ST. LOUIS, FEB. 17, 2013

Wow, I’m a whole month in arrears. That’s okay. Sometimes flashbacks are fun.

Bushwacker is the big news. His humans think he’s in fine health. 46+ is his average score. “We’re all trying to slay the dragon,” Luke Snyder said. “You’re gonna mess with the record books if you stay on him.”

Of course Luke had to pick Bushwacker again. Hummer as usual did that trick of telling us the opposite of reality (that thing politicians do): “Luke Snyder is not trying to show off,” but trying to show his home crowd bla bla bla something about having the confidence bla bla bla. Oh, puhleeze!

Bushwacker scored 47. Snyder was indeed showing off by picking him. He’s not going to be the one to ride him. How much do I love that bull! He did his job in 1.98 seconds, stopped and looked where he thought the exit gate was, saw guys reaching down (it looked to me like they wanted to pet him), turned away toward the correct exit, and gave mooned the crowd one last time as he charged out.

OOH, Luke! Love that purple shirt!

Guilherme Marchi was last year’s winner in St. Louis. He’s now got 19 titles. Marco Eguchi has finished in the top 10 in 5 of 6 events.


  • Captain America didn’t work very hard, spinning while fading across the arena, and those hind hooves weren’t very high. You’d think Douglas Duncan would’ve been handed a re-ride, but instead he was scored 86.75. Gimme a break! If that rider was named Alves, he’d be offered 65 or a re-ride. Harve Stewart’s re-ride offer was only a 76.50 when Slip Clutch covered ground without spinning, and the bull’s rear hoof caught momentarily on a railing near the end of the ride.
  • Ben Jones’s attempt on Emergency should’ve been a re-ride—that bull stalled in the chute; his momentum completely stopped between bucking in the chute and then coming out backwards. Weren’t any judges watching?
  • PFF
    Douglas Duncan says Tuff Hedemann, Owen Washburn, and Justin McBride are the great riders whose work he visualizes while he gets ready for a ride. “Three great men to pattern your riding style, and not your life, after,” said Hummer.  Hmm…. Now I gotta find out what kinda lives they were leading. We already know about McBride’s drinking.

    Guess Cody Nance didn’t have his spurs in the knots this time— Hustle Up bounced him all over his back; the audience was screaming as the little dude flopped up and down on the bovine trampoline.

    Zack turned 34 today, so he was awarded an 88 for a ride on an Electric Prune. As the senior member of the bullfighter crew, Shorty derailed the age jokes before the Booth Boys went too far.

    JB Mauney, Ty Murray, Cody Lambert, Mike White, and a few others agreed that “They broke the mold when they made him.” “Thank God,” was one smart-ass’s comment. Do we think it could’ve been Mr. Hart?

    Ty Pozzobon was making a fantastic ride on Flint (the bull, not the Rasmussen), especially at the direction change, where he didn’t fall off. But DAMN, he was on the bull just 7.99 seconds, according to the clock onscreen. The replay showed that he lost his rope a split-second before the buzzer. That may have been one of the biggest OH NOOOs I’ve ever heard in an arena. This is still a cowboy to watch. (If they were using the JB clock, he woulda scored big.)

    Poor Western Hauler looked like he was having a seizure on the ground, struggling on his belly, unable to get up for quite a while. Scary bad.

    Wow, those horns on Prator’s Pride– like an eagle’s wings.

    Renato Nunes is having a shoulder problem again; not going into the final round. He can’t lift his free arm; the pain is too intense. Robson Palermo is in Brazil doing water exercises for his bad shoulders. Shepherd Hills Sod Buster beat up Chase Outlaw: Chase got slammed against the fence, hung up, slung all over the place, and finally smacked to the ground. Outlaw was really all shook up. In the last round, Silvano’s riding thumb got dislocated in the chute; he was stitched, taped, and came back for this round. JDub says they put “deadener” in your thumb when that happens, so Silvano can’t feel anything—not exactly helpful to a riding hand.

