NOTE TO J.W. HART:
Can’t you be in two places at once?? Things just aren’t as funny in the Booth.
NOTE TO MIKE LEE:
Mike! Mustache May, not Mustache October! And please keep your vest zipped! You won’t always score an 87 like that.
NOTE TO CODY LAMBERT:
Thank you for the millionth time, for inventing those vests. Aaron Roy had a hard time walking after Get Smacked’s hind legs whomped down on his back, but at least he could.
SO NOT A FASHION ALERT—MORE LIKE A FASHION EMERGENCY
Cody Nance’s color scheme this time is pukey. In terms of Fashion Alerts, he’s not even on the bubble any more.
I’M READY FOR MY CLOSEUP
- Nice to see de Oliveira smiling at the top of the show, despite his herniated disc and pinched nerve.
- The Cooper Tires Athlete Profile featured Silvano Alves, who now knows how to work the hat. Love the pose, his foot up on the rail. He’s been coached. But he still recites from the cowboy handbook: “I just need to do my job and ride my bulls.”
- Cute how Jory Markiss was so excited about being “Bad Boy Lead Dog,” but trying to look cool and composed—except after a few seconds of the camera lingering on his face, he gets self-conscious.
GIVE IT A REST, BOOTH BOYS!!
I’m beyond sick of this back-and-forth between Hummer and Murray about Alves and his strategy and his lack of wins, especially in the short rounds. The ONLY reason Silvano’s stats this year are lower than his 2011 numbers is because the judges deliberately have been scoring him low almost every time.
- Valdiron rode County Line for 82.50, and of course had the worst get-off for someone with a screwed-up back: smack on it. I was wincing in sympathy. But after being doubled over, he’s smiling!
- Lachlan Richardson took a real hit from Hell’s Bells’ hind hooves. Bent over, looking very shaken, he hid behind the gate until the Sport Medicine people came for him. The Booth Boys talked about him being the quietest guy in the locker room—well, no wonder; the kid’s still in shock from being on the BFTS, winning his first event, and then going on what might be the world’s longest buckoff streak this side of Ednei Caminhas in his later years.
- Devil’s Reject is fast. Yep, this ride was indeed a training video (except for the landing—OW!). Marco Eguche was centered, focused, breaking forward at the hips, interacting with the bull—smooth. 85.25?? I think he deserved an 87.
- Harve Stewart’s unbelievably suave getoff from Sodbuster, whom he rode for 86.50: stepped right off the bull onto his feet.
ALSO LOOKIN’ GOOD
Cat Man. Impressive: powerful kick, whether straight out or straight up.
Chloe’s Pet: excellent, athletic bull
Smoke Stack really blows up.
- “That’s the grossest thing I’ve ever seen!” Ty Murray, being skeeved by Jory Markiss throwing his mouthguard into the stands after his great 88-point ride on Slip Clutch. This, from a guy who’s probably eaten his share of bull dung over the years.
- NBCSports commentator Marty Snyder: “I’m trying to track down Jory Markiss, who ran back to the locker room, I think to get a mouthpiece!”
- How funny is Ty, saying Cleo’s Pet looks overweight! How can you possibly tell?
I would’ve loved to see the Ohio Quarterhorse Association demonstration at half time, instead of commercials.
YA GOTTA LOVE HIM
Mac-Nett’s Southern Wine is BIG; I’d be pretty damn scared to be in the same ring as that thing, but after he got bucked off, Jory Markiss practically took a victory lap.
SENILITY SETTING IN ALREADY?
Mike Lee in the Truth Booth talked about how he didn’t feel like an old man on his ride (he’s 29); he felt like an 18-year-old again, having fun riding bulls. “I forgot to zip my vest, that made it interesting.”
“Trying to add his list to the qualified rides.” Craig, tripping over his tongue again.
Marcho Eguche, with stitches in his forehead: “I might look ugly with that right eye, but I’m completely fine.”
IT MUST BE LOVE
After scoring 85.50 on Cooked Kitty, JB came up to the Booth to get in Ty’s face for calling to tell him to get his act together. Apparently the phone call went like this: “We know you’re a hillbilly…”
I’M JUST SAYIN’…
Another great-looking ride by Emilio Resende: How We Roll, 89.25. Think I’m gonna keep an eye on how many times they score him near 90 but he doesn’t get the confetti. He was still the Round 2 Winner, though, but this is some tacky shit: during Resende’s victory moment, Marty Snyder asks him a question through the translator, gets an answer, then immediately reports on JB’s tweaked knee—without even saying congratulations to Emilio. How rude! When does a commentator ever do that? He could’ve waited two minutes and reported it when he spoke with Jordan Hupp instead.