Seven things you should know before the Professional Bull Riders World Finals Rodeo comes to town Oct. 20-24 at the Thomas & Mack Center:
• Unlike the NFR (that’s National Finals Rodeo, for you green horns), the PBR World Finals Rodeo involves bull riding and bull riding only. There’s no bronc bustin’, calf ropin’ or barrel racin’.
• Scores are based on a possible 100 points—50 points for the bull, 50 points for the rider—which are awarded by four judges. Meanwhile, a fifth judge is in place to review replays in case there is an infraction or a challenge.
• The top-ranked bull in the PBR, “Code Blue,” is 6 years old and weighs 1,500 pounds. During his career, the American-born bull has bucked off almost 93 percent of his riders—in an average 4.47 seconds—and has yet to give up a 90-point ride.
• While it’s called the PBR World Finals, cowboys from just five countries—United States, Mexico, Australia, Brazil and Canada—are allowed in it.
• More than $3 million is up for grabs, and the buckle for the top-finishing cowboy is worth $10,000. The top-earning PBR cowboy of all time, 2005 and 2007 champion Justin McBride, has made $5.1 million in his career. Still, tickets are relatively cheap, starting at $21.
• The PBR bucking stock roster includes bulls named Chicken on a Chain, Chick’N Fried, Beaver Cleaver and Monkey Moves, All In, Lucky Strike and Palace Station Deuces Wild (how Vegas-appropriate!). There are also three bulls that must’ve been picked on as calves: Unabomber, Beer Goggles and Small Package.
• All bulls don’t have horns—a hornless bull is called a “muley.”