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Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, & Bull Riders: A Year Inside the Professional Bull Riders Tour

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In Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, & Bull Riders, award-winning sports journalist Josh Peter takes readers along on the Professional Bull Riders tour to witness the death-defying confrontation between man and beast that has made bull riding the fastest growing sport in the world. Success in this sport is measured in seconds—staying on a bull for 8 seconds without getting tossed is likely to secure the rider a big score. Josh Peter captures the high drama of the sport and introduces readers to a culture that’s...

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In Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, & Bull Riders, award-winning sports journalist Josh Peter takes readers along on the Professional Bull Riders tour to witness the death-defying confrontation between man and beast that has made bull riding the fastest growing sport in the world. Success in this sport is measured in seconds—staying on a bull for 8 seconds without getting tossed is likely to secure the rider a big score. Josh Peter captures the high drama of the sport and introduces readers to a culture that’s rife with colorful characters: courageous riders, scouts, breeders, love-struck groupies, and a few of those very angry bulls.

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"John Feinstein would be proud to include (Fried Twinkies)in his body of work. It's that good.'' —Booklist

"These are the brave souls who hang on for dear life (and glory) in Josh Peter's thrilling Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, and Bull Riders" —ESPN the Magazine

"Richly detailed and deftly told, Josh Peter's chronicle . . . is a rollicking, ribald take on the 8 most dangerous seconds in sport. You come away grateful that Peter has brought his considerable skills to the subject."—Wayne Coffey, best-selling author of The Boys of Winter

"Josh Peter's grip on his subject is as sure as that of the extraordinary men atop these astonishing beasts. Come discover an American fiesta: the Riding of the Bulls." —Gary Smith, writer, Sports Illustrated

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594865220
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/19/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 391,974
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSH PETER is an award-winning journalist whose in-depth features have appeared in the Sporting News. His numerous writing honors include several prestigious awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Louisiana Press Association. His work appeared in the book Best Newspaper Writing 2005. He currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Fried Twinkies Buckle Bunnies and Bull Riders is a great book t

    Fried Twinkies Buckle Bunnies and Bull Riders is a great book that tells what the bull riders go through in a years tour,the ups and downs, the wins and losses.It does a really good job of not only describing the riders,and their standings, but also the bulls and their buck off rate. It goes through some of the injuries that riders face, and how they come back from these injuries and in some cases enough to finish the year with good standings.

    The major themes of this book is nerves, because the riders are always nervous when getting on the bulls, and the nerves dont go away, until their ride is over. Another theme is competition, because obviously the bull riders are competing against one another for the fame and glory, but also for the big check, which is all that these riders really depend on, they dont have other jobs, so their families depend on them doing good while riding huge animals that could kill them. Lastly another theme is never giving up, some of these riders get devistating injuries, or maybe get surgery, but they all come back to ride, and some of them get championship titles.

    The things I like are how the author really describes not only the riders, but also the bulls. I also like how the author does such a good job of describing the situation, that it really makes you feel like you are there.I also like that being that I enjoy watching the PBR, that I recignized some of the names being described in this book. Some things I didnt really like were that it was so much involved in the tour itself, that it didnt really describe some of the riders life outside of the tour, but other than that I really enjoyed this book.

    I would reccomend this book, because it is a really super read, and an overall good book. It would be good for someone who doesnt know much about bull riding either, because the author does such a good job describing the scene. It is a somewhat intense book, because of some of the injuries that are described, but it is interesting how they get through it. Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I would defininately reccommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    This book was very eye opening. I didn’t realize how inten

    This book was very eye opening. I didn’t realize how intense and dangerous the sport of bull riding was or how hard the bull riders have to work and the sacrifices they make. The book is written in a timeline of the beginning of the 2004 Professional Bull Riding season and ends at the championships in Las Vegas. Throughout the book it goes from one event to the other while not only explaining the events, but also gives an insight into the riders’ lives and the lives of the people connected to the PBR and the bulls. I absolutely recommend reading this book because it not only was a fun read, but it was hard to put down. At times it could get a little confusing because Peters dives into different tangents, but they are tangents that occur throughout the season and it definitely defines the PBR tour. The book was well written and gives the audience an insight into a sport that isn’t as credited as it should be, considering that each ride, a rider may or may not get injured or could possibly get killed. If you want to read something different and refreshing, definitely read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Throughout the book, Josh Peter takes you through the journey of

    Throughout the book, Josh Peter takes you through the journey of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour to learn and live the lifestyle of not only the riders, but also the managers, the breeders of the bulls, the animal rights activists who oppose the whole business, and the riders’ families, girlfriends and “buckle bunnies” (groupies). Peter puts faces under those cowboy hats that nod for the opening of the chutes. He tells the personal stories of the riders, why they do it, how badly they get hurt and their personal struggles they must face in order to reach the final goal: the championship buckle. The PBR is arguably the most dangerous and least financially rewarding of all sporting events. However, the riders sacrifice their lives in order to stay on the bull for a death-defying 8.0 seconds; notably the most dangerous 8.0 seconds in any sport. Peter does a great job of showcasing every second and the precision and focus the riders must obtain in order to reach the buzzer. If not a fan of bull riding before reading this book, Peter will leave you craving more action in the ring and sitting on the edge of your seat until the buzzer sounds. Although much of the book is filled with suspense, Peter is able to throw some humor into the book through the Twinkie-twist in order to keep readers light-hearted. This is a tough book to walk away from as every second brings a new twist to the table.

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