodeo's Spitball for 84.75 during the second round of the Kansas City Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media. Photo credit must be given on all use.

Robson Palermo rides New Frontier Rodeo’s Spitball for 84.75 during the second round of the Kansas City Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media. Photo credit must be given on all use.

Robson Palermo. OKC studio shoot. Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson

Robson Palermo. OKC studio shoot. Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson

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I spent some time on the phone with Silvano Alves recently, with the aid of a translator.

I asked if Adriano Moraes had helped him:
“Originally I came to the U.S. on my own to ride on the Touring Pro level, and stayed here for two weeks, then went back to Brazil and stayed there for a few months, and that’s when Adriano gave me a call, and I made it onto the Brazilian World Cup team to compete in the spring. I stayed in Brazil for the break and came back after the break in 2010.”
He laughed when I said Adriano had told us he had a secret weapon named Silvano Alves. “Adriano probably just said that because he heard from all the guys down in Brazil how good I was riding. I didn’t use to ride with PBR Brazil before. I didn’t ride in Barretos.”

Does he remember what happened on his first ride in America?
“I covered. It was on the Touring Pro; I don’t remember where. I went to two Touring Pros here, and ended up second in one, and fourth in the other. I started riding in the Built Ford Tough Series in 2010. 2009 was Touring Pro.”

Does he have a preference for any particular kind of bull?
“Because there’s so many different kinds of bulls, I have no preference. There’s some good ones that go to the right that I like, and then there’s some good ones that go to the left that I like, but then there’s bad ones, too, that go to the right that I don’t like, and the same thing with the left. There’s some that are good that jump a lot and have a high kick that I like, but then there’s some I don’t. Each bull is different. I think Smooth Operator, Asteroid, War Time, Bruiser, and a couple more are the best bulls out there.”
“There’s definitely a difference between the bulls in Brazil and the bulls up here, in my opinion. The ones here are very strong and they’re quick; they’re athletic. They might be smaller than the ones from Brazil, but because they’re so agile, they’re harder, and I think they’re really smart. The ones in Brazil are also hard because they’re bigger, but they’re not as quick as the ones here.”

What did he think of that bracket format the PBR used for the Nashville event?
“I didn’t like the bracket format in Nashville. It’s a good format for a one-time event, to change it up, to make it different, but it depends a lot on the draw, because if you don’t have a good draw—you have to be lucky to get a good draw, and if you don’t have luck, it doesn’t turn out so good for you. I like the normal format the best: the long gos and the short gos.” He laughed when I said I thought maybe they used that bracket format because the bulls were too good and they were afraid nobody would ride.

I told him that we see how the judges treat him differently from the other riders and always put him on the clock.
“I know that it’s different for us, and it’s probably because we’re from a different country, because we’re not from here. There are a lot of times an American will be in there a lot longer than we are, and they don’t get put on the clock. I know this happens, and I know I’m treated differently, but all I can do is do my best, do the best that I can do and be better, to try to get ahead.”
I told him that Cody Nance can make a sandwich in the chute and not get put on the clock, but they disqualify Silvano before he even leaves the locker room. He laughs. “Yeah, that’s normal.”

I asked if there’s a chute clock in Brazil. There wasn’t before.
“Now they’re using a chute clock in Brazil, too. They do use the clock, but it’s different, because in Brazil the judges are watching and they understand when you can’t get out. They can see if you’re having a hard time setting up in the chute with the bull, like if a bull’s acting up inside, they can tell, and they work with you. If they can see that it’s because of the bull, they won’t put you on the clock; they’ll give you some time to work it out. If they see you’re taking too long and you’re just wasting time, then they’ll put you on the clock. But here, they don’t care what the bull’s doing, they don’t care what’s going on, they just want you out. Sometimes it might be because they want to hurt your chances; they just want you to get out.”
We discussed what happened to Valdiron in the chute in Nashville: they put him on the clock while his bull was rocking wildly in the chute, and Valdiron lost the rope, then they disqualified him. “The bull was jumping, and the rope came out of Valdiron’s hand, it wasn’t his fault, but they still put him on the clock. It hurt him; they just did it to hurt Valdiron.”

