There’s no doubt which rider will be the most popular when the Professional Bull Riders return to Sprint Center this weekend for the Kansas City Clash.
“I guarantee you, between my close friends and family, they bought an entire section out,” Brady Sims said.
A native of Holt, Mo., Sims minces no words on what the annual stop at the Sprint Center means to him.
“This one might as well be my Super Bowl. As soon as they announce my name, the place goes absolutely crazy,” Sims said. “In the chute, when they announce my name there, you can’t think, it’s so loud. It’s a very special event, and I love coming back home and feeling the support. It wants to make you try harder and know you’ve got one plan, and that’s to win. Honestly, what would be better than winning in your hometown?”
All Sims hopes now is that his body answers the call. Sims injured his groin in Anaheim, Calif., at the end of January and hasn’t been able to ride since. The plan is to do whatever is necessary to ride this weekend.
“It’s going to be hard for me to decide whether I want to be smart or get back in there,” Sims said with a laugh.
Sims won’t be the only rider from Missouri in the field. Mason Lowe of Exeter in southwest Missouri is ranked 12th in the world rankings and will be competing in Kansas City for the first time.
“I’m beat up a little bit, but other than that feeling real good,” Lowe said. “You’ve gotta put that stuff behind you and not really worry about it this week. I’m going to make the best of it anyways.”
Kansas City is the seventh stop on the PBR schedule. The Kansas City Clash is Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Brazilian riders hold five of the top six spots in the world rankings, led by Paulo Lima. Defending world champion J.B. Mauney is second, 7.5 points behind Lima.
Last year’s winner in Kansas City, J.W. Harris, won’t be able to defend his title. Harris had surgery to repair an elbow injury he suffered three weeks ago in Anaheim.