The PBR Bull of the Year race is already heating up as the first two months of the 2011 season is in the books. The bulls are obviously half the story in bull riding, and there have been plenty of great ones so far this year. I’ve put together a power rankings through the first two months of the season. There really isn’t any debate with the top two, but opinions may differ after that. If you have anything to add, please comment below or email me at: email@example.com. Also, please feel free to visit the Facebook page if you haven’t already. Enjoy!
1. Bushwacker- Julio Moreno/Richard Oliveira
There isn’t much to say about Bushwacker that hasn’t already been said. He is the rankest bull to come along in quite awhile, and he has undoubtedly been the best in the PBR in 2011. He has been out four times on the Built Ford Tough Series this season, and he is unridden with an average bull score of 46.88 points. In addition, Bushwacker’s average buckoff time is an astounding 2.63 seconds, and the four riders he has dominated are Austin Meier, J.B. Mauney, Mike Lee, and Robson Palermo. That pretty much says it all.
2. I’m A Gangster- Jeff Robinson/Cappello
Bushwacker is the clear choice for number one, and I’m A Gangster is definitely the clear choice for number two on the list. In four BFTS trips this season, he is unridden with an average bull score of 46.06 points. His average buckoff time in 2011 is 2.14 seconds which is actually more impressive than Bushwacker, and he has bucked off top-10 guys J.B. Mauney and Paulo Lima. I’m A Gangster has been a great bull for three or four years, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
3. Smack Down- Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Struve/Rosen
Smackdown gets overlooked a little, but he has quietly put together a very solid 2011 season so far. He has been out five times on the BFTS this season, and his average bull score is 44.94 points. He has been ridden just once, and that was worth 90 points. In a great pen of bulls at the Iron Cowboy Invitational a couple weeks ago, he was one of the bulls that really stood out. He dominated Valdiron de Oliveira, and that says a lot about how good he is. Smack Down could be a sleeper in this year’s PBR Bull of the Year race.
4. Super Duty- Jeff Robinson/Katich/Pinnacle Bull Group
Super Duty, formerly known as Major Payne, is having another great season on the Built Ford Tough Series. He is hauled as much as any other bull in the PBR, and he is still getting the job done on a regular basis. In five BFTS outs in 2011, he has an average bull score of 44.95 points. He has been ridden twice this season, and the average ride score is 90.88 points. Super Duty seemed to pull up a little gimpy this past weekend in St. Louis, and hopefully it’s nothing serious. If all is well, he will be well on his way to being a finalist for Bull of the Year.
5. Crosswired- D&H Cattle Company/Clifton Wiggins
Crosswired has been around for a few years, and he was very successful as a three and four-year old. After struggling at times in 2010, he has really been on top of his game in 2011. In three BFTS outs this season, his average bull score is 45 points. He has been ridden twice this year, and the average ride score is 91.75 points. Crosswired may not have some of the extra-rank trips he used to have, but it looks like he is going to be much more consistent moving forward. That will keep him on this list for awhile.
6. Perfect Poison- Boyd/Floyd Bull Company
Perfect Poison is a bull I didn’t like much in 2010, but he has really become more consistent in 2011. He has only been out twice on the BFTS, but he is unridden with an average bull score of 45.13 points. He was strong in Arlington a couple weeks ago, but he was extremely rank in Oklahoma City last month. Perfect Poison may not get as many outs as some of the others on this list, but if he keeps bucking like he has so far this season, he will be a surprise contender for Bull of the Year.
7. Priceless- D&H Cattle Company/L&E Bulls
Priceless had a decent 2010 season as a four-year old, but he has really stepped things up a notch in 2011. He has four BFTS trips so far this season, and his average bull score is 44.56 points. He has been ridden twice, and Robson Palermo (91 points) and Guilherme Marchi (90.5 points) were the two guys who rode him. I still don’t think fans have seen the best Priceless has to offer, and if that’s the case, he will continue to move up this list as the season progresses.
8. Cooper Tires Wild & Out- Dakota Rodeo/Clay Struve/Box K Cattle Company
Cooper Tires Wild & Out has quietly put together a very strong and consistent season on the Built Ford Tough Series. He has five BFTS trips in 2011, and he has an average bull score of 44.4 points. He has been ridden only once this year, and that was by Austin Meier (90 points) this past weekend. He had some off trips in 2010, but he has been marked at least 44.25 points in every trip this season. This bull doesn’t have what it takes to be a true contender for PBR Bull of the Year, but he should be a consistent in the power rankings this year.
9. Carrillo Cartel- 4C’s/Sills/HD Bucking Bulls
Carrillo Cartel has been a constant on the Built Ford Tough Series since 2008, and he continues to buck extremely well three years later. He has been out three times so far in 2011, and he has an average bull score of 44.42 points. He has been ridden all three times, and the average ride score is 91.17 points. Colby Yates made one of the best rides of the season on this bull in Arlington (92.25 points), and that’s what most people will remember him for this year. Hopefully he continues to impress the rest of the season.
10. After Party- Circle T Ranch & Rodeo
After Party was the 2010 PRCA Bull of the Year, and he has been a great new addition to the PBR in 2011. He has four BFTS trips so far this season, and his average bull score is 44.44 points. He has been ridden once, and that was by Guilherme Marchi this past weekend in St. Louis (90.25 points). I’m excited to see After Party the rest of the season, and it will be interesting to see how he bucks after being ridden by Marchi. I fully expect him to bounce back and buck a lot of guys off.
The Next Five: Chicken on a Chain, RMEF Gunpowder & Lead, Pure Smoke, Yellow Jacket Jr., Bad Moon.
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