As the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series season continues the accomplishments of the cowboys have been few and far between as they try to figure out how to get the upper hand against their bovine counterparts. The top 35 bull riders in the world have fell off the radar due to injuries, performance and/or overall soreness as they each try to find a way to manage an eight second qualified ride through the first eight tour stops of the season.
As the two day/three round stop invaded the home of the ladies southern charms and tasty peaches the cowboys were looking to change the tides and start gaining the upper hand against the toughest 2,000 pound animals on tour today. Duluth, Georgia and the Infinite Energy Arena plays host to the toughest sport on dirt this weekend. If tonight was any indication of how things would go it would be a rough and extremely long weekend for the bucking bulls of the PBR.
Fan Favorite Matt Triplett Returned To Action Tonight
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When the loyal fans of the Professional Bull Riders organization started to pour into the arena earlier tonight there was an absolute electric buzz that could be felt among everyone in attendance. A change of scenery was about to take place as we leave the Midwest and head to the state of Georgia. Along with the excitement that the fans of the PBR had there was one man that has had to wait until this weekend to make a return back to competition and he was just excited as the sold out crowd that was waiting to watch him climb aboard another bovine athlete.
The man of the night would be none other than Mr. Excitement himself, Matt Triplett, as he would make his return to the arena for the 2016 season. The task at hand was one that he knew would not be an easy one to conquer. Triplett was paired up with rode his bull in the first round which resulted in a re-ride opportunity which he would take without question. Once the re-ride match-up was concluded it would be Mouth Hug who would come out on top earning a score of 42.50 points.
Ben Jones Splits The Round One Win At The Duluth Invitational
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Once the opening ceremonies and cowboy introductions were finished the lights inside of the Infinite Energy Arena came up once again signifying that it was time to witness some of the best bull riding in the world. After a noticeable absence of Jeff Robinson and his bucking stock last week they made a huge impact as they made their way back to Duluth Georgia to say a very unwelcome hello to the riders that awaiting them behind the bucking chutes. Tonight the power of the bucking bulls were on full display to say the least.
After all was said and done it was once again a very upsetting night for many of the top bull riders in the world. As the season gets deeper and deeper towards the summer break the injuries and soreness of these athletes begin to take a toll. Tonight it would be 14 of the top 35 bull riders that would manage to make it to the eight second buzzer to bring a score into round two tomorrow afternoon. That being said there was no one that could fair any better than the trio that would split the round one win with scores of 86.50 points making them the men to beat as round two begins.
As we head into the second and Championship rounds tomorrow afternoon inside of the Infinite Energy Arena the cream of the crop will rise to the top after things are all said and done. The Rodeo Round Up will have exclusive coverage once the event is done and the champion is crowned atop the shark cage in the center of the arena. Look for a complete event recap tomorrow night with any new world standings leader board changes that may happen following the final two rounds taking place in less than 24 hours from now!
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