I recently made a comment that there should be a highlights reel of the bulls after the rides, and I know I’m not the only one who thinks so.
A substantial number of bull riding fans are in it for the bulls. Even those who aren’t would probably be interested in seeing a highlights video of the bulls. I’m sure the ABBI would appreciate it.
In New York and Worcester, I saw some hilarious and also some scary bull behavior after a ride, mostly not televised, because the cameras usually cut back to the rider. I think for fans and viewers new to the sport, it would be a good way to show each bull’s personality and attitude toward the job, as well as the differences between the “green” bulls and the veterans.
Some bulls stop working as soon as the rider is off their backs, one way or another: “Job done; I’m punching out for the day.” Some are so mad at the cowboy, they chase him to teach him a lesson; the really pissed off bulls go at him with their horns, trying to either gore him or send him flipping up into the air: “I’m gonna show this son of a gun who’s boss if it’s the last thing I do!”
Then there are the showboaters, who aren’t the least bit interested in stomping the rider; they take a victory lap (or more) and milk the crowd for applause. Unfortunately, too many humans don’t get that this is what the bull wants when he’s posing majestically in front of their section of the audience. Give it up for the bull, ladies and gents!
Some bulls really don’t want to leave the limelight. These are the ones who keep escaping the wrangler, faking and doubling back away from the exit gate. One bull in Worcester had to be roped and dragged out of the arena. Kind of like trying to get your kids to go to bed. Another one wouldn’t leave until he had something to chase out the gate: the bullfighter’s butt.
On the PBR’s web site, there are videos of rides, wrecks, interviews with cowboys, event highlights–how about a video of what the bulls do after the 8 seconds? Not the boring ones, who run right out when they’re done…the interesting ones who have an attitude.
Let’s hear your thoughts on this, people–would you be willing to sign a petition to the PBR, and the ABBI to post videos of bulls after work?