***Disclaimer: Theses pranks were preformed by professionals…attempt at your own risk***
We here at RFM are dedicated to giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to “go down the road”; and apparently, some of the names you may know as being synonymous with rodeo greatness have other talents of which you may not be aware. To be more specific, these talents include pulling some pretty impressive pranks we thought you should know about. As we dug through the archives of these past pranksters, we were reminded of some of the classics: eggs in boots, Crisco hatbands, Kool-Aid in showerheads, hiding behind saddle racks in the night, and the “mean dog under your motor home” routine—”Trevor Brazile does a mean Blue Heeler impersonation,” said hauling partner Patrick Smith. Other fail proof favorites include laxatives in cream gravy, duct tape and peanut butter in a hairy gentleman’s boxers, and a little spicy Tabasco in toothpaste. What follows are some of most well-played pranks, and one on-going prank in which the victim will be finding out he’s been had right along with you!
“Do You Smell What I See?”
Prankster: Patrick Smith
Victim: Trevor Brazile
Crime Scene: An unnamed gas station in an unnamed town in the U.S.
The Mission: To examine suspicious puddles at the pump
How it Went Down: Trevor Brazile made a comment in passing to hauling partner Patrick Smith regarding the bad fuel mileage he was getting that day. Later at a gas station, Brazile goes into the store for awhile. When he returns to the pump, he finds Smith standing and looking at a suspicious puddle below the gas tank. Smith points and comments that this must be the reason for the poor fuel mileage-Something has a leak! Brazile, on hands and knees, gets level to the puddle to perform a sniff test on the liquid and confirm whether or not he has a fuel leak.
Verdict: Smith needs more Iron in his diet, and Smith is the one with the leak.
Prankster: Cody Taton
Victim: Court Shear, WNFR Rookie
Crime Scene: Unnamed Las Vegas Casino, 2010 WNFR
The Mission: Use bronc rider’s already acute awareness of importance of seconds in relation to dollars to toy with his mind.
How it Went Down: Court Shear was ready to make a strong showing in Vegas (both in and out of the arena). Soon after arriving to Vegas, Shear contacts Cody Taton, WNFR Bronc Riding Director, about when he is supposed to report for autograph signing duty. Each contestant is encouraged to involve themselves with WNFR extracurricular activities, namely signing autographs, which sessions are provided for in Las Vegas, and those who opt-out of autograph signing are subjected to a hefty fine. Not wanting to miss out on this opportunity to do something positive for the cowboy image, Shear is anxious to find out exactly what time he is to make his appearance to sign pictures for his adoring fans. Taton replies that 6 A.M. sharp is his predetermined, non-negotiable autograph signing time. To Shear’s credit, at first he was not as gullible as he will later seem. He inquired amongst his bronc riding friends regarding the validity of the information given to him by Mr. Taton. Taos Muncy, along with a few other bronc riders who will remain anonymous, admitted to confirming the false information given to Shear.
Approximately 5:30 am: After only a few hours of sleep, Shear arises to do his public duty. He is met by a near empty casino, and no fans in site. In an attempt to locate his destination, Shear calls Taton again. Shear is then sent on a wild goose chase around a Las Vegas Casino at 6 A.M. by Taton who led him to think that, with every passing minute, an impending fine awaits. After being tortured for what is deemed by our prankster as an appropriate amount of time, Court comes to the realization that he has been the victim of a sleep-depriving prank.
“Of Mice and…”
Pranksters: Patrick Smith and Chad Barker
Victim: Trevor Brazile
Crime Scene: Trevor Brazile’s motor home at various points across the western Untied States
The Mission: To use one man’s phobia and a common food item to create a prank for the record books.
