]College National Finals Rodeo in 2011, before hitting the pro rodeo trail …. 1-10 and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Net beginning Rodney Carrington was supposed to have a 10-day break before his final 2016 stand-up shows led into to his annual 10-day run at MGM Grand (Dec. 1-10) during National Finals Rodeo. A flu interrupted his plans, but he recovered by an election day that found the candidate he supported with a song winning the White House. Las Vegas Magazine’s Matt Kelemen caught up with Carrington after a post-recovery round of golf to talk Trump, the NFR and the healing power of comedy.
2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Facts … are expected to pick up the closed circuit live feed of all 10 performances of the Wrangler NFR.So you’ve been knocked out by the flu for a little bit. Weren’t you supposed to be on a break?
Yeah, thank goodness. I was off about 10 days, so by the time right when I got home from the Northwest it was about two days later I started feeling really worn out, so the timing of it was good. I didn’t have to miss any work or do anything like that, so it was good.
Any Dallas Cowboys football fans reading this? Well, meet Scott Goldberg, perhaps the biggest Cowboys fan. “I’m a die-hard fan; I bleed blue and silver,” he says. Although he was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., it was his mom’s love for Tom Landry that started his obsession with the football team, and “now I have a whole room in my house filled with autographs, framed jerseys, footballs, all Cowboys stuff; I’ve even traveled to Green Bay, Dallas, Arizona, Chicago to watch them play,” says Goldberg.
But when the Cowboys games are televised, Goldberg can conveniently catch them at work—PBR Rock Bar & Grill at Miracle Mile Shops. The restaurant and bar is a hotspot for game-watching, and Goldberg helps run the establishment as the assistant general manager. “With all the TVs in here, we can televise 12 to 14 games at one time,” he says.
And with an amazing team of his own, Goldberg says it’s a welcoming environment for everyone. “I coach my staff, give them advice, just as if we are a sports team,” he says. “They’re all great kids. It’s like one big happy family.”
The father of the twenty-five year old cowboy is Troy Pruitt, the 1990 World Champion Tie-down Roper. Riley won the Nebraska High School Tie-down roping championship three times and finished third in the average at the College National Finals Rodeo in 2011, before hitting the pro rodeo trail full time.
The year 2016 has been his best yet, with him entering the WNFR in ninth place in the standings with $74,547 won in the regular season. His winning winter put him in a great spot – he won the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Odessa, Texas, the second round in San Angelo, Texas, and placed in San Antonio.
I enjoyed it. It was nice. The weather here’s been unusually warm for November, so it’s been good. Things are good. We’ve got a good end of the year. I’m going up to Canada tomorrow for a couple of days, then I’m home for a couple of weeks for Thanksgiving, then we head to Nevada. I think it’s been 15, 16, 17 years straight I’ve been coming out there.