ALBUQUERQUE, SUNDAY MAR. 24; 17th Annual Ty Murray Invitational

HIGHLIGHTS
• Douglas Duncan’s great ride on Wild Child. Wow, Douglas! 85 wasn’t enough. Not only does he have pain in his hips when he rides, then he gets stepped on exactly on the wrong place, has to climb up the 86-step Stairway to Hell. That injured hip kept him out of the championship round.
• Fabiano Vieira on Altercation: fantastic ride, enthusiastic chops. 90 points—and as Ty and Shorty said, he deserved every one.
• I love when bulls waggle their head and tail ends at the same time. Eduardo Aparecido and Dr. Feel Good looked fabulous in super slo-mo; he’s a strong rider. Ty pointed out how he used his left leg to hoist his hips back into position any time the bull tried to work him off the side. All for 85.25. Sheesh.
• Juke Box Hero is a fast little bull! His backstory: a bull rider paralyzed at 19 brought him up and came to see him buck. Well, the bull did him proud, though it’s a bummer for me to see Marchi get bucked off— on the other hand, It’s fun to see Guilherme get emotional about it: growling, kicking the fence after being dumped quickly, still making frustrated noises as he plopped down in a seat.
• Emilio Resende is back after a previous horrendous conkout-and-crunch combo in which Shorty got hooked and smacked against the fence. This time Emilio earned himself an 87 for his unbelievable handling of a rocky direction change and repositioning himself on Flint. The bull, not the goofball.
• WOW is all you can say about Mick E Mouse’s intense, fast action—kicking, bucking, ducking, dodging, cutting, and netting 45.75.
• Great White actually kicked open the gate with a hind hoof. Loved his emphatic mid-air side-kick— delivered after Aaron Roy was a goner.
• Meat Hook brings it—one shock after another, for 46.25.
• João Ricardo Vieira had sensational command of Smackdown. The bull’s scored 45+ in 11 straight outs. João took him to 92.25!! That is excitement.

I’M JUST SAYIN’…
• The Wired feature is even more useless in this din.
• Oh great, a Walmart CEO is getting into the stock contracting business. Wonder if he’ll pay his bulls minimum wage and forbid them to unionize.
• Whose idea is it to have Hummer’s opening remarks reeking of reeeeally bad alliteration? Today: “The Duke City is ready to Dish out one more Day of Drama.” Later in the event, Ty Pozzobon, on a buckoff streak, messed up on Lucky You, and The Bummer intoned, “He’ll try to regroup, readjust, and reassess…”
• Hummer is constantly trying to use literary devices and consistently failing. Give it up, Hummer! An English major you ain’t! His alliteration is so far beyond corny crapola that there needs to be a new word for it. Send in your suggestions, folks.
• “Asteroid’s here to put an exclamation point on the proceedings.” I just can’t express the depth of stupidity in this sentence. The only place an exclamation point goes is at the end of a sentence. And it’s highly unlikely a bull put it there.

ABOUT THAT “COWBOY WAY”—
Leah Garcia interviewed JB about the issue of a rider getting away with a slap. JB said he’d never challenge a call on a rider: “If he gets away with it, good for him, if he doesn’t, sorry for him, but I’m never gonna do it.” JB slapped his bull last night. Are ya getting the picture? It’s a very, um, flexible way. Apparently right and wrong are irrelevant, as long as you get a score.

DAMN STRAIGHT!
“The whole reason for instant replays is to get the calls right,” says Ty Murray. Shorty Gorham says if he sees something, he’d hit the button. It is beyond crooked that the judges persist in making wrong calls even when they’ve got video evidence.

LOWLIGHTS
Valdiron de Oliveira will be cut from the Built Ford Tough Series after this weekend, and ride in Touring Pro events. He made it only to 7.37 seconds on Esteban II. The Hummerblather: “That ride is symptomatic, emblematic, and enclosed in a small case.” A bizarre way of trying to say that this unsuccessful trip typifies what’s been happening for months. The sight of Valdiron’s exit from the arena was almost as sad as the sight of him lying out cold on the dirt at Mohegan Sun. His comment: “I have a bad week.” The silver lining: riding on the Touring Pro circuit entails a lot of traveling, but he thinks it’ll help him get stronger.

