Earlier this week the big news out of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo was a bull who got loose.
One of the cowboys competing in the rodeo roped him; unfortunately he headed home to California before the local media could talk to him (The cowboy, not the bull, that is.)
But a Sacamento television station interviewed the superhero, Brink Boehnlein about how he saved possibly up to 12,500 lives that day. Or something like that.
Boehnlein, like most cowboys being interviewed, was in aw-shucks mode about his battle with Hardball the bull. Although he did happen to mention the potential devastation that was avoided:
Boehnlein just reacted, taking a rope and borrowing a friend's horse. "I jumped on the horse. I didn't even tighten the cinches or nothing and Blaine (his friend) had to run next to me and tighten the cinches up," he said.
Police officers attempted to use a Taser on the bull named "Hardball," but that didn't work either.
"It was out of control. The cops, they were trying to Taser him and all that did was just make him even madder when they Tasered him," Boehnlein said.
Boehnlein raced after him in a risky chase on asphalt and concrete as he worried how far the bull might get.
"If he would've made a right out of there and headed towards all those people, there could've been chaos. He could've gotten into the fair and all those kids and people and everything," he said.
It was left to Boehnlein's boss, however, to lay down the smack regarding Texans' rodeo skills.
His boss, Flying U Rodeo company owner Cotton Rosser, said Boehnlein is pretty good with a rope. "It took a kid from California to show those Texans how to catch a wild bull," he said.
"Cotton" and "Brink"? We're not sure we're buying these alleged names. (Not to mention that the rodeo initially identified Boehlein as "Bronc," with spokeswoman Sarah Poole adding "His first name really is 'Bronc'" for any skeptics.)
And we sure ain't buying this California bragging. Let's just wait until one of their rodeos lets a bull rampage through a parking lot, and we'll see who they come begging to for help.