When Boyd Polhamus, renowned PRCA rodeo announcer, saw that the date had turned to July 27, he knew his Pro Fantasy Rodeo team had won him the coveted custom Pro Fantasy Rodeo Champion Buckle for the “Cowboy Christmas in July” game he had played in the announcer’s league. Polhamus, a PRCA announcer for 28 years and picked to announce at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 23 times, named his team, “Fantasy Rodeo Domination” and it lived up to its name by winning $212,681. Polhamus’ winning team amassed the most winnings in the announcer’s league during the hottest season of rodeo referred to as “Cowboy Christmas in July”. During this time the largest number of rodeos occur giving rodeo contestants the chance at more money than any other time during the season other than the Wrangler National Finals in December.
Regarding his championship buckle, Polhamus said, “I just think it’s so cool to get a buckle that says Champion, rather than announcerIt was just so much fun to beat out my fellow PRCA announcers and give them heck about where their teams ended up.” Randy Corley’s team “Corleone Cowboys” came in second with $148,688, Hadley Barrett’s “Hadley’s Heroes” were third with $136,013, Wayne Brooks’s “Brooks Bombers” placed 4th, and Bob Tallman’s “Team Tallman” was 5th with $98,811.
For the first time, Pro Fantasy Rodeo (PFR) offered a summer game in response to the demand for something other than the Wrangler National Finals game in December, and it was pleased to partner with RFD-TV who paid all entry fees for players and provided prizes. Within the WNFR game, Pro Fantasy Rodeo has always offered the league concept where players can form a group of 10 entries, enter their team code and vie for a league buckle. With the summer “Cowboy Christmas in July” game, PFR offered a free league for the PRCA announcers and feedback from Polhamus and others were that they had a great time with it.
Polhamus said, “I kept telling the others I was sure I was going to win it from the beginning. My team led during the first two weeks of July, but then things happened and it wasn’t quite as solid. As an announcer, I’ve always studied all the events and the contestants, but entering this game makes you follow the results much more diligently. Mid-way through the last week, for example, I was frantically looking to see where Tuf Cooper, my tie-down roper pick, was competing–whether he’d been up yet at Salt Lake City, etc. I’ve never followed results quite so closely before. The game just makes you pay even more attention and I think that’s good for the cowboys and for the sport itself.” Continuing, Polhamus said, “Entering a Pro Fantasy Rodeo team is very simple—just make your picks, add up your salary cap and then sit back and do as I do—watch them ride, rope, and run. I can’t wait for the Wrangler National Finals game to open in November because Justin Rumford and I are going to form a couple of leagues—all the rodeo announcers versus the rodeo clowns. Whoever loses takes the winners out to dinner. It will be great fun.”
“To me,” Polhamus opined, “The league concept within Pro Fantasy Rodeo is a smart strategy and folks should approach it like a giant, fun card game. I’d known about Pro Fantasy Rodeo but this is the first time I’ve entered and I found it fast and easy to enter. My advice is not to worry so much about winning the big game where the payoff is a new pickup, etc., but get together a league of your friends and sit back and enjoy it like a friendly card game. It’s so much fun!”
Good advice from the PRCA Announcer of the Year for 2007-2009 and 2012. As a professional whose success depends on knowing all facets of the sport of rodeo and being a “walking website” regarding contestants’ biographies and successes, it’s good that Polhamus sees the side of Pro Fantasy Rodeo that makes it possible for each and every rodeo fan to engage in the game and reap its benefits. How to play the game and results to the “Christmas in July” game which was sponsored by RFD-TV with free entries can be viewed at www.profantasyrodeo.com.