It's no secret that I love Trevor Brazile (Examples 1, 2 and 3) and this week allows me to express my infatuation to the utmost level. The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is this week (actually the 1st round was last Thursday and the final round is this Saturday) and I've watched every run of every event in every round (except the bullriding - but that's another story).
Trevor went into the NFR on track to win his world record 8th PRCA All-Around title. In Round 2, Trevor finished second in team roping and sixth in tie-town roping, clinching his 8th All Around title (and passing former record holder Ty Murray). Those placings boosted Trevor's season earnings to $323,527, making it fiscally impossible for him to be caught by the rest of the pack. To read more about his record breaking night click here.
Trevor's amazingness didn't end in Round 2 though- look at these stats!
Round 3 - 1st in the team roping - 4.2 seconds
Round 4 - 6th in the team roping - 4.3 seconds
Round 5 - 1st in the calf roping - 6.9 seconds AND 3rd in the team roping - 3.8 seconds!
Like I said, he's on fire! Not only is he a world champion roper, he's a class act. When asked how he felt after clinching #8 he said that he was thankful to God for giving him the abilities to accomplish his dreams. He also thanked his family for their support and said it was a big moment for his fans and family. Ty Murray made this comment, "Trevor Brazile is the Peyton Manning of rodeo," Murray said. "Like Peyton Manning, he's a clean-cut athlete who outworks everybody on top of having great talent. When you work hard like he does, that means you blow everybody out of the water." How can you not love him?!
If you want to get in on the NFR action, Round 6 airs tonight at 9 pm (CST) on ESPN Classic - for those of you who don't have Classic, it replays on ESPN2 at midnight (CST). I hope you'll tune in and cheer for your favorite competitors!
Until next time,
~ Buzzard ~
p.s. -- It's been recently brought to my attention that I appear to only like Trevor Brazile and no others. Not true. I am also a huge fan of the following NFR competitors:
-- Will Lowe - bareback rider (he's a KS cowboy)
-- Kory Koontz - team roper
-- Billy Etbauer - saddle bronc rider (not entered but is still amazing)
-- Jeanne Anderson - very good friend of the Buzzard family
-- Sherri Cervi
-- all 3 Cooper boys -- Clint, Clif and Tuf
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