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Saturday February 20 2010 saw a bracket type of bullriding short-go at the new Dallas stadium.

From the beginning the entire concept was flawed.  I am not trying to be negative because my favorite rider didn't win, I'm trying to be honest and offer some constructive criticism.

If the winner, ( and I congratulate Valdiron de Oliveira, he is according to the rules the Iron Cowboy and $260,000 richer), had to actually ride his bulls, I believe this would have been an awesome tournament.

My feeling is that only those riders who actually rode a bull the full 8 seconds should have gone forward and then competed against each other until only 2 were left.  Then those two ride the same bull for the championship.  But, in order to get the big payoff of $260,000, the rider would have to stay on the bull the full 8 seconds.  If neither rider stayed on the bull, then there should have been like $100,000 that they split.  No big payoff of money.  Every rider that successfully rode a bull should also have gotten $10,000 for doing that.  Case in point, Brian Canter rides his bull, gets nothing.  With his list of concussions of late he took quite a chance at hurting himself long term.  Now he is going to be off for hip surgery. If I were he, I'd be pissed!

Valdiron de Oliveira is the Iron Cowboy and I take nothing away from him.  He won!!  Just think however how much more awesome it would have been if he actually rode Code Blue for 8 seconds.

I would not mind seeing something like the Iron Cowboy again.  But I hope the powers that be honestly look at the competition and make the necessary changes to make it more fair, more exciting, and in a smaller venue to make it more fan friendly.  The Dallas stadium is beautiful and spectacular, Jerry Jones is a great businessman and a great partner for the PBR to have on board--but I think a smaller riding area in the center of the field would be better as a fan.

To the PBR, although we have some criticisms for you, please, please do not stop trying to bring us  bigger and more exciting events.  Like you, we are as committed to the best bullriding and bullriders in the world and we know they are in the PBR.

 
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