First I thought there was something wrong with the color adjustment on my TV. How much orange greasepaint were Hummer and McBride wearing??
McBride made an interesting point: going to Touring Pro events gets riders acquainted with bulls they haven’t seen before that will be show up on the Built Ford Tough tour.
Happy to hear Denis Leary announcing for Ford F150 again. But there’s no way he’s ever gonna convince me that thing gets good gas mileage. My Honda Insight Hybrid gets 44-45 mph. Class dismissed, pal!
BIG STORY OF THE WEEKEND, CONTINUED
BRAVO, FABIANO!! Fabiano Vieira made a fabulous ride on wicked Meat Hook, for 91 and his 2nd win of the season. That’s what happens when you’re riding for a higher purpose: raising awareness for childhood cancer. Dang—right after I typed that, Leah Garcia asked him how riding for a higher purpose helped him this weekend. His victory “was for God,” he said, “and for that small boy, and I’m glad that he is where he is today—that he is in a good place.”
She asked him what he recalled from the ride. “Hold on,” he said, and gave a funny description of knowing that his hand was going to pop out of the rope, but not hearing the buzzer, so he kept riding, his hand popped out of the rope, but he knew he’d made it. “I don’t remember whole lot; it was all going by so fast.”
THE SECOND BIG STORY OF THE NIGHT
JB Mauney was obviously disappointed that LJ Jenkins picked Bushwacker in he draft (30 straight buckoffs), so what else could he do but pick Asteroid?
In the chute, Asteroid suddenly launched himself up and got his head over the rail. Intimidation tactics don’t work on Mauney. JB was brilliant! “JB Mauney has slayed [Note: cowboy verb tense] the dragon!” was McBride’s take. JB was hobbling in the arena, but it was a happy hobble. It’s so cute how proud he is: “That’s what I needed. I’ve been having heck this year, with my hand hurt…” Re his Dad: “He was probably hollering louder than anybody else in the place.” JB moves to #4 in the world. About LJ taking Bushwacker before he could: “I’m glad he picked him!”
Visual analysis of Bushwacker and Asteroid’s first jumps out of the chute: 10 and 15 feet respectively. Jeez, Asteroid could almost hop over my living room.
Computerized balance testing for concussions. Looks kinda like what my trainer makes me do at the gym—but I get to keep my eyes open. Hilarious:
Leah said beat-up Ben Jones did better than Hummer at the balance test! Didn’t I tell you Craig was unbalanced?
THE DIRT ON THE DIRT
Shorty Sez the cooler temperature today made firmer ground in the arena. Good; maybe the bulls won’t be slipping and sliding so much.
STOP THE PRESSES! UNPRECEDENTED FAIRNESS APPLIED TO SILVANO ALVES!!
The chute boys needed the 2×4 to get Uncle Carl off Silvano’s leg. Alves had ridden him 3 out of 4 times, which may explain why “This bull flat-out has an attitude,” to quote Shorty; he thought the bull was trying to bluff Silvano. The miracle of the century: Nobody was shouting at Silvano to get out!! Silvano was allowed to get up off the bull– maybe even get a different bull! As Craig said, “It’s not often you see that happen.“ Yeah, to a Brazilian rider.
One ride later (I don’t know what made Cord MCoy think he could ride Whiskey’s Rebel; he was overmatched.), nope– still Uncle Carl for Alves, and still needing the plank. Shorty said he thought the rider gets 3 chances at the same bull and then has to take a different one. The bull rocking around popped Alves’s hand out of the rope, and Silvano seemed to have been hurt in the chute.
…BUT NOT TO FABIANO VIEIRA
Vieira made an authoritative ride on Tremors; he was SERIOUS. 89? They coulda spared the 90. For Chris Shivers, there woulda been confetti.
…AND THEN BACK TO THE HARASSMENT
I timed Silvano’s chute prep on Mulligan Man: from the time we saw him on camera, it wasn’t even one minute before we heard, “Silvano, let’s go!” Don’t know how many minutes he was wrapping before we saw him, but it was nowhere near the time certain riders took last night without being upbraided. You know what I’m sayin’.
Never heard of One-Horned Jack, but what a beaut— his front and back ends are black, in between he’s white. Don’t think Chris Shivers liked either end, though. One flying jump and he was unseated.
Bootlegger–Wow, what a horn spread!
NOT LOOKING SO GOOD
I think Will James had something wrong with him; he was WAY sluggish. I had the same thought as Craig (now that’s frightening!)– he was moving in slow motion. The bull seemed exhausted to me, maybe sick. Or on ‘ludes.
