ANAHEIM, Final Day. Whaddaya want from me– I’ve been busy!

I’M JUST SAYIN’…
• I’m liking the “Pure PBR” concept, except for three things: the split screen, the arena volume drowning out the interviews, and Craig The Bummer doing chuteside interviews.
• “This is not a game” is the slogan coming through the “rap” “song” accompanying a clip of rides and wrecks. Guess the PBR thinks this is better than “This is not a rodeo.” They’re wrong.

BULLETIN!
• Improvement on PBR website: Not sure when it happened, but now with a click we can download a day sheet from the front page, where it says “Update”— that is, if you have the reflexes of a Pinball Wizard. The link keeps changing to other ones.

AND NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME ON ANY PBR BROADCAST:
Craig Hummer has pronounced the words, “American, Kody Lostroh.” Could the PBR have heard that a lot of us hate constantly hearing “Brazilian SilvanoAlvesRenatoNunesGuilhermeMarchiMarcoEguchiValdirondeOliveiraEduardoAparecidoFabianoVieiraRobsonPalermoAgnaldoCardozoEdevaldoFerreiraJoãoRicardoVieira”?

OH NO, NOT THIS STUFF AGAIN
“He’s aiming to be out of this world yet again.”—Craig Hummer inside Asteroid’s head yet again. Somebody get that bull a Q-tip.

LIKIN’ IT
• The freeze-frame of Shane Proctor being forward on the jump, illustrating Ty Murray’s explanation from last night.
• Not sure why they play back a “Wired” cowboy way after the ride, but I’m likin’ those moments. “Eyes on the prize, eyes on the prize,” Brendon Clark was telling himself, waiting to go out on Showboat, then “Stupid idiot!” as he walked away from his buckoff– which was a colossal backward somersault and a thwap! when he hit the ground and kept rolling over and over.

FASHION ALERT
Love Leah’s red bolero jacket with the ruffled edge, over a black dress. I want it! It goes with my black and red cowgirl boots. Love Ben’s pretty turquoise shirt. The bolero would work well with that, too.

BAD DAY FOR JB
JB had to borrow boots and spurs because his ankle was swollen from his injury last night. His left leg is braced. Sure doesn’t look like he’s got his old energy. Ben Jones is truly the Universal Donor—helping JB at the chute, holding onto him as Old Soul fidgeted. Loooong prep, and JB’s already rattled. Bull jolted around again, and JB leaped up on the rail. Re-ride option because bull wouldn’t stand right. That is an extremely rare use of the re-ride rules. (Need I say more?)
Yikes!! JB’s left ankle was so swollen, it looked like he was wearing a fat suit. Next in line to borrow the boots: Billy Robinson. Sitting head-down near the chutes, JB looked embarrassed about not taking the re-ride—maybe because Ty would give him grief.

BOOBOOS AND MORE BOOBOOS
Robson Palermo’s shoulders popping in and out since Sacramento. Fabiano Vieira with a fractured ankle.
Douglas Duncan’s rolling his hip muscles on a softball on the floor to loosen up the scar tissue. I’ve had to do it (a tennis ball works, too): roll your trigger points on it, and Yow! Eventually the pain subsides, and the muscle relaxes—if nothing else, from shock.

PFF!
Almost snarfed! my wine at one of the funniest commercials of the year: CBSSports, The Voice of Golf. Non-Catholics may not laugh as hard, but the gist is, a bunch of sports figures take turns confessing to a priest about their transgressions, such as looking at so-and-so during a broadcast and pretending to be interested in what he’s saying, or calling his own cell phone during an event; meanwhile the priest has a little confession of his own. This is a prize winner.

