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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cowboy Monkey Rodeo taking the Minors by storm

The act billed as “Tim ‘Wild Thang’ Lepard and Team Ghostriders” has become one of minor league baseball’s best-sellers, with fans filling ballparks to watch Lepard’s cowboy-clad capuchin ring-tailed monkeys riding on the backs of border collies, chasing after big-horned sheep.

For a sport that embraces the offbeat like no other, the cowboy monkey rodeo—which now dots three-dozen teams’ promotional schedules—seems like a natural fit.

“What I tell people is that if you can watch the cowboy monkey rodeo and not smile, you have no soul,” said Harrisburg Senators (Eastern) general manager Randy Whitaker, whose team has booked Lepard each of the past four seasons.

this isnt a re-translated copy of Jimmy James book, its a Cowboy Monkey Rodeo!

Meatwad Posted: July 22, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. dr. scott Posted: July 22, 2014 at 07:25 PM (#4755966)
. In 1986, while performing at a rodeo in Hammond, La., Lepard brought his dog into the ring and his monkey jumped on board for the ride.

“They all went crazy cheering,” Lepard said, and he recalls the rodeo director telling him, “If you get a faster dog you’ll be a rock star.”


I think that is exactly how Pete Best was ousted from the Beatles.
   2. Randy Jones Posted: July 22, 2014 at 07:35 PM (#4755973)
Cowboy Monkey Rodeo? Is that anything like a Super Karate Monkey Death Car?
   3. bobm Posted: July 22, 2014 at 07:58 PM (#4755981)
Lepard's cowboy-clad capuchin ring-tailed monkeys riding on the backs of border collies, chasing after big-horned sheep.


I guess it's not cruel if the monkeys wear cowboy uniforms instead of Redskins uniforms.

This would be a lot more exciting act if they were Lepard's Leopards.
   4. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: July 22, 2014 at 08:52 PM (#4756004)
cowboy-clad capuchin ring-tailed monkeys riding on the backs of border collies, chasing after big-horned sheep

This just might be the most awesome thing ever. I may cry.
   5. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: July 22, 2014 at 09:01 PM (#4756009)
Capuchins may be my favorite animals ever. Just a couple of hours ago, while driving home from the grocery store, for some reason (detectives believe mental collapse was involved) I was cracking myself up by recalling the scene in Shirley Temple's Heidi where an organ grinder's monkey gets into the mansion & leaps up into the chandelier, perching there, prompting an astonished Arthur Treacher to say, "My word ... a gorilla."

Yeah. I'm probably losing my mind. Oh, well.
   6. spike Posted: July 23, 2014 at 12:55 AM (#4756108)
Greatest Headline Ever.
   7. Meatwad Posted: July 23, 2014 at 01:05 AM (#4756113)
I saw this and knew it had to be posted just for the headline.
   8. spike Posted: July 23, 2014 at 01:29 AM (#4756120)
“I speak from my heart. I wear my heart on my shoulders,” he said. “This is a dream of mine, just to own a monkey, and I’ve followed my dreams.”


That's just the limit, I tell you.
   9. stevegamer Posted: July 23, 2014 at 02:27 AM (#4756131)
I've seen this the last two years at the Wilmington Blue Rocks game. One of the dogs finally was ready for a monkey by the run after the game - during the two runs during inning breaks, he had no rider. The monkey was the offspring of the other two capuchins who were riding that night, and one of the dogs was retiring after the season.

It's really pretty entertaining, and I recommend seeing it once. Kids will love it.

   10. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: July 23, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4756179)
In a just world, capuchins riding border collies would provide all law-enforcement services.
   11. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: July 23, 2014 at 09:51 AM (#4756183)
Which team will be first to sign a LHOOM?
   12. Lassus Posted: July 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM (#4756186)
Banta, do you have the number for that sniper?
   13. Rants Mulliniks Posted: July 23, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4756303)
The younger posters on here probably won't believe it, but at age 39 I'm old enough to remember when you could buy a real live monkey through mail order by replying to an ad in the back of an Archie comic.
   14. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: July 23, 2014 at 01:28 PM (#4756309)
The younger posters on here probably won't believe it, but at age 39 I'm old enough to remember when you could buy a real live monkey through mail order by replying to an ad in the back of an Archie comic.


Yes, indeed.
   15. Bote Man Posted: July 23, 2014 at 03:40 PM (#4756402)
How does this tie in with that "Monkey Never Cramps" article about Kawasaki???

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