Ezekiel Mitchell mounted a bucking bull for his new professional team for the first time on Saturday—but as a bull riding veteran, it wasn't his first rodeo.
"I know the dangers of the sport already," Mitchell said. "The biggest thing is is that we know what can happen, so I just try to worry about all the good that could happen (instead)."
Here’s a little Monday motivation brought to you by Austin Gambler Zeke Mitchell! #ATXgamblers#DealMeIn#LetsRide#buckingbulls#cowboys#PBR#TeamSeriespic.twitter.com/TYCdEVzlaN
— AustinGamblers (@Austin_Gamblers) June 20, 2022
A native of the small town of Rockdale, located about 60 miles east of Austin, Mitchell never thought he'd ride for a team close to home until he signed as a free agent to Austin's first professional bull riding team, the Austin Gamblers, right before it buckles up for its first season this summer.
"To be a part of the first Austin Gamblers team 45 minutes from where I grew up is pretty extraordinary," Mitchell said. "I feel like I'm still home here... and I'm still the hometown cowboy."
Mitchell will represent Austin among 11 other world-class riders—including two-time World Champion Jose Victor Leme—as the team embarks on the first iteration of the PBR Team Series this year. The series features eight elite teams from across the South set to compete in 10 tournament-style competitions, including a three-day tournament and western lifestyle event at Austin's Moody Center Aug. 26-28.
Deal them in!
Your Gamblers are getting ready for the upcoming @PBR Team Series season.
— AustinGamblers (@Austin_Gamblers) June 20, 2022
Mitchell says people of all backgrounds should attend the event, which will be the new center's first pro sporting spectacle.
"You don't have to be from the western lifestyle to enjoy bull riding," Mitchell said. "It's a very fun sport, and in my opinion, I think it should be one of the biggest sports in America."
Mitchell and the team will saddle up for one more preseason event on Friday and Saturday in Tryon, North Carolina before the circuit's first season begins July 25-26 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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