You've had the daydreams as you shuffle another pile of papers at work or hand someone her coffee. You picture yourself in a black felt hat, tight-fitting Wranglers and a silver belt buckle that reads "Yo' Mama." You hear the crowd chanting your name louder than Justin McBride's or Jody Newberry's. When you're put on Little Yellow Jacket's back in the chute, he is the one quivering in fear. Man against beast. Eight seconds. Yes, the life of a PBR (that's Professional Bull Rider to those in the business) is the life for you. But there's one nagging question that always comes back to haunt you: "Are you tough enough?" Now's your chance to see who is. The PBR Built Ford Tough Series tests the top 45 bull riders in the world to see who's great -- and who needs to be kicked down a level. Catch the action live at the Savvis Center (14th Street and Clark Avenue) Friday, February 25, at 7:50 p.m.; Saturday, February 26, at 6:50 p.m.; and Sunday, February 27, at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $104 (watch out for the bull snot) to $7 (that looks like a goat from up here) and can be purchased at Savvis or through Ticketmaster at 314-241-1888 or www.ticketmaster.com. -- Amy Helms
Crinoid fossils rock!
Finding fossils is easy. All you have to do is drive to Kansas City in March to check out Vince Neil and Crüe on Mötley's tour. But if you can't wait that long, and if that drive is too far (Vincey-baby, why won't you come to St. Louis?), head out to the Learning Center at Greensfelder Park (4515 Hencken Road, Pacific) for the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation's version of a Fossil Hunt. From 1 to 3 p.m., search around for rocks (and rock stars if you wish, but we doubt you'll find any of them), and just maybe you'll unearth a stone that has the tell-tale signs of history embedded in its surface -- if you do, it'll kind of be like looking at Vince's tattoos, but a real fossil's a smidge older. The program costs only $3 per person (that's less than a concert-ticket surcharge), and you must call 636-391-3474 to register in advance. -- Alison Sieloff
Bow to Your Sensei
SAT 2/26 At the SBAC
Of all the funny scenes in Napoleon Dynamite, the funniest might be when Rex sucker-punches Kip during the Rex Kwan Do demonstration. Ohmigod, was that ever a hoot-and-a-half. Unfortunately, Rex Kwan Do is a fictitious martial art, so Rex and Kip aren't squaring off during the "Midwest Fight Fest-New Beginning" event starting at 7:30 p.m. at Soulard's South Broadway Athletic Club (2301 South Seventh Street).
Good news, though: Several other awesome fighters do face off, and you get to watch all the bouts, including the catfight between Jamie O'Hare and Michelle Hurchla, both from event sponsor Finney's Kickboxing. This stalwart Crestwood-based gym and its promotional arm, Shamrock Promotions, have been quietly building considerable momentum for the sport through events on Laclede's Landing -- and kickboxing's debut at South Broadway stands to rope in a handsome percentage of the meatballs who always show up for Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association/Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling events. Finney's is obviously hoping that meat loves feet, too. Yippee-kai-yah! Tickets cost $22.50 to $50; call 314-608-3104 for more information. -- Mike Seely
Working Out Legs and Arms
Calling all three-speed Schwinn owners (and other bike enthusiasts): It's time to fill up the tires, load 'er into the trunk and drive to the pavilion at the Village of Cherry Hill (Scott Boulevard and Chapel Hill Road, Columbia, Missouri) between 9 and 10 a.m. for the Bike Ride to Rocheport. Your $40 gets you lunch, drinks and a ride back to Columbia on the "sag-wagon" (if 25 miles roundtrip is too far, or if you drink a bottle of wine while you're at Les Bourgeois Vineyards). Visit www.midmobrr.com for more information. -- Alison Sieloff
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