A review of predictions…
2012 NFR Predictions:
Prediction 1: I am anxious to see this year’s pen of bulls.
Thus Far: Not impressed.
Prediction 2: What to Watch For: JW Harris… He comes out swinging… Cody Teel and Trey Benton – these guys are legit, let’s see how they handle their first NFR, expect big things.
Thus Far: JW is swinging… and winning the average on 3 head… Although Cody Teel stubbed his toe and fell off a couple – he rode two really tough bulls that did not have their best days and kept a couple of questionable scores, let’s see where refusing a re-ride gets him in the average when things re said and done. Trey rode his first but has been shut out since not sure where he is going to land…
Prediction 3: Don’t Forget: Shane Proctor… enough said…
Thus Far: Hoping things turn around soon for Shane… I thought he would come here and ride at least 6 bulls. With 5 remaining that is still possible. I haven't seen him, so I’m not sure if he’s dealing with any injury, but he just hasn't hit his stride yet.
Prediction 4: Don't Count Out: Cody Whitney. He’s been there and done that… He’s healthy and he has ridden some of the rankest bulls on earth… If he gets on a roll he could win the average, and that could make things interesting.
Thus Far: After a great start on the first two bulls, winning the round on one, Cody has cooled off… He’s dealing with a hip injury as I understand, but don’t count him out... He knows there’s a bunch of money to be won and with two scores, he’s in the hunt on the average.
Prediction 5: A Sleeper: Tag Elliott. Tough as nails, more talent and determination than many in the field… If Tag gets started on the right foot, he is certainly capable of mixing up the average…
Thus Far: Unfortunately Tag didn't get going right off the bat… But I still think with 5 to go he can be dangerous…
The field: Seth Glause has put two together and almost a third when in round 4 he rode for like 7.8 seconds. Seth broke his nose and has moved to a helmet, but so far the injury doesn’t appear to be bothering him… Interested to see how he finishes the week.
As I mentioned earlier, I am not impressed with the bull herd. I believe they could be improved upon – but play the hand you are dealt right?
On another note, regarding Bull of the Year Cat Baliou… He did not have a good trip the other night… That’s two “off” trips in a row – one at PBR Finals and then here at NFR. Hopefully the real Cat Baliou shows up later in the week.
The rankest bull I have seen this week is from D&H – Shepard Hills Tested… I’m predicting he takes Bull of the Finals honors home this year.
Speaking of Fantasy Rodeo… I am not faring too well in my league… through 5 rounds I’m holding the 10th position out of 22 teams… I’ll keep you posted on where I finish. If you are a rodeo fan and you are not playing ProFantastyRodeo.com – shame on you – play next year!
NFR Thus Far:
Barebacks: Kaycee Field is winning the average, no big news there…
Saddle Broncs: Interestingly, Cody Demoss is the only one in contention who has stayed on everything. The round last night was unreal – it was a riding contest! I hope Cody can bring the buckle home – but watch out for Wade Sundell – this city and this event were made for him!
Bull Riding: It will get interesting, but I’m going with JW to win the average. Can you afford to bet against him?
NFR Round 5. Wow! They ride 3 horses. What an awesome display of animals! I think this is how Bronc Riding should be. To me it is so much more interesting to see a “riding contest”… It creates drama – in the moment – and in the average.
Unfortunately there are not that many horses of this caliber out there… Making a display like last night more difficult to duplicate…
There is nothing like being in Las Vegas for the NFR. “Cowboy Town”. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the Western Lifestyle demo – I hope that more brands will begin to understand this – in turn generating more revenue for the industry.
As the Average comes into play here in the last 5 rounds in Las Vegas it is always interesting to see the characters come out in these guys… It’s the race for a world title… It means more than it should – to many of them – and it is awesome to watch!
Dierks Bently – Tip It On Back… Great song. Every time I hear it, I crank it up. It’s about being in the moment… seizing and enjoying… I have had such a blessed life. So many chances to “Tip It On Back” on so many levels and I don't think I’ve ever declined an opportunity to do so. LIVE your life – “Tip It On Back”.
Shut Up and Make it Happen