Bull rider works for big bucks



Reigning Professional Bull Riders series champion Kody Lostroh was overjoyed after last year's World Finals.

Lostroh left the Thomas & Mack Center with the big championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus to finish the season with earnings of $1.63 million.

Good work if you can get it.

According to an article published last week in the Wall Street Journal, no athlete works for a higher hourly rate than Lostroh. He reportedly earned $8.57 million an hour last year.

Before the Internal Revenue Service begins looking into Lostroh's tax return, keep in mind that the cowboy from Loveland, Colo., worked for only about 12 minutes last year, according to the Wall Street Journal's research.

Lostroh rode bulls for 11 minutes, 24 seconds in 2009, when he completed 64 percent of his 95 eight-second rides on angry bovines with names such as Chicken on a Chain, Voodoo Child and Uncle Buck.

The Wall Street Journal's story also noted that the National Scrabble Association's top pro, David Wiegand, earned $12,732 in about 205 hours of competition, or about $62 an hour.

That's paltry compared to Lostroh's projected hourly wage, but what's the worst potential injury for a pro Scrabble player?

Headaches? Hemorrhoids?

■ WADE'S CUSTODY BATTLE II -- Dwyane Wade had better luck getting custody of his NBA "boys" than he is with his biological children.

The Miami Heat All-Star guard is mired in a court battle in Chicago with his ex-wife over custody of their sons, ages 3 and 8.

Wade was much more successful over the summer getting possession of free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

James is trying to arrange for a live announcement on the Family Channel when the judge determines who gets custody of Wade's children.

■ MICHIGAN'S 'BIG CHILL(S)' -- Officials from the University of Michigan say they've sold 105,585 tickets for an outdoor hockey game scheduled for Dec. 11 at Michigan Stadium between the Wolverines and rival Michigan State.

The game is billed as "The Big Chill at the Big House," which could also apply to the Wolverines football team's current two-game losing skid at home, which started with a loss to Michigan State.

■ UPSET DRIVER, STOMACH -- Kyle Busch was blasted a few years ago for saying his car "sucked" moments after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

Popular driver Kasey Kahne topped that by vomiting shortly after he climbed out of his wrecked car Saturday night during the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kahne had been plagued by mechanical problems, including a loss of brakes.

"It's not like you have half-brakes, like you can pump them. Your foot goes to the floor. It bottoms out. It's a joke," he said.

Kahne is leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the season and will join Red Bull Racing, but perhaps he should consider driving for a team sponsored by Pepto-Bismol.