PBR Does it Again

1/10/10 in PBR   |   damselfly269   |   3 respect

It is the beginning of a new season for the Professional Bull-riders and once again they are rearranging and changing things. After all these years one would think that the PBR would have a stable sport with well-defined rules and regulations. But, to no surprise, they are still running around like the proverbial chicken with it's head cut off.

Ty Murray is still in the announcer's booth on occasion, still goes on and on and on about the same things he's said ride after ride, season after season. He is still the same old monotonous Ty. I used to try to suffer through what he was saying until I could recite it in my sleep and got so sick of it that I finally just mute the program when he is in the booth. Why do they always mention Ty's world titles? They never clarify what  event. Do they want people to think he was a world champion PBR rider?
Leah, bless her little heart, is still there, a smile plastered on her face, asking the same dumb questions, and asking just dumb questions in general. I mute her also, unless she is going to report on injury up-dates.

If I were a rider I would get so sick and tired of being asked the same questions that I would have to be just a tad insulting. I mean, how many ways can you answer the question: 'So, what is your strategy going to be this season?'  Duh. 

Now one may ask why I even watch a sport that makes me have such feelings. I watch because of the riders and the bulls. Period. Of course, it is amusing to find out what is being changed and re-done to 'improve' the sport as a whole.  Plus it amazes me that the PBR wants no 'dirty laundry' or fan dissatisfaction in their forums. They don't like the truth and went so far as to not only delete several comments (nothing vulgar or nasty) and move the fan forums way to the bottom of their home page.

If you have ever had the great fortune to hear Donny Gay announce an event, you have heard the best announcer there is, as far as rodeo or bull riding. Donny IS a world champion bull rider. He never puts any of the riders down, never talks about them in a negative way and roots for all the riders! He doesn't make comments on age.

I have to ask the question: Why was Adriano forced/pressured to retire and yet there are other riders in the same age group that nothing is ever said about? Why are riders berated on their performance by some of the current announcers? Think back to Owen Washburn. He finally got so fed up, he basically told them to stop. And who decided that the way to grade a bull in contention for bull of the year was by how he bucked and how much time they saw him buck? That has to be the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. Wouldn't it make more sense to pick the bull of the year based on his buck-off times? They got it backwards. If a rider can stay on a bull but come up short of 8 seconds..they say..well we got to see how he bucks..so we can rate him. If a rider is thrown in 1 second, they say, well we can't tell how he bucks so he will get a low score. My gosh! Seems the best bull would be the one they couldn't stay on. And what about picking the bulls you ride? Why not let the computer do it?

Now the PBR has finally realized that not many people can afford to go to Vegas and stay a week. A lot of people either went to the first weekend of the Finals, or the last weekend. So they are changing that.  Which isn't a bad thing. The entire sport seems to be making up rules and constantly changing things as they go along that should have been planned and thought out and implemented years ago.

Imagine if basketball or football were conducted in the same way. Truth be told, the PBR has grown big in ego but small in humanity and humility. Somehow the original idea and the sponsors and the loyal people have been shoved aside in favor of greed. Suddenly the sponsors were 'too small' and then it needed/wanted half the box office money.  When Tuff argued in favor of the cowboys, he was pushed aside. He finally left the sport he helped found because it was not about the cowboys, it was about how much money could be made, about new and bigger sponsors. Somehow the very people and animals that are the foundation of the sport were shuffled to the bottom. There would be no PBR without the riders and the bulls.
Ty may give the impression that he was very important and instrumental in the making of the PBR but fact is, he grew up hanging on the coat tails of the likes of Tater Porter, Terry Don West, Tuff Heidman,  Donny Gay,Cody Lambert (Before he got so self-important) and last but not least, the late, great Lane Frost.

The rules change during an event and one never knows what is going to happen. The judging is certainly not fair but even a blind man could see that. It 'sucks' that the winner of the Finals is known before the Finals are even over. How would that be in say, a football game? Well we are in the fourth quarter with 10 minutes left in the game and guess what? The Miami Dolphins are the winners!

