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Softball Facility Update – July 17

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:21pm
With an expected completion date of January 2016, progress continues on the construction of the new MSU Softball Stadium.

Xtreme Bulls key for top cowboys

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:27am

DODGE CITY, Kan. – In any sport, momentum can be the key between success and failure.

The pendulum can swing in either direction. When it’s heading in the positive direction, great things can happen.

Bull rider Tim Bingham felt that last summer in his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It all began at the Dodge City Roundup Xtreme Bulls competition, where Bingham rode two bulls and earned the event title. He carried that momentum and found himself playing on the sport’s biggest stage in Las Vegas this past December.

Tim Bingham

Tim Bingham

“It set me off on the right foot,” said Bingham, 23, of Honeyville, Utah. “That was my first one for that little run as the week went on. It set me up to make a really good run in the end.”

He will try to defend that title during this year’s Xtreme Bulls, set for 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Roundup Arena. He needs all the help he can get if he hopes to return to the NFR in a little more than four months, but he has a good idea of what can happen in a short amount of time.

Starting with Xtreme Bulls in Dodge City, Bingham placed that same week in Abilene, Kan., and Sidney, Iowa. A week later in Lovington, N.M., the Utah cowboy won both rounds and the overall championship at the Lea County Xtreme Bulls. In just eight days, he earned $18,293; more than $5,200 came in western Kansas.

“I drew two really good bulls, Centerfold and Swamp Dog,” he said of his Dodge City victory. “I knew as long as I stayed on, they’d do their part. I’ve never seen any one of those bulls have a bad trip.”

It worked out quite well. Bingham finished the regular season with more than $85,000 in earnings. He then added another $30,000 at the NFR to have his best season ever. He began the 2015 campaign with a bang by winning the rodeo in Billings, Mont., then suffered a severe injury at a bull riding in January.

“I broke my left leg and ankle, and I had to have a plate and five screws put in,” he said. “I broke my right foot in three spots. I also broke my right elbow and had to get a long rod in my elbow down to my forearm.”

But his cowboy mentality kept him on the sidelines for just four months. He returned in May in time to win the Helldorado Days Rodeo in Las Vegas.

“Things haven’t gone too hot since,” Bingham said. “Right off the bat, I thought it would be OK, but it’s been pretty slow.”

As of mid-July, Bingham sits outside the top 50 in the world standings. He’s a long ways from earning a spot at the NFR – only the top 15 contestants in each event at the end of the regular season qualify for the finale.

“I haven’t stressed about it one time, because I know how the last couple of months play the biggest role in rodeo,” he said. “I’m positive. I’m still visualizing making the NFR. There are plenty of bulls and time to get there. I’m still planning on getting there.”

Dodge City Xtreme Bulls features a night of strictly bull riding. The Roundup committee has done everything possible to ensure the top players in the game will be on hand for the competition by coming up with sponsorship dollars. That money, combined with the cowboys’ entry fees, will make up a hefty purse.

“We’ve been very pleased with Xtreme Bulls,” said Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the rodeo committee. “We want our fans to see the top bull riders rodeo, and they know they’re going to get that on Tuesday night.”

For the cowboys, Xtreme Bulls is a major part of each rodeo season.

“It’s very important, because they pay good and it’s just bull riding,” Bingham said. “In the money I won last year, $20,000 came in the Xtreme Bulls. It made a big difference to my standings and placing in the world.

“When it comes down to it, consistency lays a big roll. If a guy can get hot and stay hot, a lot of things can happen. If you can get on that roll, it can be easy for you. Nobody knows how it clicks and how it doesn’t. If a guy could figure out the difference, they’d win the world every time. It’s nice when it comes around, that’s for sure.”

Dodge City’s a good place to get that roll started.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Bulldog Tennis Teams Earn ITA Academic Awards

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 6:22pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After putting together a pair of successful seasons on the court, the Mississippi State men's and women's tennis programs also continued their success in the classroom, earning team and individual academic honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 2014-15 season, the ITA announced Thursday.

Eagle is the picture of a wild rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:43pm
The action inside the Eagle County Fairgrounds is amazing, thanks in large part to the great animal athletes from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

The action inside the Eagle County Fairgrounds is amazing, thanks in large part to the great animal athletes from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

EAGLE, Colo. – The Eagle County Fairgrounds is the perfect setting for some of the most wild rodeo action ever seen in Colorado.

It’s home to the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22-Saturday, July 25, at Johnette Phillips Arena on the Eagle County Fairgrounds. Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, it’s as picturesque as any event in ProRodeo and a regular showcase for the world’s greatest stars.

That’s thanks in large part to the local hospitality and the production and bucking stock from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, the longstanding stock contractor in Eagle.

“I believe what makes our rodeo special is the people in this community and the support they give us,” said Tanya Dahlseid, a key member of the Eagle County staff. “I also think Pete Carr and his staff have made it so amazing with the quality and level of the performances. We get compliments from all over about our rodeo.”

