As an old friend of mine used to say, “I am OUTDONE!” This is just the last straw!! PBR website features a 3-page story about JB Mauney’s sprained wrist, beginning with, “The most anticipated injury update of 2014 is a sprained left wrist.” ???!!!
How about Robson Palermo dislocating his shoulder twice this month?? Oh, he’s only the three-time world-record-holding Finals event winner. World Champion Mike Lee’s knee surgery? Have we gotten bulletins about his MRI being rushed anywhere? He’s taken off less time than JB has, for a surgery that normally has a rehab time a lot longer than that for a sprained wrist. (I had two such surgeries.)
What about Claudio Crisostomo’s clavicle surgery? Fabiano Vieira’s and Tanner Byrne’s concussions? Matt Triplett sprained his (riding hand) wrist, too. I’m sure they won’t bother with stories about Thad Newell’s broken shoulder blade or Keith Roquemore, Brady Sims, and Brent Chaffin’s concussions–I mean, whoever heard of them, right? They’re lucky they got a sentence or two in the Injury Report.
Sure, last month the PBR website ran a 5-page story on Kody Lostroh’s and Robson Palermo’s injuries (before the twice-dislocated shoulder): 3 1/2 pages of it were devoted to Kody. (The extensive coverage included the fact that he’s adding rubber gym mats, wrestling mats, and exercise equipment to his home workout area.) Robson got slightly more than 1 page.
The PBR’s slavish devotion to JB above all other riders is disgusting and disrespectful to other riders, especially those who have more serious injuries. Why is JB’s boo-boo bigger, badder, and better than everyone else’s? Clearly the PBR thinks he’s worth more as a human being than anyone else, just because he’s got a certain buckle. I guess those boys all think they’re “going steady” with JB. Newsflash, boys: he’s married. Your crush is just cringe-worthy.
And I’ll bet JB thinks this hoopla is ridiculous, too.
PBR has completely lost its perspective. Tom Teague retiring is a LOT bigger news, not just for them, but also for the bucking bull industry. When PBR was getting off the ground, he gave them $3.1 million to help get them TV rights; he’s on their Board of Directors, and he won the Jim Shoulders Award. If they hadn’t put him on the front page, I’d be even madder.