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Little Yellow Jacket Chat Transcript


from June 23, 2005 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

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Web User:

Michael, what were you thinking when you were on Little Yellow Jacket?
Michael Gaffney : I was thinking I have a long ways to the buzzer and he's thrown me off 5 times before.

Web User:

LYJ is my favorite bull and has been since I started watching PBR two years ago. Have you decided which events he will be at the remainder of the season? I haven't had a chance to see him in person yet.
Cody Lambert: Dallas, Columbus and Ft. Lauderdale

Web User:

Jody, at the PBR World FInals, would you like to get another chance on Little Yellow Jacket?
Jody Newberry: I'd give anything to draw him.

Web User:

Will LYJ be at finals?
Cody Lambert: Once the first weekend at Mandalay Bay and once at Thomas & Mack, most likely the short go.

Web User:

does every cowboy want to ride LYJ?
Jody Newberry: I think I can ride him. I think I've ridden him at least 6 seconds everytime!

Web User:

Michael, how do you feel about LYJ retiring?
Michael Gaffney : I think it's well deserved. It's actually overdo since the miles this bull has traveled. He deserves time in the pasture.

Web User:

Bernie, how did you get involved in part ownership of LYJ? Do you have other bulls?
Nevada Berger: I got into through Tom Teague and asked me to partner. We got Rocket Man now.

Web User:

Is there frozen semen available from LYJ, if so how much is it and who would it be purchased from.
Nevada Berger: Anybody can purchase it and yes, there's a lot of it. $500 a straw.

Web User:

what will happen to LYJ after he is retired?
Nevada Berger: Not too much. Just breed him to a lot more cows.

Web User:

Nevada-How did he get out of the trailer while you were driving?

Web User:

LYJ seems to spin alot. What makes this more difficult than a bull that just goes up and down?
Cody Lambert: If he turns, he's trying to tip you off balance.
Michael Gaffney : It's called the law of physics.

Web User:

is it my imagination or last month when a rider got tangled up under jacket, did he actually stop and wait for the guys to get the rider out from under him? i think he is a great bull.
Nevada Berger: Yes, he bucked away from Brian Courson in Nampa. He could've stepped on him easy!

Web User:

how many 90 point rides were made on Little Yellow Jacket?
Cody Lambert: How many times has he been ridden?
Nevada Berger: All but one or two times has he not been in the 90s

Web User:

I have a question for Jody Newberry. What is your favorite thing about LYJ?
Jody Newberry: He's such a great bull and has a great reputation, which helps my reputation if I ride him.

Web User:

has little yellow jacket sired any offspring that I can look forward to seeing in the future
Nevada Berger: You might see Black Jacket and Baby Jacket. They are four years old.

Web User:

Michael, did you ever ride Bodacious, and, if so how would you compare him to LYJ
Michael Gaffney : No I didn't ever draw or get on Bodacious. I wouldn't compare them other than their hearts being the same size.

Web User:

Mr Taupin, what made you decide to become part of the PBR?
Bernie Taupin: Roots and fan base. Traveled around with my cutting horses and I just got into it.

Web User:

Nevada, the first time you saw Little Yellow Jacket buck..did you know he was something special?
Nevada Berger: Yeah. He bucked like he knew what he was doing and it was his first time.

Web User:

how do you keep the bulls "in shape" for bull riding in the off season?
Cody Lambert: Every stock contractor has their own exercise program.

Web User:

How close are you and little yellow jacket and since you drink budlight has he ever tasted it?
Nevada Berger: We're pretty close. I see him everyday but I haven't fed him Budlight.

Web User:

In his pasture, does LYJ have a gentle disposition? Could anyone just walk up to him without him trying to hurt them?
Nevada Berger: When he's around the corral, he'll act like he wants to chase you. He does load in the trailer from the pasture though.

Web User:

do you think that Blueberrywine and Little Yellow Jacket are in any way similar?
Jody Newberry: I don't think they are similar. They both spin and move fast but they are still night and day.

Web User:

Mr. Berger which ride do you consider to be Little Yellow Jackets finest performance?
Nevada Berger: His finest performance was when he bucked hard for Dan Hendricks in Worcester.
Cody Lambert: He's hardest trip was with Chris Shivers for the million dollar ride in Colorado Springs

Web User:

Michael : Do you think Reindeer Dippin is the next Champ..I do!!
Michael Gaffney : Unfortunately he doesn't get seen as much but I think the guys would love to ride him.

Web User:

Since these bulls seem to love to buck so much, will they show signs of depression or lethargy when they no longer get to do that?
Nevada Berger: They just like to go places like Little Yellow Jacket. He runs along side the fence if I leave without him.

Web User:

Is there any bull that you think compares or shows similarity to LYJ?
Cody Lambert: Every great bull shows similarity to LYJ. I think he's unmatched being on the road so much and being at the top of his game everytime.

