SAN ANTONIO, Day 1

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: NOT ACCEPTABLE

Why was the damn feed spazzing and freezing so much? Truly lousy quality broadcast. And the idiot women screaming through the whole event—not in response to the action, either—made me want to shoot them.

NON-SENSE (betcha can’t guess whose)

  • “Where one deserving rider will earn the right to be the best.” Huh?
  • Re Valdiron de Oliveira: “It’s here in River City he plans to sink the completion.”
  • Re Caleb Sanderson and frisky little Tick: “The two mix like oil and vinegar.” Dude: oil and vinegar makes salad dressing. Oil and water don’t mix.
  • “Enough action to get the Canadian off in half time.” That’s what Josey Wales does to Canadianaaronroy, apparently. The slut.

PFF

Justin McBride re Ben Jones: “He’s always bleeding somewhere.”

THE STORY OF THE WEEKEND

Fabiano Vieira, #9 in the world, was dedicating his rides in memory of Tynan Chapa, a young Facebook fan who died of leukemia on July 29, Vieira’s birthday.

Vieira’s first bull, Electric Prune, weirded out in the chute. Someone on the chute rail held the head rope on the bull’s right side, but didn’t release it until way too late. The gate opened, but the bull’s head wasn’t free; he couldn’t get all the way out, and started to go berserk. Fabiano had to let go of his rope; he would’ve been seriously hurt if the bull kept bucking right there. If he didn’t get a re-ride, I woulda screamed obscenities so loud the boys in blue woulda heard me downtown.

Fabiano’s re-ride was Bad Moon, for 88.25. Exemplary ride! He ended up on the Shark Cage somehow; musta been kinda pooped. The badge he displayed afterward was in honor of Chapa. Fabiano’s next bull was Delco; the bull exerted every bit of effort and energy; great ride by Vieira, 90! He wasn’t smiling, though.

I tried to find out more about Chapa on the PBR website, but the information was so buried, it took me poking around YouTube to find a link. Here’s what it said:

“This weekend, it wasn’t about winning the fourth BFTS event of his career or the fact that he won his second event this year. It wasn’t even about moving into seventh place in the world standings. For Fabiano Vieira, it was an opportunity to raise awareness for “Tynan’s Crusade.”

Tynan Chapa was five years old when he passed away on July 29 after a nearly three-year battle with Leukemia. Throughout the weekend Vieira rode with a patch that had been given to him at a previous event by the “young cowboy.” It read: “Fighting Leukemia to make a gold buckle ride.” His memory was a source of inspiration for Vieira, who said, “God is the one who constructs my life and he’s responsible for my victories. I’m just really glad that I got to come here and win and present that patch.”

Vieira was the lone rider to cover all four bulls in San Antonio and was further inspired to do so in front of Chapa’s family, including his sister Sykora, who made the four-hour drive from their home in Houston to be at the event.

“In all of our lives we go through difficult things,” Vieira said. “He was a great PBR fan and only God knows why things happen, but he came into my life.”

To learn more about Tynan Chapa, log onto tynanscrusade.blogspot.com.”

ONCE AGAIN

The bullies at the chute were yelling “Let’s go!” at Silvano Alves on Oklahoma Magic, the bull J.W. Hart thought was the best of Tulsa’s day 2. Alves scored 87.25 but didn’t look happy—maybe he’s finally getting pissed off at the blatant abuse.

Add this to the inconclusive replay that cost him a score: Kody Lostroh on Blonde Bomber challenged the clock stopping; the replay from the angle we saw didn’t show a slap, but who knows? They scored him 87.50. Somebody oiled his hinges, all right; it looked like a pretty perfect ride to me—but it was one of those .25 dings against Silvano. From now on I’m going to use RED to show how many times judges shave .25 off his score by adding it to someone else’s: it’s the chipping away strategy I’ve commented on since last year.

MAYBE THE OTHER AUSSIE SHOULD CAMP OUT WITH THE KILLER B’S

Lachlan Richardson was the victim of Bugsy’s huge leap and high kicks. He flew off the bull’s back the same way he’s been doing for his last 11 straight buckoffs, which means he must be doing the same thing wrong. He just needs a good coach.

WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED?

  • Bucking Machine didn’t kick high enough, just did some flat spinning, but LJ Jenkins scored 86.
  • First Tandy Freeman confirmed that Ben Jones had an abdominal strain. Then the PBR said Ben had a broken pelvis. As it turned out, he didn’t. Way to go, KCR. Most press people check their facts before they open their mouths.

I CONNECTED THE DOTS

I remember an interview in which Cody Nance said he had a problem keeping his feet down, and that while he was riding he would think of his father yelling, “Feet! Feet! Feet!” So the solution is to stick the spurs in the knots.

LOVE IT!

The new concussion evaluation system the PBR has introduced: computerized tests to assess a rider’s balance, measuring it objectively to use as a baseline. It gives Dr. Tandy Freeman more leverage to keep a rider sidelined when he’s really not fit to ride. It’ll help more careers last longer, and more riders stay alive. Good move!

WELCOME BACK, FAN FAVORITE

Cord MCoy, who was cut after the Mohegan Sun event, won a Touring Pro event and worked his way back to the BFTS tour. Good-looking ride on Night Moves: 86.

BULLS THAT MAKE ME GO, WHOO-HOO!

  • John Wayne: so powerful; those big long leaps and turns unseated Guilherme Marchi. He was beat fair and square, which is always surprising.
  • Speckled Ivory is back! Poor Kyle Lozier gets this bull at his 1st BFTS event.

KODAK MOMENTS

Mike Lee’s cute little booty-shaking after his 86.50 on Prator’s Pride.

JUST ASKIN’…

  • Robson Palermo’s arm is still messed up. Am I imagining it, or are mostly Brazilians being matched up with basketcase bulls who need rope head harnesses in the chute? Think I’ll keep an eye on it from now on. On top of that, Flirting With Disaster went against “the book.” J.W. was chuckling about how he “bluffed” Robson by telling him all week how mean the bull was.
  • What’s with the bulls sliding ‘n’ stumbling? What’s the dirt on the dirt, Shorty?

JUST SAYIN’…

It didn’t look like Party All the Time had his usual day—which is no party– but Austin was scored 87.50 for dressing it up. BTW, I timed him at 2 minutes in the chute just from the time they started showing him on TV. Wonder how many minutes he was in there before the camera showed him wrapping?

SO THE REPLAY JUDGE LIKES LUKE BUT NOT CHASE?

Luke Snyder did NOT make 8 on White Velvet. I don’t know what replay the judges were watching, but on TV you could see that he was off the bull without the rope in his hand before 8. Yet he was scored, 82.50.

COULDA KNOCKED ME OVER WITH A FEATHER

  • Wow, I think that’s the first time I’ve seen an American rider get lowballed instead of getting a re-ride: Jordan Hupp on Satan’s Child, for 70.50.
  • Austin musta practiced working his helmet latch: tonight he didn’t get locked in.

RIDES I WISHED WE SAW, INSTEAD OF STUPID COMMERCIALS:

Chance Roberts on Highway to Hell, for 85.50. Bart Miller (Justin McBride’s young cousin) making his 1st BFTS ride; only 79 points, but it’s a start.

RIDES WE ALMOST DIDN’T SEE

Cody Johnson’s first BFTS ride: Dr. Feelgood, for 85.50. Nice that they showed the ride we missed during the Sap Song.

RIDES I WISHED I HADN’T SEEN:

Marco Eguche’s wicked buckoff, thanks to Ronnie Rooster. It’s such a shame about his hand; it might cost him a top 5 place at the Finals.

DANG!

  • I thought JB would make 8 on Blue on Black. He was bummed that he didn’t, but he had no choice–his hand was either going to rip off his wrist, or pop out of the rope.
  • Tapout made bizarre, lowdown crazy moves every which way. Only Valdiron de Oliveira could’ve held on that long, but .2 short of a score– HUGE bummer!
  • Wilfred was totally ugly out from the chute; first he fumbled around in there, then shot out like a ground ball. Chad Besplug looked so disappointed—not to mention winded; he landed flat on his back. I think that should’ve been a re-ride.

WHAT’S WITH THE RE-RIDE RULES? (Why do I even bother to ask?)

  • Why does Ryan Dirteater not get a re-ride, if Black Out had no spin? All the bull did was buck up and down.
  • Cowboy Casanova was a real mess in the chute; when the gate opened, he got his head stuck down in the chute, got tangled up, came out backwards; poor Cody Johnson held onto the chute, the bull bucked him off, and then fell down on the back end. How is that not a re-ride? The kid got banged up, too.
  • What’s with all these spastic exits? Rowdy All Night was scrambling backwards with his ass on the dirt—how is that not a re-ride for Cord?

TOO CUTE TO BE TRUE

Chad Besplug won the Calgary Stampede, and then he and Ty Pozzobon wanted to go to Disneyland with their money. Disney heard about it (yeah, right) and hosted them. I know we’re supposed to go, Awww!, but, uh (says the ex-entertainment publicist) how exactly does a giant multinational corporation get wind of the fact that two Canadian bull riders have money to spend on rides that don’t have four hooves? Somebody made a phone call, and it wasn’t Mom. Just sayin’…

YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH MIXED EMOTIONS (Quick, where’s that from?)

It looked like Chase Outlaw made a great ride on Dirt Peddler, even with his left arm braced, but it was reviewed. I didn’t see a touch, he did have his rope at the last second, but I did see his left spur in the rope.

The crowd booed the DQ. But you know what? As much as I wanted Outlaw to get a good score, I have to hand it to the review judge for being honest.  (This time.) Chase was way upset; Leah Garcia was careful how she asked the question about what happened. Chase’s very unrehearsed response: “If it’s the back judge, he was giving Cody Nance crap about catching his knots, too.” Hey, it’s about time somebody called Cody on his spurs-in-the-rope trick.

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