Adrenline Cowboys on dvd hosted by Bo Derek has to do with bull riding. Needless to say, bull riding is not the national pastime. But fans across America are drawn to sports that are fast and rough-and-tumble. On a scale of one to ten, ten being the toughest, bull riding would rate a ten. Simple as that. Football, hockey, and boxing do not measure up, not second-to-second, and in bull-riding one does not speak of minutes on top a fuming bull’s back. These bulls are truly irritated and have lost all sense of sportsmanship before the gate is released. Some riders are hauled off while still inside the stall. Why would anyone do this? Nobody knows. But all competitors are cowboys, under thirty years old, and fearless. Also, the prize money comes in handy.
There is a solid fan base for this unique, western sport to which New Mexico is a major contributor. Riders’ clothing is laden with logos advertising Wrangler, Coors, Ford, Budweiser, Jack Daniels, Caesar’s Palace, DeWalt, and other sponsors. An announcer calls the environment fan-friendly. It is. The film, changing every so often from color to black-and-white, mixing it up, follows the careers of several riders on the way to the national championship in Las Vegas, 2002. Kelly Armstrong is a typical example. He is twenty-five, married, a rancher, and a bull stock contractor. It might seem as though he would be sick of bulls. But the cowboy life is his oyster. Armstrong is from Alberta, Canada. Another competitor is from Paradise, Texas. There is really no telling. Albuquerque is a standard venue on the Professional Bull Rider’s circuit. Information can be found at www.pbr.com.
In March, at the University of New Mexico Arena, aka The Pit, Albuquerque hosted a bull riding contest in which two New Mexicans competed: LJ Jenkins from Texico and Ryan McConnel from Farmington. In the film, bull riders perform in Denver, Jacksonville, Anaheim, and Colorado Springs. The PBR Cup Tour makes plenty of stops as the momentum builds. It might be worth attending a rodeo if only to feel the vibes. Films cannot always convey the excitement of live events in which feats of courage, strength, and agility unfold in real time. Bull riding especially deserves to be seen rather than talked about. As a next best thing, however, Adrenaline Cowboys is a good substitute. A user review at imdb stresses the fact that the movie does not reveal how prayerful riders are. This comment has the ring of truth about it. Mike Bishop’s The Bull-Rider’s Prayer can be read at www.flbullrider.com.