I would also enjoy seeing the entire season of the PBR on one television station. Why in the world do they put a couple of rounds on a major network? Especially a few of the Finals rounds. That is like putting the first half of a football game on. Plus, if the network showing the PBR has a football game, race or some such, then it will be shown in its entirety and THEN if there is still time, they will go to the 'already in progress PBR'.  Why do they show the events at 10 or 11 p.m.?

I knew of a man, 92 years old, that loved the PBR. He never missed it, and even watched re-runs. He has passed away but well before that, I wrote to the PBR about this gentlemen. Did they care? No. Not in the least. He was a big fan and yet they didn't acknowledge him.
What a pity. Speaking of fans, it was disappointing that the Brazilians were not even polite enough to cheer for the other world cup teams. Perhaps the World Cup should be held in a 'neutral' place where the fans cheer all the riders.
Good Search is of course, a search engine, that pays charities that you enroll, every time you search the web. Resistol Relief Fund is one of those charities. Is that notated in any of the PBR correspondence, emails, magazines? Not that I have seen. With all the fans, if they all just used Good Search once a day, it would raise money for the cowboys and their families. But nobody knows about it because it isn't publicized.
I will keep watching the PBR and keep muting the idiots; just to see which rider the 'good old boys' have decided to let be world champion this year.
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1/27/10   |   heatmisl   |   25 respect

First of all  You are right Don gay was the best announcer but I do believe he did root for the bulls to on occasion which isn't wrong fair actually. Here's one Don Gay quote" If I had a dime for every ivory enema I had its part of the sport  he'll be alright walk it off, Hehehe. Now that was hilarious all said with a big smile on his face but 100% fact and he meant it to. You couldn't not enjoy an event Don Gay was announcing he made you love it by the way he said it meant it and all with a 10 gallon grin from ear to ear on his face no matter what it was. Has it been that long since I watched the sport I agree about Ty following the other greats you mentioned he did win what 7 all around titles in a row? Not sure exactly and they were mainly roping and bronc riding I believe. Guess I'm glad I haven't herd him announce.. Same questions yeah I can see that.  Apply for the job. The grading system used to be different and it was interpretive but They still draw bulls don't they never herd of  this picking which one you ride stuff and if so your absolutely right. Still there's some things that I am a little opposed to. about your football scenario if Miami has a 20 point lead in the forth quarter with 10 minits left to go Id have to say its over depending on opponent. Also the rodeo hasn't kept up like nascar with the major sports so they need to find a niche. Maybe boasting t5he toughest job in America no minimum wage . You have to pay to go to work in entrance fee. You have to win or place or you don't get paid and you well just might loose your life if one of them 3000 lbs steps on you or What don Gay says. No other job Has that unpredictable equipment without safety measures to even compensate . Some are getting smarter and wearing helmets and pads under armor but restricts movement and you have to tie your hand into that bulls body to keep that loose skin from sliding you right off then your legs better be locked onto but with the breaths they take that's about a foot of movement to have to feel which way they are going which is your only way of telling and the good ones differ all the time they know to throw they need to get them sliding one way and turn the other and they feel and do it two. My dad was a pro bull rider and 90 himself . I got on one once to see and it was enough to make a basketball player out of me. We had some hired hands die in our coral practicing for the next rodeos and those were mainly steer wrestlers or bull dogging also known as. Keep at em sounds like your just what they need for some new and good old country kick to a seemingly miss managed and locked in to drive media and color commentators which just might be the link to the bulls rink that the guys deserve which will emulate in pay as well and with those job descriptions and the injury rates who but they would ever want that job anyway.Hope they get it figured out before it dies out  happening to other jobs all the time . Over all good content and thanks for bringing attention to these issues which I wasn't aware of and sounds like your right they need some help some where taking care of . Team thing don't know nothing about so won't even go  there. Hey ill back you if you apply for some of that commentary positions let me know keep bloging and its bout all you can do but got through to me and my interest in it two so one at a time your doing it two. just will take time. think ever since i read my first rodeo magazine the readers comments were hidden in the back somewhere two. some things never change do they. good luck! 

