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MASS TRANSIT WORKS

The National Finals Rodeo is proving that mass transit works, especially if it’s free.

One of every four attendees is using the shuttle bus service provided at no charge by Las Vegas Events, according to LVE publicist Michael Mack.

BY THE TAIL

“Try” is the word cowboys use when describing a never-say-die attitude.

Steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch did just that Tuesday night.

Gorsuch started the night ranked sixth in NFR standings and third in the world. He at least needed to register a time to stay in the hunt.

He missed his first try to grab his steer’s horn, then remounted for a second try. He missed the horns a second time but was able to grab the steer’s tail and hung onto it until he could get its head.

He put it to the turf in 50.2 seconds. That beats the heck out of registering a no time.

That, my friends, was cowboy “try.”

RODEO REBELS SALUTE

When the National Anthem played, people scurried on the Thomas & Mack Center concourse headed for their seats.

Some were in line for food or beverages.

But two were standing straight with hats over hearts.

It was UNLV rodeo athlete Jason Duby and the team’s assistant coach, Bryce Barnes.

“Yes, sir, we do every night,” said Barnes, a former team competitor.

Duby and Barnes, with help from Idaho high school rodeo athlete Shelby Freed, were selling raffle tickets, in which two winners each will win tickets to five go-rounds to next year’s NFR, along with a room at the South Point. The tickets and room are donated each year by Michael and Paul Gaughan, supporters of all things equine related.

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