Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 04:06 PM.

I won't even go into what kind of person gets on the back of a 2,000-plus pound bull and tries to hang on for eight seconds. Yes, it is going to hurt, but cowboys shake off their injuries and head to the next rodeo.

A cowboy’s toughness and his work ethic are parts of our American culture. Cowboys showed us there is a difference between being injured and being hurt, and that we can work or play through the hurt and even some of the injuries that come our way in life.

I believe more than ever now is a time when we need to embrace the virtues of God, country and hard work that the cowboy way represents.

Yes, something about a rodeo touches the heart of us. It’s the heart of America — and I can't wait for Friday night.


Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.

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