1/27/10   |   BeanTownBrownie   |   19 respect

loklok wrote:
First, i thought, wow. bull riding, must be nice to watch, then i found out its all men...

lol... yeah and.... so u only watch womens sports? ;)

1/18/10   |   loklok   |   1 respect

BeanTownBrownie wrote:
 Not a die hard fan or PBR expert but would watch it on Sundays and always wanted to attend... I finally got my chance in May 2009... the PBR came to the city I currently reside in... I LOVED IT... the only thing is was that it was indoors I would love to go to one outdoors...

One of the highlights  was the guy's in the clown outfits *sorry I don't know their official PBR correct titles lol* anyway it was the guy that had a heart issue.. he was hilarious... and had the dance moves down packed.. I really enjoyed myself and am looking forward to attending another this year but in a different state...

First, i thought, wow. bull riding, must be nice to watch, then i found out its all men...

1/16/10   |   BeanTownBrownie   |   19 respect

 Not a die hard fan or PBR expert but would watch it on Sundays and always wanted to attend... I finally got my chance in May 2009... the PBR came to the city I currently reside in... I LOVED IT... the only thing is was that it was indoors I would love to go to one outdoors...

One of the highlights  was the guy's in the clown outfits *sorry I don't know their official PBR correct titles lol* anyway it was the guy that had a heart issue.. he was hilarious... and had the dance moves down packed.. I really enjoyed myself and am looking forward to attending another this year but in a different state...

1/13/10   |   damselfly269   |   3 respect

I found the link to Tuff's bull-riding page: www.cbrbull.com/about.html. It is an awesome site. Way to go Tuff!
As far as P.E.D.'s I feel like any athlete should be able to compete without the use of enhancements. It somehow strikes me as wrong and sort of cheating; simply because some athletes don't use them...equine, bovine, human...whatever. But then I never agreed with the handicapping in horse racing either. Things these days are just so complicated. You can't even buy a gallon of milk without a zillion questions about what type, etc.

1/12/10   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

damselfly269 wrote:
I never really thought about it that way, but true, maybe Leah is told what to ask. Ty, especially tries to keep a really tight rein on anything negative about the PBR. I think I heard something about the bulls being on steroids...a rumor...something...in the paper or on the web maybe. Anyway, that died a quick death. Never heard any more about it. Wonder what steroids would do to a bull? Some of them have died from kidney failure...one had a heart attack...or some such. Maybe I ought to 'google' that and see what the outcome, if there was one, happened to be.

I'm pretty sure there is someone in her ear telling her what to say/ask, as her questions always sound rather silted.  It's only when she gets the opportunity to respond to a response spontaneously that she sounds comfortable and "normal".

And I live in the heart of cattle country - Northeastern British Columbia - OLN has regular PBR, NFR and Chuckwagon programs on.  They have done several on the breeders.  I don't believe the Bulls are on PED's.  Just my opinion.

1/11/10   |   damselfly269   |   3 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I love the PBR, but I have to agree wholeheartedly.  Time to get Ty out of the booth and give poor Leah some creative license.  I'm sure she is told what to ask, while if given some free reigns could come up with a whole lot better questions.

I miss Tuff Hedeman. 

I never really thought about it that way, but true, maybe Leah is told what to ask. Ty, especially tries to keep a really tight rein on anything negative about the PBR. I think I heard something about the bulls being on steroids...a rumor...something...in the paper or on the web maybe. Anyway, that died a quick death. Never heard any more about it. Wonder what steroids would do to a bull? Some of them have died from kidney failure...one had a heart attack...or some such. Maybe I ought to 'google' that and see what the outcome, if there was one, happened to be.

1/11/10   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

I love the PBR, but I have to agree wholeheartedly.  Time to get Ty out of the booth and give poor Leah some creative license.  I'm sure she is told what to ask, while if given some free reigns could come up with a whole lot better questions.

I miss Tuff Hedeman.