I read a few comments on Facebook today, bull riders badmouthing the top cowboys in the game for not selecting a certain bull – or certain types of bulls – to buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The arguments were valid in regards to the great animal athlete deserving a shot to buck at ProRodeo’s finale. The commentary was defamatory to a point and, honestly, unnecessary. The reality is the main spokesmen on the thread have never competed at that level, so their comment toward the top cowboys in the world made them look overwhelmingly silly.
The spokesmen’s point, primarily, is that the top bull riders in the game don’t select the rankest bulls because they might just prefer more rider-friendly models. There might just be some validity to that. As a fan of the sport, I’m OK with that.
There are some stand-alone bull riding organizations that boast of having the rankest bulls in the world. There are some phenomenal athletes who show off their stuff to nationally televised audiences week after week. But I don’t want to pay $100 a ticket to watch a bunch of cowboys buck off over and over again, and that seems to be the case at some of these large events.
The reality is this: In bull riding, especially at the level of the NFR, cowboys will fail to make a qualified ride more often than they last the full eight seconds. The nearly 18,000 fans in the Thomas and Mack Center and the millions of viewers watching on GAC want to see great rides.
They deserve it.