The Carr firm has been recognized as one of the very best in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, having been nominated as Stock Contractor of the Year each of the past two seasons. The cowboys like the Carr animal athletes so much, they’ve selected 27 to buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, a record for animals from one stock contractor at ProRodeo’s grand finale.

“When I hear the name Pete Carr, I think of something spectacular and very professional,” Dahlseid said. “The whole group of Pete’s staff that comes is great; it’s an honor to have them here. I express that to a lot of people in the county.

“We’re very fortunate to have Pete Carr.”

A number of the top cowboys in the game agree. Six seasons ago, eight-time NFR qualifier Ryan Gray tied the world record with a 94-point ride on Carr’s Grass Dancer. A few weeks ago, Gray matched moves with reigning Bareback Horse of the Year Dirty Jacket for 92 points to win in Pecos, Texas; it was the highest marked ride so far in 2015.

But the mountain air makes for amazing feats. Four-time world champion Bobby Mote was 90 points to win the Eagle bareback riding title on Betty Boop. High scores seem to be the norm inside Johnette Phillips Arena.

“It’s pretty incredible to see these animals when they’re here,” Dahlseid said. “Pete has incredible horses and bulls, and his staff is pretty impressive and amazing, too. It brings a whole different level of professionalism to our event.”

This year’s rodeo will feature clown Brian Potter and Mustang Millionaire winner Bobby Kerr, whose work with wild mustangs has become a showcase of true horsemanship skills and the mindset of horses. Together, Potter and Kerr are a major piece of the entertainment package.

It all adds up to a great event for local fans and those who make their way to Eagle County as a summer vacation destination.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Multiple Football Bulldogs Earn More Preseason Honors

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:49pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A quartet of Mississippi State football players earned preseason honors, multiple organizations announced this past week.

Carr team a big part of fair & rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:40am
World champion bull rider Wesley Silcox watches the action as he prepares to ride at a recent Lea County Fair and Rodeo. Many of the top-named contestants find their way to Lovington, N.M., every August because of the top stock from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

World champion bull rider Wesley Silcox watches the action as he prepares to ride at a recent Lea County Fair and Rodeo. Many of the top-named contestants find their way to Lovington, N.M., every August because of the top stock from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Fans in Lea County know what it takes to make a good rodeo.

They’re used to seeing it every year at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5-Saturday, Aug. 8, at Jake McClure Arena. Throw in the Lea County Xtreme Bulls at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, and it’s five nights of world-class rodeo action.

The volunteer committee works hard to make sure fans see the greatest show possible, and that includes the production and animal athletes from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, the primary livestock producer in Lovington.

Lea County Fair Logo“When we decided on the Xtreme Bulls, we did so while working with Pete Carr to make sure it was what our fans would expect and appreciate,” said Greg Massey, chairman of the rodeo committee. “Like any typical Pete Carr event, he goes above and beyond what he promises to deliver. He’s particular about the kind of show he puts on. He wants it to be the absolute best it can be. He’ll go wherever he needs to go to get the kind of stock he needs for our event.

“I don’t think other contractors take the personal interest in the event like Pete does … not only Pete but his personnel. They are very concerned that the committee is happy and they’re doing what we want them to do.”

The Carr firm includes many of the top animals in the game, including Dirty Jacket, the reigning Bareback Horse of the Year that has finished among the top three in voting each of the past three seasons. Over the past two years, 27 Carr animals have been selected to buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand finale.

“Pete Carr has the bucking horses and bulls that are unreal,” said bareback rider Clint Cannon, a four-time NFR qualifier from Waller, Texas. “When I think about Pete Carr, I think about 90-point rides, rock ’n’ roll music and fans loving it.”

But there’s more to the rodeo than bucking stock. It takes a professional production to showcase an award-winning event like the Lea County Fair and Rodeo in a timely fashion so that fairgoers have the opportunity to enjoy other aspects of the exposition.

“We try to have the theatrical portion of our show not interfere with the competition side,” said John Gwatney, a production supervisor for the Dallas-based livestock firm. “We try to run a good, fast, clean performance without interfering with the competition.

“That’s where we’re different from other rodeo companies. If we’re not ready, the cowboy has to wait. When it comes time for that cowboy to compete, we’ve done everything we can to make that animal ready for that cowboy, so all he has to do is nod his head.”

When mixed with great contestants, a knowledgeable fan base in Lea County and a strong connection with the fair board and rodeo committee, it makes for an incredible experience for everyone involved.

“Pete Carr puts on a great rodeo,” said Sage Kimzey, the reigning world champion bull rider. “I’m thankful he loves the sport of rodeo so much and wants it to be so great.”

It shows in the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Gadgets to Make Your Commute More Comfortable

Lifestyles - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:34am
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(NewsUSA) - Americans spend a lot of time on the road and getting to work, be it in a car, on a train or on a bus.

