Bringing the beasts to rodeo's eight-second battles.
Texan Monty Lewis emerged at the top of a champion-rich field of tie-down ropers at the 2004 NFR.
Two of rodeo's most astute observers weigh in on the 2005 National Finals Rodeo.
A world-champion calf roper picks the event's top competitors of all time.
Some children grow up playing baseball, football, or other sports. Hours upon hours are spent tossing a ball back and forth. But not me. I spent my childhood roping. From age 3 all the way through high school, I was never without a rope. This often drew sneers from little old ladies in church and funny looks from girls on dates but, nevertheless, I was determined to become a roper.