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January 21, 2009

Bull riding is like tubing at the lake.  You hang on for dear life while matching stride with what you’re riding and try not to get thrown off.  Except you ride a bull on dirt instead of water.  And it’s an angry 3,000 pound animal and not an soft inflatable tube.  And most of the time, a tube won’t try to mow you down and gore you in the back once you get bounced off.  So I guess what I’m saying is, Bull riding is nothing like tubing.  At all.

It is however, a wonderful spectator sport.  I went to see the PBR at Madison Square Garden a few weeks ago and will do so again every chance I get.  I know there are countless jokes to be made at the expense of a sport where men willingly strap themselves to angry bulls and possibly endure unspeakable trauma for money.  I also know it’s not for everyone (especially in NYC) and I don’t fault people for not enjoying it.  But I am annoyed by those that feel the need to make smart ass remarks to me because I do.  An age of tolerance?  Only if it’s popular…

But I digress.  It was a great show and I’m really glad I went.  I’d like to point out that they still publicly pray before the event begins.  I believe they are among the last official sports that still do this.  Not to mention the 20 minute celebration of how awesome America is.  They even had a flaming U.S.A. in the dirt to drive the point home. 

Pro rodeo is different than your average local or state rodeo in that there is no calf roping, barrel racing, etc.  They get straight to the point.  It’s about 2 1/2 hours of almost uninterrupted bull riding.  Soon as one ride is over, the next gate flies open a minute or two later.  Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt.  In fact, the cowboy who was in the worst wreck we saw (and it was a doozy) actually came back to take second overall.  Any man that gets hung up in a rope, slung around and stomped on only to come back and make a 90 point ride 45 minutes later gets my respect. 

Check it out if you get a chance.  Either on TV or in person, I think you’ll enjoy it more than you might expect.

Y’all be good,

– J