Year-End Wrap Up Before New York Event

In case any of the PBR Powers-That-Be happen to read this, here are my blog’s 2011  stats, according to WordPress, the host:

VIEWS:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

  • 16,420 views all-time

Your most commented on post in 2011 was PETITION TO REINSTATE JUSTIN MCKEE: 108 comments January 2011

The busiest day of the year was April 5th with 165 views. The most popular post that day was BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN!! PBR HAS NEW CEO!

These are the posts that got the most views in 2011:

1          BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN!! PBE HAS NEW CEO!

39 comments March 2011

2          Eyewitness: “Dr. Barks” Talks About the Finals–Photos Included

3          Response from PBR Board Member to Petition to Reinstate Justin McKee

14 comments February 2011

4          PETITION TO REINSTATE JUSTIN MCKEE

108 comments January 2011

5          CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND & SATURDAY NIGHT: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN INVITATIONAL Jan. 8-9. The winner: Valdiron de Oliveira!

POSTS:

In 2011, there were 44 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 84 posts.

VIEWERS:

Most visitors came from the U.S. Australia & Brazil were not far behind, then Eastern Europe, China, and Central Africa.

The top referring sites in 2011 were:

It’s pretty clear that all year long, people were upset about the firing of Justin McKee. If there’s one thing Jim Haworth could do that would earn him the undying gratitude of millions of PBR fans (which translates into money), it would be to “cowboy up” and woo Justin back to the fold. Or at the very least, pony up big bucks to have him be the color commentator at the biggest events– like the Finals. Crow doesn’t taste that bad if it’s well-seasoned.

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8 Responses to Year-End Wrap Up Before New York Event

  1. PBR fan says:

    I believe that the history channel has Larry the Cable guy doing history (sounds weird to me). Is swamp people on the history channel?

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  2. S. says:

    I’ve seen injuries even in choreographed jousting, so I’m sure someone will get hurt with this History Channel nonsense. They might have done better with NASCAR in the crossover audience department. Maybe.

    I was not happy when they put Pistol’s wreck in the final montage. I really don’t think he or anyone else was getting off on the pain on that one, thanks.

    “You know what revs my motor? Jousters on a Bad Boy Mower!” I can see it now. Hey, it’s got to be better than watching some dudes try to get fishing lures into a bucket.

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    • LOL! “The worst fishermen in the history of fishing” was how Flint described the guys at this weekend’s NYC event. Nobody got the lure anywhere near the bucket, and one guy even broke the lure. They really could do without this “event.” I know they have to keep the sponsors happy, but could they please think of something else? Like maybe haul in some crack fisherman to give a demonstration. Not that this is exciting, but if you want to go after the fishing enthusiasts, it would work.

      You’d think NASCAR people would be a natural crossover, but apparently the PBR would rather chase football fans. There’s more of them. Why on earth they think hooking up with the History Channel is beneficial, I don’t know, unless they’re working on getting the channel to do a piece on the history of bull riding.

      Oh dear, I just let slip another couple of multimillion dollar ideas, which the PBR will be happy to use and pretend they thought of them.

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      • S. says:

        I don’t even get why the History Channel is doing this jousting thing in the first place. I guess they’ve plumbed the depths of all Nazi and WWII aircraft topics and are casting about for something new. A feature on the history of rodeo could be interesting, but honestly, I think the PBR is just grabbing whatever sponsors it can– with both hands in a choke hold.

        Fans of team sports aren’t necessarily likely to become PBR fans, so the numbers aren’t necessarily going to help. But why bring logic into it? The PBR usually doesn’t.

        The “half-time” shows have always left a lot to be desired, but since at least half the audience is getting more beer or going to the restroom, I guess that’s fine. I think they blow their entertainment budget on pyro and Filnt’s salary, anyway.

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  3. S. says:

    Thanks for the recap!

    I really am beyond frustrated with the McKee situation. Although at this point, it sounds like McKee has some other engagements and may well have reduced interest in working for the PBR. Honestly, I really like Ty, but listening to him drone on every weekend about guys looking off for a place to land, or not trying hard enough, or how tough Austin Meier is, is quite boring. Bull riding is not supposed to be boring! Add in Craig’s “let’s do PBR 101 for those new CBS viewers,” and I’m about to go up a wall. (That plus the Ermy intro, “The championship went to Brazil!” No, you jerks, it went to Silvano Alves! At least they had a nice feature on Silvano.)

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    • You said it!

      McKee does have other projects, but nothing like the PBR gig. However, the “breakup” was ugly, and it would take people with long-range vision– who actually listen to their customers– to woo him back by admitting they were wrong, and giving him anything he wants. Long-range vision, customer relations, and humility? Not a chance.

      Yup, Ty isn’t exactly sparkling, although he’s very knowledgeable; Craig just irks me no end; there’s no conceivable reason he should be covering bull riding. When they start that “PBR 101” stuff, I leave the room. The good thing is that at live events, you don’t have to hear that. Unfortunately, you do have to suffer through what the PBR thinks makes bull riding exciting: louder music, more explosions, more yelling, and now, stupid lowbrow gimmicks like having a jousting exhibition in the middle of an event. As for that shoutin’ hillbilly–well, you know what I think of him.

      I really miss McKeeisms!!

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      • S. says:

        Poor Ty. He tries really hard but he’s not a natural commentator, and sometimes he seems so fixated on something that it comes across as him dogging this guy or that guy.

        As someone who has worked at Renaissance Faires, I found the jousting thing hilarious as it’s not like this is something no one has done in recent history. I guess they think that fans of bull riding are there for the danger and it will be a great crossover. It’s too bad they didn’t put the jousters on Bad Boy Mowers instead, with a Rockstar “babe” on the sidelines, just to up the ante.

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      • It is kind of funny seeing Ty, who most of the time has a poker face, teamed with Hummer, who seems to have been shot full of speed and never shuts up even if he’s making no sense. I think Ty’s comments on what each rider is doing or not doing are what a coach would say to a rider, trying to help him improve his performance. He’s a great coach and has helped a lot of riders. As a commentator, he pretty much has a few stock phrases: “That’s the name of the game,” “It all comes down to 8 seconds,” etc. A little on-camera training would do him a world of good.

        Yeah, the reptilian brain “reasoning” goes like this: Bull riding is dangerous. Jousting is dangerous. Bull riding fans like danger. Bull riding fans will like jousting. The TV ads for the jousting program on the History Channel include the fact that “the impact is like that of a car crash.” What kind of human being WANTS to see people inflict pain on one another? That is entirely different from bull riding.

        Of course, the PBR seems to think that people love watching wrecks over and over. They repeatedly played Pistol Robinson’s massacre under Carrillo Cartel in New York. What they don’t get is that 99% of the fans watch bull riding for the RIDES, not the wrecks. There are people who are rider fans, people who are bull fans, and people who are fans of both, but nobody WANTS to see cowboys get hurt. Nobody cheers when a guy gets his legs broken. Their big mistake is equating excitement with danger and pain.

        It would be absolutely Monty Pythonesque to see “knights” jousting on Bad Boy Mowers (“It’s just a flesh wound!”) while that bimbo croons, “Get your MOW on.” John Cleese, are you listening?

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