Think of Pro Fantasy Rodeo.com as the bulls-and-broncs version of Internet football. Its Stetson-wearing cowboys wrestling horned steers instead of helmeted Steelers.It’s the official fantasy sports game of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, set for Dec. 6-15 in Las Vegas. With Decatur steer wrestler K.C. Jones as its president, the game is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has paid out more than $1 million in prizes.
Grand prize is a Cummins diesel-powered Ram one-ton dually pickup. For a second year, Klement Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Decatur is the source for the heavily-customized crew-cab.
“Klement is rodeo headquarters for North Texas. They really understand our truck needs,” said Jones. “Their general manager, Robert Bishop, is really good at customizing a truck. He makes sure it is perfect.”
Anybody can play by going online and putting together the team of PRCA contestants they believe will win the most money at the national finals. They have the option of forming leagues to play against their friends, Jones said.
Players must pick their favorite contestant in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, steering wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping (header and heeler). Just like pro football, there is a salary cap.
Entry deadline is Dec. 6.
During the rodeo, the black Ram will be displayed at the MGM Grand Hotel. Other Pro Fantasy Rodeo.com sponsors include the PRCA and its rodeo, Cactus Saddlery, Coors Beer, Pendleton Whiskey, Wranglers’ National Patriot project aiding wounded American soldiers and Rodeo Vegas.
Jones will be going to the NFR for a sixth time. He said his journey down the Internet highway that led to Pro Fantasy Rodeo.com began with friendly competitors.
“We started out by picking a team among ourselves. Later we decided we’d start a website to let others play,” recalled Jones. “We’re basically farm and ranch kids who learned how to run a computer.”