Sunday Binge: 5 Team Roping Podcasts to Binge with Your Kids
Kaleb Driggers throwing rope at steer
Kaleb Driggers throws a loop that figure-eights the steer's nose in Round 7—a run that helped save the week for him after he fished it off and stayed in the average. | PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Hailey Rae

These are five episodes of The Score that can change more than just your roping game.

How Driggers’ Decision to Quit Drinking Led to a Gold Buckle

Kaleb Driggers quit drinking the winter before winning his first gold buckle, and he’s been tough to beat ever since. How does he see the change in himself, and why did he make that choice? This episode of The Score, recorded at the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, is one of the top episodes of all time.

Cesar de la Cruz, Part 1

Cesar de la Cruz sat down with The Score in 2019 to talk about the negative influences who tried to derail his life in school, and how team roping helped him overcome them.

“Every chance I got, because there was so much trouble to be had—the kids at school always were wanting me to get in trouble—so I’d go to Colter  Todd’s,” de la Cruz says. “He was a real genuine friend and always looking out for me for the better and making me a better person. My grandpa really liked Colter a lot too. My grandfather, he was a World War II veteran, and the stuff he had to endure and still it was his dream for his kids and his grandkids to be ProRodeo cowboys. I’m glad I’m making him happy.”

Cesar de la Cruz, Part 2

Cesar de la Cruz is perhaps The Score’s most popular guest, and for good reason. In our first podcast interview from 2019 with the nine-time NFR heeler, de la Cruz opened up about his upbringing on the rough side of Tucson and how it shaped the roper and man he is today. This time around, The Score’s Chelsea Shaffer catches up with de la Cruz as he decides to go home after a brutal 2020 season, mired with cancelations and long drives between rodeos.

Derrick Begay’s Upbringing on the Navajo Reservation

Recorded before Derrick Begay decided to rodeo full-time for the rest of the 2018 season, host Chelsea Shaffer talks to Begay about his upbringing on the Navajo Reservation, his family life, the challenges facing Arizona Ranchers and how he came upon his great horse, Swagger. 

Derrick Begay’s One-of-a-Kind Inner Strength

There’s nobody like Derrick Begay, and his mental game—while maybe not easy to replicate—is valuable to learn and try to emulate. In this episode, Begay philosophizes about where he gets it and how it affects his winning.

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