CBR West Texas Showdown, Lubbock, Feb. 4 – broadcast on June 9

RANDOM STUFF

Seems to me that when the camera angle shows rides from the side, at eye level, most of the bulls look dull, but when the angle is from above, below, or behind, then you see the drop, vertical, kicks, and jumps at their real height.
When the commentators say a bull is unridden, I wish they’d tell us in how long, how many outs, and on which tour. When they do, it shows that some bulls pretty impressive. Guess the guys aren’t used to taking into account a TV audience who’s not familiar with the livestock (or most of the riders).
I’ve seen lots of high scores at CBR events. Are judging standards different from the PBR’s? Or are they just trying to make everyone happy?
There’s a Fan Favorite contest online, for those who want to participate.

STUFF YOU DON’T LIKE TO THINK ABOUT
Aaron Pass: “I did some good begging” to convince doctors to leave his kidney inside him, after it was brutalized in a wreck. “I don’t know how long I can ride bulls with one kidney. If something happens and I get stepped on, on the other one, I may have to talk my friend into giving me his kidney. I might have to talk Tuff into giving me one of his!”

URP!
Watching from the bullfighter cam’s P.O.V. really rattles your stomach− not to mention your brains, it’s so unpredictable— makes the rider cam P.O.V. look tame.

HIGHLIGHTS

36-year-old Ronny Kitchens, who seemed to have a mouthful of gum, turned in an authoritative ride, in tune with KGB, for 85.50. Didn’t I see him in Deliverance?
Ride of the Night: hometown boy Chandler Bownds got his own back against Pale Face José (who bucked him off last year in Bossier City) with a 91; until now, the bull was unridden on the CBR tour.

JUST ASKIN’
Why didn’t Hector Cardona challenge his 7.98 time on Public Enemy? He looked like he was making 8, in great form, confirmed by the overhead view of his hat staying centered as the bull whirled around− then the bull pulled one changeup that yanked Cardona forward and threw him off.
So far, from televised events I’ve seen, it seems CBR riders rarely challenge a call. Does this mean these judges are better than PBR judges? Or do CBR riders challenge less because it costs them, and purses are less? Does it cost them? Inquiring minds want to know. There’s a good piece of info that should be on the web site.

AND NOW I’M JUST SAYIN’
The plague has spread: Cooper Kanngeisser looks like an OK Corral denizen with that beard and mustache. Okay, it’s great for a movie, but some of us would rather be able to see the actual cowboy rather than hairy camouflage.
I doubt Corey Maier made 8 on Blood Bath, but the back judge gave him the thumbs up for an 83. I think they’re kinda lax about that buzzer; I heard it after he was already on the ground.
The announcers dubbed Luca Brazi “Luca Brazi Lite,” because the bull had only half his usual kick, mostly just spinning and leaping, then his hind legs got lazy. The judges gave Jared Long 82.50 and a re-ride option. He asked Tuff Hedemann’s advice, and, like Ty Murray, Tuff believes in taking the reride, not the score. Squawk Box, the re-ride, bucked off Jared. So much for listening to Tuff (and Ty). Maybe Silvano Alves has the right re-ride strategy after all.
Clint Craig’s bull stumbled, but he handled it and stuck on as the bull scooted along and spun, too, then at the end gave Clint a little love tap on the ass. Craig was scored 89 for weathering that storm. In the PBR, they’d probably score him low because of the bull’s messy out, instead of rewarding him for pulling through. (Or at least, they would do that to a Brazilian rider.) The CBR’s way makes more sense.

CAN I QUOTE YOU ON THAT?
Stetson Lewis, who’s into mixed martial arts: “I guess every guy in this game has his back against one kinda wall or another.”
Clint Craig, coming back from an injury, rode Directory Assistance for 87 points; his take on the bull: “He’s a good dude.”
His take on the Young Guns: “People were saying in the office, the new guys are showing up to take all the money. I said, Not if I have anything to say about it.”
His take on winning the event: “Never know when you need $10,000 handy.”

ALL IN A DAY’S WORK
“If you see me take off runnin’, that usually means I’m gonna get spoked.” − bullfighter Matt Baldwin.

EXTRA ENTERTAINMENT
Craig Jackson, who has a rap LP out, rode Heaven’s Gate for 85. His fancy getoff− a half-gainer with a twist, spinning out the back door− shoulda gotten more points.

SOME BULL NOTES
Johnny Crash: unridden since last year.
Compact; Frisky lil’ thing
High Pockets: Rider-friendly
Chief Peculiar: tried to buck backwards, like a bronc.
Cinch White Label: very peppy. Cinch Red Label’s damn good, too.
Bugle: ridden 22 times; 11 rides for 90 points or better.
Thunder Down Under: impressive jumps, kicks, power.
Boomerang: had a cool little sideways hop before reversing, changing rhythm
According to Cody Wood’s helmet cam, trying to stay on Mooseknuckle was like being caught up in a tidal wave and tossed upside down (and then having the tidal wave step on your leg).

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