According to Shorty Gorham at the BFTS Albuquerque event, judges can DQ a rider even without putting him on the clock. Is that what they mean by “discretion”? I guess now the judges can use their “discretion” to DQ Silvano Alves while he’s still in the locker room. Saves the trouble of putting him on the clock. “You’re taking too long to zip up your pants, Silvano!” “Nod your head!” “Out, out, out!”
With apologies to Shakespeare: “How do we DQ thee? Let me count the ways…”
ALBUQUERQUE: TY MURRAY INVITATIONAL
In Round 2, Valdiron de Oliveira was violently ejected from Whippin Post’s back. He said he hadn’t nodded, but the gate opened. Watching the playback monitor, you could see that his head was bent over his wrap, and when he was done, he lifted it back up, which the gate men interpreted as a nod. But it wasn’t: you can see the difference. For one thing, Valdiron usually gives a verbal go-ahead.
NAMPA: DEWALT GUARANTEED TOUGH INVITATIONAL
During the Championship Round I turned on the TV to see a camera’s view of Renato Nunes’s ass climbing up the steps behind the chute, and it was a very expressive ass, let me tell you. He was bummed big-time about something I’d just missed. Both Craig Hummer and J.W. Hart sounded very solemn as they watched him walk by, and neither one dared to say anything to him. Nunes was doing his best to keep his feelings under wraps when Leah asked him if he thought a judge’s call was fair. He said he was having trouble with his bull in the chute. I can just imagine what the call was.
PBR’s new fave rave, rookie Gage Gay, was given an extra 20 seconds on Soldier Boy in the chute, because the bull’s head was stuck in a corner. Gay nodded his head at 1 second before the clock ran out, but the bull didn’t move instantly. The judges decided that was a DQ. I booed along with the crowd. Maybe the judges should’ve used their “discretion” to DQ the bull.
COLORADO SPRINGS: RUMBLE IN THE ROCKIES
Ty Pozzobon’s bull, Remember When, delivered quite the balletic aerial display; he has definite Cirque du Soleil potential. Ty was doing an outstanding job, keeping his free arm away from the bull. It wasn’t clear whether he made 8 seconds, so he wasn’t going to get a score—and here was I, thinking that when it’s uncertain, the call goes to the rider, as we’ve been told at various times. He challenged the call, and the ride was reviewed. As far as I could see on the various replays, he still had the rope in his hand at 8, but Jeff Shear saw an elbow touch. The crowd cheered when Ty’s time was verified, but when he was DQ’d for the touch, Booo!
I’m sure there’ll be many more of these scenarios starting in August.