Thursday, July 19, 2007
Give a cowboy his horse and the trail, and he has no real need for money – he can whip up a prairie gourmet feast of gopher, wild onions and cactus moonshine at no cost. Should he want a new pair of spurs, he can swap a discreetly liberated calf for a few pesos and then double his stack at the saloon playing mumbley peg and poker. In other words, the top rodeo cowboys who pull in $2 million a year can make that go a long way.
There are several reasons why MotoGP golden boy Valentino Rossi is always smiling. Actually, to be more precise, there are 28 million reasons – Business Week estimates that, including endorsements, the 28-year-old Italian commands $28 million a year. As he and his MotoGP brethren move from Florence one weekend, Shanghai the next, their teams lavish obscene amounts on their equipment, lodging and entertainment. Their bikes alone cost a cool million.
ADVANTAGE: • MOTOGP RACERS
THE VERDICT: The Weekly’s analysis reveals that the vroom and the lasso are both cool. But the verdict is clear: COWBOYS RULE.