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   When you talk to Shorty Gorham it's really hard to believe what he does for a living.  He's quiet, not all that large, yet he has one of the biggest smiles you will ever see.  It seems he is always happy.
   Shorty is a bullfighter in the PBR.  Not a clown, not an entertainer, a bullfighter, one of the three men that provide all of the safety for the riders.
   When I interviewed Shorty I asked the typical questions; how did you get started and why did get started.  He started at age 14 and as a young man experienced the thrill of bullfighting and knew he wanted to do it for a living.
   I also asked if he had ever been hurt, especially to the point of maybe never being able to work again.  He said, "no, I've never really been hurt that bad.  Sure I broke most of the bones in my body--but nothing too serious to keep me from working."
   Only a man that fights bulls for a living, goes face to face every weekend with the rankest and toughest 1 ton animals could answer like that.  He said his job was to keep the cowboys safe and that's what he enjoyed doing.  It doesn't matter that part of the job is getting between a downed rider and the bull.  "All in a night's work"  he says.
   Another of Shorty's specialties is going on camera from time to time and making a prediction on whether the cowboy will ride a particular bull or not ride and he even predicts the scores.  When I asked him if this was luck or science, he said, "Well, I guess I'm gonna be right at least half the time."  But he's right more often that that.
   He told me that being around the bulls he tends to get an idea what they might do.  And being around the riders, he knows what their tendencies, likes and dislikes in a bull are.  So when he makes a prediction, he's usually really close.
   One other thing you should know about Shorty--if you are at an event live or watching on television, you can usually hear him yelling encouragement to the riders, telling them they're okay and safe and picking up their bull ropes greeting them with his big smile.  After a bullride, it has to be a good thing to see Shorty's big smile and have him tell you, " You're alright.You done good!"

   
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