The cowboys are stepping up their games: there were 22 qualified rides in Round 1. The bulls are stepping up their games, too: Cody Lambert has 110 bulls selected for Las Vegas, but he’s still testing bulls; that’s why we’re seeing new names even in the last two weeks of the season. A lot of debut bulls were in Round 2.
NO SURPRISES DEPARTMENT:
Blatantly Obvious Rookie of the Year, Silvano Alves, has a 60% riding average—the best on the tour. This time, he handled all the reverses Pushin’ Cotton handed him. Lambert is right in considering him one of the best rookies of all time.
I’M JUST SAYIN’…
• Dustin Elliott’s name keeps coming up as one of those guys who “should” be doing better. Sure, he shouldn’t be on the bubble, but I disagree that he “should” be in the top 12. Austin Meier, J.B. Mauney, Renato Nunes, Valdiron de Oliveira, Ryan McConnel, Mike Lee, Robson Palermo, McKennon Wimberly, Guilherme Marchi, Travis Briscoe, Shane Proctor, Silvano Alves—how is Elliott better than any of them?
• Can somebody please synch the clock with the damn buzzer? L.J. Jenkins’ ride was not a clean 8 seconds. His knee was almost on the ground when the buzzer sounded.
• After his lowdown waltz with a sliding bull, Kody L. got chased around the shark cage—and a re-ride flag.
• Ednei Caminhas’s mini-resurgence: he rode two of his bulls (out of 4 for the whole Mohegan Sun event), which means 3 of his last 5. Apparently the reason he’s still on the tour, despite his miserable 22-buckoff streak, is “the World Champion exemption”—never heard of it. Does it mean that a previous World Champ can do the whole tour regardless of his performance? Kinda strange.
• Once again, the intrepid Frank Newsome putting himself between bull and rider.
• Douglas Duncan’s 89.50 on Cheerio— after which he stepped off the bull and strolled out, too cool for school.
• Jason O’Hearn on The Buck Stops Here looked like he was on a kiddie ride.
• Valdiron got it done (for 88.75) on The Dud, who then lived up to his name by stopping dead for Valdiron’s dismount, like a pony ride ending, and made Valdiron (and the entire arena) crack up.
NITWITTICISMS (well, you knew there had to be some, didn’t you?):
• Whoever it was that referred to Ednei as “an old guy like this.” Uh, dude, he’s 35, not 75.
• The Bummer re Meier’s upcoming ride: “We’re gonna see a little Northeast charm against Southern Style.” Okay, the bull was named Southern Style, but Austin’s from Oklahoma, so what in hell was Hummer talking about??
•And why can’t The Bummer learn how to pronounce the Brazilians’ names?? Even when the other guys in the booth say them correctly, he doesn’t—clearly his tongue is making him deaf. It’s “Al-ves,” not “Alvs,” and “Noonn-yez,” not “Nooness.”
CODY NANCE FASHION ALERT:
This day’s ensemble was a maroon shirt, yellow neckerchief, and hat; no mask. Kind of a bilious color combo, but Cody can carry it off. LOL.
MIKE LEE NOT FAR BEHIND:
On top of that scary brain-surgery-in-prison ‘do, he was sporting a green pimp hat.
• There were a lot of concussions in Charlottesville last week, because apparently the ground was harder than in Uncasville. But the bulls were doing a lot of slipping and sliding—why?
• Seeing J.B. limping painfully after a hard landing on his hip, courtesy of Ace in the Hole.
• Seeing big, tough Ready Freddie toss Renato.
• Ben Jones got to do his dance on Friday night, but not tonight.
• Seeing the top 3 guys all buck off. My Grandma would’ve said, “But that shouldn’t be!”
Colby Yates is the proud owner of 30+ concussions (so far).
STAY TUNED FOR MY LIVE REPORT ON THE FINAL ROUNDS AT THE MOHEGAN SUN