I have a confession to make: What I know about Rodeos and bull riding you could put on the head of a pin and still have room for Lord’s Prayer. That’s not to say this part of Americana doesn’t draw huge crowds with legions of fans; I just don’t know a lot about the sport. From my own observations cowboys ride bulls for a particular amount of time, hanging on for dear life, trying not to get trampled. But I’ll tell you what; whether you’re a hardcore spectator or a novice such as me this event at Hard Rock Live is the place to be.
During this mega three-day event, fans will witness exhilarating eight-second rides, wrecks and action-packed performances as the toughest men in sports jockey for position in one of the most volatile title races in recent PBR history. To date this season, three men – Silvano Alves, Marco Eguchi and Shane Proctor – have stood atop the 35-man heap and swapped positions from first to third place several times. With eight events before this South Florida stop, they could trade places, again, or another man could be added to the mix. The competition will be intense and the riders will be ready to do battle with each other and their 2,000-pound opponents. That’s a big bull by any standards.
Championship Sunday will be broadcast nationally on CBS Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. and will feature the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the fiercest bucking bulls in the country. Riders scheduled to compete include five former PBR World Champions: Alves (2012, 2011), Renato Nunes (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004), fan favorites J.B. Mauney, Luke Snyder, L.J. Jenkins and Proctor, and young guns Chase Outlaw, Jory Markiss and Douglas Duncan. Nothing in the world however beats seeing something as a live event. The atmosphere alone is worth the price of admission.
This year, the PBR celebrates its 20th anniversary of competition. The season will award over $10 million dollars including $2.2 million at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, October 23-27, at the Thomas & Mack Center. I can’t say I’m one of those brave souls who are willing to risk life and limb for $10 million dollars but the mechanical bull at a local bar doesn’t look too bad. So break out your best cowboy ware and come out to Hard Rock Live for an experience you won’t forget. For more information please check out the following site: