Well, that didn't take long. A day after the Professional Bull Riders circuit held its final event at Thomas & Mack Center, a bucket of PBR World Finals dirt from that arena on the UNLV campus was ceremoniously dumped Monday afternoon in front of the new Las Vegas arena being built on the Strip.
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As Kody Lostroh prepared to ride Voodoo Child -- a bull only one other rider had ever successfully stayed on -- he didn't know he had already clinched the Professional Bull Riders world championship.
Five riders tied for the round victory in the Professional Bull Riders World Finals on Saturday -- a first in the 16-year history of the series.
The Professional Bull Riders has been using J.B. Mauney somewhat as a poster boy.
Kody Lostroh would never vacation in Las Vegas. And he wouldn't be here now if it weren't for the Professional Bull Riders World Finals and paychecks with several zeros.
Hollywood stunt double Kathy Jarvis jumped off an 80-foot cliff for "Six Days, Seven Nights" and staged a fight in "The Big Lebowski." She's put life and limb at risk for cinematic brawls, blasts and blazes.
Six of the top 10 competitors in the Professional Bull Riders would like to forget the opening weekend of the World Finals.
Before Saturday, only one rider had ever stayed on board Bones, the 2008 PBR World Champion bull, for eight seconds.
Just making it to the PBR World Finals on Friday was a major accomplishment for bull rider Ryan McConnel, who was involved in a life-threatening car accident Tuesday.
Kody Lostroh could win his first Professional Bull Riders championship in the next 10 days and collect $1 million.
Huckleberry Thorn doesn't roll over or sit up and beg for treats. He doesn't fetch tennis balls from the pool. He's not all that big on rubber toys. He doesn't stand around for 15 minutes waiting for the lighting to be just right while posing for photos.
Guilherme Marchi of Brazil came within four seconds of making "perfeito" -- that's "perfect" in Portuguese -- on the final day of the Professional Bull Riders World Finals on Sunday.
Moments after Guilherme Marchi finished second in the Professional Bull Riders championship last year for the third straight time, winner Justin McBride told the disheartened Brazilian that 2008 would be his year.
Guilherme Marchi could have been polishing his world championship belt buckle by now.
North Carolina is a hotbed for stock-car racing, and it's not the first locale that comes to mind as a breeding ground for bull riders.
Guilhermi Marchi last rode a bull on Sunday.
At 29, Chris Shivers is the same age as Justin McBride, his fellow two-time Professional Bull Riders world champion.
Getting injured turned out to be one of the best things to happen to bull rider J.B. Mauney, who suffered broken ribs, a lacerated liver and a bruised kidney and spleen in June 2005.
Any bull ride can leave a rider bruised, battered and bloodied. Even if he makes the eight-second buzzer, he still has to dismount safely, and bulls seem to get angrier when they unload their passenger.
Since joining the Professional Bull Riders in its first season in 1994, Adriano Moraes has won three world championships, 29 event titles and $3.5 million. He will hang on for his final PBR World Finals beginning tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Justin McBride's major bull riding career began in Las Vegas, and it's only fitting it ends here.
Justin McBride had it, nearly lost it but heeded some sage advice on how to recover it. That was the edge that allowed the former UNLV rodeo athlete to dominate the 29-event regular season of the Professional Bull Riders series. He set a record for...
Professional bull rider Justin McBride rode last weekend at the Mandalay Bay Events Center with the shoulder of his free arm -- the one he needs to maintain balance -- heavily taped. He went 0-for-3. When the PBR World Finals shifted to the Thomas...