By Andy Villanueva
You know it seems like every Thursday night, former Mark Keppel football coach Bobby Madrid is roaming a sideline. So of course, I had to make a comment about it.
“Don’t you have a life?” I asked him last night at the Glendale-Muir football game.
Madrid’s response, “I’m with my life!” As he stood next to his wife.
Of course, I don’t know if he was just saying that so he could score points with her for something he did previously.
I can understand the MVS guys giving me a hard time about missing Friday night football to watch the Oakland stop of the PBR this weekend, but Bobby Madrid chimed in last night.
“You are going to miss Opening Day tomorrow? You’re also missing this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Shared Belief running on Saturday at Santa Anita.”
It had nothing to do with football, it was about the ponies.
Of course, there is no way I am going to miss a chance to watch Bushwacker finish his career if he is within driving distance right now.
Speaking of the PBR, it is make it or break it time for some of the bulls heading into the final few weeks before the World Finals in Las Vegas. Just like the cowboys (only 35 qualify), the bulls are looking to get an invitation to Vegas come the end of October.
One bull who didn’t hurt his chances was Stone Sober who was the highest-marked bull in Laughlin last weekend with a score of 46.50 when he bucked off L.J. Jenkins in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.
Stone Sober is highlight reel material, his young age though means no consistency. In Anahiem, he jumped nearly four feet off the ground when the chutes opened. Billy Robinson was able to make it to five-seconds before being wrecked.
Bushwacker really was off last Friday night as he scored a 43 bull score in the same event. Normally scoring over 45 points, the reigning Champion Bull of the year didn’t take to the deep the sand at the Laughlin Events Center.
On Saturday Bushwacker will take on the winner of the Kawaski Strong Battle at the Bay in Oakland. For the remaining to regular season appearances for Bushwacker they have put a $50,000 bounty for anyone who rides him for eight-seconds.
Gotta love how UCLA responded after a week off. The started off a tad slow again last night and one point it even looked as though the Sun Devils were going to run away and hide. The Bruins got into gear and Ishmael Adams played a big role in the win. Adams intercepted Mike Bercovici near the end the of the first half for a 95-yard touchdown return. At the time the Bruins were only up 20-17 and looked to be going into to the break tied or down by four.
UCLA scored 19-seconds into the second half and Arizona State answered with a field goal to cut the lead to 14. That’s when Adams crushed the souls of all Sun Devil fans with a 105-yard kick off return for a touchdown.
It seemed that the Bruins were in cruise control after that score and looked like a team who deserves a top 10 ranking after beating a high potent ASU offense.