I asked if the Brazilian riders had meetings with the PBR to talk to them about this kind of thing.
“In the riders meeting with the PBR, we have tried, we do speak, and we’ve told them many times about it, and nothing changes. Everything is the same. Nothing changes, and it’s always the Brazilians that end up getting hurt by it. We do get treated differently, and it’s not just Brazilians, it’s Latinos too; with the Mexicans it’s the same thing. That’s why you have to make sure you do your job right, to get ahead.”
“Being that the PBR is such a big corporation now, it’s all business, it’s starting to fade out from the sport, from taking care of the guys– and the guys are the ones that make the sport. If it wasn’t for the riders, they wouldn’t be getting the audiences they’re getting or the tickets they’re selling; it’s because of the riders that tickets are being sold and the arenas are getting filled.”
“The PBR doesn’t want to see that there are a lot of issues, that a lot of people are mad about it, and that they see a problem in what is going on, and that people are starting to lose interest. The PBR thinks that they’re winning and that’s all that matters, but the only place where stuff like this is happening is in the PBR, for the Brazilians. They’re starting to lose sight of the athletes. I don’t understand why PBR does it that way, but yeah, I know what you’re saying.”
“There’s no point in getting mad, because then you’re just giving them a reason to hurt you more.”
I asked how he manages to keep his feelings from showing on his face.
(Laughs) “It’s better not to show anger, because then you’re just going to make it worse.”
I said, “Well, I can show anger; I’m allowed to.”
He said, laughing, “Yeah, you can.”

I asked if his son wanted to be a bull rider, would he let him:
“I’m going to support him in whatever he decides to do. If he wants to be a bull rider, I’ll support him, but I’m not going to push on him. Whatever he wants to do, as long as it comes from him and he enjoys it, then I’ll support it, whether it’s bull riding or roping or whatever. Whatever he wants to do.”

Did he see Renato when he went back to Brazil?
“Since Renato left the U.S. and went back to Brazil, when I was over there I didn’t see him; I just saw pictures.”

I said that a lot of us know that he really won four World Championships, not three.
“Me, too. The judges didn’t let me win it.”

I told him we see that the judges are very prejudiced in favor of someone who I won’t name.
He laughed. “Yeah.”

I said, The judges gave you a lot of 84s. He said, “Yeah, my scores will never go higher

Silvano Alves. Stanley/DeWalt studio shoot. Photo by Andy Watson

Silvano Alves. Stanley/DeWalt studio shoot. Photo by Andy Watson

Silvano Alves attempts to ride Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Jonathan Fine's Beaver Creek Beau during the championship round of the Kansas City Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson

Silvano Alves attempts to ride Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Jonathan Fine’s Beaver Creek Beau during the championship round of the Kansas City Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson

Silvano Alves and Son. OKC studio shoot. Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson

Silvano Alves and Son. OKC studio shoot. Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson

than 85.” Laughs again.

“Whatever you want to write—thank you for writing about the guys and about the organization. We’re thankful to you for writing about them and interviewing them. Thank you very much; I’m very happy.”

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“I tried riding at the beginning of the summer, but I got hurt, so I took the rest of the summer off. It’s good now, I’m recovered, because I rode last weekend and it felt good, it didn’t hurt; I’ve gotten on a couple of bulls, so I’m good.” [in Nashville: Ante Up, 85.50 and Sheep Creek, 87.50]

BRM: Does Adriano have a few more young riders to send up to the States?
(Joking) “Adriano doesn’t want anyone coming over here to ride!”

“I used to ride in PBR Brazil, then I came over here in 2012 and started riding in the Touring Pro Division, and then I rode in the World Cup on my own after being here for a little while. I don’t remember my first ride in the States. I was in a Touring Pro event in Mississippi, close to Texas; I covered all my bulls and made it to the final round, and ended up fourth in that event.”

“I always study the bulls. I like to study my draw before. I study how they’ve been performing now versus before, also to see if they’re healthy, and their temperament, besides which side they go to, and whether they have a high kick, and all that stuff. I prefer the ones who have a high kick, that they jump in the air, and that they go to your left, and also the ones who don’t come out of the chute strong immediately, because it doesn’t give you a chance to figure out what’s going on.”

“I don’t really remember a lot of the names of the bulls, but one of them I’d like to get on is Air Time.”

BRM: What are the best rides you remember?
“Last year I rode a bull for 92.50, the highest score I’ve gotten, and then a 92 in 2014.”
[Note: ProBullStats says he’s made 15 rides for 90 points or more.]

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Correction re Guilherme Marchi

Okay, I just got the official word from Robson Palermo that “Mar-chee” is the right pronunciation of Guilherme’s last name. Apparently when he first came to the States, the announcers were calling him “Mar-kee.” In one of the first two episodes of Fearless, his mother was joking about it, but because there were no subtitles at the time, I got the opposite end of the stick!



