I tuned in late, in time to hear Ty Murray praising João Ricardo Vieira for his handling everything Hammer Head had (yet scoring only 82.50).
• The split screen would be fine for showing a ride while announcers talk about it, but it was not a good idea to interview Jeff Robinson (who’s been to 95 consecutive events) while Zack Brown rode Graffiti for 86.25, or show Marco Eguchi’s excellent ride on High Time while Brendon Clark’s interview went on and on; Marco looked very solid on that bull no matter what it did (yet scored only 82.75).
• By the twelfth time I saw the Wheat Thins commercial, I was ready to kill the guy with the night vision goggles!
What’s the deal with the quickie SFX clips of a miked rider way after the ride, so we hear what we didn’t hear during his trip? Is this the equivalent of the bleep? I think I may have heard Brendon Clark saying after his buckoff: “Stupid idiot!”
DIPLOMACY? NOT A STRONG SUIT
In Sacramento last week, Brendon Clark rode all three of his bulls and took the Championship Round. This time, he got called for a touch when Pike did a weird little hiccup move. Don’t know how he managed to be civil to Hummer when Craig asked Brendon to talk him through the ride: “What went wrong?” Just what every cowboy wants to hear after he doesn’t make 8. Do ya not think he’s running the ride through his head over and over?
HELL HATH FROZEN OVER
• I’m making an exception to my Facial Hair Is Yucky principle to say that Zack Brown looks good with a mustache and beard!
• Flint (“who doesn’t get enough screen time”) Rasmussen got interviewed! What does he do to keep in shape during the week? “It’s treadmill season in Montana.”
• Ty Murray talking with Ben Jones before his ride. “Modern day gladiator,” was how Ben described what riding is like for him. Little White Out was awkward, then at 8 parked on a dime to let Ben step off. I love how the Brazilian riders do as much hollering for Ben as they do for one another. And no matter what score Ben gets (81.50 in this case), the crowd always goes wild.
• “We won’t just hear one Brazilian, we’ll hear about eight.”—Hummer, trying to make the wired feature sound useful for Guilherme Marchi’s (84-point) ride on Ball Peen. I do love how enthusiastic the guys get, whooping through the whole ride.
THAT BAD BOY
Stubby stepped on JB Mauney last night, possibly fracturing his fibula. JB wouldn’t even get x-rayed. (Not a smart idea.) He was going to get on a bull no matter what, so they splinted him up. Hummer commented to the doc that JB probably tells him what to do with his body. Freeman’s comeback: “He certainly doesn’t let us tell him whether he can ride or not.” Score one for Craig, saying that JB’s got the Monty Python outlook: “It’s only a flesh wound!” But sheesh; it’s only the second month of the season, and JB’s already got both arms and one leg braced. He can hardly hobble, and that landing delivered by Shameless must’ve hurt like hell. Thank god Jesse Byrne literally did grab the bull by the horns.
BACK FIELD IN MOTION
Storm Warning is another one of those bulls with a hyperactive behind that was very effective in ditching Troy Wilkinson, who proceeded to have a JB moment on his way back to the locker room.
I’M JUST SAYIN’…
• I heard “Let’s go!” pretty quickly while Edevaldo Ferreira wrapped on JD, a bull with serious Attitude.
• Silvano Alves did everything right, and even threw in an extra couple of seconds on Filmore Trouble, but was scored 81.25. Well, we knew he’d be underscored, but this time it’s at least partly on the bull, whose score was only 39.75. On the other hand, Snickers, with the same score, gave Cody Nance an 81.50. Oh my; are we starting with those .25-point dings this early in the season, so it won’t look as obvious as the Finals approach?
• Says Hummer, “Some money on the line, but for Marchi, it’s all about pride.” I know he thinks that sounds like classy rhetoric, but it’s so not true; we’ve all heard the Boys from Brazil talk about how important the money is for their families.
Ty Murray demonstrating “forward on the jump” on a bucking machine. Yup, it looks a lot harder up close— two quick weight shifts, not one. That’d put my back out on the first jump. He also showed how dull spurs have to be able to grab rather than cut the rope, using Lachlan Richardson as the curiously lifeless model.
THAT’S SOME RACK!
Filmore Heat’s got some fierce set of horns! Love the nasty sidewinding he did. (Sorry, Renato.)
STEAM SHOOTING OUT MY EARS
I just don’t get it! Lachlan Richard is riding like it’s his first time. Again.
“Aparaciado” is Craig Hummer’s latest attempt at Eduardo’s last name. Before that, it was “Aparacidu.” He’s still working on Resende; so far he’s stuck on “Hess-en-day.”
THEM GUMBY RULES
Ty tried to explain how the chute judges decide how long a rider can take in the chute. No matter how you slice it, it’s arbitrary and subjective. Chase Outlaw was given plenty of time, but not Edevaldo.
Cody Lambert using the bucking machine operated by Keith Ryan Cartwright. Kinda gross.
FIVE-STAR FASHION ALERT
Jory Markiss, the Christmas Cowboy— I mean come on, look at that outfit! Who else could pull off a red and green ensemble? His ride was snazzy, too: 87.75 on Super Cool Cat. He actually was showing off for the guys on the chute, going wild with his outside leg.
IS IT JUST ME?
Has anyone noticed that since New York, the bulls have been gunning for Frank the Tank? JD sure meant business when he went after the Fearless One. Chaparral dusted Chase Outlaw and practically ran Frank up the fence. The Kawasaki Highlight of the Night showed him taking a revenge crunch from the same bull that attacked him last week. On the ground, cornered against the chute, he took a square hit from the bull’s head. What does he have that the other guys don’t?
CAN I QUOTE YOU ON THAT?
• Ty Murray talking about getting out of the chute quickly being better for the rider: “Kinda like your parents telling you nothing good happens after midnight.” (Oh, but they were wrong— so wrong.)
• “I’m the old man on a team of young bucks.”—Luke Snyder’s take on his Clash of the Cowboys crew.
• “This sport’s all about having fun.”—Jory Markiss, who knows more about fun than anyone.