2001 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo
March 14-18, 2001
Judges: Harry Rose Steve Knowles
Performance Saturday Matinee:
Notes: Only two rode so the two highest in the average moved into the top four round.
If there is even one qualified ride in the semi’s or finals and there isn’t four qualified rides the unclaimed money isn’t ground split, it is paid to the highest qualifiers. In the Semis they would come from the two head average. In the Finals it would come from the Semi Finals placings. If there are no qualified rides in the Semi’s or Finals then the money is ground split (equally among the contestants in that go round).
Check <> K66 Copenhagen Rapid Fire Big Bend (95 24 23+)
Trying to put a number on this ride would be tough. I could sure see their markings. I’da probably 24-24 ‘ed … but it wouldn’t have been reflective of the greatness of this bull ride. Like most judges I had a problem with marking anything 25… the perfect ride… the perfect bull… but that’s stupid. If you compared this bull to this rodeo’s record score of 95 that Felipe Aragon made on 101 Border Patrol…. well to me this was a 2 point ranker bull… so based on what the two judges marked Border Patrol then Rapid Fire would have been a 25 and a 26. I don’t think you could dock Cory’s ride either…. So you’d be at a 100—the perfect score—the second in rodeo history. Then for years lots of people would’ve debated the sanity of those two judges. For sure it won’t look as good on TV—it seldom does.
If I would have been judging… in the few seconds I had to spit out the numbers…. I would’ve hoped I coulda marked it at least 49 points on my side resulting in a 98 (if the other judge was as smart as me). Not sure I could’ve done it—but I should’ve. In fact… a 100 point score would’ve been closer to accurate than 95. Rodeo would have benefited greatly from the publicity. It was a great ride on a well known, former bull of the year who had one of his greatest days. More importantly, a self imposed mental barrier would have been breached. We tell audiences all the time that the scoring sytem is 1-100… 50 points per side when actually it is 13 (lower than that you usually get a reride option) to 48. To get to a total score of 97-98-99… someone has to mark something 25. And that will bring attention to the judge(s) and possibly criticism. Not many have the nards to do it.
Unfortunately, the next perfect score might be far less deserving -- by a couple of reserves carelessly tossing numbers around. Don’t care about the event or it’s history -- In fact they may even desire the attention. Both these judges can really judge; they’ve both seen scores of good bull rides, they have credibility -- this was at the Dodge National Circuit Finals, television cameras rolling, 16,000 people on their feet SCREAMING, a great bull having a great day, and a guy riding like most of us can only do in our dreams. If there is going to be a second 100 point score—this should have been it. After that? Who cares -- but this should’ve been the 2nd one in rodeo history.
Hill <> X10 Midnight Oil Beard (83 21-20 )
Aragon <> 69 Freight Train Vold (22 22E 2.5)
Paul Leffew <> K417 After Shock Big Bend (? 20+? 1.5)
Leatherberry <> K78 Skoal’s Unforgiven Big Bend (? 21+ 1.7 )
Malolo <> H33 Copen Yo Yo Russel (23+ 23 6.1)
Hancock <> 77 Skoals Yellow Jacket Big Bend (21-21 ?)
More likely it was a case of having so many bulls on the left D and the owner or tail gunner told the stock manager he could go either way—which he can. Think the other 7 were out of a left… which meant lots of rolling and no place to get your ropes on before the bulls got into the chutes.
Patrick <> 66 Skoal’s King Kong Rafter H (21+ 22 7.1)
This bull could’ve been switched on the deliveries. He bucked great out of a right with Rupert at the Mesquite Tour Finals.
Rerides: K77 River Dance Big Bend 007 Skoal’s Gyro Beard CT2 Skeeter Western
Top 4 Finals:
Aragon and Leffew moved in based on the two head average placings. No one rode so they ground split the money.
Check <> 101 Skoal’s Border Patrol Flying 5 (24-24 2.8)
Hill <> 601 El Smacko Big Bend (21-20 6.8)
Aragon <> 311 Why Not Minot Vold (22+ 20+ DG 7.95 )
Paul Leffew <> 70 Black Magic Western (23-22 7.89)
Rerides: 381 Skoal’s Brushpopper Kesler 906 Young Gun Pinz L41 Copenhagen White Line Fever Powder River