    Somebody shoulda told the voiceover woman that Silvano’s last name is AL-ves, not Al-VEZ How idiotic!

    I like what Shorty said about Silvano: the reason he’s a back-to-back world champion “is what’s between his ears.” And P.S., he loves lasagna. Excellent taste!

    Brant Atwood on My Kind of Party delivered an amazing sideways ride à la JB on Code Blue (which in my mind has become synonymous with “ain’t got no quit in him”). It was a cliffhanger: the ride was reviewed for a touch, which didn’t show on the replay TV viewers saw—except for maybe a moment when the back of his hand might’ve flicked against the bull’s back. But when a ride is so outrageous, it’s hard to nitpick. 73.25 was a sucky score, but Atwood sure put out maximum effort.

    Sean Willingham had to get on Hell Pony, which drove Hummer back into his old corny groove again: “We’re about to find out if he’s heaven sent for Willingham.”

    The bulls skunked the cowboys in the championship round.

    Delco rocks my world! Fabiano Vieira wins the event on him, but he looks like he’s about to pass out. I like JW giving props to him for coming back from a broken ankle too early and posting a win.

    In a casual handoff, without even stopping to congratulate him, someone unceremoniously passed Fabiano the box containing his new buckle. Vieira hobbled to the Shark Cage, climbed up, and stood there alone. That’s as far as the broadcast went, so I don’t know if he got any hoopla after this, but it sure looked like shitty treatment for a winner.


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    16 Responses to ST. LOUIS, FEB. 17, 2013

    1. saraht says:

      As an ESL teacher I think it’s important to take the time to learn how to pronounce people’s names correctly. I feel that the PBR announcers should, as part of their job requirement, learn how to correctly pronounce all the rider’s names. They could even have Tad to ask the riders if they wanted to. Some of these riders have been on tour for years now. There is no excuse for continuously botching their names on air.

      Esther, I enjoyed the results of your research on Portuguese pronunciation!

      I asked a Brazilian friend of mine how she would pronounce some of the rider’s names. Here are her answers:
      Silvano Alves – It could be Alvez, but AlvEEz is the more common pronunciation.
      Aparecido – AparaSEEdo
      Vieira – ViEra (The R is pronounced more like a D)
      Resende – HezEnjee (The accent should fall on the second “e”)
      Eguchi – LIke it sounds….name came to Brazil from Italy. Eguchi the bull rider most likely has some Italian lineage somewhere down the line)
      Oliveira – OlivEEda (Long O sound) – This name originally was brought over from Portugal. (It’s my friend’s name as well so she knows it well!)
      Renato Nunes: HEnato NUness

      RE together is pronounced HE (Short E sound) in Portuguese (Renato is pronounced Henato)
      RH together is pronounced NYA in Portuguese – Nunes does not that have that letter combination so it is NUness not Nunyez.

      If anyone has a chance to meet any of these riders in person at an event, it would be fun to ask them how close we are to getting their names right! Anyhow, it’s been a fun conversation!


    2. saraht says:

      S. – I agree. That’s what I like about Silvano!


    3. Aimee Burkhart says:

      Julio’s mom could call him anything she wanted without bothering to consult the University of The Internet, or Portugese linguists.


      • esther says:

        Of course she could, and I apologize for assuming Mr. Moreno is Portuguese or Brazilian (which is what I was thinking) just because his name is pronounce as it is in that language. As for the University of the Internet – Forvo is a well-regarded website that even language teachers refer students to, all words are spoken by a native speaker.


    4. saraht says:

      I think it’s great that Silvano Alves is making a real effort to learn English. However, after reading Keith’s article (Excerpt below) I wonder if it was really Silvano’s idea to do an intensive English course or if he was required to do so by the PBR. Either way, I think it will benefit him tremendously in the long run.

