This is so outrageous, I had to say it NOW. Tampa, Day 2: Chase Outlaw, who I happen to think is excellent and heading for greatness, gets extra special treatment by judges in what is possibly the most blatant example of judges’ favoritism yet– and that’s saying something.
In the Championship Round, Chase was given RMEF Gunpowder & Lead instead of Main Event– without explanation, at least to TV viewers. We all know Gunpowder & Lead is called “a money bull.”
He’s making a great ride, which would’ve merited a high score, when his hand slapped the fence– so clearly and so hard that the sign moved– for all to see. Two seconds later, after the bull was nowhere near the sign and had changed direction, he slapped the bull– clearly for all to see. McBride and Hummer also commented on it, confirming that touching the fence is against the rules. (We already know that touching the bull is a DQ.)
Of course everyone (including me) was disappointed by this happening during such a great ride, but that was the reality. It was a DQ. Chase challenged it, but obviously thought he didn’t have a prayer, since he took off running for the locker room, very upset. (And BTW, cameraperson: you suck for chasing after him when he felt that bad.)
And then the judges decide to give him a re-ride!! Since when are two slaps the qualification for a re-ride?? Have they EVER given a re-ride to ANYONE who slapped not only the bull, but also the fence? The judges tried to justify this by saying that the fence slap “caused” Chase to slap the bull! What absolute crap!! HELLO– the rule is, once you slap the fence, it doesn’t matter what happens after that– you’re done. In any case, the two incidents were completely unconnected.
The judges just couldn’t stand to have the Americans not come out on top– how would it look to have a Brazilian win the event, especially since all of them but Alves are the walking wounded? So they broke TWO rules to find a way to get Outlaw a score. They gave him a re-ride and another money bull, Party All the Time. The upshot: a good ride and 89 points for Chase.
And the Americans still didn’t win.
Let me make this absolutely clear: Chase is an excellent rider. But the fact is, he should have been DQ’d. There is NO excuse for the judges breaking two rules to give him a re-ride. It is just disgraceful, the lengths they’ll go to in giving Americans a leg up. Is bull riding a sport, or a popularity contest?
What do you think the odds would be on a Brazilian rider being allowed to get away with not just a big slap on a fence, but also slapping the bull, and being given a re-ride, instead of a DQ?
This is a new one for The Alternative Rule Book: the first slap caused the second! The judges have absolute contempt for the rules AND for those of us who expect them to abide by the rules. They have not only the gall to completely disregard the rules, but also the nerve to make up a crazy transparent excuse to justify the rule-breaking.
And I’ll bet these guys think they’re good people, and go to church on Sunday, and bla bla bla. How they can even look at themselves in the mirror is beyond me. This sport needs an independent commission to levy sanctions again this kind of illegal, rotten, disgraceful crap. Judges like them are making Americans look like lowdown, cheating, bad sports! They think they’re helping “the home team,” when they’re actually harming the PBR’s reputation and converting bull riding fans into fans of every other bull riding organization… and building even more support for the riders they’re treating shabbily.