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Have you ever ridden a bull?

September 26, 2011

I was channel surfing last night hoping to find a baseball game and I landed on the Versus network where they bad bull riding on. Never say never, right? Well, I can say, with almost 100% certainty, that tying myself onto a hot-tempered animal that weighs nearly one ton and then trying to stay on his back for eight seconds before getting tossed into the air, trampled and gored, is something I’ll probably never do.

I don’t understand the attraction to bull riding. Not the watching part, that I get, but the riding part. Why would anyone want to do this? It looks like many of the riders have comfortable six figure incomes, but I don’t know if that’s enough money to risk getting crushed, tearing and pulling muscles, breaking ribs, separating shoulders and getting cut, gored in tender areas and concussed by an angry bull.

I’m not sure if bull riding is a sport but I heard the commentators refer to the riders twice as “athletes” so maybe it is? I also heard one of the commentators refer to the bulls as athletes and the bulls are referred to as “animal athletes” on the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) webpage. I’m not going to argue that they aren’t. After Tiger Woods was named Athlete of the Decade back in December 2009 I quit trying to define who and what an athlete is, so if an 1,800 pound bull makes the list of athletes then good for him.

I was a little concerned about the welfare of the bulls but the PBR web site has an entire section about the safety and welfare of their animals and I’ll believe them until someone shows me something different. I was surprised to learn that a bull eats nearly 50 pounds of food a day.

The event was interesting, and while I probably won’t seek out bull riding broadcasts in the future, I’d watch again if I stumbled on one looking for something else to watch.

Or if I was in Miami.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2011 5:07 pm

    WTF? Do you think that girl wanted to grow up and be a bull rider?? Yikes. The only bull riding I have ever seen is the drunken kind in bars in the 70’s. My brother was good…in that he never broke any bones when he was thrown across the room. But, he had enough beer in him usually to kill a real bull.


    p.s. I thought PBR stood for Pabst Blue Ribbon.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      September 28, 2011 4:55 am

      Hi Mo! I always thought PBR stood for Pabst Blue Ribbon too! I was wondering if there was some advantage to her riding the bull backwards?


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