      ” — he has quickly established himself as the most dominating rider currently on the Built Ford Tough Series. Add the ability to speak English and he becomes the marquee name in the sport. His sponsorship value would greatly increase. And the opportunities to work in conjunction with the PBR to promote his brand and professional bull riding would be limitless. It would equally benefit PBR fans as well. Alves would finally be able to articulate his thoughts for TV viewers in on-air interviews or read more in-depth features about his life today and where he comes from in Brazil.”


      • Here’s the key to interpreting that paragraph: “His sponsorship value would greatly increase.”
        Yup, sure sounds like pressure to me.

        As for being “able to articulate his thoughts for TV viewers,” etc.– maybe they should give English lessons to the riders whose interviews consist of “Yes, Ma’am; just ride ’em jump for jump.”


        • S. says:

          I seem to recall some talk early on about how Silvano kind of liked that he didn’t have the pressure of doing too many interviews and could just focus on his riding. He seems like a pretty bright guy so I’m sure he knows that he can’t get away with that forever, and as a two-time, back-to-back-champ, he has a chance to get established with sponsors and fans and have more opportunities to make money with strong English skills. I don’t think he’ll ever be a camera hog or a really charismatic interviewee, though; it’s just not his personality.


    5. Shaw Sullivan says:

      That is just an unprofessional thing for Hummer to say (re: Tuff, Owen and Justin), wow!!!!


    6. esther says:

      Homework (lol) – I will admit sometimes the researcher in me gets carried away. By the way, have you noticed that in the last two episodes the Clash of the Cowboys gal has had her shirt buttoned up higher?


      • I know– I thought she might even be a different person! Somebody may have said, Cover it up darling, the Christians are flipping out. It’ll be another coupla decades before they begin to grasp the concept of what’s demeaning and sexist– and pissing off half their audience!


    7. esther says:

      How names are pronounced in different languages is interesting. I have always heard the name Julio pronounced ‘who le o’ but apparently in Portuguese it is pronounced ‘ju le o’ (as in Julie). So I am assuming Mr. Moreno is Portuguese or he would have corrected everyone by now. Looking at a couple of website I found Alves is pronounced Al vees (last syllable sort of rhymes with bees), the last syllable of Aparecido is pronounced ‘do’ (as in ‘do you want to go with me), Vieira is Vee a da (first ‘a’ is long, best I could understand). Most confusing of all: Resende, pronounced He sen gee – R at the beginning of a word has an H sound, d before e has a dj sound as in judge. Renato was pronounced Henato. I couldn’t find Eguchi or de Oliveira; even Marchi sounded different. Would love to hear the Brazilians pronounce their names in Portuguese.
      The two websites I consulted are: (name is spoken) and – a Brazilian-Portuguese pronunciation site that tells how vowels and consonants are pronounced.
      As the last site says ‘In a country as large and diverse as Brazil, “correct” pronunciation is often a matter of who is speaking, where they come from and/or where one happens to be.’ Sort of like the USA.


      • That’s a lot of homework! It sounds like a lot of the variations have to do with a glottal stop and whether you throw the “r” or “d” back in the throat. French has some of the same stuff going on. And then there’s the vowel sounds, according to whether the person is from a city or the country, and what their ethnicity is– Brazil is possibly the most mixed population outside of Trinidad. I guess it’s like America’s main language being English, but people having Brooklyn, Southern, Boston and other accents. The Brazilian riders should give Portuguese lessons to the announcers so everyone’s on the same page.


        • S. says:

          If nothing else, Keith Ryan Cartwright obviously has a recorder and they could make a recording of how guys would like their names said so there’s a baseline. Or, you know, use Tab Barker. Assuming he still exists.


        • Stop making sense. This is the PBR we’re talking about. You’d think getting the riders’ names right would’ve been the first thing they did when they met them.

          I did spot Tab briefly in the muddle this past weekend, but sure haven’t seen them using his services for quite a while.


        • S. says:

          You would think, but as you say, this is the PBR! I need to stop using that pesky logic.

          Maybe now that we’ve mentioned it, they will bring Tab out like they did with the long-neglected Telestrator. 😉


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