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Friday, February 20, 2009

Saturday To-Do: PBR

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 1:44 PM

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7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena, $9.25-$41.75.

There's a reason Professional Bull Riders bills its events as "The Toughest Sport on Dirt." Surviving eight seconds atop a raging, foaming, horned beast is no minor accomplishment and merely attempting to do so is a high-risk endeavor. Talk about health care premiums.  But the concept is classic and very simple: man (180 pounds) versus beast (one ton). Occasionally I'll pause to watch this spectacle when flipping channels, and, honestly, more often than not, I root for the bull. Why? Because if I was forced to endure the antagonizing ritual of having Buckmaster Cody strapped to my back, jabbing me with spurs and prods just to piss me off, a rope tightly wound beneath my belly, balls in a sling and five cohorts slapping my loins and punching my ribs, I'd certainly want to send someone to the hospital. And these characters do spend a fair amount of time nursing flesh wounds, cracked bones and bruised limbs. This is not to say I cheer when Buckmaster C gets impaled and sent 30 feet airborne into the iron gate, but as the saying goes, "if you mess with the bull ..."

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