TELL ME I’M WRONG
This kind of stuff cracks me up: Double Clutch knew exactly who pissed him off, and what he was wearing when he did it: he bucked off Ben Jones, then kicked at Ben’s hat on the ground.
INTERESTING PHILOSOPHY: LIE DOWN ON THE JOB?
Renato says he’s not happy with how he’s been riding, so he’s going to take more naps. Mississippi Hippy really jerked his brains around.
How come the bulls are so calm with one another in the pens? You’d think a buncha star athletes would be all aggressive.
MY FAVORITE COUPLE
Valdiron de Oliveira and Speckled Ivory—yay! The bull still has gigantic jumps, but he changed directions– left instead of right– to fool Valdiron, who looked pretty unhappy at not riding him. “The bull was better than me tonight,” he had to admit.
BIFF! BAM! POW!
That’s pretty much what this matchup was like. Jaw Breaker was last in the draft, so Chase Outlaw got stuck with him. Somebody said the BFTS is the only place this bull can get a date. He was supercharged, flying wildly; that’s why he’s 0 for 27, unridden in his career. Chase did an amazing job as far as he got.
Top Proctor’s shutout continues; Luke Snyder is #15– one very sad cowboy.
Shepherd Hills Trapper (1/12) was a brave pick for Ryan Dirteater. “This bull could plow an arena with his face,” was McBride’s comment.
I’ve said it a few times, and McBride said it tonight: Rock & Roll is one of the most underrated bulls on the tour; hasn’t been ridden yet, and has bucked off Robson Palermo, Silvano Alves, Guilherme Marchi, Valdiron de Oliveira, Ryan Dirteater, and now Kody Lostroh. It’s only Rock & Roll, but I like it!
Bummer for Austin Meier: Tennessee Honey took the 2 x 4 from the chute with him, dumped Austin, and went after him. Jesse Byrne literally jumped over Meier and in front of the bull’s face for a save. (He astonishes me more and more.)
NOT SO BIFF! BAM! POW!
Condor Cocktail practically stopped bucking the last couple of seconds, but LJ Jenkins was scored 86.
JB’s bull Tenpenny did a lot of quick spinning, but no real high kicks, jumps, or bucking. And I wish Craig would stop the “keeps the dream alive” crap. Sigh–another doofy getoff, but the judges love this boy. 88.25
WHAT WERE THOSE RE-RIDE RULES AGAIN?
I heard either Hummer or McBride say that Austin Meier had the pick of the reride pen: Red Hot. I didn’t know riders could choose their reride; I always see them get handed one. Maybe that was a commentator hoof-in-mouth moment? Austin was kinda out of position (okay, he was rocking and rolling all over the bull during the last few seconds), but scored 87.
I MAY HAVE TO GIVE UP ON THIS
“There was nowhere near enough from Contraband to get him off.” Hummer talking about Ty Pozzobon’s 86.25 ride. I missed about two dozen “getting off” comments during this broadcast alone, but there are so many of these pop flies from Hummer, I can’t catch ‘em all. And obviously no one’s gonna tell him to watch his mouth.
GIVE THE BOY A HAND
Lachlan Richardson continues his slide: Velvet Rope was his 12th buckoff, but at least it was a different kind: he got hung up by the ankle. Couldn’t have worse timing for a losing streak, going into the Finals. I hope Ben gives him a pep talk.
ANTHROPOMORPHISM AT ITS BEST
How cute, Shorty patting High Steaks while giving us the lowdown on the bull. Owner Jeff Robinson thought the bull’s fall in Tulsa last year might’ve cost Valdiron the title, so the bull’s on “permanent probation.” If he pulls this stunt any more, he’ll never work in this town again. One of the booth boys said they were just trying to make sure he wasn’t falling down on purpose. OMG, you mean a bull can cheat, too? How much do you think the judges paid him to take a dive under the big man?
Then we saw the bull shake, rattle, and roll Canadianaaronroy: Impressive. A tiny stumble didn’t stop his momentum; he followed it with a mid-air shimmy.
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL
Live Action bucked off Shane Proctor, but what a great illustration of how a top rider rolls– literally! Shane started to hang up, had the presence of mind to stay on his feet, reach over the bull to free his hand, and when he hit the ground, almost simultaneously rolled away out of danger of the dancing hooves. That is 007 cool!
UH—I THINK NOT
Hummer was slightly exaggerating when he said that at the Reunion event, people would have a change to mingle with all the great riders throughout the history of the sport. Unless a séance is part of the event.