Morning Line – Ottawa
By: Ted Stovin Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
OTTAWA, Ontario – The last time the PBR made its way to the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata the year was 2012.
That year, five-time PBR World Finals Qualifier Matt Bohon was victorious.
This year, in the third season of the Canadian Monster Energy Tour, the PBR returns to the home of the Ottawa Senators. Saturday marks the second stop for Canada’s elite bull riding tour which is televised for the next 30 weeks on TSN2 every Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
Tonight is shaping up to be a great event, the first of four on the Eastern swing which wraps up on June 2 in Moncton, New Brunswick, set to award a total of $115,000 in added money. The winner and event’s high-marked bull will also walk away with a YETI cooler.
Never before has a tour of this magnitude hosted four straight events in consecutive weeks in Canadian history. I’m not sure about you but I’m sure excited about it.
Brock Radford vs. 34 Applause
According to the stats, there haven’t been any qualified rides yet on this bull. A black brockle faced bull originally from the Eno’s, the Vold crew now hauls this animal athlete. Brock is the No. 1 man in the PBR Canada Standings to date with a surmountable lead and ranks No. 41 in the PBR’s world standings, now with nine events on premier tour. My money is always on Brock.
Lonnie West vs. 295 Myth Boy
From the Wild Hoggs, Myth Boy looks tough based on the stats. Only one ride has been recorded on this bull in 17 outs. A big red horned bull that’s around to the right, the one score was for 84.5 points. Lonnie, No. 55 in world standings, can handle this bull either way, bet on the mullet every time.
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Matt Triplett vs. 62 Two Point Oh
Matt has been to only two events and is already No. 65 in world standings. Two Point Oh from the Skori’s is around to the right and looks solid. Triplett rides right but this one goes that way after bucking off Jared Parsonage and Justin Lloyd in Prince Albert last week.
Tanner Byrne vs. 199 Whooty Blues
This is a rematch from July 2015 when Tanner was bucked off. Scores range from 84.5 to 86 points in the three rides in eight outs. The big blue banana horned bull from the Vold/Prescott firm went right and back to the left with Brady Oleson in Nipawin last year. My bet is on the No. 23 man in the world, Tanner Byrne. Hopefully he can get a few winks of sleep on the plane from Nipawin on the way over from Friday night!
Zane Lambert vs. L10 Paint The Town
In two recorded outs, this Skori bull has been ridden once. That one ride came in an 81-point effort by Cody Coverchuk at the start of March in Lethbridge. As the reigning champ of Canada, Zane should like this one to the left and check in at 82 points and get him back to the Championship Round.
The PBR Monster Energy Tour from Ottawa, Ontario begins at 7:00pm E.T. from the Canadian Tire Centre. Limited tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.ca