Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rural kids' pasttime becomes rodeo sport

Here's an excerpt from the light-hearted story in today's New York Times:
Playing make-believe rodeo with sheep has long been a pastime of rambunctious rural children. But the sport has begun to move from horseplay, and the occasional rodeo halftime show, to wider, sometimes suburban, audiences and competitors, toward becoming a codified sport with its own gear and championships.
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The sport’s popularity seems based in ... a rejection of the trend of bubble-wrapping childhood — and a move toward embracing traditional, rough-and-tumble Western culture, according to interviews with participants.
I guess it is a slow news day--or the NYT is looking for some light relief from the depressing news of partisan politics in Washington.

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