BULL ACTION—TONS OF IT
• Ty was right— Pit Boss’s first turns were at 100 mph.
• Berserk Mr. Feiger bolted out, kicking hard, crashed against the fence, tumbled Edevaldo Ferreira almost under him, then performed another set of acrobatics, had to be roped, and kept flailing on his way out. Apparently he’s a youngster who tries to run away from the flank strap instead of kicking it off. I say, send him to Cirque de Soleil. And who the hell is Mr. Feiger?
• “This bull only has one horn, but he knows where the end of it is,” said Ty Murray about Class 6 Cat, who dumped Jared Farley, then hooked and launched Fearless Frank Newsom sky-high. Craig: “Tell Frank he’s gotta stop wearing that bullnip cologne.” Shorty: “Frank said he didn’t hit that hard.”
• Rambo stopped stone-cold on the dot of 8— I’d love to know what he was thinking; a few bulls do this, and it cracks me up every time. They either listen for the buzzer, or they know they can clock out as soon as the cowboy hits the dirt.
• Old Soul, out in the arena, was really annoyed by Frank Newsom. “Some times those bulls just have your number.”
• Sheesh! Sic ‘em Sam’s got horns as wide as a prop plane’s wings.
• “Could you name that bull any more wrong?” was Ty Murray’s comment on Mr. Smooth. “That was a train with square wheels, and then he’s mean on top of it.”
• Hot Iron: big, long, gorgeous red bull, spinning fast, who made Marco Eguchi put on a demonstration of five-star bull riding, for 88.75.
• With an aerial view, you can see why Rango’s tough to ride: he’s got ADHD. No pattern, and lots of energy; even his last kick was so hard his rear hooves slipped.
• David’s Dream– spectacular bull! Wicked whipping; made Ben Jones look like an amateur, so you KNOW how intense this bull is—besides being gorgeous. After humiliating Ben, he charged at each bullfighter, scattering them, and blasted out of the arena straight into the chute.

R.I.P. THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
“He was as intricately linked to them as any rider.” Craig, meaning integrally linked.

PROPS TO ROB SMETS, “THE KAMIKAZE KID”
• “When you wanna talk about bravery, I don’t think the meter goes any higher than Rob Smets.”–Ty Murray
• “If a rider was down, and the bull ran over the rider, it’s because it just finished running over Rob Smets.”—Cody Lambert
• “I would get on a mountain lion if you told me Rob Smets was going to be there.”—Ty

WE MUST BE IN OZ
Wow, I’m so used to Silvano Alves being underscored that when he got 85.75 on High Test, I thought I was hallucinating.

CAPTAIN HOOK
The clock stopped on Cody Nance and Woody; the judges were (at last!) looking for his spurs hooked in the rope when he left the chute. His left foot was– I saw it, they saw it. Flag on the play. It’s illegal, he already got caught for it, but the guy keeps doing it. Even Shorty said, “It’s cheating.” And yet Cody salutes God after every ride. What’s wrong with this picture?

RANDOM OBSERVATION
Nathan Schaper looks like he’s been taking JB Arm Gliding Lessons.

HAR HAR HARDY HAR HAR!
“It really is a true test of their mettle.” –Hummer, talking about the upcoming Iron Cowboy event. I wonder if he even knew he was making a pun. Accidental punning is a very dangerous line to walk.

SOME MIGHT CALL HIM A B.O.F.
“That was back when the chutes were made out of wood and the men were made out of steel.”—Ty Murray, talking about winning Anaheim 12 years ago. Uh-oh—I knew he was looking more like a professor every week.

IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE…
Saving Kody Lostroh, Jesse Byrne launched himself in the air and looked like he actually stood on top of JD for a split-second.

WISE WORDS
Ty to Ben before a ride: “Don’t start thinkin’ now!”

NEEDS TO BE WORKIN’ ON HIS NIGHT MOVES
What the hell was that dance?? After Mike Lee’s trip on Charlie Bullware (85.75), first he did a standing forward flip, then a Walter-Brennan-Treasure-of-the-Sierra-Madre jig.

WHO KNEW?
Shane Proctor even gets on saddle broncs!
He was on fire this weekend. “It was just really fun,” said the winner. Not exactly a scintillating quote, but he’s cute.

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