I'm a big fan of Justin McKee, but I have to get this particular situation off my chest. McKee has been going on and on the last month how Mike Lee was 4,800 points behind Adriano Moraes heading into the 2004 World Finals. I listened multiple times to make sure I wasn't hearing something different, but that was in fact what McKee kept saying time and time again.
Let's get the facts straight for those who may be new to the sport and may be mislead by this information.
Mike Lee was actually just under 1900 points behind Moraes heading into the 2004 Finals. Mike Lee won the Finals and racked up over 4800 points in comparison to Moraes' 800 points. So Lee outscored Moraes by approximately 4000 points and won the title by a little over 2000 points.
That's MUCH different than the situation this season. Marchi is nearly 4000 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira and could probably still go 0 for 7 in Vegas and win the title. That is, unless one of the top two or three guys get hot and win the Finals.
Justin McKee keeps saying things are similar to how they were in 2004, but in truth, it's a completely different situation. Marchi has been a lot more dominant over his competition this season than Adriano was in 2004.
Post by carpshooter on Oct 6, 2008 15:19:05 GMT -5
i totally agree with you. it is a completely different race this year. i don't think he is fooling anyone by trying to say how do able it is for someone else to pass marchi. my hope is that the season continues to be safe for all the riders, especially the top riders so there is no controversy about the winner.
The crazy thing is he said the same thing again originally, but he corrected himself about 30 seconds later. I imagine he or someone else reads the boards and took note of it. There are definitely a lot of big-name people in the bull riding industry that pay us a visit from time to time.
I was happy with 2004 because Mike Lee won, but I agree about 2006 being the most exciting (in my 5 years at least). The World Finals that season was crazy, and there were four or five guys who went into Sunday with a legitimate shot at winning the gold buckle. It was intense to say the least.
I hope that Marchi doesn't stumble at the Finals. Since he is just about sure to win, it would be so much better to win in the style of his phenomenal season.
I recently heard an interview that when McBride won in 2005 hanging off the side of Camo, he figured he had already won the championship, but didn't want to "go out with a zero" so he refused to open his hand until he heard the whistle.