“Not My Finest Moment” de la Cruz on Mental Game, Bad Attitudes and Changed Behaviors
Cesar de la Cruz's no good, very bad day.
Cesar de la Cruz
Cesar de la Cruz | TRJ File Photo

Cesar de la Cruz won the 2010 Mega Match IV with Derrick Begay against Matt Sherwood and Cory Petska, but you wouldn’t really be able to tell from the original video—which drops September 4, 2023, on Roping.com.

Join us as we explore the reasons behind Cesar de la Cruz’s Mega Match demeanor, unmasking the layers of his personality that fueled his attitude at the time. We dig into the events leading up to that final steer and how things have changed in the 13 years since.

As we peel back the curtain on the sport of team roping, we gain a greater understanding of the psychological challenges athletes face and the impact it can have on their performance and relationships within the roping community.

Prepare for a thought-provoking and enlightening conversation that not only examines Cesar de la Cruz’s behavior but also delves into the larger themes of sportsmanship, redemption and personal growth. This episode of The Score Podcast promises to captivate listeners, whether you’re a seasoned roper, a fan of the sport, or simply fascinated by the intricate dynamics of competitive rodeo.

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