THE CONTINUING ADVENTURE OF BEN JONES
Ben aggravated the right hand he sprained in Round 1, and there was a rumor about him having surgery in Australia, but I kinda doubt he’ll want to sit out the action. Super Cool Cat bucked him off, Ben flopped down, tried standing, and passed out. Surrounded by medical staff, he managed to get onto one knee, then eventually was able to get up. In the slow motion replay, you saw the bull’s head coming back around toward Ben, who’s about to hit the dirt, and smack into him. No championship round for Ben.

EEK AND A HALF
Never saw a wreck like that! Excavation fell down, squashed Emilio Resende’s right leg, got up with Emilio still hanging on him, then Resende went down again and the bull turned on him. Finally he was able to scramble away, blood pouring down his face from where the bull’s horn hit him on the cheek. Nasty. He returned for a re-ride with his face bandaged up. Too bad the reride bull was Shepherd Hills Trapper. Man, somebody was hatin’ on Emilio today!

THAT MARKISS KID
The clock stopped at 7.73 during Jory’s ride on Firestorm. He thought he made 8 and was celebrating, then heard the arena announcers. He challenged the call; the replay showed him giving the peace sign—and maybe his hand grazed the bull. The replay was inconclusive, so they scored him: 87.25. Ty commented on Jory liking to have fun, but said this bit of showing off was like doing an end zone dance before you were in the end zone. Luckily the judges like Jory— they really, really like him.

PFF
“He looks like a buffalo.”—Ty describing Sancho’s uphill hump.

SILVANO TAKING RENATO LESSONS?
Alves was getting far too wild on Sancho, riding back on the end of his arm, channeling Nunes. Even his amazing ability to keep adjusting and repositioning couldn’t keep him up on that sloping back. “It gets hard to right that ship. It just gets like a snowball, rolling on,” was how Ty described Silvano sinking.

SERIOUSLY?
• Billy Robinson picked Bushwacker (39 straight buckoffs and counting— the world’s record) because “I need something I can get a lot of points on; catch up with the rest of the guys.” What a waste! No way he can ride him, even though he once was on Bushwacker’s father. The way it went: Killer turnback—wonder if there’s a way to measure the bullpower at exactly that moment? 47.25 for Bushwacker.
• Cody Nance picked Asteroid. Delusional. The only way he’ll ride him is if his spurs are hooked in the knots. The way it went: You could see the bull’s brain working: “I tried two turns in that direction, he’s still there, I’m reversing it. Goodbye.” Hello, 46.50.

THE FINALE
João wins his first BFTS event. Resende is #2, JB Mauney #3, Fabiano Vieira #4.

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2 Responses to ALBUQUERQUE, SUNDAY MAR. 24; 17th Annual Ty Murray Invitational

  1. esther says:

    I don’t think Ty’s comparison between a team challenging a call and a rider challenging a slap by another rider is quite accurate. I believe challenging is only possible in football and then only after a call has been made. An athlete or coach can’t tell an official he missed calling a foul and then the official goes back and reviews the play to see if he did, indeed, miss a call. Well, actually athletes do tell the officials about missed calls, but to no avail. Maybe the PBR needs a referee who just looks for things like slaps, spurs in ropes, riding 8 seconds, but doesn’t judge the ride. The judges would only be concerned with scoring the ride.

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    • I wish all sports had judges or referees watching videofeeds from all angles, in addition to whoever’s on the field. It might prevent some of those brawls that happen in other sports. (I wonder if any bull rider on any circuit has ever punched a judge?) Multiple videofeeds that all the judges see should at least ensure that no one gets away with slaps, or coming out of the chute with spurs hooked in the rope. That doesn’t take care of the inflated-white-boy scores or Alves-punitive scores, but at least TV viewers and the guys in the booth wouldn’t be the only ones seeing rule violations, whether intentional or not. It would keep the riders honest, because half of them seem to have a cockeyed interpretation of “the cowboy code.” I don’t think that means looking the other way when someone deliberately cheats; I thought it meant being honest. Maybe if the judges all had seen the same video of Ryan McConnel’s ride as the audience and the announcers did, Renato Nunes would’ve been spared a lot of grief for being honest. Of course, even with video from multiple angles, judges can still deny reality, and since there’s no independent commission overseeing the sport, they can do whatever the hell they want– except for that one time a few years ago when there was too wide a spread in somebody’s score, and the judges were taken to task for it.

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