In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average commute for Americans is 25 minutes. However, other studies peg higher-profile cities such as Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Atlanta and San Francisco at almost 60 hours per year.

If you're not one of the lucky few who work from home, but instead log considerable hours getting from point A to point B for your job, the following accessories may help make your commute more productive, if not downright enjoyable.

Portable Brewing Mug

The coffee industry is being turned on its ear by companies coming out with battery-powered portable brewing systems. One current system holds 14 ounces of java and is temperature controlled by pushing a button on the cup. Coffee is brewed in three minutes and the mug can also be charged in your car by USB.

Handbag and Charger

In order to sustain an all-day charge without taking along a chunky block, portable battery packs are all the rage. For women, there are now purses and handbags that come equipped with a place to store a small charger that will keep your phone, tablet or e-reader charged all the day long.

Screen Glasses

According to a recent report by Kleiner Perkins analyst Mary Meeker, Americans spend 444 minutes each day staring at screens. This means that 95 percent of Americans are at risk for digital eye strain that causes dryness, itchiness and fuzzy vision, according to a recent report released by The Vision Council. To prevent further eye strain, commuters who use their laptop, smartphone or tablet in transit (or e-reader for that matter), might want to consider purchasing protective glasses that are engineered to block out the damaging high-energy, UV and artificial blue light that screens omit. These high-tech glasses can also be outfitted with your current prescription lens.

Smokeless Tobacco Accessories

For smokeless tobacco users, one of the more inconvenient aspects to enjoying your product of choice is the unsightly spit cup or bottle that you must carry around. To that end, FLASR (OTCQB: FLASR) has created a pocket-sized spittoon designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it easy to use even while driving. The small size of the FLASR portable tobacco flask allows users to dip unobtrusively in public. It also fits in a cup holder.

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Football "Pick 3" Ticket Mini-Plans on Sale Now

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:18pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Mississippi State Athletic Ticket Office is offering a football mini ticket plan with the choice of three games for only $75 now at

What They’re Saying: #SECMD15

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:11pm
What They're Saying: #SECMD15

RECAP: Football Attends #SECMD15

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 7:19pm
HOOVER, Ala. – Head coach Dan Mullen and three stars of the 2015 Mississippi State football team attended the annual Southeastern Conference Media Days Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Branch excited for Lea County fair

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:10pm

LOVINGTON, N.M. – As fairgoers are making plans for the annual Lea County Fair and Rodeo, the staffs at the Tate Branch Auto Group dealerships in Hobbs, Carlsbad and Artesia are making plans themselves.

In addition to being the presenting sponsor for the annual exposition, the Tate Branch team has numerous plans scheduled during the nine-day fair, scheduled for Friday, July 31-Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Lea County Fairgrounds in Lovington.

Lea County Fair Logo“We are having our second annual ‘All RAM No Bull’ off-site sale in Lovington that week,” said Joby Houghtaling, chief managing officer for the auto group. “On the last day of the fair and rodeo, we will have a major blowout with lots of prizes to be given away, including a Sea Doo boat as the grand prize at our off-site sale.”

The many pieces have all come together to mark the 80th anniversary of the fair and rodeo, which has been recognized as one of the largest expos in the region. Fairgoers from all across New Mexico and Texas may their way to Lovington every August to take in all the events, including top-named concerts, carnival, livestock shows, daily entertainers and one of the top rodeos in the country.

A big part of the event’s success is because of the community support from a variety of local sponsors, and Tate Branch Auto Group is the largest.

“I feel like I’m very, very blessed,” said Tate Branch, the auto group’s owner. “I feel like I’m in a position that God has blessed me, and this is one way I could give back.”

It’s because of the relationship between the dealerships and the fair that there is such a wide variety of activities that take place in Lea County that week.

In addition, the Tate Branch Auto Group also sponsors several levels of rodeo, including seven top cowboys: tie-down roping brothers Clif and Clint Cooper and their legendary father, Roy Cooper; steer roper Marty Jones; and team roping twins Jake and Jim Ross Cooper; and two-time world champion saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy.

“We’re going to have one of the area’s top radio station doing a morning show on site at our sale Tuesday-Friday of fair week, and we are going to try to have all the ‘Riding for the Brand’ cowboys at the morning shows. We plan to have them be available for autographs and pictures with the public.”

Those appearances are one aspect of reaching out and giving back to consumers that sets the Tate Branch Auto Group apart from most dealerships. Houghtaling, Branch and the rest of the staff realize that there is something special happening at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo and want everyone to enjoy all the festivities.

“We have always believed with the three dealerships that there is an importance to being involved in the community and giving back to the community,” said Branch, who, like Houghtaling, grew up in southeastern New Mexico. “We are very family oriented and community oriented.”

It rings true every August.

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Categories: Twisted Rodeo
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