JUST SO YA KNOW
Hummer proclaims that Anaheim is “just a stone’s throw from the world-famous beaches of Southern California.” That would be a 30-foot throw, Craig.
“He might be the bull to inherit the keys to the magic kingdom for next season.”—Craig re Mick E Mouse
FUNNIEST THING I’VE HEARD ALL YEAR
Nathan Schaper re Bushwacker: “I hope he fits my riding style.”
FINALLY, HUMMER—A GOOD ONE!
“The bulls are gonna be just a little bit better… it’s like turning it up to 11.”
• Love it! Bushwacker’s trailer has his name on it. Now that’s star power!
• Did Ty Murray actually compare Long John to Bodacious, because the bull brought up his head once? Guilherme Marchi rode him last weekend in Sacramento for 86.
• Mick E Mouse, raised from a calf by Marlene Henry, did her proud, racking up 45.50 points. At least he didn’t do to Reese Cates what he did to Justin Koon: broke his jaw in spite of Justin’s helmet.
• Strongest bull of the day: Stone Sober. He blew up so high, he made me go WHOO! For once Craig wasn’t exaggerating when he said, “Stone Sober looked like Michael Jordan!” I’m surprised Billy Robinson was conscious after his facemask contacted the bull’s horn. Surprisingly, the bull’s score was only 43.
• João Ricardo Vieira’s faultless ride—away from his hand, no less—on Shepherd Hills Stockman: 46.25 for the bull, 90.75 for the cowboy.
• Nathan Schaper tried to pretend Bushwacker is “just another bull.” After Nathan was down and had his leg stepped on, things got intense, with Shorty yelling, “Get him out of here! Get him out of here!” To his credit, Bushwacker doesn’t mess with his victims; he just wants to get back to his trailer. Nathan was taken out on a board, with lots of medical support. He’s never gonna forget that ride. Bull score: 46. Schaper: broken fibula and tibia—surgery, and then he’ll be out for several months. That’s the ride of a lifetime. (and not in a good way)
THE POOR THING TRIES SO HARD (CRAIG, THAT IS)
“Chocolate Thunder may have made a lot of noise, but Willingham brought the lightning,” said Hummer about Sean, who scored 88, apparently by keeping his belly button in front of his rope. That bull tried, but when he realized Sean wasn’t going anywhere, he gave up and just tried to make Willingham dizzy.
OH GOODY, THOSE COWBOY VERB TENSES AGAIN!
“That could not have went worse for Matt,” said Ty about Shepherd Hills Tested shooting Triplett from the ejector seat.
AND NOW THE NEW VERBS
“He overshatters the riders.” That had to be Ty.
What is that ugly tattoo on the inside of JB Mauney’s riding arm?
I’M JUST SAYIN’…
• JB didn’t get on his re-ride bull in Round 2, but nobody insinuated that he was lazy or chicken. As Deezy asked me on Twitter, “So did he “valiantly” decline the re-ride?” (For backstory, see my post about Day 1 of the Sacramento event.) Can you imagine the comments if Silvano Alves didn’t take the re-ride? Palm Springs scored 46. JB slapped the bull’s head, but as Ty pointed out, the clock didn’t stop. Funny, that JB clock. Guess the judges were counting on him making 8, then they could conveniently ignore the slap, not replay the ride, and give him a nice juicy score.
• Winter Jack was “able to cool off a very hot Guilherme Marchi,” said Craig Hummer. Sorry, dude, nothing can cool off that guy. He’s always gonna be hot (whether he’s on the back of a bull or not).
THE WINNER: João Ricardo Vieira
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw so many people, walking past Vieira without even acknowledging him! Sickening!