Leave it to the PBR–what starts out as a great idea–a mini-series about bullriders, giving the Brazilians their due, with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, including from the Barretos Rodeo–ends up cockeyed.
I watched the first two episodes as Netflix screeners, and couldn’t believe it. NO TRANSLATOR, NO SUBTITLES. I’m listening to in-depth conversations with Silvano Alves and Guilherme Marchi, in Portuguese, with no way to understand. It didn’t occur to the powers behind the series that an awful lot of Americans don’t speak Portuguese??
So I politely suggested to the middleman that, um, people might be disappointed. The word DUH comes to mind. In a while, the techies involved fixed up a couple of episodes with what’s called “forced English” — a.k.a. subtitles.
Oh goody, I thought, ready for some binge-watching.
The next day, only one episode remained online–with no “forced English.”
Not to mention: what genius thought it was a smart idea to start the series during the first PBR event after the break? Are we supposed to be flipping back and forth between Nashville and Netflix?
Meanwhile I’d like to know if anyone out there has seen any of the episodes, and whether they had subtitles.
P.S. Apparently we all have been pronouncing Guilherme’s last name wrong. Everyone in Brazil was calling him “Mar-kee.” I guess he’s been too polite to correct the PBR.

Later I’ll post some notes about what I saw.

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ICYMI: Sage Steele Kimzey 2015 interview

Sage Steele Kimzey just set a new standard on the Road to Cheyenne: he’s the first bullrider to take both the CBR Finals event title AND the World Championship– and this is his second CBR World Championship. I dug up the interview I did with him last year; I think it’s a good time to air it again. So here comes the re-run:

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock—or maybe too focused on the PBR—you’ve heard about the winningest rookie ever to come down the pike: Sage Steele Kimzey. (If you haven’t, you’ll see him compete in The American rodeo on RFD-TV tomorrow night, with the PBR’s Top 10 Riders and a handful of the Touring Pro’s best.)

He’s the 2014 PRCA and CBR World Champion, PRCA Rookie of the Year, and winner of the RAM Top Gun Award. And get this: he was competing during the daytime in the Frontier Days rodeo, and at night in the CBR Finals.

As for the numbers, he’s astounding:
• 4 of his CBR Finals rides were scored 90, 90, 90.50, and 91.
• He rode 8 of his 10 bulls during the PRCA/NFR Finals.
• He’s only the 2nd rookie to win the PRCA title; the last one was in 1963.
• He broke the PRCA record for rookie earnings by more than $100,000.
• He broke the record for most money won in a season, when he was a permit holder.
• His 2014 riding percentage was 63.77%.

And he’s only 20 years old.

CBR Cheyenne '14 0413 Sage Kimzey-Crimson King(MEL)

Kimzey Style

According to CBR founder Tuff Hedeman, Sage is “a rare talent who rides fundamentally flawless.” (The English major in me wants you to know that the correct word here would be “flawlessly.”) Kimzey’s technique is smooth, calm, and so sticky, you’d think he’s got rosin on his butt.

That made Sage laugh when I told him my first impression of seeing him ride. I asked how he keeps so focused and calm on a bull; I don’t see any panic moves.

“No, there’s not,” he says, just as calmly. “I would guess it’s just because I’ve been around rodeos so long; it’s a place I’m very comfortable. I’ve been around bulls all my life… I’ve had some situations that were at the time as big as the NFR to me, but I was comfortable on the back of the bull. I guess it’s just a personality thing; I don’t really get too wound up about anything.”

I mentioned how smooth his countermoves are; he’s in control and in tune with the bull. There’s even a touch of J.B. Mauney’s free arm glide. “Well, thank you,” Sage says. “That’s from a lot of practice, a lot of trial and error.”

The How-To

As far as he remembers, Sage probably got on his first animal at age 3. Does he remember when he first made 8 seconds? “Shoot; no. When I was four years old, probably.” What was the first event he won? “Shoot; I couldn’t tell you.” I’m thinking, If he keeps riding like he’s been doing, eventually he might not even remember the first World Championship he won.

“I’ve had a few hiccups here and there in my training, but I’ve been working at it since I was three years old, to where I got everything down right. There wasn’t anything that I really just had to focus on, like that was the only thing wrong with my ride. I just had to work out the kinks, and everything went good.” I’d say that’s a holistic approach to bullriding: not obsessing about where his feet are, or in which direction the bull spins.

Sage spent time training with Gary Leffew and his own father Ted, a former rider and experienced bullfighter. (I hate to call them “clowns;” there’s nothing funny about what they do.) I asked if they gave him any secrets to help his riding. “Not any specific secrets, I’d say; they’re not anything like that. Dad always tells me to stay square and in the box, which just means stay square with the bull, and don’t throw your free arm or move out of position, just stay in position and make the bull buck you off. A bunch of guys buck themselves off, with the wrong countermoves. I try to stay away from that, and it works out pretty good, usually.”

