PBR announcer Brandon Bates talks about most memorable bulls, rides

Brandon Bates recalls some of the most memorable rides he's seen, including Mike White on Troubador and Michael Gaffney on Little Yellow Jacket.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: February 11, 2012
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Brandon Bates has seen some great bulls and great bull rides in his lifetime. The Oklahoman asked him for the most memorable performances that he has witnessed.

Most memorable bull ride: “There's two,” Bates said. “Mike White rode a bull named Troubadour in Tulsa I think three years ago. It was 94 or 94.5. That was hands-down one of the best bull rides I have ever seen.

“The other one was Michael Gaffney in Nampa, Idaho, on Little Yellow Jacket. It was 2008. Little Yellow Jacket at that time was a two or three-time champion bucking bull. It wasn't long before that that bull had just dusted him, embarrassed him like in .8 seconds.

“We knew Michael was at the end of his career and wasn't riding like the younger guys were at the time. He drew that bull again in Idaho and it was a Rocky Balboa type moment. There wasn't one person that gave him a chance. He scored 96.5.”

Most memorable bull rider: “Lane Frost. I know that is the same answer that every Oklahoman is going to give. I am extremely influenced by him, his family and his legacy.”

Most memorable bull: “That's tough. There has been so many. Little Yellow Jacket was a three-time bucking bull champion in the PBR. This was a bull that would buck like hell when you opened the chute then just stand on the ground and look at you. There is a bull now called Asteroid. That bull, I have never seen anything like it.