Big Al's View Of The World
COWBOY SPORTS NEWS MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2013
How many sports do you think you'll see the other team offer up their best equipment to the opponent? Rodeo has that.
Rodeo has all of that and more. 99% of every person I know in my small little world is from rodeo. I still have a few of my childhood friends, but for the most part my friends now are the ones I either met in high school or college rodeo or met since my son has started roping or just from being around this sport for 30 years.
To say rodeo is my life would be a little short sighted. For 23 years we have had this paper. For 21 years we have had our buckle business that does 75% of it's haul from rodeo. Everything I have personally has come from rodeo. It has clothed, fed and supported my family for every year I have been an adult. It put myself and my brother and sister through college. It paid for my honeymoon when I married my wife 20 years ago and it pays for my meal each night at the dinner table. Rodeo has been good to me and I promise you I am its biggest supporter.
I rope, my wife ropes and my son ropes. There is a very good chance on any given day at least two of us will be horseback if not all of us. It's just what we do. We often joke about selling everything and going to Cozumel but I'm pretty sure when we got back from a month at the beach we would probably try to go buy another horse and a few steers or calves. Roping and riding is not just a hobby. I guess you could say it is a lifestyle. I rode a steer in college, my son rode a steer messing around one day and my wife rode the mechanical bull one night at the fair after a few silver bullets. Other than that we are pretty much timed event people. On occassion we let my wife run around the barrels on one of her rope horses but we try not to let that happen too often.
My wife hates sitting all day at a calf roping. I hate sitting all night at a barrel race and we all three fast forward each morning during the previous nights NFR to get to the team roping and calf roping before we have to leave for school. I thank Tivo everytime I can fast forward thru a commercial, interview and saddle bronc riding to get to the calf roping. I consider this payback for all of those years when they would show all 15 from each rough stock event and only 4 or 5 from each timed event when they showed the NFR on tv in the old days. I didn't stay up all night to not see my favorite roper do his thing.
I joke about the rough stock but I understand there is not just one event that makes up a rodeo. For each of us that enjoy watching a 7 second calf roping run there is someone that wants to see their hero spur the hair off a good bucking horse. I'd be crazy if I didn't admit I don't always fast forward through every ride. I have the ones I like to watch.
I know it's a cliche, but we really are just one big rodeo family. We look out for each others kids. We help each other every chance we can. We pick each other up when the other is down and we pick up the pieces when something bad happens to one of our own.
No family is immune to the crazy aunt, goofy uncle, cousin that stays in trouble or the sibling rivalry but that's just part of being a close knit family. You know we really wouldn't have it any other way. That uncle might be goofy but you know he is the first one you are going to call for help when you really have to have it.
Rodeo is not a spectator sport. It is a sport that is meant to be lived. To quote that famous poet Garth Brooks:
Well it's bulls and blood
It's dust and mud
It's the roar of a Sunday crowd
It's the white in his knuckles
The gold in his buckle
He'll win the next go `round
It's boots and chaps
It's cowboy hats
It's spurs and latigo
It's the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain
And they call the thing rodeo
Doing without the
bulls and blood,
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