Kimzey’s Hit Parade

In terms of role models, Sage has plenty of the best: “I’m a huge fan of rodeo and the history of the sport, so I’d say, Donnie Gay, definitely; I loved Jim Sharp’s style; [Ring of Honor member] Clint Branger, Cody Custer, Tuff Hedeman—all of them; I can’t just name a couple of them. I appreciate everybody for their style and the way they do things. I’ve looked up to pretty much every good bull rider that’s ever come down the pike. I’ve watched films on everybody, even up to now.”

I asked him about riders competing now. “I’ve idolized J.W. [Harris] for six or seven years. J.B.’s [Mauney] phenomenal, just from the fact that some of the moves he makes, guys should just not be able to make. He makes stuff happen that shouldn’t work at all, but in the end it does come out. Silvano’s an absolute beast—I’m a huge Silvano Alves fan.” I cheer a little at the fact that an American rider doesn’t have a problem with a Brazilian rider. He laughs.

Kimzey on Re-Rides

I asked his take on the flak Alves gets for turning down re-rides. His answer is so mature, it’s hard to believe that two years ago, he was in high school: “There’s definitely a time and a place to take one, but there’s a time and a place not to; it doesn’t make you any less of a cowboy if you don’t take one. It’s all about your decision at the time and without any time to think about it.”

Did you hear that, all you folks who dislike Silvano because he doesn’t like to take re-rides? It doesn’t make you any less of a cowboy if you don’t take one. And I think this cowboy ought to know.

“Hindsight’s definitely 20/20. You have an instant to think about it and make a decision on the spot; you just gotta go with it and not have any regrets. There’s never been a time that I haven’t taken a re-ride that I regretted it, or when I did take a re-ride and got bucked off and regretted it. It’s just the kind of decision you just gotta learn to live with.” I recall Silvano saying something similar about having to make a decision on the spot, and trying to think about how it will affect him later. Apparently great bullriding minds think alike.

The Bulls

It might seem silly to ask someone just past the rookie stage which bulls and rides stand out for him, for better or for worse, but I did. Yep, one did stick out for him, with good reason. “When I was 18, I got on Magic Train, D&H Cattle owned him at the time, and I was 93 points on him; that was the first time I’d ever been 90. To be 93, being an 18-year-old kid—that’s definitely a ride that’ll stick out in my mind. For the worst rides that stick out in my mind…” He starts laughing, and I never get an answer.

As to whether there’s a specific bull he wants to try: “I like to get on anything that bucks, really. I’m not too picky. Anything that’s going to push me over the 90 mark—shoot, I’m happy with that.” No mention of what type of action he’d prefer, or whether the bull spins left or right—I think he’s got his head on straight.

He also has a “one that got away” story: 3rd ranked Crystal Deal (88.46% buckoff rate, according to ProBullStats), belonging to Don Kish. “I had him at the Redding [CA] Champions Challenge last year, and he actually got crippled in the bucking chute…much to my dismay. So Kish pulled him. I didn’t want that to happen to him; I really wanted to get on him. I was really looking forward to getting on him.” The result of the incident: no score for Kimzey, and a re-ride that didn’t pan out. “I’ll tell you, there’s one that I have a little personal vendetta against that I need to get back at him for.”

I asked him about buying any bulls. “Not bulls; I own just about 30 head of heifers this year. I probably won’t ever own one; honestly, they’re a lot of hassle. That’s one thing, the stock contractors never get enough praise for dealing with the animals and all that. It’s very definitely a task that takes a lot of time and a lot of effort… The connection between a stock contractor and one of his animal athletes is—you can just see the love and affection that Julio [Moreno] has for Bushwacker. It’s just like anybody raising a child, really. You see them from conception, birth, where they’re just starting out growing up. And the stock contractors love them as much, too.” I said it’s sad when they retire.

He agrees. “It’s the same thing as a kid moving out to college or anything like that. It’s the whole thought that—like I said, they’re with them from Day One til the day they retire, and usually til they pass away, too, so it’s a whole process. It’s special to see the connection like Julio has with Bushwacker, or any of the other contractors with their top athletes. You can tell the love that goes back and forth.”

