A quiet voice comes from the cowboy slumped against the arena fence: "Is my head okay?" he asks the doctor. In the Professional Bull Riders Web site video, Colby Yates has just been bucked off Commotion, a furious bovine with the size and sweetness of a Porta Potti packed with muscle and blood. The clip shows that Yates' head did turn out to be okay, and he survived the U.S. Border Patrol Invitational. Take a minute to process all the information in the preceding sentence; there's a "PBR" joke in there somewhere. Then consider that Commotion has a buckoff percentage of only 85.71. At the all-bull-riding-all-the-time Out of the Chute Invitational, the cowboys straddling their large enemies and holding on with one hand for glory include three Codys, two Dustins, and a Dusty. If theyre unlucky, they might get saddled with the unridable, 100 percent buckoff-rated Bo's Excuse or Cochise.
Fri., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., 2008