How about Chris Shivers? That was awesome. Brendon Clark and I spent the week with him last week. Of course, he announced his retirement on Wednesday, and then came out in Atlanta and showed that he could still do it. Not only still do it, but still do it with a 90-point ride.
I was pretty tickled for him, because a lot of guys when they announce their retirement, they are unable to do that anymore. Whether he wins another one the rest of the season, or even places at one, he showed that he's still at the top of his game. I think everybody's dream is to retire at the top of their game. It's going to be sad to say farewell to a guy who still rides better than 80 percent of the guys that are competing.
This week, we're traveling to Houston. The Houston Rodeo is a huge, huge deal. It's something the people come from all over to see. It's kind of mind-boggling when you first get there. I know the first time I got to Houston - I wasn't even in the rodeo, I was just there to watch - I was pretty blown away at just how big the Houston Rodeo is. I think they're going to find that the PBR is a great addition to what they already have. I think it's going to get along well.
The one thing about Houston - anytime you're in Texas - they know what bull riding is and what it's all about. They know what they like to see. When they see something they like, they go wild for it. I'm looking forward to a good event.
Regarding what riders to watch out for this week, you know, I went directly from Atlanta, Georgia, to just south of Marfa, Texas, so I've been a little out of the mix this week. We were shooting a hunting show, "Ford Trucks Takes PBR Outdoors," with Steve LeBlanc. I think it's coming out in June or July.
Anyway, I've been completely out of touch. I don't know who's getting on what, but the guy that comes to my mind first, because I think he's going to be a major contender all year, is J.B. Mauney. I think he's one to watch out for. He had a lot of things playing on his mind last year. Now, it seems like he's got his mind right, and he's stacking up some big scores. When that guy gets confident, look out.
Another one to watch this week is Asteroid. Last week, Stormy Wing started him, and personally, I had yet to see him ridden that long. Austin Meier was right - the bull got stronger. That ground there last week was a little bit deep, and the lower half of the bulls that were out, you could tell that they were a half a point off or so. Like (PBR Livestock Director) Cody Lambert and I talked about a long time ago, the great bulls don't care if it's muddy or if it's hard or whatever. They buck. Asteroid showed that last week.
Where he ended up turning back, it was a little bit deep out there. He gave it all he had and got the job done. That's the mark of a great bull. I have to give him the edge this week.
One other bull that amazes me - and last week, he had a bad trip
- is RMEF Gunpowder & Lead. They ride that bull a lot. A lot of
times, when they ride a bull as much as they do him, the bull will
start to weaken. With Gunpowder & Lead, it doesn't matter how
many times he's ridden, he gives it everything he has, and they are
big points on him. I don't know why he continues to do it, but he's
the one I want to have if I'm coming back in the short round.
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