The Zen of Rodeo

It’s amazing how many freaking blogs are truly out there. Just the other day, we stumbled upon one featuring the surprisingly emotional musings of the cowboys on the Professional Bull Riders circuit. Take this example from an entry titled “The winner within . . .” by Reese Cates: “It’s crazy. I've never been bucked off this much,” writes Cates. “If I could have a break I would go home and get on some practice bulls where there's no pressure, just relax and have fun. But you have to be way tougher to stay out here. . . . I had three hours of sleep last night and I'm not even tired right now. The energy gets you going so, yeah, I'm ready to be there and I'm ready to ride.”

Hey, it’s not Zane Grey, but it still hits us in a soft spot.

Fri., Aug. 1, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 2, 8 p.m., 2008
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Steve Jansen
Contact: Steve Jansen