The Zone

Back to his phenomenal results in Cheyenne: I recognize when someone’s in “the Zone.” It doesn’t happen just with athletes. I’ve seen it in great musicians (Jimi Hendrix, amen!) when they take off into an entirely inspired realm and can do no wrong; and I know I’m not the only actress on the planet who’s experienced the amazing feeling of being the character and watching from outside at the same time, never putting a foot wrong, and taking the audience along for the ride. Sage sure took people along for the ride last year. Other rookies might choke—even seasoned pros do—in a run for any World Championship. Instead, Sage was king of the Zone. I asked how he kept his concentration.

“It seems any time I go to a big event and the pressure’s high, the stakes are high, that’s when I really get into the zone. In the big moments where there’s a lot of money up, and a lot of pressure, the title, the prestige behind the event… that’s when I really step up my game. It seems to bring the best out in me.” No kidding!

He explains, “I handle it a lot different than most guys do. It really calms me down, being in a big moment like that. I’m revved up, and I’m kind of nervous in a way, but it’s more anxiety than it is being nervous or scared of the big moments at all. That’s just what I’ve been gunning for, the big moments. It slows down everything for me and it makes the ride really easy, honestly. I don’t know why it is that way for me, but everything’s just slow and everything seems to work really good whenever the stakes are high and the moments are big.” Most people get that slowed-down experience during a car wreck, but hey, this is a bull rider talking.

Does he have any kind of pre-ride ritual for luck? “I pray right before I get on, but other than that, I’m not really a superstitious guy at all,” he says, which isn’t what another writer reported. That guy mentioned a lucky hat, lucky boots, and not changing socks all during the Finals. I don’t ask. I just mention what I’ve seen Guilherme Marchi, Ryan McConnel, and Ben Jones do in the chute: does he ever slap his own face? He gives what may be the funniest answer possible coming from a bull rider: “Not me. I don’t want to inflict any pain on myself.”

How-To for the Newbies

What would he tell a young bull rider coming up? “Practice makes perfect. That’s what it comes down to, how bad do you want it, and how bad do you want to work for it. You hear it all the time, but that’s really what it comes down to: how many hours of sleep are you willing to lose. I get on practice bulls probably three days a week when I’ve gone home… spend hours on ‘em. Call it my art, that’s what brought me early success in my career. It’s all about how hard you wanna work.”

I commented on guys who go out partying the night before an event (not mentioning any names); those are the ones I see being airmailed all over the arena. His response is amazingly mature: “You can tell pretty quick who wants to be successful and who doesn’t. There’s a fine line between having fun and being a little excessive with it. I’ll go out and have a good time, but when it comes down to business, I make sure that I take care of it.”

Sage says he doesn’t have a motto. “Not really. I just live with no regrets; just take every day, day by day.”


Kimzey spends virtually 24/7 on the road with traveling partners Tanner Bothwell and Brennon Eldred; as we spoke, he and Eldred were sitting in an airport waiting to fly out to Denver for the Colorado vs. the World Invitational. “Then I need to take a little ski trip, then head over to Vegas,” he says. “We’re not going to do the Cowboy Downhill; we’re actually up in a rodeo that same day. Maybe next year.”

What does he do when gets home? “Just hang out with friends and family, and bull riders I know. I just like to hang out and live a normal life.” Again: sensible.

Taking Care of Business

Kimzey may seem like Superman, but there’s only so much a guy can do with 24 hours in the day. He completed two years toward his business degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (during which his high school declared a Sage Kimzey Day), but had to leave school: final exams took place during the PRCA Finals, and the CBR schedule conflicted with the college rodeo schedule.

Business degree? Yep—he knows bullriding isn’t just a sport, it’s a way to build a foundation for your future. “Since I don’t have very long to ride bulls—I figured a long career would be about 10, 15 years—I figured I’d go ahead and get it while the gettin’s good, and if I feel like it after I retire, I can always go back to school.” Kinda sensible for a guy who took the top prizes on two of the biggest circuits in the most dangerous sport on earth.

Seriously sensible: with his $100,000 in CBR bonus money, Sage bought a 25-foot motor home for himself and his traveling partners, and “a bunch of cows and stuff like that, so after I’ve finished riding I’ll have something to fall back on.” I ask if he’s tried out the fancy one-of-a-kind Juan Munoz Andrade trophy saddle he also won. He laughs. “No, I haven’t. It probably won’t ever hit a horse’s back. It’ll be one that I just keep inside. It’s something that every bull rider in the PRCA thinks about attaining. It was definitely fun.”

Sage & Saddle

The Future

Sage says he might visit the bullriding scene south of the equator. Fellow riders who attended the huge event in Barretos, Brazil absolutely loved it, he said. “I’d like to go down there just to see the difference in culture; not so much the difference in competition. That’s something I want to do, tour the world. My Dad had a chance to go whenever the bullfights were really big. He had a chance to tour Germany, just tour different cultures of the world, and see how the world’s different in so many other places. I think that’d be cool.” Sage definitely could give “cool” lessons to the xenophobics here. (Look it up, folks; it’s a fancy word for being scared of cooties.)

After he’s done being a star (he didn’t say that; I did), Sage intends to go back to the family ranch in the teeny weeny town of Strong, Oklahoma (there’s debate about whether the population is 30 or 49) and run it with his siblings. “For sure, ranching is a lot of work,” he says, “but there’s a lot of rewards, too; shoot. I love the Western way of life and the Western heritage. Being an American cowboy is near and dear to my heart, and that’s what I want to do: just be a cowboy, day in and day out.”

P.S. Sage Steele Kimzey is one of the few bullriders who doesn’t cite Lonesome Dove as his favorite movie. His is The Shawshank Redemption. An intelligent movie for an intelligent cowboy.
P.S.#2. But we both love Family Guy.

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Tick tock

The clock is ticking: in another month PBR Built Ford Tough Series bull riders will be wrapping, and the bulls will be bucking. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the action. I think the summer break has been good for not only the cowboys but also the fans: media saturation had created eyeball fatigue. Also, my ears are still bent from all the commentator yammering about J.B. Mauney.

Before then, on July 25 and 26, Championship Bull Riding is holding its Finals in Cheyenne, so you don’t have to suffer a drought. You can see their events on primetime TV, on Fox Sports News. The schedule is posted on their website: No yammering, just good riding.

And don’t forget the PRCA: their CBSSports Network broadcasts start on Aug. 6, although that one’s a Cowboy Christmas Season update. Go figure.

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The Krazy Kowboy Grammar Book

While I’m twiddling my thumbs waiting for the televised bull riding reason to appear, I assembled a few goodies going as far back as 2010–and this is without trying very hard. There’s plenty more buried in other posts– and this season will add to the list. Can’t wait (as I writhe in my seat).


“It’s amazing to see how far the PBR had came.” I think ya might call that the Past-Past, or Double Past tense.

“That bull knew he done been rode.” In English, that would be the Past-Past-Past tense, but in bull ridin’, that’s the Cowboy Emphatic tense.

“He is got that down.” I think that’s the present tense; couldn’t say for sure.

“They had just a lot of mediocre good bulls.” Okay, not a case of scrambled verbs, but I kinda think a bull’s either mediocre or he’s good, so this would be called Oppositional Adjectives.

“He rode as good as he has rode in the last couple of years.” That is definitely the Past-And-Really-Past tense.

Latest development: Forget “rank,” “really rank” or “very rank”—the new superlative is Double Rank. McKee ran out of adjectives.

“I don’t think anybody has rode two bulls going into the championship round with two 90-point rides.” That ol’ Simultaneous Present-Past tense.

“I believe I’ll get him rode today.” Now that’s the Present-Future-Past tense, courtesy of Ross Coleman.

“Holdin’ onto his bull rope, that’s certainly gonna be the difference-maker here.” Sounds suspiciously like being “the decider.”

“and a whole lot of power Brazilian strength.” As opposed to that power Brazilian weakness.

“When Brendon’s riding well, everything seems to be clicking for him.” Uh-huh, because you’d hate to have that clicking going on when you’re riding badly.

“Now let’s move even further into the present.” Wow.

“…after they see what he may have went through.” There’s just no excuse for this, boys.

“Most bulls got more personality than most people.” If I had to guess, this sounds like Cody Lambert talking. Or somebody talking about Cody Lambert.

“He absolutely efforted himself through that ride.” Ty Murray has invented a whole new language.

“That bull got kind of an effervescent feeling.” You know, like Alka Seltzer.

“I was beat up, crippled up…” Sounds like the opening of a cowboy blues song.

“He has got his fire under his motor.” A motor on fire is not a good omen.

“He’s goin’ in his own motor hisself.” I don’t know what the heck that means.

“Looks like he could’ve ate a sandwich up there.” I don’t think the verb tense is the issue here as much as it is the amount of time Cody Nance takes in the chute.

“He coulda rode this bull all day long and all day tomorrow, too.” Past-future tense?

“It’s the real filthy kinda dirt.” As opposed to the real clean kind of dirt.

“He disgusted hisself.” I think what fools the guys here is that “herself” is a real word, so they assume “hisself” must be, too. Wrong.

“He’da a broke me right there.” As in, breaking a horse?

“I thought my pelvis was broke.” What have they got against using the last “n” in the word?

“He’s gotta get one rode here.” So far not one cowboy seems to know that there is such a word as “ridden,” which would solve a lot of their f’ed up verb tenses.

“Marchi never faced a real injury that has shooken him up.” No, but I think he may have been shooked up.

“Look at the rare” on him. Rare, as in steak?

“JB Mauney has slayed the dragon!” Putting aside the apocalyptic tone of that sentence, “slayed” is wrong, and I’m not going to tell you what’s the right word because I’m sick of this Mauney Messiah business.

“He’s came here and he’s rode…” I’m surprised they don’t think there’s a word called “roden.”

“I thought I had him rode until I nodded my head, and that’s where it all went wrong.” P.F.F. in itself; if everyone could think themselves into making a ride, there would be no need to get on the bull.

“The time has completely ran out.” Ya hate when that happens.

“We’ll see how well the judges think it is.” That one came out of Craig Hummer’s mouth—he’s suddenly channeling cowboys.

“We’re gettin’ bruised an’ sored up.” Yes, those are the correct medical terms.

“Guilherme has rode for so long…” What can I say? It’s true—though not in that verb tense.

“The consistencies that he’s rode with…” I just don’t see why you have to back into a sentence like that. How about, “he’s ridden with consistency”? I’ll bet it sounds wrong to Ty Murray.

“The pendulum has swung back to the judges’ discretion.” OMG, this is another Hummer gem—the verb may be okay, but was the pendulum swinging back to the judges’ indiscretion before?

“Pain hurts.” Wow.

“He’s even threw up while he was in the chute.” Sounds like he got it done before he was even in the chute.

“From this angle you’re not gonna be able to see the trueness of how it was.” Sometimes you just can’t top Ty Murray for bizarre mangling of the English language.

“That can be very hard if you let your brain understand that.” I don’t know about you, but I can keep my brain from understanding a lot of things.

“It’s already like an explosion has went off.” So much for the element of surprise.

“JB gets better when he gets sorer.” As in madder? Or as in, “beat up, crippled up”?

“I don’t think he has came back with it.” I don’t think he has went with it, either.

“The strongest guy in the world is not gonna be able to strength his way through this.” Just like he can’t effort his way through it.

“You can’t just be settin’ up there in a prone position.” I am in despair over this one.

“All the inertia going away from you.” I wonder what it would be like if all the inertia came toward me.

“He almost is like dancing on his feet… knuckling them over…” Most dancing is done with the feet, unless you’re in Cirque du Soleil. And I don’t think most bulls have knuckles, but I could be wrong.

“That was as well of a controlled bull ride as you’re ever gonna see.” The difference between “well” and “good” seems to be a lost cause.

“Another notch in his pistol.” Bedpost would’ve been better, although out of context here.

“St. Louis, I didn’t ride very good, so I needed to refresh my brain.” Put it through the wringer, dude.

“That bull’s kinda terrible wild.” Well, “kinda” terrible wild is better than “really” terrible wild, I suppose.

“No one has rode more bulls” No one has ridden more bulls, either. Ever. In the history of the world.

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Nearly the first second of the broadcast was about J.B. Mauney—but they also featured Robson Palermo and new kid on the block, 18-year-old Jess Lockwood. They are all losing their minds over Jess already, just like they did over Cooper Davis. He is exciting to watch, though.
Later in the event, poor Jess took on Air Time, the $50K bounty bull. “That’s gonna buy him a lotta corsages for the prom,” cracked Craig. We heard the loud smack of Lockwood’s head against the bull. The kid looked all shook up, fading across the lot to the trailer, disappointed. I’d hate to be inside his head at this moment. Probably questioning his place in the universe. 47.50 for the bull.
We also had to hear (again) about J.B. being a mentor to Lockwood. Didn’t we just go through that with Derek Kolbaba? How many riders is J.B. “mentoring”? And does that consist of telling them, “Don’t stop trying till your head hits the ground”? Just asking. Same quote from J.B. as last time, slightly revised from “He’s going to be around for a long time, longer than I am” to “He’s going to be around for a long time.” Interesting.

• “That kid [Kaique Pacheco] mechanically is as good as anyone we’ve got.”—Ty Murray.
• “When you see both legs straight up, that’s what tells you the bull is in control.”—Ty, master of the obvious.
• “You have to try as hard as you can without trying too hard.”—Ty again.
• “They can kill you on accident.” Ty has a serious preposition problem.
• Every time I hear Hummer’s “Derek Kolbaba has been able to dominate the potpourri of power” I laugh. It just doesn’t get old.

