Professional bull riders come to Tulsa
Following a three-month mid-season break, the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series will kickoff the second half of its 20th season in Tulsa this Friday and Saturday night at the BOK Center. The action begins at 8 p.m. both nights.
Kody Lostroh, the winner of last year’s Tulsa event, will return to defend his title, as the PBR comes to town for the ninth straight year. The competition will feature the top 35 bull riders in the world.
Lostroh, a native of Longmont, Colo., is in his ninth year as a pro on the circuit.
He has won 10 events and has earned over $3 million in his career. His best season was 2009, when he won five events and amassed over $1.6 million in prize money, on his way to being crowned the 2009 PBR World Champion.
Lostroh’s win in Tulsa in 2012 was his only win on the year, and he is looking for his first win of this season.
There are a few Oklahoma riders in the competition including two of top competitors; Austin Meier (Kinta) the 2013 Iron Cowboy, and his cousin and Iron Cowboy challenger L.J. Jenkins (Porum). Only .5 seconds separated the two earlier this year in Arlington, Texas, when Meier came out on top as the Iron Cowboy.
Past PBR World Champions scheduled to compete this weekend include; Silvano Alves (2012, 2011), Renato Nunes, (2010), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004).
There is a total event purse of $140,000 on the line for the Tulsa event.
The PBR is partnering with “Turn Tulsa Pink” at this event to bring awareness to the cause, holding a Pink Night at the PBR on Saturday.
COULD TULSA HOST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME?
The College Football Playoff is inviting communities to bid for the right to host the College Football Championship Games to be played on January 11, 2016, and January 9, 2017, the second and third years of the new College Football Playoff format.
The championship game will be played in a different city each year, which is a feature of the new playoff designed to expand opportunities for fans across the country to attend the game in person. The first championship game of the playoff era will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, January 12, 2015.
“College football is a national sport and we are pleased – but not surprised – that so many cities want to host the championship game of the new playoff,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. “Rotating the game will bring it to fans where they live. This is a very exciting feature of the playoff, and one which we think will make this sport even more popular.”
The bidding process for the 2016 and 2017 games will be similar with other major events such as the NCAA Men’s Final Four. A main requirement is a stadium with capacity for at least 65,000 fans. I guess that puts Tulsa out of the running. Although we have the BOK Center, which has hosted NCAA basketball tournament games, we certainly don’t have a football facility with that many seats.
Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater only has 60,000 seats; however, Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman holds 82,112.
It would be awesome if the Norman/Oklahoma City area would bid on the championship game. I think they have a better shot of getting the College Football Championship game, than Tulsa does of winning the bid for the Summer Olympics.
The deadline for cities to submit initial proposals will be September 27, 2013, with the host cities expected to be determined by the end of November.
C-USA PREVIEW SHOW
The Conference USA College Football Preview shows will air on FOX Sports Southwest in two separate episodes; East Division and West Division.
Hosted by Ron Thulin, the shows feature interviews with all Conference USA coaches and a player from each team, as well as highlights and facts to get fans ready for the upcoming season.
The East Division consists of East Carolina, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and UAB. The West Division is made up of Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, UTEP and UTSA.
You can catch the East Division show on FOX Sports Southwest at the following times – Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. and Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
The West Division show will air Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 17 at 7 a.m., Aug. 21 at 12:30 a.m., Aug. 24 at 7 a.m., Aug. 27 at 7 p.m., and Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.
[Jeff Brucculeri is the author of several books, including "Powerful People Are Inspired by Powerful Athletes," available at www.tunedintosuccess.com. Contact; firstname.lastname@example.org.]