Monday, January 09, 2006


Ahhh, bull riding. Considered by many to be the most dangerous eight seconds on dirt, and that is not counting the time it takes to get into and out of the chute, off the bull safely, or out of his big bad half ton plus self's way. Bull riders are some of the toughest men on this planet. Adriano Moraes competed through the '04 World Finals with a torn bicep. Justin McBride fought his way through those same finals with a broken ankle, sustained courtesy of the bull Lefty after Justin's ride in the Mossy Oak Shootout during the Grand Rapids event.

Every weekend here in our crazy household, Saturday and Sunday nights at eight o'clock the tv is tuned in to the Outdoor Life Network for a few hours of "Bone Crushing Action". And more often than not that is exactly what it is. With every rodeo not only the men who ride the bulls, but also those who protect them face a very real risk of serious injury. And yet still they ride, intent not only on receiving that burst of adrenaline found by pitting their relatively small bodies against the much more massive and muscular forms that would take great pleasure in knocking their opponent senseless, but also in providing their adoring fans with a few hours of enthralling entertainment.

The next event is in Charleston, SC and will show January 14 and 15 on OLN at eight pm. I know I won't miss it.


Cubby said...

Our house is full of bullriding on the weekend evenings as well. It's not a night without someone hanging up or getting hit on the head by a big horn.

Paintsmh said...

I don't know. I'd rather just see someone buck off rather than face a possible career ending or life threatening injury.