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Tiebreaker

11/8/2008

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LAS VEGAS — If Cody Lambert has his way, Justin McBride will not ride quietly into the night.
McBride, the two-time Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Champion, is retiring at the conclusion of this year's World Finals, which wrap up Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

During each draft, in which the riders select the bull they are to ride in the following round, McBride has asked Lambert, the PBR's livestock director, to pick his bull for him.

He did it again for Round Six, and Lambert offered McBride a ride down memory lane on the bull Scene of the Crash.

"It will be good to see Justin ride Scene of the Crash one more time and see something special," Lambert said after Saturday morning's draft at the PBR Zone at Mandalay Bay.

McBride and Scene of the Crash have already been partners in something special — the richest single bull ride in history.

It came last year in Columbus, Ohio, where McBride, as the inaugural Alpha Trade National Champion for winning the regular season title, was matched against Scene of the Crash. He successfully covered him for a $200,000 bounty, a PBR record payout for one ride.

"I won more money than anyone ever has for riding a bull," said the 29-year-old McBride, the PBR's career earnings leader with more than $5 million.

He's also had a not-so-pleasant trip on Scene of the Crash. They had also met in Columbus in 2005 and the bull had prevailed, bucking McBride off in 5.3 seconds.

"I rode him once and he bucked me off once," McBride said. "Tonight will be the tiebreaker."

There will be plenty of other quality matchups in Saturday's Round Six as all 45 bull riders made their selection, starting with Brazilian Renato Nunes, who earned the first selection by winning Round 5 on Friday night.

Nunes selected Smash Hit, a bull he had ridden for 89 points at a BFTS event in Albuquerque in March.

World standings leader Guilherme Marchi, who needs one qualified ride to clinch the world championship, selected the bull Rewind, a bull he successfully rode for 85.5 points in Ardmore, Okla., earlier this year.

J.B. Mauney, who is leading the average at the PBR World Finals after riding his first five bulls, selected Red Light, a bull he has never been on before, but one which Brazilian Valdiron de Oliveira rode earlier in the World Finals for 89.5 points.

Lambert said another ride to watch tonight is the matchup between Bryan Richardson of Dallas, Texas and the bull Big Mack.

"Big Mack is a bull that guys really don't like that much," Lambert said. "He's got a style of bucking that I think fits Bryan, so he has a good chance at a go-round win."

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