How it Went Down: After several weeks planning, Chad Barker and Patrick Smith devise a plan that will take advantage of Trevor Brazile’s lack of love for mice. The item decided upon to be used as an impersonation of mice evidence…black rice. The first mice infestation indication is found by Trevor, in the form of a few pieces found on a pillow, next to his head as he awakened one morning. Patrick was found co-piloting the motor home, with Chad at the helm. Approaching the cockpit, Trevor inquired as to whether either of the pilots thought mice could get in the motor home. Patrick replies that perhaps they could come up the tires and through the A/C vents. The conversation ended there. Over the course of the next few days, Trevor continued to find evidence of mice, and was almost certain that they had a serious rodent infestation problem on their hands. Wife, Shada Brazile, threatened to start getting hotel rooms if the problem wasn’t remedied.
Approximately one week later: Trevor opened a slide out, and was welcomed by the sight of what appeared to be a rodent invasion of his domain. Patrick happened by the scene and assessed the damage with Trevor. Patrick, a self-proclaimed expert on mice, picked up a dropping, gave it a sniff AND taste test, which both came back as positives. Trevor watched on incredulously and inquired about the credentials that backed up Patrick’s actions. Patrick replied that he learned about these things in college, Identifying Rodents 101. With Patrick’s expert opinion declaring that it was indeed an invasion, war was declared, and later that day Trevor re-appeared armed with mouse traps and cheese. The trap line was laid, and Trevor went to bed. Smith admitted to tripping all the traps, taking the cheese, and leaving what appeared to be mice “thank-you” gifts scattered throughout the traps later that night. However, Patrick didn’t report Trevor’s response from the next morning.
Two weeks later: All of our subjects have returned to their prospective homes. Trevor noticed, after a time, that his mice problem seemed to have self-corrected, and called Patrick to report the good news. Patrick had failed to reveal any information regarding the prank until interviewed by us. So alas, our prank victim, Trevor, will finally be able to rest at night knowing mice cannot truly invade his motor home—unless, pranksters can be called rats.
“The Power of Suggestion”
Prankster: Trey Johnson and unnamed accomplice
Victim: Unnamed accomplice’s brother (Hereafter referred to as Victim 1)
Crime Scene: Camper
The Mission: To use the intricate workings of the human mind, the power of suggestion, and the sleepwear choices of a friend to bring possible humiliation.
How it Went Down: While on the way home from a rodeo, we find team roper Trey Johnson in the rig with two of his traveling companions. In the late night hours that are filled with passing white lines and a lull in the conversation, we find the dialogue turning in a less than purposeful direction. The gentlemen have resorted to taking turns trying to scare each other with stories and “what if” scenarios. The darkness of late night, combined with a decent amount of tired, has an interesting effect on the usually logical mind—this will be one of the major factors affecting the outcome of this prank. We first see their prankster opportunity arise when one of the gentlemen proposes the idea that, “what if some vagabond got in the unlocked camper while we were at a gas station?!” We can assume that the conclusions from this scenario ranged from the humorous to the terrifying and, within no time all, the three have thoroughly worked themselves into a good scare and become quite jumpy. Things continue to progress until our three subjects are certain that those odd noises coming from the rear of their vehicle must be a hijacker come aboard. Being the macho men they are, we find them arguing on the side of the road in the middle of the night to see who gets to open the door and confront the stow-away. Finally, someone takes the initiative, and is met with an empty camper. Back on the road, things settle down.
3 a.m.: Our subjects find themselves pulling up to their resting place for the night. Unsuspecting, Victim 1 is in the camper sleeping; more accurately, Victim 1 is sleeping in the buff (this comes into play later as you visualize these events). After Trey and his accomplice put the horses up, they continue on to the camper to wake Victim 1, and at some point during the last few hours, they have decided to revisit the conversation that is probably still floating in Victim 1’s unconscious mind. The pranksters commence to scratch and make suspicious noises until Victim 1 becomes conscious enough to realize he isn’t alone in the camper, and that his best chance for survival is to make a break for it. Now, picture it if you will—a grown man, streaking out the camper door, letting his mind, amongst other things, run wild.
And those, dear friends, are just a few of the pranks that have been pulled over the years by some of your favorite rodeo athletes as they have gone down the road—Got to love those rodeo pranksters who are, quite possibly, pulling a prank right now in a town near you!