There aren’t many PBR bull riders who create more discussion than J.B. Mauney. The North Carolina cowboy always gets some of the biggest cheers at live events, and the PBR has put a big spotlight on him since his debut five years ago. Every fan seems to have a different opinion on Mauney, and some of them aren’t very high. Whether it’s his gritty riding style in the arena or occasional temper tantrum outside the arena, he certainly knows how to cause a stir in the bull riding world.
Whether you love or hate J.B. Mauney, he is still the face of the PBR. I’m going to take a look at both sides of the controversial bull rider, and I’ll give my opinion on him at the end of the article. If you have anything to add, please comment below or email me at: email@example.com. Also, please visit and like the Bull Riding Rant Sports Facebook page. Enjoy!
The first thing worth mentioning is J.B. Mauney’s performance so far in the PBR. There is no doubting how talented he is, and his results over his first five years back that up in a major way. He started riding on the Built Ford Tough Series in 2006, and he was named the Rookie of the Year that season. He finished a modest 25th in the final standings, but that was just a precursor of things to come.
2007 was a breakout season for Mauney, and he finished third in the world behind only Justin McBride and Guilherme Marchi. In 2008, the North Carolina bull rider did one better and finished the season second behind Marchi. Mauney finished the 2009 season second once again, and he was probably a ride or two away from winning the gold buckle. Even though he was a little more inconsistent in 2010, he still finished third in the final standings. He has already had his ups-and-downs in 2011, but he is still seventh in the season standings. Other than Marchi, no bull rider has been more consistent over the past five seasons.
Mauney has already accomplished so much in the sport of bull riding, and he still has several more years to make an even larger impact. He was a perfect 8-for-8 at the 2009 PBR World Finals, he has performed well at the PBR World Cup in the past, and he continues to knock on the door of winning the PBR World Title. And when it comes to the draft, he isn’t afraid to pick the rankest bull available and believe he can ride him. When it comes to talent and desire, there aren’t many riders who have more than Mauney.
J.B. Mauney has a lot of passion for the sport of bull riding. If anyone doubts that, he or she probably hasn’t watched him ride much. When he bucks off, he occasionally throws a fit after he leaves the arena. This past weekend in St. Louis, he left the arena before throwing his bull rope and helmet down the hall. He gave the helmet a nice kick for good measure and went on about his business. Several fans absolutely despise this kind of attitude, and a number of them feel he should be punished for his actions.
Another reason some fans don’t care for J.B. Mauney centers around the fact he has been portrayed as the golden child of the PBR the last few seasons. He hasn’t won a World Title yet, but he seems to get as much or more attention than any other rider in the organization. It’s also no secret he has gotten a few breaks in recent years when it comes to replay challenges and/or possible reride situations. This is out of Mauney’s hands, but it still makes fans cheer against him on occasion. The more the PBR talks about him, the more fans seem to dislike him.
The Final Say
I’ve never been J.B. Mauney’s #1 fan, but I’ve never been one of his detractors either. The more I hear about fans griping about his actions outside the arena, however, the more I’m starting to like and cheer for the guy. I’m not going to sit here and say it’s mature to throw helmets and temper tantrums. That being said, it’s really nobody’s business what the guy does when he leaves the arena. The camera crew shouldn’t be following him after a buckoff anyway, and that’s also out of Mauney’s control. I’d rather see a guy show emotion rather than not care at all.
I love the sport of bull riding, and when it comes down to it, J.B. Mauney is one of the most consistent bull riders in PBR history. He has only been around five years, but he has been one of the top two or three during that time. He is passionate about the sport, and he will get on anything put under him.
His goal every season is to win the PBR World Title, and anything less is a disappointment to him. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and while it gets him in trouble with the fans from time-to-time, I respect the fact he hates losing or getting bucked off. The more time goes by, the more I cheer for Mauney. If he wins the 2011 PBR World Title, it will be outstanding for the sport because he is indeed the face of bull riding.
It’s your turn to tell me what you think about J.B. Mauney. Do you love him, or do you hate him? Also, give reasons for your choice. If you have an opinion on this, please comment below or visit the Facebook page and give your input there. Thanks for reading!
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