“It has turned into a season of discontent” for Shane, Hummer said; I wonder if he even knows where that phrase is from. 25 consecutive buckoffs, and yet Shane’s #7 in the world. He’s going to have surgery to get some screws and metal taken out of his arm(s); it will keep him out of action for a few months.

• Kaique Pacheco came in with a 49.07% riding percentage, and finished with 50.75%.
• Fabiano Vieira came in at #4 in the world. By Round 3, he was #3, with a 51.61% riding percentage.
• Eduardo Aparecido is #6 in the world.
• Jay Miller had football scholarship offers.
• Cochise scored 45. Interesting double kick right at the gate.
• 15 guys rode in Round 1 (that’s a lotta rides), none better than Robson Palermo on Swashbuckler for 89 points.

• In Round 2 Ryan Dirteater‘s bull Calypso hipped himself and his rear end came out in a different direction, but there was no re-ride offered. Whatever happened to that “changing the trajectory of the ride” thing?
• J.B. Mauney came in with a 53.49% riding percentage, and left with 54.17%. Justin McBride called him the best rider in a decade. Where is your brain, McBride? I’ve got two words for you: ADRIANO MORAES. As I saw J.B.’s ride on Moto Moto, I thought to myself (who else would I be thinking to?), “Watch the score be ridiculous,” and sure enough it was: 89.75, which of course moved him to #1 in Round 2 (his only ride). The judges had to have him win something. (“He’s never won a major, he’s never won a major,” was the repeated refrain.) The Booth Boys were all rah-rah, even after he kept getting bucked off. They even gave us “more inside information” about J.B. Why don’t they just post his X-rays online? I’m sure there must be some nook or cranny of him they haven’t told us about.
• Round 3: Stanley Fatmax had been ridden by only one guy (Tanner Byrne, for 86.75), and Eduardo Aparecido became the second. 85.50?? YOU SUCK, YOU JUDGES! This bull obviously has a big difficulty factor, and you shaft Eduardo with a mediocre score? If that was J.B. on his back, it would’ve been 90 or more. To add injury to insult (yes, I meant that), Aparecido took a big shot to the face–without a face mask.
• I love how in “Behind the Ride,” J.W. Harris talked about Tuff Hedeman (no love lost between Tuff and the PBR) and Don Gay, instead of the usual PBR icons. I hope they don’t slap him down for this. The PBR can be very gangsta.
• Kaique Pacheco on Wicked scored 89.75 – they couldn’t squeak out that last .25? Ding!
• Big Cat is unridden. Ty described what the bull would do, and it was good enough to get rid of J.B. Mauney, who exited grimacing and half-hobbling. All I could think of was Flint Rasmussen’s crack a few years ago that if you buck off, you’d better walk out with a limp. J.B.’s been taking that very seriously.

During this event there was a brief trio of boxes in the upper right hand corner of the PBR website homepage about bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, and one more event I didn’t catch. Is this an inkling of future plans to expand into rodeo events?

PBR has announced a bull riding “Academy” for junior high, high school, and kids in special camps. Sounds great—but there’s a dark side. The behemoth has found another way to screw over the smaller fry. What about the bull riding clinics run by Shane Proctor, Wiley Peterson, Dustin Elliott, Cody Custer, Terry Don West?—not to mention Gary Leffew! Unless they’re geographically insulated from PBR outposts, they can’t compete. Maybe the PBR could just finance them, like a franchise, and they could keep going; of course the tradeoff is, all their best riders graduate to PBR school. And no doubt PBR scouts will be scouring clinics and camps for fodder to put in their pipeline. I bet they’ll offer scholarships for guys they think are BFTS-bound. I’ll also bet they won’t be spending money importing more Killer Bs. In fact, this whole operation smells like Brazilian-protection. It’s not just about stepping up to rank bulls.

Pacheco wins Round 3.
In Round 4, there was only one ride: the winner.
Eduardo Aparecido had to take on Asteroid five minutes after a blast of Stanley Fatmax. How come there was no big fuss about this, when the Booth Boys get all sympathetic for certain other riders if they have to take another bull just a few minutes after the last one? 44.25 for the bull.
Kaique took on Little Red Jacket for 88 points, $100K, and the #1 in the world slot. Not bad for a day’s work. The fun part was seeing Guilherme Marchi and Silvano Alves hoisting little Kaique in the air and Adriano Moraes giving him a bear hug.

There was no televised interview with Kaique. The PBR never has a translator any more. This way they can talk about J.B. not being #1 instead of Kaique being #1. Shitheads.

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