Web User:

Cody with the retirment of Little yellow jacket and Blueberry Wine who do you see coming up feeling there place on the PBR circuit that will rate right up there with them?
Cody Lambert: There are more great bulls now than ever, but you just can't replace the greats. Hopefully the sport can live without them. There's a little bull called Sharp Shooter that looks pretty special and there are plenty of others.

Web User:

As a fan I will miss the show that LYJ puts on ..such a performer..and the last look he gives the crowd as he prances out of the ring.What will you miss Jody?
Jody Newberry: Probably the same thing. I thought LYJ had the most character. I always wondered what he was thinking. I know he knew more about the game than most. He knew he was king.

Web User:

Mr Taupin, how does it feel to know that you co-own one of the greatest bulls in the pbr
Bernie Taupin: I'm just honored to get my name associated with the greatest bull of all time. I'm happy he's retiring, he's going out on top.

Web User:

Micheal, what do you think about LYJ and the cowboys that has rode him?
Michael Gaffney : He'll go down as the greatest bull of all time and I'm just one of the fortunate ones that have been gotten the chance to get on him, several times.
Cody Lambert: Everyone who rode him was good and very lucky.

Web User:

Bernie, have you or will you wirte a song about LYJ?
Bernie Taupin: I try not to mix the two if I can help it.

Web User:

Nevada, is there a particular thing that makes you decide it's time to retire a bull?
Nevada Berger: No, just that LYJ has done everything he can do. He'll still be around a long time.

Web User:

Because of his retirement will LYJ still be eligable for bull of the year?
Cody Lambert: Every bull is elligible this year.

Web User:

Michael, i am 14 and a bull rider, would you be able to tell me how to stay on a bull with the abillitys of LYJ?
Michael Gaffney : Get five years older, then LYJ will be fourteen. Hopefully you'll have more experience by then. Good luck!

Web User:

On one TV show, someone said that these bulls are treated "better than most people treat their children." Is it true that these bulls are given far much more attention than your standard livestock?
Cody Lambert: They're given a lot more attention because there's more required of them year around. They have to be looked after to see that they feel good and are healthy. Keeping them in peak condition is a priority.

Web User:

who do you think will be bull of the year this year? LYJ?
Jody Newberry: I've been asking myself the same question.
Cody Lambert: There's so many good bulls out there and we still have more time to determine that.

Web User:

How do you determine which cows you will use to breed with a certain bull?
Nevada Berger: The one's who have raised bulls already. The blood lines have a lot to do with it. Our cows are sired by LYJ and grand sires before that.

Web User:

I heard that LYJ's papa had a mean temperament. Is LYJ the same, or just competitive?
Nevada Berger: His dad was just like him. No mean temperament. His grandpa never settled down and was mean all the time.

Web User:

can little yellow jacket be visted at the berger ranch
Nevada Berger: No but we plan to take him to special appearances.

Web User:

Cody did you ever get on LYJ ?
Cody Lambert: I was too old for Jacket. I got on his grandfather. I retired when lYJ was born. I would've though.

Web User:

Jody, why is it so much more difficult for tall bull riders to make 8 seconds, especially on smaller bulls?
Jody Newberry: I ride bulls even when people say I'm too tall. I don't think it's any different. To me it's not a valid arguement.

Web User:

What is the average life span of a bull such as LYJ?
Nevada Berger: Pretty old. I have cows that are healthy and are 17-18 years old. I think LYJ will live a long time.
Cody Lambert: Wolf Man just died this year at 19.

Web User:

jody what would be the hardest move of little yellow jacket
Jody Newberry: The direction change was the most difficult. He sucks back and kicks over his head at the same time. When he bails out of the chute it's like hitting a brick wall.

Web User:

jody, do u tink that you could ride him for 90 or higher
Jody Newberry: I think I'm definately able to ride him but if you do there's no doubt it will be a 90.
Chat Moderator: Due to previous commitments, Tom Teague, Little Yellow Jacket Co-Owner and PBR Board Member, could not participate in the live online chat but issued the following responses.

Web User:

Would you like to see two-time PBR World Champion Chris Shivers draw Little Yellow Jacket again before the bull is retired?
Tom Teague: I would love to see Chris draw him again. I think Chris can ride the bull, but he just hasn?t?maybe because of the mental game. Personally, I would love to see him ride him.

Web User:

Describe your favorite memory of LYJ:
Tom Teague: My favorite memory is the best ride I?ve ever seen on Little Yellow Jacket. When Michael Gaffney rode him for 96.5 during the 2004 Nampa event to win the event title.

Web User:

How do you feel about the decision to retire LYJ?
Tom Teague: I concur [with Nevada Berger] 100%. I would like to see him go out on top.

Web User:

Describe why you became involved and bought ownership in LYJ
Tom Teague: When I bought the television rights, I realized there were two components to the PBR?the bull and the rider. I knew I would never be a rider, so I became very interested in the bulls. I would ask Adriano, Ty, and Michael which bull was the best, and they would always say either Mossy Oak Mudslinger or Little Yellow Jacket. So, I bought half of Mudslinger, and I eventually bought half of Little Yellow Jacket.

 

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